Direct imaging of intermolecular bonds in scanning tunneling microscopy

J Am Chem Soc. 2010 Sep 1;132(34):11864-5. doi: 10.1021/ja104332t.


Local, noncovalent intermolecular interactions in organic monolayers have been directly imaged using scanning tunneling hydrogen microscopy (STHM). Unprecedented spatial resolution directly reveals the relation between the intermolecular interactions, the molecular chemical structure, and the ordering in the film.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anhydrides / chemistry*
  • Gold / chemistry
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Microscopy, Scanning Tunneling
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Structure
  • Perylene / analogs & derivatives*
  • Perylene / chemistry


  • 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride
  • Anhydrides
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Perylene
  • Gold