SYNTHESIS OF LONG-CHAIN ALIPHATIC HYDROCARBONS USING A GAS-PHASE METAL-FREE APPROACH (NAT. COMM. 2021)

Nowadays, there is an urgent need for the development of sustainable processes to produce synthetic chemicals, including long-chain aliphatic hydrocarbons. Whereas current industrial processes make use of non-abundant metal catalysts and high temperatures and pressures, we have explored an alternative gas-phase synthesis using only atomic carbon and molecular hydrogen along…

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Surfaces open new routes: unexpected formation of m-PANI oligomers from p-aminophenol (ANGEW. CHEM. 2020)

Surfaces never fail to surprise. Once more, they have demonstrated that chemistry on 2D metallic surfaces behaves differently to that on solution (3D). We have shown that highly unspecific solution-based Michael addition transforms into highly selective when carried out on a Pt(111) surface. In this way, we are able to…

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Inducing Intermolecular C-C Covalent Bonds between PAHs by Exposure to Atomic Hydrogen (JACS 2019)

The ESISNA group, in collaboration with the Nanotech@surfaces group from Empa (Switzerland), has demonstrated the catalytic role that atomic hydrogen can play in the formation of new intermolecular C-C covalent bonds on relatively inert surfaces. For this purpose, we have annealed a Au(111) surface, previously covered with different PAHs, in…

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Comparative structural characterization of two types of graphene layers on SiC (Appl. Surf. Sci. 2019)

We have studied epitaxial graphene grown on SiC by chemical vapour deposition. In the work, two kinds of graphene layers were evaluated, a single layer graphene and a quasi-free-standing graphene obtained by hydrogen intercalation under the buffer layer. To evaluate the influence of the different nature of both graphene layers…

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ESISNA at the «On-Surface Synthesis» international workshop 2018

On-surface synthesis is nowadays a promising and potential strategy for the development of novel nanomaterials. This approach allows not only to achieve materials of different dimensionalities such as 0D nanoobjects, 1D nanowires or even 2D networks for diverse applications but also the possibility to manipulate the molecules at the atomic…

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On-surface chemistry: synthesis of azine derivatives with acceptor behaviour (Angew. Chem. 2018)

On-surface chemistry is a potential strategy focused on obtaining and developing novel nanomaterials of different dimensionalities with atomic precision. The growth mechanism is based on a bottom-up approach where molecular building blocks are evaporated onto a surface. Therefore, choosing the appropriate surface and precursor we are able to build and…

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Decoupling epitaxial graphene from metals by electrochemical oxidation (Carbon 2018)

The catalytic role of metallic substrates is a perfect starting point for growing high quality graphene layers by thermal decomposition of aromatics. However, metallic substrates quench the outstanding properties that make graphene the most promising material for future applications. Thus, protocols to transfer graphene to different technologically relevant substrates are…

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