Mesoscale coordination constructs

A series of mesoscale supramolecular hexagonal grids have been constructed in solution through stepwise intra- then intermolecular coordination-driven self-assembly, and characterized with atomic resolution by scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Fig. 1: Synthetic strategy of ligand through intra- and intermolecular self-assembly of a discrete supramolecular hexagonal grid.
Fig. 2: Characterization of discrete hexagonal grids.


  1. 1.

    Rappas, M. et al. Science 307, 1972–1975 (2005).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  2. 2.

    Bauer, T. et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50, 7879–7884 (2011).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. 3.

    Sun, Q.-F. et al. Science 328, 1144–1147 (2010).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  4. 4.

    Fujita, D. et al. Nature 540, 563–566 (2016).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  5. 5.

    Zhang, Z. et al. Nat. Chem (2020).

    Article  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  6. 6.

    Shang, J. et al. Nat. Chem 7, 389–393 (2015).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7.

    Urgel, J. I. et al. Nat. Chem 8, 657–662 (2016).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  8. 8.

    Wang, Y. et al. Chem. Soc. Rev. 43, 399–411 (2014).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information



Corresponding author

Correspondence to Yongfeng Wang.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Li, R., Wang, Y. Mesoscale coordination constructs. Nat. Chem. 12, 431–432 (2020).

Download citation


Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing