On-surface synthesis

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The development of combined organic and on-surface synthesis allows for the fabrication and characterization of organic nanomaterials with atomic precision. Such materials have the potential to display novel optical, electronic and magnetic properties, based upon the properties of the precursor materials or as an emergent property of the synthesized structures. Additionally, surface-confined synthesis offers an alternative to the methodologies employed within the solution phase, with the reduced dimensionality providing a new route to influencing and controlling materials fabrication.

This Collection aims to bring together the latest progress in the synthesis, characterization, and functionalization of covalently bonded nanomaterials fabricated by the on-surface synthesis approach, as well as highlighting advances in the synthesis of coordination polymers, macrocycles and other compounds obtained on surfaces.

We welcome both experimental and theoretical studies, with topics of interest including but not limited to:

  • Novel on-surface synthesis methodologies.
  • Synthesis of surface-confined carbon nanostructures, graphene-based systems, covalent organic frameworks, coordination polymers, and macrocycles.
  • Characterization of the structure and properties of on-surface synthesized molecules and nanomaterials.
  • Mechanistic details of on-surface processes and reactions.

The Collection primarily welcomes original research papers, in the form of both full articles and communications. All submissions will be subject to the same review process and editorial standards as regular Communications Chemistry Articles.

Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) image of surface


  • Jennifer MacLeod

    Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia

  • Ping Yu

    ShanghaiTech University, China

  • Alex Saywell

    University of Nottingham, UK