Scanning probe microscopy

Scanning probe microscopy images a sample by scanning a physical probe just above the surface. A variety of different probes and detection modalities can be used to generate either a topological map of the surface or to detect and image some other electromagnetic, physical or molecular characteristic.

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  • Research Highlights |

    Polyarylenes are now afforded through the cycloaromatization of isopropyl-substituted arenes on Au surfaces. The reaction mechanism is elucidated through computational and in situ scanning probe microscopy investigations.

    • Claire Ashworth
  • News & Views |

    Ring-forming reactions are at the heart of organic synthesis. Now, phenylene rings are synthesized from two isopropyl moieties on a gold surface. Resolving the intermediates of this (3+3) cycloaromatization reaction with atomic force microscopy offers mechanistic insight into the dimerization process.

    • Diego Peña
    •  & Leo Gross
    Nature Synthesis 1, 260-261
  • News & Views |

    Bilayer borophene, predicted to be stabilized by interlayer linkages, has now been grown by molecular beam epitaxy on copper and silver surfaces in two independent studies. The growth substrate and temperature are found to influence the lattice structures formed.

    • Maryam Ebrahimi
  • Research Highlights |

    An article in Nature Chemistry reports a tip-manipulated approach to build custom nanoarchitectures on a surface by activating, orienting and coupling together individual building blocks.

    • Ariane Vartanian