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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 624927, 7 pages
Research Article

Solvent-Dependent Self-Assembly of 4,7-Dibromo-5,6-bis(octyloxy)benzo[c][1,2,5] Thiadiazole on Graphite Surface by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Wushan Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guandgdong 510640, China

Received 9 May 2013; Revised 6 June 2013; Accepted 8 June 2013

Academic Editor: Amir Kajbafvala

Copyright © 2013 Bao Zha et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Solvent effect on self-assembly of 4,7-dibromo-5,6-bis(octyloxy)benzo[c][1,2,5] thiadiazole (DBT) on a highly oriented graphite (HOPG) surface was investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) by using 1-phenyloctane, 1-octanoic acid, and 1-octanol as the solvents. Two different patterns were obtained in 1-phenyloctane and 1-octanoic acid, suggesting that the self-assembly of DBT was solvent dependent. At the 1-phenyloctane/HOPG interface, a linear structure was revealed due to the intermolecular halogen bonding. When 1-octanoic acid and 1-octanol are used as the solvents, the coadsorption of solvent molecules resulting from the hydrogen bonding between DBT and solvent made an important contribution to the formation of a lamellar structure. The results demonstrate that solvents could affect the molecular self-assembly according to the variational intermolecular interactions.