Molecules, Vol. 28, Pages 4253: Structural Quantification of the Surface-Confined Metal-Organic Precursors Simulated with the Lattice Monte Carlo Method

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Molecules, Vol. 28, Pages 4253: Structural Quantification of the Surface-Confined Metal-Organic Precursors Simulated with the Lattice Monte Carlo Method

Molecules doi: 10.3390/molecules28104253

Authors:
Jakub Lisiecki
Paweł Szabelski

The diversity of surface-confined metal-organic precursor structures, which recently have been observed experimentally, poses a question of how the individual properties of a molecular building block determine those of the resulting superstructure. To answer this question, we use the Monte Carlo simulation technique to model the self-assembly of metal-organic precursors that precede the covalent polymerization of halogenated PAH isomers. For this purpose, a few representative examples of low-dimensional constructs were studied, and their basic structural features were quantified using such descriptors as the orientational order parameter, radial distribution function, and one- and two-dimensional structure factors. The obtained results demonstrated that the morphology of the precursor (and thus the subsequent polymer) could be effectively tuned by a suitable choice of molecular parameters, including size, shape, and intramolecular distribution of halogen substituents. Moreover, our theoretical investigations showed the effect of the main structural features of the precursors on the related indirect characteristics of these constructs. The results reported herein can be helpful in the custom designing and characterization of low-dimensional polymers with adjustable properties.

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