In the design of supramolecular structures, Y-shaped molecules are useful to expand the structures in three different directions. The supramolecular structures of Y-shaped molecules with three halogen-ligands on surfaces have been extensively studied, but much less are done for those with six halogen-ligands. Here, we report on the intermolecular interactions of a Y-shaped molecule, 1,3,5-Tris(3,5-dibromophenyl)benzene, with six Br-ligands studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Honeycomb-like structures were observed on Au(111), and could be explained with chiral triple-nodes made of three Br···Br halogen bonds. Molecular models were proposed based on STM images and reproduced with density-functional theory calculations. Although the molecule has six Br-ligands, only three of them form Br···Br halogen bonds because of geometrical restrictions. Our study shows that halogenated Y-shaped molecules will be useful components for building supramolecular structures.
- Halogen bond
- Molecular nanostructures
- Scanning tunneling microscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films