A General Approach for the Preparation of Single Crystalline One-dimensional Organic Nanostructures and the Study of the Mechanism

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  • Shuit Tong LEE (Principal Investigator / Project Coordinator)
  • Xiujuan ZHANG (Co-Investigator)
  • Xiao-hong ZHANG (Co-Investigator)


One dimensional (1D) organic nanostructures are attracting much interest in view of their unique properties and promising applications. Recent success in synthesizing several organic nanowires/nanoribbons and demonstrating their novel properties has further heightened the interest in organic nanostructures. The investigators have recently found that injecting the solution of one organic compound into an insoluble solvent enables the synthesis of 1D organic nanostructures. Their method appears to involve two steps: (i) nanocluster nucleation due to segregation of the organic molecules from the solution to the insoluble solvent, and (ii) self-assembly of the molecules into a 1D nanostructure via directional intermolecular interactions. However, the details of this method are yet to be understood and verified. This study thus proposes to further develop this method by investigating its possible mechanisms. The researchers will also study its generality in preparing 1D organic nanostructures and its mechanism that leads to various morphological nanostructures.


Project number7002075
Grant typeSRG
Effective start/end date1/04/0721/01/09