We have investigated the tripod-shaped bromo adamantane trithiol (BATT) molecule on Au(111) using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at 4.7 K. Adsorption of BATT leads to formation of highly ordered self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with three-point contacts on Au(111). The structure of these SAMs has been found to have a two-tiered hierarchical chiral organization. The self-assembly of achiral monomers produces chiral trimers, which then act as the building blocks for chiral hexagonal supermolecules. SAMs begin to form from the racemic mixture of assembled molecules in ribbon-shaped islands, followed by the transformation to enantiomeric domains when SAM layers develop two-dimensionally across hep domains. Such a chiral phase transition at the two-dimensional domain can arise from a subtle balance between molecule-substrate and intermolecular interactions. Two structural factors, the S atom (stabilization) and the methylene groups (chirality) located just above the S atom, induce the chiral ordering of BATT on Au(111).
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry