Tunable self-assembly of one-dimensional nanostructures with orthogonal directions

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High-temperature exposure of a Mo(110) surface to borazine (HBNH) 3 leads to the formation of two distinctly different self-assembling nanostructures. Depending on the substrate temperature during preparation, either well-aligned, ultra-thin boron nanowires or a single-layer stripe structure of hexagonal boron nitride forms. Both structures show one-dimensional (1D) characteristics, but in directions perpendicular to each other. It is also possible to grow the two phases in coexistence. The relative weights are controlled by the sample temperature during preparation.

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Allan, M. P., Berner, S., Corso, M., Greber, T., & Osterwalder, J. (2007). Tunable self-assembly of one-dimensional nanostructures with orthogonal directions. Nanoscale Research Letters, 2(2), 94–99. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11671-006-9036-2

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