The development of graphene functionalization strategies that simultaneously achieve two-dimensional (2D) spatial periodicity and substrate registry is of critical importance for graphene-based nanoelectronics and related technologies. Here, we demonstrate the generation of a hydrogen-bonded molecularly thin organic heteromolecular nanoporous network on epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001) using room-temperature ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy. In particular, perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) and melamine are intermixed to form a spatially periodic 2D nanoporous network architecture with hexagonal symmetry and a lattice parameter of 3.45 ± 0.10 nm. The resulting adlayer is in registry with the underlying graphene substrate and possesses a characteristic domain size of 40-50 nm. This molecularly defined nanoporous network holds promise as a template for 2D ordered chemical modification of graphene at lengths scales relevant for graphene band structure engineering.
- scanning tunneling microscopy
- surface chemistry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)