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Eberle, Alexander; Nosek, Adrian; Büttner, Johannes; Markert, Thomas; Trixler, Frank (2017): Growing low-dimensional supramolecular crystals directly from 3D particles. In: Crystengcomm, Vol. 19, No. 10: pp. 1417-1426
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We show that one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures and two-dimensional (2D) supramolecular crystals of organic semiconductors can be grown on substrates under ambient conditions directly from three-dimensional (3D) organic crystals. The approach does not require dissolving, melting or evaporating of the source crystals and is based on organic solid-solid wetting deposition (OSWD). We exemplify our approach by using the pigment quinacridone (QAC). Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) investigations show that the structures of the resulting 2D crystals are similar to the chain arrangement of the alpha and beta QAC polymorphs and are independent of the 3D source crystal polymorph (gamma). Furthermore, distinct 1D chains can be produced systematically.