Scanning tunneling microscopy was used to study molecular order in monolayer organic films formed by solution-phase growth from thermotropic liquid crystal solvents. The films develop macroscopically uniaxial alignment, with adlayer orientation controlled by an external magnetic field through interactions mediated by the liquid crystal. Results are presented for two films deposited from nematic and smectic- A solvents, along with a discussion of the alignment mechanism.
Physical Review Letters
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Mougous, Joseph D.; Brackley, Andrew J.; Foland, Katherine; Baker, Robert T.; and Patrick, David L., "Formation of Uniaxial Molecular Films by Liquid-Crystal Imprinting in a Magnetic Field" (2000). Chemistry. 3.