Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Nanowires on the Surface by Metallo-Supramolecular Truncated Cuboctahedra

Heng Wang, Kun Wang, Yaping Xu, Wu Wang, Shaohua Chen, Matthew Hart, Lukasz Wojtas, Li Peng Zhou, Lin Gan, Xuzhou Yan, Yiming Li, Juhoon Lee, Xian Sheng Ke, Xu Qing Wang, Chang Wei Zhang, Shasha Zhou, Tianyou Zhai, Hai Bo Yang, Ming Wang, Jiaqing HeQing Fu Sun, Bingqian Xu, Yang Jiao, Peter J. Stang, Jonathan L. Sessler, Xiaopeng Li

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

44 Scopus citations


Parastichy, the spiral arrangement of plant organs, is an example of the long-range apparent order seen in biological systems. These ordered arrangements provide scientists with both an aesthetic challenge and a mathematical inspiration. Synthetic efforts to replicate the regularity of parastichy may allow for molecular-scale control over particle arrangement processes. Here we report the packing of a supramolecular truncated cuboctahedron (TCO) into double-helical (DH) nanowires on a graphite surface with a non-natural parastichy pattern ascribed to the symmetry of the TCOs and interactions between TCOs. Such a study is expected to advance our understanding of the design inputs needed to create complex, but precisely controlled, hierarchical materials. It is also one of the few reported helical packing structures based on Platonic or Archimedean solids since the discovery of the Boerdijk-Coxeter helix. As such, it may provide experimental support for studies of packing theory at the molecular level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5826-5835
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 21 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Nanowires on the Surface by Metallo-Supramolecular Truncated Cuboctahedra'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this