The goal of the multidisciplinary LOEWE focus PriOSS (Principles of Surface Based Synthesis Strategies) is to develop fundamental models for on-surface synthesis and to create a toolbox for this new methodology, as it has existed for classical synthesis in solution for centuries. In order to get closer to this goal, the LOEWE-PriOSS Symposium at Schloss Rauischholzhausen will bring together researchers with different expertise in the fields of physics, chemistry and theory to address the following topics, among others:
- Reactions and assembly processes of molecules on surfaces
- Manipulation of single molecules
- Development of new functional materials with special properties and potential applications.
Since the deposition and positioning of molecular structures on surfaces, e.g. for functional assemblies, is difficult, nanostructures are now increasingly successfully fabricated directly on surfaces; this is referred to as "on-surface synthesis". This approach is particularly interesting for two-dimensional (2D) materials, which per se require a surface as a support structure. However, the selective synthesis of such complex functional elements still poses a particular challenge. While synthesis in solution can draw on almost 200 years of experience and mature methods, the concepts of on-surface synthesis are still in their infancy. The two-dimensional (2D) nature of the surface opens up special possibilities for controlling reaction processes and offers the possibility of specifically building nanoarchitectures from atomic/molecular building blocks.