sp carbon chains surrounded by sp3 carbon double helices: A class of molecules that are accessible by self-assembly and models for "insulated" molecular-scale devices Academic Article uri icon


  • Neither bonding interactions between the strands nor covalent bonds to metal templates dispersed throughout the strands are needed for the molecules presented here to adopt double-helical structures (see picture). The molecules consist of rigid (C≡C)m chains that bridge two platinum atoms, which are in turn bridged by two diphosphane ligands of the formula Ar2P(CH2)nPAr2.

author list (cited authors)

  • Stahl, J., Bohling, J. C., Bauer, E. B., Peters, T. B., Mohr, W., Martín-Alvarez, J. M., Hampel, F., & Gladysz, J. A.

citation count

  • 102

publication date

  • June 2002