ACS Nano

Generation and Characterization of a meta-Aryne on Cu and NaCl Surfaces

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We describe the generation of a meta-aryne at low temperature (T = 5 K) using atomic manipulation on Cu(111) and on bilayer NaCl on Cu(111). We observe different voltage thresholds for dehalogenation of the precursor and different reaction products depending on the substrate surface. The chemical structure is resolved by atomic force microscopy with CO-terminated tips, revealing the radical positions and confirming a diradical rather than an anti-Bredt olefin structure for this meta-aryne on NaCl.