A non-covalent synthesis route to assemble metallodendrimers was exten
ded to the fifth generation. Generation four (G(4)) was characterized
by electrospray mass spectrometry. Thin films of generation five (G(5)
) metallodendrimers were studied by tapping mode scanning force micros
copy. Both on graphite and on mica spherical particles with a diameter
of ca 15 nm were observed. (C) 1998 John Wiley gr Sons, Ltd.