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Self-Assembled Monolayers of Benzylmercaptan and p-Cyanobenzylmercaptan on Au(111) Surfaces: Structural and Spectroscopic Characterization

Self-Assembled Monolayers of Benzylmercaptan and p-Cyanobenzylmercaptan on Au(111) Surfaces: Structural and Spectroscopic Characterization
chair: Hallmann, L. / Bashir, A. / Strunskus, T. / Adelung, R. / Staemmler, V. / Wöll, C. / Tuczek, F. (2008)

place:

Langmuir 24 (2008), 5726-5733

 

Date: 2008

Hallmann, L. / Bashir, A. / Strunskus, T. / Adelung, R. / Staemmler, V. / Wöll, C. / Tuczek, F. (2008): „Self-Assembled Monolayers of Benzylmercaptan and p-Cyanobenzylmercaptan on Au(111) Surfaces: Structural and Spectroscopic Characterization“. In: Langmuir 24 (2008), 5726-5733

Abstract

The formation of self-assembled monolayers of benzylmercaptan (BM) and p-cyanobenzylmercaptan (pCBM) on Au(111) surfaces is investigated by a combination of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The NEXAFS results of pCBM are supported by ab initio calculations.

It is found that BM as well as pCBM form well-ordered monolayers with the molecules oriented almost perpendicular to the surface. BM forms a (v3 × v3)R30° structure whereas pCBM forms a slightly different c(7 × 7) hexagonal structure. No phase separation is detected for the adsorption of a 1:1 mixture of the two molecules. The implications of the results for the covalent attachment of transition-metal complexes to thiol-functionalized surfaces are discussed.



 

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