Institut für Funktionelle Grenzflächen (IFG)

Stress in self-assembled monolayers: the case of -biphenyl-alkane thiols on Au(111)

  • Autor: Cyganik, P. / Buck, M. / Wilton-Ely, J. D.E. T. / Wöll, C. (2005)

  • Quelle: J. Phys. Chem. B 109 (2005), 21, 10902-10908

  • Datum: 2005
  • Cyganik, P. / Buck, M. / Wilton-Ely, J. D.E. T. / Wöll, C. (2005): „Stress in self-assembled monolayers: the case of -biphenyl-alkane thiols on Au(111)“. In: J. Phys. Chem. B 109 (2005), 21, 10902-10908

Abstract

Self-assembled monolayers of ω-(4'-methylbiphenyl-4-yl) alkane thiols CH3(C6H4)2(CH2)nSH (BPn, n = 2, 3, and 5) on Au(111) substrates, prepared at room and elevated temperatures, were studied using scanning tunneling microscopy.

In contrast to the biphenyl thiol analogues with n = 0 or 1, ordered domains of large size are formed which exhibit small, periodic height variations on a length scale of several nanometers. These are attributed to solitons (or domain walls), resulting from structural mismatch between the molecular adlayer and the gold substrate.

The implications of these results for the design of aromatic thiols to cope with stress and yield low-defect density self-assembled monolayers are discussed.


 

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