Comparisons of Self-Assembled Monolayers on Silver and Gold: Mixed Monolayers Derived from HS(CH2)21X and HS(CH2)10Y (X, Y - CH3, CH2OH) Have Similar Properties
HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MA DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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This paper describes the preparation of self-assembled monolayers SAMs by adsorption of alkanethiols on evaporated silver, and compares these SAMs with analogous SAMs prepared on gold. The work concentrated on SAMs derived from mixtures of alkanethiols having long and short chains and terminating in hydrophobic and hydrophilic tails HSCH2 10CH3, HSCH2 21CH3, HSCH210CH2OH, and HSCH221CH2OH. The thickness and the compositions of these SAMs were established by X ray photoelectron spectroscopy XPS. As is observed with self- assembled alkanethiolate monolayers on gold, the composition of the monolayers parallels but does not equal the solution composition. Less pronounced differences are observed between compositions in solution and on the surface on silver than have previously been reported on gold. Rates of exchange of surface thiolates with thiols in solution are similar on silver and gold.
- Physical Chemistry