Electro-assisted assembly of aliphatic thiol, dithiol and dithiocarboxylic acid monolayers on copper

A. Maho, J. Denayer, J. Delhalle, Z. Mekhalif

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Abstract

Molecular assemblies of organothiol molecules on polycrystalline copper surfaces are a well known process to confer them specific organizational and protective properties. In this paper, an original and promising approach is considered through an electro-assisted adsorption process via a cathodic polarization of the copper substrate. Spectroscopic characterizations (PM-IRRAS, XPS) and electrochemical studies (CV, LSV, cathodic desorption, SECM) highlight and confirm the benefits brought by this methodology in terms of resulting SAMs features and considerable savings of preparation time. In addition to normal alkylthiols with a monopod anchoring group, alkyldithiocarboxylic acid and alkyldithiol monolayers - both bipodal - are characterized with the prospect of forming either easier to remove or more adherent films, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3954-3962
Number of pages9
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Volume56
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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