the influence of chemical modification of scanning tunneling microscopy tips on image contrast is studied. This technique is applied to the identification of an ester functional group, hardly visible otherwise. Self-assembled overlayers of wax esters (palmitoyl palmitate), adsorbed at the interface between highly oriented pyrolitic graphite and a solution of phenyloctane, are imaged. the gold tips used are chemically modified by 4-mercaptobenzoic acid and 4-mercaptotoluene. the stability of the ordered overlayers formed facilitates the reproducible set of images with submolecular resolution. This allows the identification of the layer regular structure and of other features which can be unamiguously related to the fingerprints of the COO bond. Moreover, we are interested in finding evidence of molecular motions observed at domain boundaries.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Chemistry: A European Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
- Interfaces -Scanning Probe Microscopy - Self-assembly