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Langmuir, 18 (10), 3980 - 3992, 2002.
Web Release Date: April 20, 2002

Copyright © 2002 American Chemical Society

Preparation, Modification, and Crystallinity of Aliphatic and Aromatic Carboxylic Acid Terminated Self-Assembled Monolayers

Ralf Arnold,1 Waleed Azzam,1 Andreas Terfort,2 and Christof Wöll*1

1 Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Physikalische Chemie I, Universitätsstr. 150, D-44801 Bochum, Germany, and
2 Universität Hamburg, Institut für Anorganische und Angewandte Chemie, Martin-Luther-King-Platz 6, D-20146 Hamburg, Germany

Received November 26, 2001

In Final Form: February 4, 2002


COOH-terminated organic surfaces were prepared by self-assembly of different organothiols, mercaptohexadecanoic acid (MHDA) and mercaptomethylterphenylcarboxylic acid (MMTA), on Au substrates. The SAMs were explored by infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A rather strong dependence on preparation conditions is observed which explains inconsistencies between previous studies reported for these systems. Using optimized preparation conditions, films with a high degree of molecular orientation could be prepared. A significant amount of disorder, however, is induced by hydrogen bonds between the terminating -COOH groups. An organothiol with a more rigid backbone, MMTA, is demonstrated to yield carboxy-terminated SAMs which are more straightforward to prepare and which show a significantly higher degree of order.

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