Self-assembled monolayers of alkaneselenolates on (111) gold and silver

A. Shaporenko, A. Ulman, A. Terfort, M. Zharnikov

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Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) formed from didodecyl diselenide (C12SeSeC12) and didodecyl selenide (C12SeC12) on (111) Au and Ag substrates were extensively characterized by several complementary techniques. C12SeSeC12 was found to form contamination-free, densely packed, and well-ordered C12Se SAMs on both substrates, whereas the adsorption of C12SeC12 occurred only on Au and resulted in the formation of a SAM-like C12SeC12 film with a low packing density and a conformational disorder. The properties of the C12Se SAMs were compared with those of dodecanethiolate (C12S) SAMs. The packing density, orientational order, and molecular inclination in C12Se/Au and C12S/Au were found to be very similar. In contrast, C12Se/Ag exhibited significantly lower packing density, a lower degree of the conformational and orientational order, and a larger molecular inclination than C12S/Ag. The results suggest a sp 3 bonding configuration for the selenium atom on Au and Ag and indicate a larger corrugation of the headgroup-substrate binding energy surface in C12Se/Ag than in C12S/Ag.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3898-3906
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 10 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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