UPS, XPS, and NEXAFS study of self-assembly of standing 1,4-benzenedimethanethiol SAMs on gold

Luca Pasquali, Fabio Terzi, Renato Seeber, Stefano Nannarone, Debasish Datta, Céline Dablemont, Hicham Hamoudi, Maurizio Canepa, Vladimir A. Esaulov

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Abstract

We report a study of the self-assembly of 1,4-benzenedimethanethiol monolayers on gold formed in n-hexane solution held at 60 °C for 30 min and in dark conditions. The valence band characteristics, the thickness of the layer, and the orientation of the molecules were analyzed at a synchrotron using high resolution photoelectron spectroscopy and near edge X-ray adsorption spectroscopy. These measurements unambiguously attest the formation of a single layer with molecules arranged in the upright position and presenting a free -SH group at the outer interface. Near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) measurements suggest that the molecular axis is oriented at 24° with respect to the surface normal. In addition, valence band features could be successfully associated to specific molecular orbital contributions thanks to the comparison with theoretically calculated density of states projected on the different molecular units.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4713-4720
Number of pages8
JournalLangmuir
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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Pasquali, L., Terzi, F., Seeber, R., Nannarone, S., Datta, D., Dablemont, C., Hamoudi, H., Canepa, M., & Esaulov, V. A. (2011). UPS, XPS, and NEXAFS study of self-assembly of standing 1,4-benzenedimethanethiol SAMs on gold. Langmuir, 27(8), 4713-4720. https://doi.org/10.1021/la105063u