Chain Length Dependence of the Conformational Order in Self-Assembled Dialkylammonium Monolayers on Mica Studied by Soft X-Ray Absorption

Georg Hähner, M Zwahlen, W Caseri

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Abstract

Self-assembled alkyl chain based monolayers on mica are important for industrial and technological processes since they can be employed for an organic modification of the inorganic substrate. The conformational structure and orientational order of the films determine the interaction of the modified substrate with the environment and the chemical character and stability of its surface. We have studied the conformational order in ion exchanged dialkylammonium monolayers adsorbed on mica depending on the length of the alkyl chains systematically with near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS). In addition, films were characterized by water contact angle measurements. The experimentally determined average tilt angles of the chains are discussed in terms of the degree of order. It was found that the absolute number of gauche defects in the films increases with decreasing chain length.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1424
Number of pages1424
JournalLangmuir
Volume21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2005

Keywords

  • OCTADECYLTRIMETHYLAMMONIUM BROMIDE
  • ELECTRONIC-STRUCTURE
  • AQUEOUS-SOLUTION
  • ALKYL CHAINS
  • ORIENTATION
  • EXCHANGE
  • GROWTH

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