pH-Dependent Force Spectroscopy of Tri(ethylene glycol)- and Methyl-terminated Self-Assembled Monolayers Adsorbed on Gold

C Dicke, Georg Hähner

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Abstract

Self-assembled monolayers; (SAMS) of methoxy-tri(ethylene glycol)- (EG(3)-OMe) and methyl-terminated alkanethiols (C-16) adsorbed on polycrystalline gold were investigated by chemical force spectroscopy. Measurements were performed in aqueous electrolyte solutions depending on ionic strength and pH value. Charged and hydrophobic tips were employed as probes to mimic local patches of proteins and to study the interaction at the organic/liquid interface in detail. Force-distance curves reveal information about the origin of the observed interaction and the underlying mechanisms. The measurements confirm an effective negative surface charge to be present at the oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) and the methyl interface and suggest that the charges are due to the adsorption of hydroxyl ions from aqueous solution. pH-dependent measurements further support the robustness of the established charge associated with the OEG films. Its sign does not change over the whole range of investigated values between pH similar to3.5 and similar to10. In contrast, the hydrophobic self-assembled hexadecanethiol films on gold show an isoelectric point (IEP) around pH 4. While the mechanism of charge establishment appears to be similar for both SA films, the strength of hydrogen bonding to interfacial water, which acts as a template for hydroxyl ion adsorption, is likely to be responsible for the observed difference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12619-12625
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume124
Issue number42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2002

Keywords

  • STREAMING CURRENT MEASUREMENTS
  • SUM-FREQUENCY SPECTROSCOPY
  • PROTEIN ADSORPTION
  • MOLECULAR-CONFORMATION
  • SOLID/LIQUID INTERFACE
  • POLY(ETHYLENE GLYCOL)
  • OLIGO(ETHYLENE OXIDE)
  • WATER INTERFACES
  • SURFACE
  • MICROSCOPY

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