Isostructural self-assembled monolayers. 2. Methyl 1-(3-mercaptopropyl)-oligo(ethylene oxide)s.

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TitleIsostructural self-assembled monolayers. 2. Methyl 1-(3-mercaptopropyl)-oligo(ethylene oxide)s.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsVanderah, DJ, Parr, T, Silin, VI, Meuse, CW, Gates, RS, La, H, Valincius, G
Date Published2004 Feb 17

The structural order and ordering conditions of the self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of HSCH2CH2CH2O(EO)xCH3, where EO = CH2CH2O and x = 3-9, on polycrystalline gold (Au) were determined by reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS), spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. For x = 5-7, RAIRS and SE data show that the oligo(ethylene oxide) [OEO] segments adopt the near single phase, 7/2 helical conformation of the folded-chain crystal polymorph of crystalline poly(ethylene oxide), oriented normal to the substrate. These SAMs exhibit OEO segment structure and orientation identical to that found in a previous isostructural series [HS(CH2CH2O)6-8C18H37 SAMs. Vanderah, D. J., et al. Langmuir 2003, 19, 3752] and are anisotropic films for surface science metrology where structure is constant and thickness increases in 0.30 nm increments. In addition, this is the first example of OEO SAMs to attain this highly ordered, helical conformation where the (EO)x segment is separated from the Au-sulfur headgroup by a polymethylene chain. For x = 4, 8, and 9, the SAMs are largely helical but show evidence of nonhelical conformations and establish the upper and lower limits of the isostructural set. For x = 3, the SAMs are largely disordered containing some all-trans conformation. SAM order as a function of immersion time from 100% water and 95% ethanol indicates that the HSCH2CH2CH2O(EO)5-7CH3 SAMs order faster and under a wider range of conditions than omega-alkyl 1-thiaolio(ethylene oxide) [HS(EO)xCH3] SAMs, reported earlier (Vanderah, D. J., et al. Langmuir 2002, 18, 4674 and Vanderah, D. J., et al. Langmuir 2003, 19, 2612).

Alternate JournalLangmuir
PubMed ID15803712