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Elastic and adhesive properties of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers on gold



Frank W. DelRio, Cherno Jaye, Daniel A. Fischer, Robert F. Cook


Elastic and adhesive properties of alkanethiol (CH3(CH2)n 1SH) self-assembled monolayers on gold are investigated by atomic force microscopy and correlated with surface structure via near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. As the chain length n decreases from 18 to 5, the elastic modulus of the monolayer film, Ef, decreases from 1.0 GPa to 0.15 GPa and the work of adhesion, w, increases from 82.8 mJ m−2 to 168.3 mJ m−2. The Ef and w trends are interpreted in terms of the dichroic ratios, RI, which reveal distinct changes in chain orientation, order, and coverage over the range of n.
Applied Physics Letters


atomic force microscopy, mechanical properties, self-assembled monolayers
Created March 30, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017