Self-assembled monolayers with charge-transfer functional groups: Immobilization of the electron donor TMPD and the electron acceptor TCNQ

Hjalti Skulason, C. Daniel Frisbie

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Abstract

Spontaneously adsorbed molecular films containing derivatives of the electron donor tetramethylphenylenediamine (TMPD) or the electron acceptor tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) are formed by exposure of polycrystalline Au to 1 mM solutions of an alkanethiol TMPD reagent or an alkyl disulfide TCNQ species, respectively. Characterization of these redox-active films by cyclic voltammetry establishes the presence of (3.3 ± 0.3) x 10-10 mol/cm2 of redox-active TMPD groups in the case of TMPD films and (2.4 ± 0.5) x 10-0 mol/cm2 of redox-active TCNQ groups in the case of the TCNQ films. These films readily undergo charge-transfer reactions with complementary electron acceptors and donors as verified by reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy and laser desorption mass spectrometry. These film provide convenient approaches for exploiting well-known charge-transfer chemistry in interfacial adhesion measurements and for tailoring the electronic structure of metal-organic interfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5834-5840
Number of pages7
JournalLangmuir
Volume14
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 29 1998

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