Ferrocenylalkylthiolate labeling of defects in alkylthiol self-assembled monolayers on gold

Yoon Suk Lee, R. Bruce Lennox

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Coverage defects in alkylthiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are critically important to function related to electron transfer from soluble redox probes. There is therefore a need for an accurate and direct measurement of the number and type of coverage defect in a range of SAMs. Ferrocenyldodecanethiol (FcC12SH) has been assessed as an electrochemically-addressable label of coverage defects. It is shown that short time exposure of a SAM to FcC 12SH leads to a quantifiable Fc coverage (ΓFc), with ΓFc < 1% readily measurable. The voltammetric signature of FcC12SH label is also able to differentiate types of defect in a given SAM. A number of SAM preparation conditions are assessed for the density and type of coverage defect. This labeling method therefore will be a useful tool for research into SAM property-function relationships. This journal is
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1013-1020
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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