Comparative study of thiol films on C(0001) and Au(111) surfaces by scanning probe microscopy

F. Terán Arce, M. E. Vela, R. C. Salvarezza, A. J. Arvia

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The structures resulting from 1-dodecanethiol, 1-butanethiol and 1,9-nonanedithiol films produced on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and gold(111) have been comparatively studied by scanning probe microscopies. Molecular resolution images resulting from atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) of different thiol films show the formation of arrays of molecules parallel to the HOPG surface. The electrochemical response of the ferro-ferricyanide reaction was used to test the characteristics of electron transfer processes in thiol-covered HOPG as compared to the bare substrate. The decrease in the heterogeneous rate constant for the test reaction appears to be directly related to the degree of film thickness uniformity. For comparison, films with the same kind of thiols were produced on Au(111). Although the electrochemical characteristics of these films appear to be the same irrespective of the substrate nature, the structure of the films on Au(111) is different from that produced on HOPG.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-649
Number of pages13
JournalSurface Review and Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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