The surface forces apparatus technique and the Johnson-Kendall-Roberts theory were used to study the elastic properties of an n- octadecyltriethoxysilane self-assembled monolayer (OTE-SAM) on both untreated and plasma-treated mica. Our aim was to measure the thickness compressibilities of OTE monolayers on untreated and plasma-treated mica and to estimate their surface densities and phase-states from the film compressibility. The compressibility moduli of OTE are (0.96 ± 0.02) × 10 8 N/m 2 on untreated mica and (1.24 ± 0.06) × 108 N/m 2 on plasma-treated mica. This work suggests that the OTE phase-state is pseudocrystalline. In addition, the results from the compressibility measurements in water vapor suggest that the OTE-SAM on both untreated and plasma-treated mica is not homogeneous but rather contains both crystalline polymerized OTE domains and somewhat hydrophilic gaseous regions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Aug 30 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces