Atomic force microscopy studies of alkyl-phosphonate SAMs on mica

A. Paszternák, A. Pilbáth, Z. Keresztes, I. Felhősi, J. Telegdi, E. Kálmán

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Abstract

The layer formation of phosphonic acids on mica surface as a model system, from aqueous and ethanol solutions has been investigated. The aggregation behavior (critical micelle concentration, cmc) of molecules in the solution phase has been determined by surface tension measurements in order to select the appropriate concentration for the layer formation experiments. Layer formation of self-assembling molecules of alkyl-phosphonic acids has been followed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Nucleation, growth and coalescence of densely packed islands of phosphonates from ethanol solution have been recorded on mica surface. The structure of islands depends on the length of alkyl-chains. Self-assembly of phosphonates has been also observed from aqueous solution, as presented by octyl-phosphonic acid (OcPA). The height of OcPA islands is 1.46 ± 0.22 nm, which is practically equal with the length of molecule (1.4 nm). This shows that OcPA molecules form monolayer height domains on the mica surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-262
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Science Forum
Volume589
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Organophosphonates
Mica
mica
Atomic force microscopy
Phosphorous Acids
atomic force microscopy
acids
Molecules
Acids
Ethanol
molecules
ethyl alcohol
Critical micelle concentration
aqueous solutions
Coalescence
Self assembly
Surface tension
Monolayers
assembling
Nucleation

Keywords

  • AFM
  • Mica
  • Phosphonic acid
  • Surface modification
  • Thin layer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Atomic force microscopy studies of alkyl-phosphonate SAMs on mica. / Paszternák, A.; Pilbáth, A.; Keresztes, Z.; Felhősi, I.; Telegdi, J.; Kálmán, E.

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