Reductive desorption of carboxylic-acid-terminated alkanethiol monolayers from Au(111) surfaces

Shinichiro Imabayashi, Minehiko Iida, Daisuke Hobara, Zhi Qiang Feng, Katsumi Niki, Takashi Kakiuchi

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Abstract

The peak potential Ep of the reductive desorption for COOH-terminated alkanethiols at the gold(111)|0.1 M KOH solution interface has been studied at several different alkyl chain lengths and compared with those for n-alkanethiols. The desorption of COOH-terminated alkanethiols is also confirmed by the increase in the capacitance of gold|solution interface and the reflectivity of gold electrode surface. The Ep for both CH3- and COOH-terminated alkanethiols shift by 15 mV to the negative direction per methylene group as the alkyl chain length n increases. The Ep vs. n plots for the two series of alkanethiols are parallel with each other, suggesting that the chemical interaction of thiol head group with gold, the chain-chain attractive interaction, and the electrostatic repulsion between the carboxylate groups make an additive contribution to the determination of Ep. The Ep values for COOH-terminated alkanethiols are 110mV more positive than those for n-alkanethiols having the same alkyl chains, owing in part to the repulsive interaction between the negatively-charged carboxylate groups in a COOH-terminated alkanethiol monolayer. The positive shift of Ep for mercaptopropionic acid with decreasing concentration of KOH solution also suggests the primary role of the electrostatic repulsive interaction between carboxylate groups in the shift of Ep.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Volume428
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1997 May 15
Externally publishedYes

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Carboxylic Acids
Carboxylic acids
Gold
Monolayers
Desorption
Chain length
Coulomb interactions
Sulfhydryl Compounds
Electrostatics
Capacitance
Electrodes
Acids

Keywords

  • Alkanethiols
  • Au(111) surface
  • Carboxylic acid termination
  • Monolayers
  • Reductive desorption

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry

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Reductive desorption of carboxylic-acid-terminated alkanethiol monolayers from Au(111) surfaces. / Imabayashi, Shinichiro; Iida, Minehiko; Hobara, Daisuke; Feng, Zhi Qiang; Niki, Katsumi; Kakiuchi, Takashi.

In: Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Vol. 428, No. 1-2, 15.05.1997, p. 33-38.

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Imabayashi, Shinichiro ; Iida, Minehiko ; Hobara, Daisuke ; Feng, Zhi Qiang ; Niki, Katsumi ; Kakiuchi, Takashi. / Reductive desorption of carboxylic-acid-terminated alkanethiol monolayers from Au(111) surfaces. In: Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. 1997 ; Vol. 428, No. 1-2. pp. 33-38.
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