Electrochemical cleaning of surface-confined carbon contamination in self-assembled monolayers on polycrystalline Ag and Au

Mark H. Schoenfisch, Azalia M. Ross, Jeanne E. Pemberton

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A protocol for electrochemical cleaning of carbon-contaminated alkanethiol SAMs at mechanically polished (MP) Ag surfaces is characterized by surface Raman spectroscopy and electrochemistry. Vibrational information in the v(C-S), v(C-C), v(C-H), and δ(C-H) regions is particularly useful in elucidating the degree of order and amount of contamination in propanethiol, dodecanethiol, and octadecanethiol monolayers before and after negative potential exposure in several aqueous electrolytes. Specifically, Raman spectra indicate that electrochemical cleaning of alkanethiol SAMs at potentials negative of the thiolate reduction removes carbonaceous species and greatly increases the film order near the sulfur headgroup.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2907-2914
Number of pages8
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 21 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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