Metallic contact formation for molecular electronics: interactions between vapor-deposited metals and self-assembled monolayers of conjugated mono- and dithiols.


Journal Article (Letter)

We present grazing-incidence Fourier transform infrared and AFM data of Au, Al, and Ti vapor-deposited onto self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of conjugated mono- and dithiols. SAMs of 4,4'''-dimercapto-p-quaterphenyl, 4,4"-dimercapto-p-terphenyl, and 4,4'-dimercapto-p-biphenyl have reactive thiols at the SAM/vacuum interface that interact with vapor-deposited Au or Al atoms, preventing metal penetration. Conjugated monothiols lack such metal blocking groups, and metals (Au, Al) can penetrate into their SAMs. Vapor deposition of Ti onto conjugated mono- and dithiol SAMs and onto hexadecanethiol SAMs destroys the monolayers.

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Cited Authors

  • de Boer, B; Frank, MM; Chabal, YJ; Jiang, W; Garfunkel, E; Bao, Z

Published Date

  • March 2, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1539 - 1542

PubMed ID

  • 15801409

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15801409

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0743-7463


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States