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Current–voltage characteristics of an LB monolayer of didecylammonium tricyanoquinodimethanide measured between macroscopic gold electrodes.

Xu, T. and Morris, T. A. and Szulczewski, G. J. and Metzger, R. M. and Szablewski, Marek (2002) 'Current–voltage characteristics of an LB monolayer of didecylammonium tricyanoquinodimethanide measured between macroscopic gold electrodes.', Journal of materials chemistry., 12 (10). pp. 3167-3171.

Abstract

Didecylammonium tricyanoquinodimethanide, a zwitterionic molecule of the type D+––A–(where D+= ammonium, = ethylene bridge, and A–= tricyanoquinodimethanide), forms a Pockels–Langmuir monolayer film at the air–water interface. The molecules can be transferred quantitatively as a Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) monolayer onto a gold surface. Using the cold-gold evaporation technique, a set of several macroscopic gold electrode pads were evaporated atop the LB monolayer. Pads which had macroscopic defects were electrical short circuits, but across many pads finite electrical currents were observed as a function of applied bias; however, no obvious electrical rectification was found. The monolayer thickness on a gold substrate was measured by XPS to be 22 Å. Reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) indicates that the molecules have a preferred orientation in the film, but are not well ordered. Angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) suggests that many of the molecules are oriented anti-parallel to each other, possibly because dipole–dipole forces favor such an anti-parallel orientation. This latter observation helps to explain why no electrical rectification was found.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Self-assembled monolayers, Hexadecylquinolinium tricyanoquinodimethanide, Electrical rectification, Zwitterions.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (312Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b203789k
Record Created:09 Jan 2009
Last Modified:18 Nov 2014 15:32

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