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Aiming at modulating the packing density within functional self‐assembled monolayers (SAMs), two azo‐biphenyl derivatives AZO1 and AZO2 comprising a terminal sulfur anchor group have been designed and synthesized. While AZO1 allows for a coplanar arrangement of both biphenyl subunits, additional steric repulsion due to two methyl side groups attached to the footing biphenyl of AZO2 results in an increased intermolecular distance within the SAM, providing additional free volume. SAMs of both derivatives on gold and platinum substrates have been formed and thoroughly investigated by photoelectron (XPS) and near‐edge absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy as well as cyclic voltammetry and scanning tunneling microscopy. These measurements confirmed the formation of tightly packed SAMs for AZO1, while AZO2 formed SAMs consisting of less organized and more loosely packed …
Publication date: 
9 Oct 2008

Mark Elbing, Alfred Błaszczyk, Carsten von Hänisch, Marcel Mayor, Violetta Ferri, Christian Grave, Maria Anita Rampi, Giuseppina Pace, Paolo Samorì, Andrei Shaporenko, Michael Zharnikov

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Volume: 18 Issue: 19 Pages: 2972-2983
Advanced Functional Materials