Applied Surface Science, Vol.494, 152-161, 2019
An atom probe analysis of self-assembled monolayers: A novel approach to investigate mixed and unmixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold
Atom probe tomography was used to analyze self-assembled monolayer of octanethiol and (1H, 1H, 2H, 2H) perfluoro decanethiol (PFDT) in a mixed and unmixed state on a gold surface. The first part of this report, we have analyzed the two SAMs with a direct comparison, whereas in the second part, a binary mixture of these two SAMs (with a 1:1 ratio) are analyzed. Au was taken as a metal substrate in both cases. It has been observed that, although having similar structure and belongs from the same SAMs group, the sequence of evaporation of both chains appeared significantly different molecular fractions in the first case, while in the mixed phase condition the two SAMs chains were arranged in a patchy domain by forming a small nanoscale cluster on the gold surface. Primarily, this study gives an overall understanding of evaporation sequence and surface morphology of the SAMs in an unmixed and mixed condition on the gold substrate, which may lead to the further design process in various applications.