Atomic-scale X-ray structural analysis of self-assembled monolayers on silicon

J. C. Lin, J. A. Kellar, J. H. Kim, N. L. Yoder, K. H. Bevan, S. T. Nguyen, M. C. Hersam, M. J. Bedzyk*

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Two related self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), 4-bromostyrene (BrSty) and 4-bromophenylacetylene (BPA), are photochemically grown from solution on to the monohydride-terminated Si(111) surface. The atomic-scale structures of the resulting SAMs are examined by X-ray standing waves (XSW), X-ray reflectivity (XRR), X-ray fluorescence, atomic-force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and density functional theory (DFT). The coverage is 0.5 ML. The results show that in each case the molecule covalently bonds to a single Si T1 site and stands up-right with a slight molecular tilt of 17° that leaves the Br terminal end over a neighboring T4 site. The Br height is 8.5 Å (BrSty) and 8.6 Å (BPA) above the top surface Si atom. The combined XSW and XRR results rule-out two alternative bonding models predicted by DFT that have the root of the molecule bonded to two neighboring top Si surface atoms. Based on the XSW 111 and 333 coherent fractions, the BPA/Si(111) has a reduced vertical Br distribution width in comparison to BrSty. This greater rigidity in the molecular structure is correlated to a C=C bond at the root.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Physical Journal: Special Topics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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