Effect of solvent polarizability on the assembly and ordering of nanoscale polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane films

Guennadi Evmenenko*, Scott L. Cockroft, Pulak Dutta

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Abstract

Understanding the factors that affect molecular self-assembly is crucial to building designed nanoscale structures. We have deposited nanoscale films of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) onto polished silicon substrates from a range of organic solvents. We studied these films using synchrotron X-ray reflectivity and found that dip-coating from benzene, toluene, or chloroform results in near-substrate ordering only, but when acetone, hexane, or THF is used, self-assembled layers are formed throughout the entire deposited film. We conclude that solvent polarizability is the factor that determines the alignment of the POSS molecules. We have successfully tested this prediction using additional solvents selected on the basis of their calculated polarizabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-202
Number of pages7
JournalLangmuir
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 14 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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