Electroactive self-assembled monolayers on gold via bipodal dithiazepane anchoring groups

Paul A. Bertin, Dimitra Georganopoulou, Taiyang Liang, Amanda L. Eckermann, Markus Wunder, Michael J. Ahrens, Gary F. Blackburn, Thomas J. Meade

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Novel dithiazepane-functionalized ferrocenyl-phenylethynyl oligomers 1 and 2 have been synthesized. Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of these ferrocene derivatives have been studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ellipsometry, and cyclic voltammetry. It has been shown by XPS that monolayers of the dithiazepane-anchored molecules on gold electrodes contain gold-thiolate species. Cyclic voltammetry of the SAMs were characteristic of stable electroactive monolayers even for single-component SAMs of 1 and 2, with the more ideal responses recorded for the two-component SAMs diluted with undecanethiol. The small variation in peak splittings at progressively higher scan rates in these SAMs makes dithiazepane-bridged redox species promising candidates for further studies on molecular wires with bipodal anchoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9096-9101
Number of pages6
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 19 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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