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Issue 25, 2011
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Phase transitions of an ionic liquid self-assembled monolayer on Au

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Abstract

The properties of a surface modified with an ionic liquid self-assembled monolayer (IL-SAM) can be tuned by simply changing the deposition temperature. Mid-IR, SERS, and molecular modelling demonstrated that 1-(12-mercaptododecyl)-3-methylimidazolium bromide (MDMIBr) exhibited a crystalline monolayer for deposition temperatures below 25 °C. Above 25 °C, the aliphatic chain collapsed into a disordered conformation. At 40 °C, another phase transition occurs due to the imidazolium group tilting parallel to the surface. Consequently, the wettability of IL-SAM was tuned over a broad range of contact angle (from 20° to nearly 40°) by varying the deposition temperature. Permeation of redox mediators to a Au electrode coated with MDMIBr strongly depends on the net charge of the redox mediator. Electron transfer was excellent for neutral and negatively charged redox mediators on electrodes coated with IL-SAM regardless of deposition temperature.

Graphical abstract: Phase transitions of an ionic liquid self-assembled monolayer on Au

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The article was received on 19 Mar 2011, accepted on 09 May 2011 and first published on 31 May 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1CP20827F
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 12015-12023

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    Phase transitions of an ionic liquid self-assembled monolayer on Au

    M. Branca, D. Correia-Ledo, O. R. Bolduc, M. Ratel, A. R. Schmitzer and J. Masson, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 12015
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CP20827F

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