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Title: Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of alkoxycyanobiphenyl thiols on gold—A study of electron transfer reaction using cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
Authors: Ganesh, V.
Pal, Santanu Kumar
Kumar, Sandeep
Lakshminarayanan, V.
Keywords: Self-assembled monolayer (SAM)
Alkoxycyanobiphenyl thiol
Nematic liquid crystal
Cyclic voltammetry
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
Redox reaction
Electron transfer
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2006
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2006, Vol.296, p195-203
Abstract: Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of liquid crystalline thiol-terminated alkoxycyanobiphenyl molecules with different alkyl chain lengths on Au surface have been studied for the first time using electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The barrier property of the SAM-modified surfaces was evaluated using two different redox probes, namely potassium ferro/ferri cyanide and hexaammineruthenium(III) chloride. It was found that for short-length alkyl chain thiol (C5) the electron transfer reaction of hexaammineruthenium(III) chloride takes place through tunneling mechanism. In contrast, redox reaction of potassium ferro/ferri cyanide is almost completely blocked by the SAM-modified Au surface. From the impedance data, a surface coverage value of >99.9% was calculated for all the thiol molecules.
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ISSN: 0021-9797
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Copyright: (2006) by Elsevier
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