Molecular conformation and nanomechanics of self-assembled alkylsiloxane monolayers

Jung Y. Huang*, K. J. Song, A. Lagoutchev, P. K. Yang, T. J. Chuang

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We have studied the chain conformation and nanomechanical properties of pure alkylsiloxane monolayers and the mixed films with fluorine-containing species using scanning force microscopy (SFM) and infraredvisible sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (IV-SFG). Our IV-SFG spectra yield information about the chain ordering and surface density of specific species in the pure and mixed monolayers. A film formation process involving preferential adsorption of the fluorinated species from solution was observed. On the basis of the SFM measurements, the stiffness of alkylsiloxane monolayers under load was found to increase with the chain length, changes of chain conformation, and alkyl chain fluorination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-64
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - 8 Jan 1997

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