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Sample records for commensurate monolayer films

  1. Commensurate-incommensurate transition of monolayer krypton on graphite by helium-atom scattering

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    Chung, S.; Kara, A.; Larese, J. Z.; Leung, W. Y.; Frankl, And D.

    1987-04-01

    The commensurate-incommensurate transition of monolayer krypton films on a graphite single-crystal substrate is observed by helium-atom diffraction for transition temperatures in the range 50-60 K. The change in lattice spacing appears continuous, with an upper limit of 0.3% on a possible jump, with no detectable hysteresis. The slightly incommensurate phase is disordered but apparently well correlated. The spatial correlation length changes in a possibly discontinuous manner. A decrease of specular and diffracted intensities while the film is still commensurate is observed. This may be due to incoherent elastic scattering from isolated defects, or possibly to increased inelastic scattering.

  2. Faceting and commensurability in crystal structures of colloidal thin films.

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    Ramiro-Manzano, F; Meseguer, F; Bonet, E; Rodriguez, I

    2006-07-14

    This Letter investigates the influence of finite size effects on the particle arrangement of thin film colloidal crystals. A rich variety of crystallographic faceting with large single domain microcrystallites is shown. Optical reflectance experiments together with scanning electron microscopy permit the identification of the crystal symmetry and the facet orientation, as well as the exact number of monolayers. When the cell thickness is not commensurable with a high symmetry layering, particles arrange themselves in a periodic distribution of (111)- and (100)-orientated face centered cubic (fcc) microcrystallites separated by planar defects. These structures can be described as a fcc ordering orientated along a vicinal surface, modified by a periodic distribution of fcc (111) stacking faults. PMID:16907485

  3. Effective and accurate approach for modeling of commensurate-incommensurate transition in krypton monolayer on graphite.

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    Ustinov, E A

    2014-10-01

    Commensurate-incommensurate (C-IC) transition of krypton molecular layer on graphite received much attention in recent decades in theoretical and experimental researches. However, there still exists a possibility of generalization of the phenomenon from thermodynamic viewpoint on the basis of accurate molecular simulation. Recently, a new technique was developed for analysis of two-dimensional (2D) phase transitions in systems involving a crystalline phase, which is based on accounting for the effect of temperature and the chemical potential on the lattice constant of the 2D layer using the Gibbs-Duhem equation [E. A. Ustinov, J. Chem. Phys. 140, 074706 (2014)]. The technique has allowed for determination of phase diagrams of 2D argon layers on the uniform surface and in slit pores. This paper extends the developed methodology on systems accounting for the periodic modulation of the substrate potential. The main advantage of the developed approach is that it provides highly accurate evaluation of the chemical potential of crystalline layers, which allows reliable determination of temperature and other parameters of various 2D phase transitions. Applicability of the methodology is demonstrated on the krypton-graphite system. Analysis of phase diagram of the krypton molecular layer, thermodynamic functions of coexisting phases, and a method of prediction of adsorption isotherms is considered accounting for a compression of the graphite due to the krypton-carbon interaction. The temperature and heat of C-IC transition has been reliably determined for the gas-solid and solid-solid system. PMID:25296827

  4. Zone-center phonons of bulk, few-layer, and monolayer 1 T -TaS2 : Detection of commensurate charge density wave phase through Raman scattering

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    Albertini, Oliver R.; Zhao, Rui; McCann, Rebecca L.; Feng, Simin; Terrones, Mauricio; Freericks, James K.; Robinson, Joshua A.; Liu, Amy Y.

    2016-06-01

    We present first-principles calculations of the vibrational properties of the transition-metal dichalcogenide 1 T -TaS2 for various thicknesses in the high-temperature (undistorted) phase and the low-temperature commensurate charge density wave (CDW) phase. We also present measurements of the Raman spectra for bulk, few-layer, and monolayer samples at temperatures well below that of the bulk transition to the commensurate phase. Through our calculations, we identify the low-frequency folded-back acoustic modes as a convenient signature of the commensurate CDW structure in vibrational spectra. In our measured Raman spectra, this signature is clearly evident in all of the samples, indicating that the commensurate phase remains the ground state as the material is thinned, even down to a single layer. This is in contrast to some previous studies, which suggest a suppression of the commensurate CDW transition in thin flakes. We also use polarized Raman spectroscopy to probe c -axis orbital texture in the low-T phase, which has recently been suggested to play a role in the metal-insulator transition that accompanies the structural transition to the commensurate CDW phase.

  5. Commensurability condition and hierarchy of fillings for FQHE in higher Landau levels in conventional 2DEG systems and in graphene—monolayer and bilayer

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    Jacak, Janusz; Jacak, Lucjan

    2016-01-01

    The structure of the filling rate hierarchy referred to as the fractional quantum Hall effect is studied in higher Landau levels using the commensurability condition. The hierarchy of fillings that are derived in this manner is consistent with the experimental observations of the first three Landau levels in conventional semiconductor Hall systems. The relative poverty of the fractional structure in higher Landau levels compared with the lowest Landau level is explained using commensurability topological arguments. The commensurability criterion for correlated states for higher Landau levels (with n≥slant 1) including the paired states at half fillings of the spin-subbands of these levels is formulated. The commensurability condition is applied to determine the hierarchy of the fractional fillings of Landau levels in the monolayer and bilayer graphene. Good agreement with current experimental observations of fractional quantum Hall effect in the graphene monolayer and bilayer is achieved. The presence of even denominator rates in the hierarchy for fractional quantum Hall effect in the bilayer graphene is also explained.

  6. Equilibrating nanoparticle monolayers using wetting films.

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    Pontoni, Diego; Alvine, Kyle J; Checco, Antonio; Gang, Oleg; Ocko, Benjamin M; Pershan, Peter S

    2009-01-01

    Monolayers of bimodal gold nanoparticles on silicon are investigated by a combination of microscopy (dry monolayers) and x-ray diffraction (dry and wet monolayers). In the presence of an excess of small particles, the nanoscale packing structure closely resembles the small-particle-rich scenario of the structural crossover transition that has been predicted and also observed with micron-scale hard-sphere colloids. Structural morphology is monitored in situ during monolayer dissolution and reassembly within the thin liquid wetting film. This approach allows investigation of size and solvent effects on nanoparticles in quasi-two-dimensional confinement. PMID:19257214

  7. Sub-monolayer film growth of a volatile lanthanide complex on metallic surfaces

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    Chen, Jinjie; Edelmann, Kevin; Wulfhekel, Wulf

    2015-01-01

    Summary We deposited a volatile lanthanide complex, tris(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedionato)terbium(III), onto metal surfaces of Cu(111), Ag(111) and Au(111) in vacuum and observed well-ordered sub-monolayer films with low temperature (5 K) scanning tunneling microscopy. The films show a distorted three-fold symmetry with a commensurate structure. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy reveals molecular orbitals delocalized on the ligands of the molecule. Our results imply that this complex can be transferred onto the metal substrates without molecular decomposition or contamination of the surface. This new rare-earth-based class of molecules broadens the choice of molecular magnets to study with scanning tunneling microscopy. PMID:26733215

  8. The influence of the surface composition of mixed monolayer films on the evaporation coefficient of water.

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    Miles, Rachael E H; Davies, James F; Reid, Jonathan P

    2016-07-20

    We explore the dependence of the evaporation coefficient of water from aqueous droplets on the composition of a surface film, considering in particular the influence of monolayer mixed component films on the evaporative mass flux. Measurements with binary component films formed from long chain alcohols, specifically tridecanol (C13H27OH) and pentadecanol (C15H31OH), and tetradecanol (C14H29OH) and hexadecanol (C16H33OH), show that the evaporation coefficient is dependent on the mole fractions of the two components forming the monolayer film. Immediately at the point of film formation and commensurate reduction in droplet evaporation rate, the evaporation coefficient is equal to a mole fraction weighted average of the evaporation coefficients through the equivalent single component films. As a droplet continues to diminish in surface area with continued loss of water, the more-soluble, shorter alkyl chain component preferentially partitions into the droplet bulk with the evaporation coefficient tending towards that through a single component film formed simply from the less-soluble, longer chain alcohol. We also show that the addition of a long chain alcohol to an aqueous-sucrose droplet can facilitate control over the degree of dehydration achieved during evaporation. After undergoing rapid gas-phase diffusion limited water evaporation, binary aqueous-sucrose droplets show a continued slow evaporative flux that is limited by slow diffusional mass transport within the particle bulk due to the rapidly increasing particle viscosity and strong concentration gradients that are established. The addition of a long chain alcohol to the droplet is shown to slow the initial rate of water loss, leading to a droplet composition that remains more homogeneous for a longer period of time. When the sucrose concentration has achieved a sufficiently high value, and the diffusion constant of water has decreased accordingly so that bulk phase diffusion arrest occurs in the monolayer

  9. Commensurate registry and chemisorption at a hetero-organic interface.

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    Stadtmüller, Benjamin; Sueyoshi, Tomoki; Kichin, Georgy; Kröger, Ingo; Soubatch, Sergey; Temirov, Ruslan; Tautz, F Stefan; Kumpf, Christian

    2012-03-01

    We present evidence for a partly chemisorptive bonding between single monolayers of copper-II-phthalocyanine (CuPc) and 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) that are stacked on Ag(111). A commensurate registry between the two molecular layers and the substrate, i.e., a common crystallographic lattice for CuPc and PTCDA films as well as for the Ag(111) surface, indicates that the growth of the upper layer is dominated by the structure of the lower. Photoemission spectroscopy clearly reveals a gradual filling of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of PTCDA due to CuPc adsorption, which proves the chemisorptive character. PMID:22463427

  10. Commensurate Registry and Chemisorption at a Hetero-organic Interface

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    Stadtmüller, Benjamin; Sueyoshi, Tomoki; Kichin, Georgy; Kröger, Ingo; Soubatch, Sergey; Temirov, Ruslan; Tautz, F. Stefan; Kumpf, Christian

    2012-03-01

    We present evidence for a partly chemisorptive bonding between single monolayers of copper-II-phthalocyanine (CuPc) and 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) that are stacked on Ag(111). A commensurate registry between the two molecular layers and the substrate, i.e., a common crystallographic lattice for CuPc and PTCDA films as well as for the Ag(111) surface, indicates that the growth of the upper layer is dominated by the structure of the lower. Photoemission spectroscopy clearly reveals a gradual filling of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of PTCDA due to CuPc adsorption, which proves the chemisorptive character.

  11. Heat Capacity of Dilute 3He-4He Monolayer Films

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    Morishita, Masashi

    2016-05-01

    The heat capacities of a small amount of 3He dissolved in monolayer 4He films are measured to clarify natures of monolayer 4He films. With increasing areal density, the measured heat capacities gradually increase and subsequently gradually decrease. With further increase in areal density, the measured heat capacity rapidly decreases to zero over a very narrow areal density range near that of the sqrt{3} × sqrt{3} phase. These slightly complex areal-density variations and dependence on 3He concentration are discussed from the viewpoint of the known properties of 4He films. The behaviors can be explained. However, the expected two-dimensional gas-liquid or gas-solid coexistence is not observed in this study.

  12. Monolayer graphene growth on sputtered thin film platinum

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    Kang, Byung Jin; Mun, Jeong Hun; Cho, Byung Jin; Hwang, Chan Yong

    2009-11-15

    It is demonstrated that sputtered thin film platinum (Pt) can be used as a catalytic metal for graphene growth on metal. During the crystallization annealing, the sputtered Pt is crystallized mostly into Pt (111) orientation, maintaining excellent surface roughness with no sign of agglomeration. The relatively lower carbon solubility in Pt and the good surface roughness of the thin film Pt enable us to form a uniform monolayer graphene on Pt over the entire region of the thin film Pt/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate by carbon dissolution and segregation method processed in a methane ambient. The monolayer graphene grown on Pt has been successfully transferred to SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate by simple wet etching of Pt. The results of Raman spectroscopic and scanning tunneling microscopic measurements of the synthesized graphene layer are presented.

  13. Monolayer-Mediated Patterning of Electroceramic Thin Films

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    Clem, P.G.; Payne, D.A.

    1998-10-11

    Integrated electroceramic thin film devices on semiconductor and insulator substrates feature a variety of attractive attributes, including high capacitance density, nonvolatile memory, sensor/actuator ability, and other unique electronic and optical properties. The ability to pattern such ceramic materials atop semiconductor substrates, thus, is a critical technology. Patterned oxide thin film devices are typically formed by uniform film deposition followed by somewhat complicated post-deposition ion-beam or chemical etching in a controlled environment. We review here the development of an ambient atmosphere technique which allows selective deposition of electroceramic thin layers without such post-deposition etching. In this method, substrate surfaces are selectively functionalized with hydrophobic self-assembled monolayer to modify the adhesion of subsequently deposited solution-derived electroceramics. The selective fictionalization is achieved through microcontact printing (v-CP) of self-assembled monolayer of the chemical octadecyltrichlorosilane on substrates of technical interest. Subsequent sol-gel deposition of ceramic oxides on these functionalized substrates, followed by lift-off from the monolayer, yields high quality, patterned oxide thin layers only on the unfunctionalized regions. A variety of micron- scale dielectric oxide devices have been fabricated using this process, with lateral resolution as fine as 0.5Lm. In this paper, we review the monolayer patterning and electrical behavior of several patterned electroceramic thin films, including Pb(Zr,Ti)03 [PZT], LiNb03, and Ta205. An applied device example is also presented in combination with selective MOCVD deposition of metal electrodes: integrated, fully monolayer-patterned Pt//PZT//PSi(Si(100) ferroelectric memory cells.

  14. Synthesis, Assembly, and Characterization of Monolayer Protected Gold Nanoparticle Films for Protein Monolayer Electrochemistry

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    Doan, Tran T.; Freeman, Michael H.; Schmidt, Adrienne R.; Nguyen, Natalie D. T.; Leopold, Michael C.

    2011-01-01

    Colloidal gold nanoparticles protected with alkanethiolate ligands called monolayer protected gold clusters (MPCs) are synthesized and subsequently incorporated into film assemblies that serve as adsorption platforms for protein monolayer electrochemistry (PME). PME is utilized as the model system for studying electrochemical properties of redox proteins by confining them to an adsorption platform at a modified electrode, which also serves as a redox partner for electron transfer (ET) reactions. Studies have shown that gold nanoparticle film assemblies of this nature provide for a more homogeneous protein adsorption environment and promote ET without distance dependence compared to the more traditional systems modified with alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAM).1-3 In this paper, MPCs functionalized with hexanethiolate ligands are synthesized using a modified Brust reaction4 and characterized with ultraviolet visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and proton (1H) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). MPC films are assembled on SAM modified gold electrode interfaces by using a "dip cycle" method of alternating MPC layers and dithiol linking molecules. Film growth at gold electrode is tracked electrochemically by measuring changes to the double layer charging current of the system. Analogous films assembled on silane modified glass slides allow for optical monitoring of film growth and cross-sectional TEM analysis provides an estimated film thickness. During film assembly, manipulation of the MPC ligand protection as well as the interparticle linkage mechanism allow for networked films, that are readily adaptable, to interface with redox protein having different adsorption mechanism. For example, Pseudomonas aeruginosa azurin (AZ) can be adsorbed hydrophobically to dithiol-linked films of hexanethiolate MPCs and cytochrome c (cyt c) can be immobilized electrostatically at a carboxylic acid modified MPC interfacial layer. In this

  15. Controlled electrodeposition of Au monolayer film on ionic liquid

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    Ma, Qiang; Pang, Liuqing; Li, Man; Zhang, Yunxia; Ren, Xianpei; Liu, Shengzhong Frank

    2016-05-01

    Gold (Au) nanoparticles have been attractive for centuries for their vibrant appearance enhanced by their interaction with sunlight. Nowadays, there have been tremendous research efforts to develop them for high-tech applications including therapeutic agents, sensors, organic photovoltaics, medical applications, electronics and catalysis. However, there remains to be a challenge to fabricate a monolayer Au coating with complete coverage in controlled fashion. Here we present a facile method to deposit a uniform Au monolayer (ML) film on the [BMIM][PF6] ionic liquid substrate using an electrochemical deposition process. It demonstrates that it is feasible to prepare a solid phase coating on the liquid-based substrate. Moreover, the thickness of the monolayer coating can be controlled to a layer-by-layer accuracy.

  16. Articles including thin film monolayers and multilayers

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    Li, DeQuan; Swanson, B.I.

    1992-12-31

    This invention pertains to thin film assemblies or devices useful as sensors, nonlinear optical materials, and trace material scavengers. It claims a base substrate having an oxide surface layer, and a multidentate ligand, capable of binding a metal ion, attached to the oxide surface layer of the base substrate. A metal species may be provided attached to the ligand, and a multifunctional organic ligand may be provided attached to the metal species. A second metal species may be provided attached to the multifunctional ligand.

  17. Controlling the adhesion of conducting polymer films with patterned self-assembled monolayers

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    Rozsnyai, L.F.; Wrighton, M.S.

    1996-02-01

    A photosensitive self-assembled monolayer (SAM) is selectively irradiated to fabricate a pattern on an Au electrode, and a thin film of aniline or 3-methylthiophene is deposited on it by electopolymerization. Adhesion of the polymer films can be controlled by the monolayer terminal group. Applying tape to the sample and peeling it away selectively removes the conducting polymer film to the tape in a near-micron resolution pattern. 14 refs., 1 fig.

  18. Preparation of porous monolayer film by immersing the stearic acid Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer on mica in salt solution

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    Wang, S.; Li, Y. L.; Zhao, H. L.; Liang, H.; Liu, B.; Pan, S.

    2012-11-01

    Porous materials have drawn attention from scientists in many fields such as life sciences, catalysis and photonics since they can be used to induce some materials growth as expected. Especially, porous Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film is an ideal material with controlled thickness and flat surface. In this paper, stearic acid (SA), which has been extensively explored in LB film technique, is chosen as the template material with known parameters to prepare the LB film, and then the porous SA monolayer film is obtained by means of etching in salt solution. The main etching mechanism is suggested that the cations in the solution block the electrostatic interaction between the polar carboxyl group of SA and the electronegative mica surface. The influencing factors (such as concentration of salt solution, valence of cation and surface pressure) of the porous SA film are systematically studied in this work. The novel method proposed in this paper makes it convenient to prepare porous monolayer film for designed material growth or cell culture.

  19. Assembly of oriented zeolite monolayers and thin films on polymeric surfaces via hydrogen bonding.

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    Zhou, Ming; Liu, Xiufeng; Zhang, Baoquan; Zhu, Huiming

    2008-10-21

    The b-oriented monolayers of microsized silicalite-1 crystals have been manually assembled on glass plate supported poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), chitosan, and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) thin films via hydrogen bonding with much enhanced binding strength and satisfactory degrees of coverage and close packing. The exerted pressure and rubbing time in the manual assembly do not affect the binding strength of the silicalite-1 monolayer on the glass plate supported polymeric film. This manual assembly has been further applied to fabricate zeolite monolayers on commercially available Plexiglas surfaces and b-oriented multilayered films of silicalite-1 crystals on glass plates. The assembly method established in this study provides a feasible way to produce zeolite monolayers on polymer-modified solid substrates and Plexiglas and to fabricate zeolite-polymer composite membranes by means of the layer-by-layer technique. PMID:18785711

  20. Morphology and Composition of Structured, Phase-Separated Behenic Acid-Perfluorotetradecanoic Acid Monolayer Films.

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    Rehman, Jeveria; Araghi, Hessamaddin Younesi; He, Anqiang; Paige, Matthew F

    2016-05-31

    The phase separation of immiscible surfactants in mixed monolayer films provides an approach to physically manipulate important properties of thin films, including surface morphology, microscale composition, and mechanical properties. In this work, we predict, based upon existing miscibility studies and their thermodynamic underpinnings described in the literature, the miscibility and film morphology of mixed monolayers comprised of behenic acid (C21H43COOH) and perfluorotetradecanoic acid (C13F27COOH) in various molar ratios. Predictions are tested using a combination of experimental surface characterization methods for probing miscibility and film morphology at the solid/air and air/water interfaces. Film components were immiscible and phase-separated into chemically well-defined domains under a variety of experimental conditions, with monolayer morphology consistent with initial predictions. The extensibility of these basic predictions to other systems is discussed in the context of using these works for different perfluorinated surfactant molecules. PMID:27163482

  1. Wrinkle to fold transitions: Stress relaxation in lipid monolayers and other elastic thin films

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    Lee, Ka Yee C.

    2009-03-01

    Surfactants at air/water interfaces are often subjected to mechanical stresses as the interfaces they occupy are reduced in area. The most well characterized forms of stress relaxation in these systems are first order phase transitions. However, once chemical phase transitions have been exhausted, the monolayer undergoes global mechanical relaxations termed collapse. We have previously demonstrated that for lung surfactants, a mixture of lipids and proteins that coats the alveoli to reduce the work of breathing, collapse manifests itself as protrusions of folds into the subphase. These folds remain attached to the monolayer and reversibly reincorporated upon expansion. By studying different types of monolayers, we have shown that this folding transition in monolayers is not limited to lung surfactant films, but rather represents a much more general type of stress relaxation mechanism. Our study indicates that collapse modes are found most closely linked to in-plane rigidity. We characterize the rigidity of the monolayer by analyzing in-plane morphology on numerous length scales. More rigid monolayers collapse out-of-plane via a hard elastic mode similar to an elastic membrane, with the folded state being the final collapse state, while softer monolayers relax in-plane by shearing. For the hard elastic mode of collapse, we have further demonstrated experimentally and theoretically that the folded state is preceded by a wrinkled state, and similar wrinkle to fold transitions has been observed in elastic thin films ranging from 2 nm to 10 μm in thickness of completely different chemical nature (lung surfactant lipid monolayers, gold nanoparticle trilayers, and polyester sheets).

  2. Preparation and Characterization of Large Area Monolayer Films of Pt Nanoparticles

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    Kelly, Brian; Cichocki, Ronald; Ren, Jie; Schmidt, Robert; Theopold, Klaus; Unruh, Karl

    Highly uniform monolayer thick coatings of Pt nanoparticles with areas as large as 20 cm2 have been prepared by first self-assembling the desired Pt film at the interface between two immiscible liquids and then transferring the film to a glass substrate. The controlled addition of ethyl alcohol to a phase separated mixture of an aqueous colloidal solution of Pt nanoparticles and hexane allowed both monolayer and multilayer films to be prepared. Optical microscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry measurements have been used to verify the large scale uniformity of the coatings while transmission electron and atomic force microscopy measurements confirmed that single and multilayer films can be prepared. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1410076.

  3. Second-harmonic generation in resonant waveguide gratings incorporating ionic self-assembled monolayer polymer films.

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    Purvinis, Georgeanne; Priambodo, Purnomo S; Pomerantz, Martin; Zhou, Ming; Maldonado, Theresa A; Magnusson, Robert

    2004-05-15

    Experimental results on resonantly excited second-harmonic generation (SHG) in a periodic ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) film are reported. A double-layer guided-mode resonance filter (GMRF) structure is coated with 40 bilayers of pyrlium-based chi(2) ISAM thin film and excited with the fundamental of a Nd:YAG laser. Enhanced second-harmonic conversion in the ISAM film is achieved because of the local field enhancement associated with the fundamental resonating leaky mode. This method of SHG is particularly promising, as the ISAM films under investigation exhibit anomalous dispersion that may be applied for phase matching to improve nonlinear conversion efficiency. PMID:15182001

  4. Second-harmonic generation in resonant waveguide gratings incorporating ionic self-assembled monolayer polymer films

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    Purvinis, Georgeanne; Priambodo, Purnomo S.; Pomerantz, Martin; Zhou, Ming; Maldonado, Theresa A.; Magnusson, Robert

    2004-05-01

    Experimental results on resonantly excited second-harmonic generation (SHG) in a periodic ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) film are reported. A double-layer guided-mode resonance filter (GMRF) structure is coated with 40 bilayers of pyrlium-based chi^(2) ISAM thin film and excited with the fundamental of a Nd:YAG laser. Enhanced second-harmonic conversion in the ISAM film is achieved because of the local field enhancement associated with the fundamental resonating leaky mode. This method of SHG is particularly promising, as the ISAM films under investigation exhibit anomalous dispersion that may be applied for phase matching to improve nonlinear conversion efficiency.

  5. Rapid permeation measurement system for the production control of monolayer and multilayer films

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    Botos, J.; Müller, K.; Heidemeyer, P.; Kretschmer, K.; Bastian, M.; Hochrein, T.

    2014-05-01

    Plastics have been used for packaging films for a long time. Until now the development of new formulations for film applications, including process optimization, has been a time-consuming and cost-intensive process for gases like oxygen (O2) or carbon dioxide (CO2). By using helium (He) the permeation measurement can be accelerated from hours or days to a few minutes. Therefore a manometric measuring system for tests according to ISO 15105-1 is coupled with a mass spectrometer to determine the helium flow rate and to calculate the helium permeation rate. Due to the accelerated determination the permeation quality of monolayer and multilayer films can be measured atline. Such a system can be used to predict for example the helium permeation rate of filled polymer films. Defined quality limits for the permeation rate can be specified as well as the prompt correction of process parameters if the results do not meet the specification. This method for process control was tested on a pilot line with a corotating twin-screw extruder for monolayer films. Selected process parameters were varied iteratively without changing the material formulation to obtain the best process parameter set and thus the lowest permeation rate. Beyond that the influence of different parameters on the helium permeation rate was examined on monolayer films. The results were evaluated conventional as well as with artificial neuronal networks in order to determine the non-linear correlation between all process parameters.

  6. Wafer-Scale Monolayer Films of Semiconducting Metal Dichalcogenides for High-Performance Electronics

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    Xie, Saien; Kang, Kibum; Huang, Lujie; Han, Yimo; Huang, Pinshane; Mak, Kin Fai; Kim, Cheol-Joo; Muller, David; Park, Jiwoong

    2015-03-01

    Two-dimensional semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have shown their potential in electronics, optoelectronic and valleytronis. However, large-scale growth methods reported to date have only produced materials with limited structural and electrical uniformity, hindering further technological applications. Here we present a 4-inch scale growth of continuous monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten disulfide (WS2) films that show excellent structural and electrical uniformity over the entire wafer using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. The resulting monolayer films show high mobility of 30 cm2/Vs at room temperature, as well as the phonon-limited transport for MoS2, regardless of the channel length and device location. They allow for the batch fabrication of monolayer MoS2 field effect transistors with a 99% yield, which display spatially-uniform n-type transistor operation with a high on/off ratio. We further demonstrate the multi-level growth and fabrication of vertically-stacked monolayer MoS2 films and devices, which could enable the development of novel three-dimensional circuitry and device integration.

  7. Manipulating the Assembly of Spray-Deposited Nanocolloids: In Situ Study and Monolayer Film Preparation.

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    Zhang, Peng; Santoro, Gonzalo; Yu, Shun; Vayalil, Sarathlal K; Bommel, Sebastian; Roth, Stephan V

    2016-05-01

    Fabrication of nanoparticle arrays on a substrate is one of the most concerned aspects for manipulating assembly of nanoparticles and preparing functional nanocomposites. Here, we studied in situ the assembly kinetics of polystyrene nanocolloids by using grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering. The structure formation of the nanoparticle film is monitored during air-brush spraying, which provides a rapid and scalable preparation. By optimizing the substrate temperature, the dispersion of the nanocolloids can be tailored to prepare monolayer film. The success of the monolayer preparations is attributed to the fast solvent evaporation which inhibits the aggregation of the nanocolloids. The present study may open a new avenue for the manufacture-friendly preparation of well-dispersed nanoparticle thin films. PMID:27070283

  8. Cantilever measurements of surface stress, surface reconstruction, film stress and magnetoelastic stress of monolayers

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    Sander, Dirk; Tian, Zhen; Kirschner, Jürgen

    2008-01-01

    We review the application of cantilever-based stress measurements in surface science and magnetism. The application of thin (thickness appr. 0.1 mm) single crystalline substrates as cantilevers has been used successfully to measure adsorbate-induced surface stress changes, lattice misfit induced film stress, and magneto-elastic stress of ferromagnetic monolayers. Surface stress changes as small as 0.01 N/m can be readily measured, and this translates into a sensitivity for adsorbate-coverage well below 0.01 of one layer. Stress as large as several GPa, beyond the elasticity limits of high strength materials, is measured, and it is ascribed to the lattice misfit between film and substrate. Our results point at the intimate relation between surface stress and surface reconstruction, stress-induced structural changes in epitaxially strained films, and strain-induced modifications of the magneto-elastic coupling in ferromagnetic monolayers.

  9. Efficient Lateral Electron Transport inside a Monolayer of Aromatic Amines Anchored on Nanocrystalline Metal Oxide Films.

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    Bonhôte, P; Gogniat, E; Tingry, S; Barbé, C; Vlachopoulos, N; Lenzmann, F; Comte, P; Grätzel, M

    1998-02-26

    A monolayer of a phosphonated triarylamine adsorbed on nanocrystalline TiO2, ZrO2, or Al2O3 film deposited on conducting glass displays reversible electrochemical and electrochromic behavior although the redox potential of the electroactive molecules (0.80 V vs NHE) lies in the forbidden band of the semiconducting or insulating oxides. The mechanism of charge transport was found to involve hole injection from the conducting support followed by lateral electron hopping within the monolayer. The apparent diffusion coefficient ranged from 2.8 × 10(-12) m(2) s(-1) in the neat 1-ethyl-2-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (EtMeIm(+)Tf2N(-)) to 1.1 × 10(-11) m(2) s(-1) in acetonitrile + 2 M EtMeIm(+)Tf2N(-). A percolation threshold for electronic conductivity was found at a surface coverage corresponding to 50% of a full monolayer. PMID:27577008

  10. Sputtering and secondary ion emission properties of alkali metal films and adsorbed monolayers

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    Krauss, A R; Gruen, D M

    1980-01-01

    The secondary ion emission of alkali metal adsorbed monlayer and multilayer films has been studied. Profiling with sub-monolayer resolution has been performed by Auger, x-ray photoemission and secondary ion mass spectroscopy. Characteristic differences in the sputtering yields, and ion fraction have been observed which are associated with both the surface bonding properties and the mechanism leading to the formation of secondary ions. By sputtering with a negative bias applied to the sample, positive secondary ions are returned to the surface, resulting in a reduced sputter-induced erosion rate. Comparison with the results obtained with K and Li overlayers sputtered without sample bias provides an experimental value of both the total and secondary ion sputtering yields. The first and second monolayers can be readily identified and the first monolayer exhibits a lower sputtering yield and higher secondary ion fraction. This result is related to adsorption theory and measured values are compared with those obtained by thermal desorption measurements.

  11. Growth of polypyrrole ultrathin films on MoS₂ monolayers as high-performance supercapacitor electrodes.

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    Tang, Hongjie; Wang, Jiangyan; Yin, Huajie; Zhao, Huijun; Wang, Dan; Tang, Zhiyong

    2015-02-01

    A scalable solution-based approach is developed to controllably grow PPy ultrathin films on 2D MoS2 monolayers. When these sandwiched nanocomposites are utilized as supercapacitor electrodes, a record high specific capacitance, remarkable rate capability, and improved cycling stability are achieved, offering a feasible solution to create the next generation of energy-storage device with superior power density and energy density. PMID:25529000

  12. Single Crystalline Film of Hexagonal Boron Nitride Atomic Monolayer by Controlling Nucleation Seeds and Domains

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    Wu, Qinke; Park, Ji-Hoon; Park, Sangwoo; Jung, Seong Jun; Suh, Hwansoo; Park, Noejung; Wongwiriyapan, Winadda; Lee, Sungjoo; Lee, Young Hee; Song, Young Jae

    2015-01-01

    A monolayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) film with controllable domain morphology and domain size (varying from less than 1 μm to more than 100 μm) with uniform crystalline orientation was successfully synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The key for this extremely large single crystalline domain size of a h-BN monolayer is a decrease in the density of nucleation seeds by increasing the hydrogen gas flow during the h-BN growth. Moreover, the well-defined shape of h-BN flakes can be selectively grown by controlling Cu-annealing time under argon atmosphere prior to h-BN growth, which provides the h-BN shape varies in triangular, trapezoidal, hexagonal and complex shapes. The uniform crystalline orientation of h-BN from different nucleation seeds can be easily confirmed by polarized optical microscopy (POM) with a liquid crystal coating. Furthermore, seamlessly merged h-BN flakes without structural domain boundaries were evidence by a selective hydrogen etching after a full coverage of a h-BN film was achieved. This seamless large-area and atomic monolayer of single crystalline h-BN film can offer as an ideal and practical template of graphene-based devices or alternative two-dimensional materials for industrial applications with scalability. PMID:26537788

  13. Single Crystalline Film of Hexagonal Boron Nitride Atomic Monolayer by Controlling Nucleation Seeds and Domains

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    Wu, Qinke; Park, Ji-Hoon; Park, Sangwoo; Jung, Seong Jun; Suh, Hwansoo; Park, Noejung; Wongwiriyapan, Winadda; Lee, Sungjoo; Lee, Young Hee; Song, Young Jae

    2015-11-01

    A monolayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) film with controllable domain morphology and domain size (varying from less than 1 μm to more than 100 μm) with uniform crystalline orientation was successfully synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The key for this extremely large single crystalline domain size of a h-BN monolayer is a decrease in the density of nucleation seeds by increasing the hydrogen gas flow during the h-BN growth. Moreover, the well-defined shape of h-BN flakes can be selectively grown by controlling Cu-annealing time under argon atmosphere prior to h-BN growth, which provides the h-BN shape varies in triangular, trapezoidal, hexagonal and complex shapes. The uniform crystalline orientation of h-BN from different nucleation seeds can be easily confirmed by polarized optical microscopy (POM) with a liquid crystal coating. Furthermore, seamlessly merged h-BN flakes without structural domain boundaries were evidence by a selective hydrogen etching after a full coverage of a h-BN film was achieved. This seamless large-area and atomic monolayer of single crystalline h-BN film can offer as an ideal and practical template of graphene-based devices or alternative two-dimensional materials for industrial applications with scalability.

  14. Biotinylated polyalkylthiophene thin films and monolayers that specifically incorporate phycobiliproteins: toward smart materials

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    Ayyagari, Madhu S. R.; Pande, Rajiv; Lim, Jeong O.; Kamath, Manohar; Beladakere, Nagendra; Gao, Harry H.; Marx, Kenneth A.; Tripathy, Sukant K.; Kumar, Jayant; Samuelson, Lynne A.; Akkara, Joseph A.; Kaplan, David L.

    1994-05-01

    We are investigating thin film and monolayer systems that involve conjugated conducting polymers and specific biological macromolecules. One class of conducting polymers, polyalkylthiophenes, are derivatized with biotin. These biotinylated polymers form the basis for a generic cassette system of attachment for any biological molecule through biotinylation or interaction with streptavidin. The high affinity of the biotin-streptavidin system, used in sequential steps, forms the basis of the cassette method. We have formed both monolayers and thin films (a few nanometers) of the cassette assembly in which phycobiliproteins are incorporated. We are investigating the optical signal transduction properties of specific phycobiliproteins (phycoerythrin, phycocyanin and allophycocyanain) using the cassette system on the inner surface of glass capillaries and on optical fiber surfaces. Phycobiliprotein photocurrent signals in conducting polymer matrices on microelectrodes are also being investigated. Our aim is to integrate the signal transduction mechanisms of the phycobiliproteins within monolayers or thin films of the conducting polymers to create biosensors and related smart materials for applications in biomedicine and biotechnology.

  15. Single Crystalline Film of Hexagonal Boron Nitride Atomic Monolayer by Controlling Nucleation Seeds and Domains.

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    Wu, Qinke; Park, Ji-Hoon; Park, Sangwoo; Jung, Seong Jun; Suh, Hwansoo; Park, Noejung; Wongwiriyapan, Winadda; Lee, Sungjoo; Lee, Young Hee; Song, Young Jae

    2015-01-01

    A monolayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) film with controllable domain morphology and domain size (varying from less than 1 μm to more than 100 μm) with uniform crystalline orientation was successfully synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The key for this extremely large single crystalline domain size of a h-BN monolayer is a decrease in the density of nucleation seeds by increasing the hydrogen gas flow during the h-BN growth. Moreover, the well-defined shape of h-BN flakes can be selectively grown by controlling Cu-annealing time under argon atmosphere prior to h-BN growth, which provides the h-BN shape varies in triangular, trapezoidal, hexagonal and complex shapes. The uniform crystalline orientation of h-BN from different nucleation seeds can be easily confirmed by polarized optical microscopy (POM) with a liquid crystal coating. Furthermore, seamlessly merged h-BN flakes without structural domain boundaries were evidence by a selective hydrogen etching after a full coverage of a h-BN film was achieved. This seamless large-area and atomic monolayer of single crystalline h-BN film can offer as an ideal and practical template of graphene-based devices or alternative two-dimensional materials for industrial applications with scalability. PMID:26537788

  16. Catalystlike behavior of Si adatoms in the growth of monolayer Al film on Si(111).

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    Teng, Jing; Zhang, Lixin; Jiang, Ying; Guo, Jiandong; Guo, Qinlin; Wang, Enge; Ebert, Philipp; Sakurai, T; Wu, Kehui

    2010-07-01

    The formation mechanism of monolayer Al(111)1x1 film on the Si(111) radical3x radical3-Al substrate was studied by scanning tunneling microscopy and first-principles calculations. We found that the Si adatoms on the radical3x radical3-Al substrate play important roles in the growth process. The growth of Al-1x1 islands is mediated by the formation and decomposition of SiAl(2) clusters. Based on experiments and theoretical simulations we propose a model where free Si atoms exhibit a catalystlike behavior by capturing and releasing Al atoms during the Al film growth. PMID:20614981

  17. Conformation-triggered flow instability in monolayer thick polymer films

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    Sheiko, Sergei; Beers, Kathryn; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Rubinstein, Michael; Dobrynin, Andrey

    2005-03-01

    Here we have report on a new type of flow instability triggered by conformational changes of brush-like macromolecules as they spread on a solid substrate. By tracing the movement of individual molecules by atomic force microscopy, we were able to follow the evolution of the instability pattern on the molecular level enabling a microscopic understanding of the underlying physical mechanism. The instability is an analog of the Saffman-Taylor instability in thin films. However, the instability is driven by a variation in flow velocity controlled by molecular conformation instead of a viscosity gradient.

  18. Chemical Vapor Deposition of Fluoroalkylsilane Monolayer Films for Adhesion Control in Microelectromechanical Systems

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    MAYER,THOMAS M.; DE BOER,MAARTEN P.; SHINN,NEAL D.; CLEWS,PEGGY J.; MICHALSKE,TERRY A.

    2000-01-26

    We have developed a new process for applying a hydrophobic, low adhesion energy coating to microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices. Monolayer films are synthesized from tridecafluoro-1,1,2,2-tetrahydrooctyltrichlorosilane (FOTS) and water vapor in a low-pressure chemical vapor deposition process at room temperature. Film thickness is self-limiting by virtue of the inability of precursors to stick to the fluorocarbon surface of the film once it has formed. We have measured film densities of {approx}3 molecules nm{sup 2} and film thickness of {approx}1 nm. Films are hydrophobic, with a water contact angle >110{sup o}. We have also incorporated an in-situ downstream microwave plasma cleaning process, which provides a clean, reproducible oxide surface prior to film deposition. Adhesion tests on coated and uncoated MEMS test structures demonstrate superior performance of the FOTS coatings. Cleaned, uncoated cantilever beam structures exhibit high adhesion energies in a high humidity environment. An adhesion energy of 100 mJ m{sup -2} is observed after exposure to >90% relative humidity. Fluoroalkylsilane coated beams exhibit negligible adhesion at low humidity and {<=} 20 {micro}J m{sup -2} adhesion energy at >90% relative humidity. No obvious film degradation was observed for films exposed to >90% relative humidity at room temperature for >24 hr.

  19. Evolution of pentacene films on Ag(1 1 1): Growth beyond the first monolayer

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    Käfer, Daniel; Witte, Gregor

    2007-07-01

    The formation and structure of pentacene films upon molecular beam deposition at room temperature onto a Ag(1 1 1) surface have been studied by means of SEM, XRD, TDS and NEXAFS. It is shown that multilayer films actually consist of separate crystalline islands revealing a bulk structure reported before by Siegrist et al. [T. Siegrist, C. Kloc, J.H. Schon, B. Batlogg, R.C. Haddon, S. Berg, G.A. Thomas, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 40 (2001) 1732]. Distinctly different π ∗-resonances were observed in the C1s NEXAFS spectra of pentacene for the first monolayer and the crystalline films reflecting differences in the electronic coupling and the molecular orientation. Moreover, such characteristic π ∗-signatures were used to monitor in situ the film evolution upon deposition indicating an immediate formation of crystalline islands on top of a chemisorbed wetting layer.

  20. Multilayer structures in lipid monolayer films containing surfactant protein C: effects of cholesterol and POPE.

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    Malcharek, Stefan; Hinz, Andreas; Hilterhaus, Lutz; Galla, Hans-Joachim

    2005-04-01

    The influence of cholesterol and POPE on lung surfactant model systems consisting of DPPC/DPPG (80:20) and DPPC/DPPG/surfactant protein C (80:20:0.4) has been investigated. Cholesterol leads to a condensation of the monolayers, whereas the isotherms of model lung surfactant films containing POPE exhibit a slight expansion combined with an increased compressibility at medium surface pressure (10-30 mN/m). An increasing amount of liquid-expanded domains can be visualized by means of fluorescence light microscopy in lung surfactant monolayers after addition of either cholesterol or POPE. At surface pressures of 50 mN/m, protrusions are formed which differ in size and shape as a function of the content of cholesterol or POPE, but only if SP-C is present. Low amounts of cholesterol (10 mol %) lead to an increasing number of protrusions, which also grow in size. This is interpreted as a stabilizing effect of cholesterol on bilayers formed underneath the monolayer. Extreme amounts of cholesterol (30 mol %), however, cause an increased monolayer rigidity, thus preventing reversible multilayer formation. In contrast, POPE, as a nonbilayer lipid thought to stabilize the edges of protrusions, leads to more narrow protrusions. The lateral extension of the protrusions is thereby more influenced than their height. PMID:15653721

  1. Physical and monolayer film properties of potential fatty ester biolubricants

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    Yao, Linxing; Hammond, Earl G; Wang, Tong; Bu, Wei; Vaknin, David

    2014-04-03

    The desire to replace petroleum-based lubricants with alternatives that are environmentally friendly and made from sustainable sources has encouraged the development of biolubricants based on vegetable oils. To be good lubricants, the materials should have low melting points, appropriate viscosity and oxidative stability. In this paper, we report the melting point and viscosity of oleate esters of ethylene glycol, 1,2-propanediol, 2,3-butanediol, and pentaerythritol as well as the decanoate esters of 2,3-butanediol and the 12-methyltetradecanoate esters of 1,2-propanediol. Polyol esters that have a free hydroxy group had lower melting points than the completely esterified polyols, but the completely esterified polyol esters exhibited less change in viscosity with temperature than those having a free hydroxy group. 2, 3-Butanediol monooleate, which melted at -48.6°C shows promise as a biolubricant, but its viscosity index was estimated to be 100. Pentaerythritol oleate esters, with melting points below -10°C and viscosity indices in the range of 170–197, may be suitable candidates as biolubricants. The behavior of esters spread as a monomolecular film at air/water interface may provide insight into the way they behave when spread on metal or polar surfaces, so the pressure-area isotherms of 2,3-butanediol monoleate and selected esters are also reported.

  2. Structural transitions in different monolayers of cobalt phthalocyanine film grown on Bi(1 1 1)

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    Tao, Min-Long; Tu, Yu-Bing; Sun, Kai; Zhang, Yao; Zhang, Xin; Li, Zhao-Bing; Hao, Shao-Jie; Xiao, Hua-Fang; Ye, Juan; Wang, Jun-Zhong

    2016-01-01

    The structural evolution of cobalt phthalocyanine (CoPc) thin films grown on a Bi(1 1 1) surface from the sub-monolayer to the third layer has been investigated with low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Two crucial transitions have been identified during the film epitaxial growth: one is the structural transition from zigzag chains to linear dimerized chains in the monolayer regime; the other is the molecular orientational transition from a flat-lying to a standing-up configuration in the multilayer regime. These results are helpful in understanding the growth mechanism of transition-metal phthalocyanine films on semi-metallic surfaces.

  3. Characterization of Monolayer Formation on Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films

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    Rhodes,C.; Lappi, S.; Fischer, D.; Sambasivan, S.; Genzer, J.; Franzen, S.

    2008-01-01

    The optical and electronic properties of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films on a glass substrate are investigated experimentally and theoretically. Optical studies with coupling in the Kretschmann configuration reveal an angle-dependent plasma frequency in the mid-IR for p-polarized radiation, suggestive of the detection of a Drude plasma frequency. These studies are complemented by oxygen depletion density functional theory studies for the calculation of the charge carrier concentration and plasma frequency for bulk AZO. In addition, we report on the optical and physical properties of thin film adlayers of n-hexadecanethiol (HDT) and n-octadecanethiol (ODT) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on AZO surfaces using reflectance FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle, and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. Our characterization of the SAM deposition onto the AZO thin film reveals a range of possible applications for this conducting metal oxide.

  4. Smooth cubic commensurate oxides on gallium nitride

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    Paisley, Elizabeth A.; Gaddy, Benjamin E.; LeBeau, James M.; Shelton, Christopher T.; Losego, Mark D.; Mita, Seiji; Collazo, Ramón; Sitar, Zlatko; Irving, Douglas L.; Maria, Jon-Paul; Biegalski, Michael D.; Christen, Hans M.

    2014-02-14

    Smooth, commensurate alloys of 〈111〉-oriented Mg{sub 0.52}Ca{sub 0.48}O (MCO) thin films are demonstrated on Ga-polar, c+ [0001]-oriented GaN by surfactant-assisted molecular beam epitaxy and pulsed laser deposition. These are unique examples of coherent cubic oxide|nitride interfaces with structural and morphological perfection. Metal-insulator-semiconductor capacitor structures were fabricated on n-type GaN. A comparison of leakage current density for conventional and surfactant-assisted growth reveals a nearly 100× reduction in leakage current density for the surfactant-assisted samples. HAADF-STEM images of the MCO|GaN interface show commensurate alignment of atomic planes with minimal defects due to lattice mismatch. STEM and DFT calculations show that GaN c/2 steps create incoherent boundaries in MCO over layers which manifest as two in-plane rotations and determine consequently the density of structural defects in otherwise coherent MCO. This new understanding of interfacial steps between HCP and FCC crystals identifies the steps needed to create globally defect-free heterostructures.

  5. Morphology of Monolayer MgO Films on Ag(100): Switching from Corrugated Islands to Extended Flat Terraces

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    Pal, Jagriti; Smerieri, Marco; Celasco, Edvige; Savio, Letizia; Vattuone, Luca; Rocca, Mario

    2014-03-01

    The ability to engineer nearly perfect ultrathin oxide layers, up to the limit of monolayer thickness, is a key issue for nanotechnological applications. Here we face the difficult and important case of ultrathin MgO films on Ag(100), for which no extended and well-ordered layers could thus far be produced in the monolayer limit. We demonstrate that their final morphology depends not only on the usual growth parameters (crystal temperature, metal flux, and oxygen partial pressure), but also on aftergrowth treatments controlling so far neglected thermodynamics constraints. We thus succeed in tuning the shape of the oxide films from irregular, nanometer-sized, monolayer-thick islands to slightly larger, perfectly squared, bilayer islands, to extended monolayers limited apparently only by substrate steps.

  6. Morphology of monolayer MgO films on Ag(100): switching from corrugated islands to extended flat terraces.

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    Pal, Jagriti; Smerieri, Marco; Celasco, Edvige; Savio, Letizia; Vattuone, Luca; Rocca, Mario

    2014-03-28

    The ability to engineer nearly perfect ultrathin oxide layers, up to the limit of monolayer thickness, is a key issue for nanotechnological applications. Here we face the difficult and important case of ultrathin MgO films on Ag(100), for which no extended and well-ordered layers could thus far be produced in the monolayer limit. We demonstrate that their final morphology depends not only on the usual growth parameters (crystal temperature, metal flux, and oxygen partial pressure), but also on aftergrowth treatments controlling so far neglected thermodynamics constraints. We thus succeed in tuning the shape of the oxide films from irregular, nanometer-sized, monolayer-thick islands to slightly larger, perfectly squared, bilayer islands, to extended monolayers limited apparently only by substrate steps. PMID:24724662

  7. Probing Thin Films and Monolayers on Gold with Large Amplitude Temperature Jumps

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    Sun, Yuxiao; Berg, Christopher M.; Dlott, Dana

    2014-06-01

    A methodology to probe localized vibrational transitions of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) adsorbed on gold films using vibrational sum-frequency generation (SFG) is described. The gold film is subjected to heating from a 400nm pump laser, exposing the adsorbed molecules to a temperature jump in the 30-175° K range, calibrated using ultrafast reflectance measurements of the gold compared to steady state oven heating . SAMs of alkyl thiols as well as nitro functionalized aryl thiols were deposited and temperature jumped while be observed with SFG, monitoring the symmetric and asymmetric methyl vibrations as well as nitro vibrations. The amplitude, center, and width of the transitions were measured and provide information about delay and orientation of the molecules, as well as providing an indicator of the overall monolayer state. All transitions probed exhibited overshoot decay plateau patterns, attributed to a fast hot electron process directly exciting the probed transitions, followed by a slower bulk heating process causing monolayer disordering. This leads to a shift in the average angle of the terminal methyl, manifesting itself as a change in the amplitude of the vibration. These techniques will be applied to thin films of energetic materials to study reactions to temperature jumps. HMX is known to have a peak in sensitivity as δ-HMX transitions to β-HMX at high temperatures, but fairly little information about the reason for this is known. This technique should be able to probe that process and provide data that can be used with computational models to gain some understanding of the process.

  8. Ultrafast electron diffraction optimized for studying structural dynamics in thin films and monolayers.

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    Badali, D S; Gengler, R Y N; Miller, R J D

    2016-05-01

    A compact electron source specifically designed for time-resolved diffraction studies of free-standing thin films and monolayers is presented here. The sensitivity to thin samples is achieved by extending the established technique of ultrafast electron diffraction to the "medium" energy regime (1-10 kV). An extremely compact design, in combination with low bunch charges, allows for high quality diffraction in a lensless geometry. The measured and simulated characteristics of the experimental system reveal sub-picosecond temporal resolution, while demonstrating the ability to produce high quality diffraction patterns from atomically thin samples. PMID:27226978

  9. Ultrafast electron diffraction optimized for studying structural dynamics in thin films and monolayers

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    Badali, D. S.; Gengler, R. Y. N.; Miller, R. J. D.

    2016-01-01

    A compact electron source specifically designed for time-resolved diffraction studies of free-standing thin films and monolayers is presented here. The sensitivity to thin samples is achieved by extending the established technique of ultrafast electron diffraction to the “medium” energy regime (1–10 kV). An extremely compact design, in combination with low bunch charges, allows for high quality diffraction in a lensless geometry. The measured and simulated characteristics of the experimental system reveal sub-picosecond temporal resolution, while demonstrating the ability to produce high quality diffraction patterns from atomically thin samples. PMID:27226978

  10. Comparative Study of Electroless Copper Film on Different Self-Assembled Monolayers Modified ABS Substrate

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    Xu, Jiushuai; Fan, Ruibin; Wang, Jiaolong; Jia, Mengke; Xiong, Xuanrui; Wang, Fang

    2014-01-01

    Copper films were grown on (3-Mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPTMS), (3-Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) and 6-(3-(triethoxysilyl)propylamino)-1,3,5- triazine-2,4-dithiol monosodium (TES) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) modified acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) substrate via electroless copper plating. The copper films were examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Their individual deposition rate and contact angle were also investigated to compare the properties of SAMs and electroless copper films. The results indicated that the formation of copper nuclei on the TES-SAMs modified ABS substrate was faster than those on the MPTMS-SAMs and APTES-SAMs modified ABS substrate. SEM images revealed that the copper film on TES-SAM modified ABS substrate was smooth and uniform, and the density of copper nuclei was much higher. Compared with that of TES-SAMs modified resin, the coverage of copper nuclei on MPTMS and APTES modified ABS substrate was very limited and the copper particle size was too big. The adhesion property test demonstrated that all the SAMs enhanced the interfacial interaction between copper plating and ABS substrate. XRD analysis showed that the copper film deposited on SAM-modified ABS substrate had a structure with Cu(111) preferred orientation, and the copper film deposited on TES-SAMs modified ABS substrate is better than that deposited on MPTMS-SAMs or APTES-SAMs modified ABS resins in electromigrtion resistance. PMID:24739812

  11. Antibacterial activity of large-area monolayer graphene film manipulated by charge transfer

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    Li, Jinhua; Wang, Gang; Zhu, Hongqin; Zhang, Miao; Zheng, Xiaohu; Di, Zengfeng; Liu, Xuanyong; Wang, Xi

    2014-01-01

    Graphene has attracted increasing attention for potential applications in biotechnology due to its excellent electronic property and biocompatibility. Here we use both Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) to investigate the antibacterial actions of large-area monolayer graphene film on conductor Cu, semiconductor Ge and insulator SiO2. The results show that the graphene films on Cu and Ge can surprisingly inhibit the growth of both bacteria, especially the former. However, the proliferation of both bacteria cannot be significantly restricted by the graphene film on SiO2. The morphology of S. aureus and E. coli on graphene films further confirms that the direct contact of both bacteria with graphene on Cu and Ge can cause membrane damage and destroy membrane integrity, while no evident membrane destruction is induced by graphene on SiO2. From the viewpoint of charge transfer, a plausible mechanism is proposed here to explain this phenomenon. This study may provide new insights for the better understanding of antibacterial actions of graphene film and for the better designing of graphene-based antibiotics or other biomedical applications. PMID:24619247

  12. Antibacterial activity of large-area monolayer graphene film manipulated by charge transfer

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    Li, Jinhua; Wang, Gang; Zhu, Hongqin; Zhang, Miao; Zheng, Xiaohu; di, Zengfeng; Liu, Xuanyong; Wang, Xi

    2014-03-01

    Graphene has attracted increasing attention for potential applications in biotechnology due to its excellent electronic property and biocompatibility. Here we use both Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) to investigate the antibacterial actions of large-area monolayer graphene film on conductor Cu, semiconductor Ge and insulator SiO2. The results show that the graphene films on Cu and Ge can surprisingly inhibit the growth of both bacteria, especially the former. However, the proliferation of both bacteria cannot be significantly restricted by the graphene film on SiO2. The morphology of S. aureus and E. coli on graphene films further confirms that the direct contact of both bacteria with graphene on Cu and Ge can cause membrane damage and destroy membrane integrity, while no evident membrane destruction is induced by graphene on SiO2. From the viewpoint of charge transfer, a plausible mechanism is proposed here to explain this phenomenon. This study may provide new insights for the better understanding of antibacterial actions of graphene film and for the better designing of graphene-based antibiotics or other biomedical applications.

  13. Angle-resolved XPS analysis and characterization of monolayer and multilayer silane films for DNA coupling to silica.

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    Shircliff, Rebecca A; Stradins, Paul; Moutinho, Helio; Fennell, John; Ghirardi, Maria L; Cowley, Scott W; Branz, Howard M; Martin, Ina T

    2013-03-26

    We measure silane density and Sulfo-EMCS cross-linker coupling efficiency on aminosilane films by high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements. We then characterize DNA immobilization and hybridization on these films by (32)P-radiometry. We find that the silane film structure controls the efficiency of the subsequent steps toward DNA hybridization. A self-limited silane monolayer produced from 3-aminopropyldimethylethoxysilane (APDMES) provides a silane surface density of ~3 nm(-2). Thin (1 h deposition) and thick (19 h deposition) multilayer films are generated from 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), resulting in surfaces with increased roughness compared to the APDMES monolayer. Increased silane surface density is estimated for the 19 h APTES film, due to a ∼32% increase in surface area compared to the APDMES monolayer. High cross-linker coupling efficiencies are measured for all three silane films. DNA immobilization densities are similar for the APDMES monolayer and 1 h APTES. However, the DNA immobilization density is double for the 19 h APTES, suggesting that increased surface area allows for a higher probe attachment. The APDMES monolayer has the lowest DNA target density and hybridization efficiency. This is attributed to the steric hindrance as the random packing limit is approached for DNA double helices (dsDNA, diameter ≥ 2 nm) on a plane. The heterogeneity and roughness of the APTES films reduce this steric hindrance and allow for tighter packing of DNA double helices, resulting in higher hybridization densities and efficiencies. The low steric hindrance of the thin, one to two layer APTES film provides the highest hybridization efficiency of nearly 88%, with 0.21 dsDNA/nm(2). The XPS data also reveal water on the cross-linker-treated surface that is implicated in device aging. PMID:23445373

  14. Evanescent wave absorption sensor based on tapered multimode fiber coated with monolayer graphene film

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    Qiu, Hengwei; Gao, Saisai; Chen, Peixi; Li, Zhen; Liu, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Chao; Xu, Yuanyuan; Jiang, Shouzhen; Yang, Cheng; Huo, Yanyan; Yue, Weiwei

    2016-05-01

    An evanescent wave absorption (EWA) sensor based on tapered multimode fiber (TMMF) coated with monolayer graphene film for the detection of double-stranded DNA (DS-DNA) is investigated in this work. The TMMF is a silica multimode fiber (nominally at 62.5 μm), which was tapered to symmetric taper with waist diameters of ~30 μm and total length of ~3 mm. Monolayer graphene film was grown on a copper foil via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technology and transferred onto skinless tapered fiber core via dry transfer technology. All the components of the sensor are coupled together by fusion splicer in order to eliminate the external disturbance. DS-DNA is created by the assembly of two relatively complemented oligonucleotides. The measurements are obtained by using a spectrometer in the optical wavelength range of 400-900 nm. With the increase of DS-DNA concentration, the output light intensity (OPLI) arisen an obvious attenuation. Importantly, the absorbance (A) and the DS-DNA concentrations shown a reasonable linear variation in a wide range of 5-400 μM. Through a series of comparison, the accuracy of TMMF sensor with graphene (G-TMMF) is much better than that without graphene (TMMF), which can be attributed to the molecular enrichment of graphene by π-π stacking.

  15. Chemical vapor deposition and etching of high-quality monolayer hexagonal boron nitride films.

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    Sutter, Peter; Lahiri, Jayeeta; Albrecht, Peter; Sutter, Eli

    2011-09-27

    The growth of large-area hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) monolayers on catalytic metal substrates is a topic of scientific and technological interest. We have used real-time microscopy during the growth process to study h-BN chemical vapor deposition (CVD) from borazine on Ru(0001) single crystals and thin films. At low borazine pressures, individual h-BN domains nucleate sparsely, grow to macroscopic dimensions, and coalescence to form a closed monolayer film. A quantitative analysis shows borazine adsorption and dissociation predominantly on Ru, with the h-BN covered areas being at least 100 times less reactive. We establish strong effects of hydrogen added to the CVD precursor gas in controlling the in-plane expansion and morphology of the growing h-BN domains. High-temperature exposure of h-BN/Ru to pure hydrogen causes the controlled edge detachment of B and N and can be used as a clean etching process for h-BN on metals. PMID:21793550

  16. Tribological and cutting behavior of silicon nitride tools coated with monolayer- and multilayer-microcrystalline HFCVD diamond films

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    Chen, Naichao; Shen, Bin; Yang, Guodong; Sun, Fanghong

    2013-01-01

    Monolayer-micrometric (MN-MCD), monolayer-submicrometric (MN-SMCD) and multilayer-micrometric (MT-MCD) diamond films are grown on silicon nitride substrates by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) technique. The as-deposited diamond films are characterized with scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS), Raman spectrum and 3D surface topography. Tribological properties are assessed by the sliding tests using a reciprocal motion ball-on-flat (BOF) configuration. The friction coefficients are measured as 0.126 for the MN-MCD films, 0.076 for the MN-SMCD films and 0.071 for the MT-MCD films during dry sliding against silicon nitride counterface. The different carbon content of the films may result in the visible diminution of friction coefficient for the MT-MCD films relative to the MN-MCD films. The results show that the MN-MCD and MT-MCD films present the much higher wear resistance than the MN-SMCD films. Meanwhile, the cutting performances of as-deposited diamond films are evaluated by machining aluminum-silicon alloy material. The experimental results show that the MT-MCD insert presents the best behavior regarding the tool wear.

  17. Realization of Large-Area Wrinkle-Free Monolayer Graphene Films Transferred to Functional Substrates

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    Park, Byeong-Ju; Choi, Jin-Seok; Kim, Hyun-Suk; Kim, Hyun-You; Jeong, Jong-Ryul; Choi, Hyung-Jin; Jung, Hyun-June; Jung, Min-Wook; An, Ki-Seok; Yoon, Soon-Gil

    2015-01-01

    Structural inhomogeneities, such as the wrinkles and ripples within a graphene film after transferring the free-standing graphene layer to a functional substrate, degrade the physical and electrical properties of the corresponding electronic devices. Here, we introduced titanium as a superior adhesion layer for fabricating wrinkle-free graphene films that is highly applicable to flexible and transparent electronic devices. The Ti layer does not influence the electronic performance of the functional substrates. Experimental and theoretical investigations confirm that the strong chemical interactions between Ti and any oxygen atoms unintentionally introduced on/within the graphene are responsible for forming the clean, defect-free graphene layer. Our results accelerate the practical application of graphene-related electronic devices with enhanced functionality. The large-area monolayer graphenes were prepared by a simple attachment of the Ti layer with the multi-layer wrinkle-free graphene films. For the first time, the graphene films were addressed for applications of superior bottom electrode for flexible capacitors instead of the novel metals. PMID:26043868

  18. An atomic force microcopy study of the mechanical and electricalproperties of monolayer films of molecules with aromatic end groups

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    Fang, Liang; Park, J.Y.; Ma, H.; Jen, A.K.-Y.; Salmeron, M.

    2007-09-06

    The effect of intermolecular {pi}-{pi} stacking on the electrical and mechanical properties of monolayer films molecules containing aromatic groups was studied using atomic force microscopy. Two types of aromatic molecules, (4-mercaptophenyl) anthrylacetylene (MPAA) and (4-mercaptophenyl)-phenylacetylene (MPPA) were used as model systems with different {pi}-{pi} stacking strength. Monolayer films of these molecules on Au(111) surfaces exhibited conductivities differing by more than one order of magnitude, MPAA being the most conductive and MPPA the least conductive. The response to compressive loads by the AFM tip was also found to be very different for both molecules. In MPAA films distinct molecular conductivity changes are observed upon mechanical perturbation. This effect however was not observed on the MPPA film, where intermolecular {pi}-{pi} interactions are likely weaker.

  19. Spreading of a surfactant monolayer on a thin liquid film: Onset and evolution of digitated structures

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    Matar, Omar K.; Troian, Sandra M.

    1999-03-01

    We describe the response of an insoluble surfactant monolayer spreading on the surface of a thin liquid film to small disturbances in the film thickness and surfactant concentration. The surface shear stress, which derives from variations in surfactant concentration at the air-liquid interface, rapidly drives liquid and surfactant from the source toward the distal region of higher surface tension. A previous linear stability analysis of a quasi-steady state solution describing the spreading of a finite strip of surfactant on a thin Newtonian film has predicted only stable modes. [Dynamics in Small Confining Systems III, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, edited by J. M. Drake, J. Klafter, and E. R. Kopelman (Materials Research Society, Boston, 1996), Vol. 464, p. 237; Phys. Fluids A 9, 3645 (1997); O. K. Matar Ph.D. thesis, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1998]. A perturbation analysis of the transient behavior, however, has revealed the possibility of significant amplification of disturbances in the film thickness within an order one shear time after the onset of flow [Phys. Fluids A 10, 1234 (1998); "Transient response of a surfactant monolayer spreading on a thin liquid film: Mechanism for amplification of disturbances," submitted to Phys. Fluids]. In this paper we describe the linearized transient behavior and interpret which physical parameters most strongly affect the disturbance amplification ratio. We show how the disturbances localize behind the moving front and how the inclusion of van der Waals forces further enhances their growth and lifetime. We also present numerical solutions to the fully nonlinear 2D governing equations. As time evolves, the nonlinear system sustains disturbances of longer and longer wavelength, consistent with the quasi-steady state and transient linearized descriptions. In addition, for the parameter set investigated, disturbances consisting of several harmonics of a fundamental wavenumber do not couple

  20. Spreading of a surfactant monolayer on a thin liquid film: Onset and evolution of digitated structures.

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    Matar, Omar K.; Troian, Sandra M.

    1999-03-01

    We describe the response of an insoluble surfactant monolayer spreading on the surface of a thin liquid film to small disturbances in the film thickness and surfactant concentration. The surface shear stress, which derives from variations in surfactant concentration at the air-liquid interface, rapidly drives liquid and surfactant from the source toward the distal region of higher surface tension. A previous linear stability analysis of a quasi-steady state solution describing the spreading of a finite strip of surfactant on a thin Newtonian film has predicted only stable modes. [Dynamics in Small Confining Systems III, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, edited by J. M. Drake, J. Klafter, and E. R. Kopelman (Materials Research Society, Boston, 1996), Vol. 464, p. 237; Phys. Fluids A 9, 3645 (1997); O. K. Matar Ph.D. thesis, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1998]. A perturbation analysis of the transient behavior, however, has revealed the possibility of significant amplification of disturbances in the film thickness within an order one shear time after the onset of flow [Phys. Fluids A 10, 1234 (1998); "Transient response of a surfactant monolayer spreading on a thin liquid film: Mechanism for amplification of disturbances," submitted to Phys. Fluids]. In this paper we describe the linearized transient behavior and interpret which physical parameters most strongly affect the disturbance amplification ratio. We show how the disturbances localize behind the moving front and how the inclusion of van der Waals forces further enhances their growth and lifetime. We also present numerical solutions to the fully nonlinear 2D governing equations. As time evolves, the nonlinear system sustains disturbances of longer and longer wavelength, consistent with the quasi-steady state and transient linearized descriptions. In addition, for the parameter set investigated, disturbances consisting of several harmonics of a fundamental wavenumber do not couple

  1. Commensurism at electronically weakly interacting phthalocyanine/PTCDA heterointerfaces

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    Gruenewald, Marco; Sauer, Christoph; Peuker, Julia; Meissner, Matthias; Sojka, Falko; Schöll, Achim; Reinert, Friedrich; Forker, Roman; Fritz, Torsten

    2015-04-01

    Interfaces in multilayered electronic devices are of paramount importance, especially for layer thicknesses in the nanometer range. Among the interfacial processes are charge injection or extraction and excitonic dissociation, the latter being particularly relevant if molecular components are involved. Highly ordered superstructures are preferable to prevent undesired losses of charge carriers and/or excitons. Epitaxial organic-inorganic systems have already received eminent attention, but only few studies have dealt with organic-organic heterointerfaces so far. Here, we focus on the adsorption of metal-phthalocyanines (MePc, Me = Sn or Cu) on 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) in the form of stacked monolayers (ML) on Ag(111). Using scanning tunneling microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction we reveal an initial nonordered growth for dilute SnPc submonolayers and consecutively three condensed phases at coverages ranging up to 1 ML —each possessing a distinct commensurate registry with the underlying PTCDA. By applying in situ optical differential reflectance spectroscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy we find that neither the SnPc nor the CuPc phases exhibit significant electronic or optical coupling with the PTCDA interlayer. Therefore, our results demonstrate that commensurism does not necessarily imply chemisorption, as stated previously in the literature, but that physisorption may be accompanied by commensurate superstructures.

  2. AFM Observation of Self-Assembled Monolayer Films on GaAs (110)

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    Ohno, Hirotaka; Motomatsu, Makoto; Mizutani, Wataru; Tokumoto, Hiroshi

    1995-02-01

    We have confirmed that a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) film of octadecanethiol (ODT), CH3(CH2)17SH, can be formed on a cleaved GaAs (110) surface, by using an atomic force microscope (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Circular depressions were observed on the surface after film formation. The area of the circular depressions increased with immersion time, indicating that the solution oxidized the interface between ODT molecules and the GaAs surface, resulting in removal of ODT molecules. The oxidation was considerably faster in pure ethanol solution than that in ODT solution, demonstrating that the SAM film protects the GaAs surface from oxidation. High-resolution lateral force microscope (LFM) images revealed a periodic structure that had two types of lines: periodic lines 0.57 nm apart and lines rotated 55° with respect to them. A structural model of the SAM successfully explained both the features in high-resolution LFM images and the depression depth observed in AFM images.

  3. Thickness-dependent nanofriction of a rare gas monolayer sliding on Pb(111) ultrathin films

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    Cai, X. L.; Wang, J. J.; Fu, X. N.; Bai, S. Y.; Niu, C. Y.; Jia, Y.

    2016-02-01

    The friction can be affected dramatically by quantum size effects (QSEs) and edge effects at nanoscale. The modulations of QSEs on nanofriction of a rare gas (RG) monolayer sliding on Pb(111) ultrathin films were investigated by using the first-principles approach within density functional theory (DFT) with van der Waals (vdW) interaction correction. Our findings revealed that there exist even-odd oscillations in the friction with the thickness of Pb(111) substrate and the friction can be tuned up to 30% by the different thicknesses of Pb(111) films. Moreover, such modulation is more obvious for the RG adatoms with larger radius. The underlying physics is that the oscillations of the electronic density of states at Fermi level induce different interactions and energy barriers between RG and Pb(111) films with different thicknesses. Overall, we here propose an approach to tune friction and a way to identify the electronic contribution to friction via the different thicknesses of substrates at nanoscale.

  4. Si adatoms as catalyst for the growth of monolayer Al film on Si(111)

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    Teng, Jing; Zhang, Lixin; Wu, Kehui; Jiang, Ying; Guo, Jiandong; Guo, Qinlin; Ebert, Philipp; Sakurai, Toshio; Wang, Enge

    2010-03-01

    Recently, we reported the growth of atomically smooth Al(111) films on Si(111) with continuously controllable thickness down to the extreme level of 1 ML. Here, we study the underlying unexpected Si adatom-mediated clustering-melting mechanism by scanning tunneling microscopy and by the first-principles calculations. The Si adatoms in the initial Si(111)3x3-Al surface act as seeds to form SiAl2 clusters. The clusters are then transformed into Al(111)1x1 by incorporating further incoming Al atoms and spontaneously releasing the Si atoms, which then participate in the next cycle of the process. As a result, a two-dimensional growth of monolayer Al(111) is achieved.

  5. Ordered 1,6-bis(2-hydroxyphenyl) pyridine boron complex films grown on Ag(110): From submonolayer to multilayer

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    Zhong, D.Y.; Lin, F.; Fuchs, H.; Chi, L.F.; Wang, Y.

    2005-03-15

    Ordered molecular films of a blue-light-emitting material, 1,6-bis(2-hydroxyphenyl) pyridine boron complex [(dppy)BF], grown on the Ag(110) surface by means of organic molecular beam epitaxy, were investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) under an ultrahigh vacuum. Two commensurate structures exist in the monolayer film grown at 300 K, as found by STM. In the monolayer film, two types of hydrogen bonds are formed between the molecules, which, in addition to the molecule-substrate interaction, essentially determine the monolayer structures. The structural evolution of the (dppy)BF films from submonolayer to three monolayers was monitored by LEED in situ and in real time. The results indicate that the growth of the first two monolayers is affected by the periodic potential on the substrate surface, while such a template effect is weakened beyond the second monolayer.

  6. Interface Shape and Speed of a Surfactant Monolayer Spreading on a Thin Liquid Film: Comparison Between Theory and Experiment

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    Troian, Sandra M.; Dussaud, Anne D.; Matar, Omar K.

    1998-11-01

    Marangoni convection of a surfactant monolayer at a free surface produces significant deformation in thin films. Numerical solutions of the film thickness predict significant thinning near the surfactant source and an elevated rim at the monolayer leading edge. While previous experimental studies have sought the relation governing the speed of the surfactant film, we focus instead on the evolution of the film thickness, whose interface shape provides an even more stringent test of the model equations. Using refracted image Moiré topography, we obtain the time variant shape and speed of an insoluble surfactant monolayer spreading on a thin viscous liquid. Good agreement between theory and experiment is obtained when the surfactant reservoir is modelled as a finite source (despite an excess of surfactant at the origin) and when a small level of pre-existing surface contamination is introduced (Troian, Dussaud and Matar, submitted to Phys. Fluids (1998)). Our studies reveal that perhaps more than any other features, the degree of film thinning (which determines the efflux of material from the source) and the presence of pre-existing surface contamination ultimately determine the optimal conditions for rapid and efficient transport of surfactant.

  7. Tribological properties of self-assembled monolayers of catecholic imidazolium and the spin-coated films of ionic liquids.

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    Liu, Jianxi; Li, Jinlong; Yu, Bo; Ma, Baodong; Zhu, Yangwen; Song, Xinwang; Cao, Xulong; Yang, Wu; Zhou, Feng

    2011-09-20

    A novel compound of an imidazolium type of ionic liquid (IL) containing a biomimetic catecholic functional group normally seen in mussel adhesive proteins was synthesized. The IL can be immobilized on a silicon surface and a variety of other engineering material surfaces via the catecholic anchor, allowing the tribological protection of these substrates for engineering applications. The surface wetting and adhesive properties and the tribological property of the synthesized self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are successfully modulated by altering the counteranions. The chemical composition and wettability of the IL SAMs were characterized by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contact angle (CA) measurements. The adhesive and friction forces were measured with an atomic force microscope (AFM) on the nanometer scale. IL composite films were prepared by spin coating thin IL films on top of the SAMs. The macrotribological properties of these IL composite films were investigated with a pin-on-disk tribometer. The results indicate that the presence of IL SAMs on a surface can improve the wettability of spin-coated ionic liquids and thus the film quality and the tribological properties. These films registered a reduced friction coefficient and a significantly enhanced durability and load-carrying capacity. The tribological properties of the composite films are better than those of pure IL films because the presence of the monolayers improves the adhesion and compatibility of spin-coated IL films with substrates. PMID:21834561

  8. In situ synthesis of a large area boron nitride/graphene monolayer/boron nitride film by chemical vapor deposition

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    Wu, Qinke; Jang, Sung Kyu; Park, Sangwoo; Jung, Seong Jun; Suh, Hwansoo; Lee, Young Hee; Lee, Sungjoo; Song, Young Jae

    2015-04-01

    We describe the successful in situ chemical vapor deposition synthesis of a graphene-based heterostructure in which a graphene monolayer is protected by top and bottom boron nitride films. The boron nitride film/graphene monolayer/boron nitride film (BGB) was found to be a mechanically robust and chemically inert heterostructure, from which the deleterious effects of mechanical transfer processes and unwanted chemical doping under air exposure were eliminated. The chemical compositions of each film layer were monitored ex situ using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the crystalline structures were confirmed using transmission electron microscopy and selected-area electron diffraction measurements. The performance of the devices fabricated using the BGB film was monitored over six months and did not display large changes in the mobility or the Dirac point, unlike the conventional graphene devices prepared on a SiO2 substrate. The in situ-grown BGB film properties suggest a novel approach to the fabrication of commercial-grade graphene-based electronic devices.We describe the successful in situ chemical vapor deposition synthesis of a graphene-based heterostructure in which a graphene monolayer is protected by top and bottom boron nitride films. The boron nitride film/graphene monolayer/boron nitride film (BGB) was found to be a mechanically robust and chemically inert heterostructure, from which the deleterious effects of mechanical transfer processes and unwanted chemical doping under air exposure were eliminated. The chemical compositions of each film layer were monitored ex situ using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the crystalline structures were confirmed using transmission electron microscopy and selected-area electron diffraction measurements. The performance of the devices fabricated using the BGB film was monitored over six months and did not display large changes in the

  9. In situ growth of monolayer porous gold nanoparticles film as high-performance SERS substrates

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    Song, Chunyuan; Wei, Yuhan; Da, Bingtao; Zhang, Haiting; Cong, Xing; Yang, Boyue; Yang, Yanjun; Wang, Lianhui

    2016-07-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has recently received considerable attention as an ultrasensitive analytic technique. However, its wide application is limited by lack of excellent SERS-active substrates. In this work a SERS substrate with arrayed monolayer films of porous gold nanoparticles is prepared on a solid substrate by a facile, in situ and one-step growth approach. Specifically, the solid substrate was coated with a layer of dense positive charges first by layer-by-layer assembly, followed by patterned a PDMS film with arrayed wells on the substrate. Then the growth solution including chlorauric acid, cetyltrimethylammonium chloride, and ascorbic acid in a certain proportion was transferred into the wells for in situ and one-step growth of porous gold nanoparticles on the substrate. The growth time, feed ratio of the reagents, and repeat times of the in situ growth were studied systematically to obtain optimal parameters for preparing an optimal SERS substrate. The as-prepared optimal SERS substrate not only has good SERS performance with the enhancement factor up to ∼1.10 × 106, but also shows good uniformity and stability. The SERS substrate was further utilized to be ultrasensitive SERS-based chemical sensors for ppb-level detection of highly toxic dyfonate. The preliminary result indicates that the as-prepared SERS substrate has good SERS performance and shows a number of great potential applications in SERS-based sensors.

  10. Epitaxial Templating of C60 with a Molecular Monolayer.

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    Rochford, L A; Jones, T S; Nielsen, C B

    2016-09-01

    Commensurate epitaxial monolayers of truxenone on Cu (111) were employed to template the growth of monolayer and bilayer C60. Through the combination of STM imaging and LEED analysis we have demonstrated that C60 forms a commensurate 8 × 8 overlayer on truxenone/Cu (111). Bilayers of C60 retain the 8 × 8 periodicity of templated monolayers and although Kagome lattice arrangements are observed these are explained with combinations of 8 × 8 symmetry. PMID:27540868

  11. 7 CFR 1400.503 - Commensurate reduction.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ..., general partnership, or joint venture will be reduced by an amount commensurate with the direct and indirect ownership interest in the legal entity, general partnership, or joint venture of each person...

  12. 7 CFR 1400.503 - Commensurate reduction.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ..., general partnership, or joint venture will be reduced by an amount commensurate with the direct and indirect ownership interest in the legal entity, general partnership, or joint venture of each person...

  13. Tracing the 4000 year history of organic thin films: From monolayers on liquids to multilayers on solids

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    Greene, J. E.

    2015-03-15

    The recorded history of organic monolayer and multilayer thin films spans approximately 4000 years. Fatty-acid-based monolayers were deposited on water by the ancients for applications ranging from fortune telling in King Hammurabi's time (∼1800 BC, Mesopotamia) to stilling choppy waters for sailors and divers as reported by the Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder in ∼78 AD, and then much later (1774) by the peripatetic American statesman and natural philosopher Benjamin Franklin, to Japanese “floating-ink” art (suminagashi) developed ∼1000 years ago. The modern science of organic monolayers began in the late-1800s/early-1900s with experiments by Lord Rayleigh and the important development by Agnes Pockels, followed two decades later by Irving Langmuir, of the tools and technology to measure the surface tension of liquids, the surface pressure of organic monolayers deposited on water, interfacial properties, molecular conformation of the organic layers, and phase transitions which occur upon compressing the monolayers. In 1935, Katherine Blodgett published a landmark paper showing that multilayers can be synthesized on solid substrates, with controlled thickness and composition, using an apparatus now known as the Langmuir-Blodgett (L-B) trough. A disadvantage of LB films for some applications is that they form weak physisorbed bonds to the substrate. In 1946, Bigelow, Pickett, and Zisman demonstrated, in another seminal paper, the growth of organic self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) via spontaneous adsorption from solution, rather than from the water/air interface, onto SiO{sub 2} and metal substrates. SAMs are close-packed two-dimensional organic crystals which exhibit strong covalent bonding to the substrate. The first multicomponent adsorbed monolayers and multilayer SAMs were produced in the early 1980s. Langmuir monolayers, L-B multilayers, and self-assembled mono- and multilayers have found an extraordinarily broad range of applications including

  14. Tracing the 4000 year history of organic thin films: From monolayers on liquids to multilayers on solidsa)

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    Greene, J. E.

    2015-03-01

    The recorded history of organic monolayer and multilayer thin films spans approximately 4000 years. Fatty-acid-based monolayers were deposited on water by the ancients for applications ranging from fortune telling in King Hammurabi's time (˜1800 BC, Mesopotamia) to stilling choppy waters for sailors and divers as reported by the Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder in ˜78 AD, and then much later (1774) by the peripatetic American statesman and natural philosopher Benjamin Franklin, to Japanese "floating-ink" art (suminagashi) developed ˜1000 years ago. The modern science of organic monolayers began in the late-1800s/early-1900s with experiments by Lord Rayleigh and the important development by Agnes Pockels, followed two decades later by Irving Langmuir, of the tools and technology to measure the surface tension of liquids, the surface pressure of organic monolayers deposited on water, interfacial properties, molecular conformation of the organic layers, and phase transitions which occur upon compressing the monolayers. In 1935, Katherine Blodgett published a landmark paper showing that multilayers can be synthesized on solid substrates, with controlled thickness and composition, using an apparatus now known as the Langmuir-Blodgett (L-B) trough. A disadvantage of LB films for some applications is that they form weak physisorbed bonds to the substrate. In 1946, Bigelow, Pickett, and Zisman demonstrated, in another seminal paper, the growth of organic self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) via spontaneous adsorption from solution, rather than from the water/air interface, onto SiO2 and metal substrates. SAMs are close-packed two-dimensional organic crystals which exhibit strong covalent bonding to the substrate. The first multicomponent adsorbed monolayers and multilayer SAMs were produced in the early 1980s. Langmuir monolayers, L-B multilayers, and self-assembled mono- and multilayers have found an extraordinarily broad range of applications including controlled wetting

  15. Controlling dynamic SERS hot spots on a monolayer film of Fe3O4@Au nanoparticles by a magnetic field

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    Guo, Qing-Hua; Zhang, Chen-Jie; Wei, Chao; Xu, Min-Min; Yuan, Ya-Xian; Gu, Ren-Ao; Yao, Jian-Lin

    2016-01-01

    A large surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect is critically dependent on the gap distance of adjacent nanostructures, i.e., "hot spots". However, the fabrication of dynamically controllable hot spots still remains a remarkable challenge. In the present study, we employed an external magnetic field to dynamically control the interparticle spacing of a two-dimensional monolayer film of Fe3O4@Au nanoparticles at a hexane/water interface. SERS measurements were performed to monitor the expansion and shrinkage of the nanoparticles gaps, which produced an obvious effect on SERS activities. The balance between the electrostatic repulsive force, surface tension, and magnetic attractive force allowed observation of the magnetic-field-responsive SERS effect. Upon introduction of an external magnetic field, a very weak SERS signal appeared initially, indicating weak enhancement due to a monolayer film with large interparticle spacing. The SERS intensity reached maximum after 5 s and thereafter remained almost unchanged. The results indicated that the observed variations in SERS intensities were fully reversible after removal of the external magnetic field. The reduction of interparticle spacing in response to a magnetic field resulted in about one order of magnitude of SERS enhancement. The combined use of the monolayer film and external magnetic field could be developed as a strategy to construct hot spots both for practical application of SERS and theoretical simulation of enhancement mechanisms.

  16. Inorganic-organic composite nanoengineered films using self-assembled monolayers for directed zeolite film growth

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    Dye, R.C.; Hermes, R.E.; Martinez, M.G.; Peachey, N.M.

    1997-10-01

    This is the final report of a one-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Zeolites, or molecular sieves, are aluminosilicate cage structures that are typically grown from a heterogeneous mixture of organic template molecules, inorganic salts of alumina and silica, and water. These zeolites are used in industry for catalytic cracking of hydrocarbons (gasoline manufacture from oil), and contaminant removal from chemical production processes. Within one year, we developed a viable method for the deposition of a quaternary ammonium salt amphiphile onto silicon wafer substrates. Using a biomimetic growth process, we were also able to demonstrate the first thin-film formation of a zeolite structure from such an organic template. Additionally, we synthesized the precursor to another amphiphile which was to be for further studies.

  17. Vapor-phase-processed fluorinated self-assembled monolayer for organic thin-film transistors

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    Roh, Jeongkyun; Lee, Changhee; Kwak, Jeonghun; Jung, Byung Jun; Kim, Hyeok

    2015-09-01

    A vapor-phase-processed fluorinated silazane self-assembled monolayer (SAM), 1,3-bis(trifluoropropyl)-1,1,3,3-tetramethyldisilazane (FPDS), was introduced as a surface modifier for pentacene-based organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). A remarkable improvement in the field effect mobility from 0.25 cm2/Vs (without SAM-treatment) to 0.42 cm2/Vs (with FPDS-treatment) was observed, which was attributed to the better pentacene growth on a hydrophobic surface. A significant reduction in the contact resistance was also observed by FPDS treatment due to the improved bulk conductivity and diminished charge trapping at the gate dielectric surface by the SAM treatment. In addition, FPDS treatment efficiently improved the bias stability of the OTFTs; the drain-to-source current degradation by the bias stress was greatly reduced from 80% to 50% by FPDS treatment, and the characteristic time for charge trapping of the FPDS treated OTFTs was approximately one order of magnitude larger than that of the OTFTs without SAM treatment.

  18. Vortex phase transitions in monolayer FeSe film on SrTiO3

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    Zhao, Weiwei; Chang, Cui-Zu; Xi, Xiaoxiang; Mak, Kin Fai; Moodera, Jagadeesh S.

    2016-06-01

    The voltage–current (V–I) characteristics in superconducting monolayer FeSe film on SrTiO3 (100) under different magnetic fields are investigated. The zero-field V–I result exhibits signatures of a Berezinski–Kosterlitz–Thouless transition, a characteristic of two-dimensional (2D) superconductors. Under an applied magnetic field, with current density lower than the critical current density, the sheet resistance versus current density (R sq–J) dependence changes from ohmic (R sq independent of J) to non-ohmic (a nonlinear dependence of R sq on J) as the temperature decreases, indicative of a vortex phase transition/crossover. We interpret the high-temperature phase as the vortex liquid phase and the low-temperature phase as the vortex slush phase, which has short-ranged vortex lattice correlation, while long-range correlation (i.e. true superconductivity) is absent. No transition into a vortex glass phase is seen, illustrating the importance of thermal fluctuations in a perfect 2D superconductor under a magnetic field.

  19. Copper phthalocyanine thin films on Cu(111): Sub-monolayer to multi-layer

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    Stock, T. J. Z.; Nogami, J.

    2015-07-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been used to observe the growth mode and crystal structure of sub-monolayer (ML) to multilayer thin films of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) molecules on the Cu(111) surface at room temperature (RT). At sub-ML coverage the molecules are mobile on the surface. At approximately one ML coverage the molecules become sterically confined and lying flat on the Cu substrate form an ordered, multi-domained, 2D oblique lattice. As coverage is increased beyond 1 ML the molecule-substrate interaction diminishes in strength while the intermolecular interaction begins to dominate, causing the layer separation to increase, and the crystal domain size and lattice constants to shrink as the crystal structure begins to more closely resemble the bulk α-phase CuPc molecular solid. This trend continues for the layer-by-layer growth of 3 complete ML, eventually giving way to the emergence of large 3D islands at a coverage equivalent to 4 ML.

  20. Self-Assembly of Tetraphenyldibenzoperiflanthene (DBP) Films on Ag(111) in the Monolayer Regime.

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    Kirchhuebel, Tino; Gruenewald, Marco; Sojka, Falko; Kera, Satoshi; Bussolotti, Fabio; Ueba, Takahiro; Ueno, Nobuo; Rouillé, Gaël; Forker, Roman; Fritz, Torsten

    2016-03-01

    Tetraphenyldibenzoperiflanthene (DBP) is a promising candidate as a component of highly efficient organic photovoltaic cells and organic light-emitting diodes. The structural properties of thin films of this particular lander-type molecule on Ag(111) were investigated by complementary techniques. Highly ordered structures were obtained, and their mutual alignment was characterized by means of low-energy electron diffraction (LEED). Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images reveal two slightly different arrangements within the first monolayer (ML), both describable as specific herringbone patterns with two molecules per unit cell whose dibenzoperiflanthene framework is parallel to the surface. In contrast, single DBP molecules in the second ML were imaged with much higher intramolecular resolution, resembling the shape of the frontier orbitals in the gas phase as calculated by means of density functional theory (DFT). Further deposition leads to the growth of highly ordered bilayer islands on top of the first ML with identical unit cell dimensions and orientation but slightly inclined molecules. This suggests that the first ML acts as a template for the epitaxial growth of further layers. Simultaneously, a significant number of second-layer molecules mainly located at step edges or scattered over narrow terraces do not form highly ordered aggregates. PMID:26844381

  1. Intercalated samarium as an agent enabling the intercalation of oxygen under a monolayer graphene film on iridium

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    Afanas'eva, E. Yu.; Rut'kov, E. V.; Gall', N. R.

    2016-06-01

    Using thermal desorption time-of-flight mass spectrometry and thermionic methods, it is shown that oxygen does not intercalate under a graphene monolayer grown correctly on iridium, at least at temperatures of T = 300-400 K and exposures below 12000 L. However, if the graphene film on iridium is preliminary intercalated with samarium atoms (up to coverage of θSm = 0.2-0.45), the penetration of oxygen atoms under the graphene film is observed. The oxygen atoms in the intercalated state are chemically bonded to samarium atoms and remain under graphene up to high temperatures (~2150 K).

  2. Effects of different self-assembled monolayers on thin-film morphology: a combined DFT/MD simulation protocol.

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    Alberga, Domenico; Mangiatordi, Giuseppe Felice; Motta, Alessandro; Nicolotti, Orazio; Lattanzi, Gianluca

    2015-10-01

    Organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) are multilayer field-effect transistors that employ an organic conjugated material as semiconductor. Several experimental groups have recently demonstrated that the insertion of an organic self-assembled monolayer (SAM) between the dielectric and the semiconductive layer is responsible for a sensible improvement of the OTFT performances in terms of an increased charge carrier mobility caused by a higher degree of order in the organic semiconductor layer. Here, we describe a combined periodic density functional theory (DFT) and classical molecular dynamics (MD) protocol applied to four different SAMs and a pentacene monolayer deposited onto their surfaces. In particular, we investigate the morphology and the surface of the four SAMs and the translational, orientational, and nematic order of the monolayer through the calculation of several distribution functions and order parameters pointing out the differences among the systems and relating them to known experimental results. Our calculations also suggest that small differences in the SAM molecular design will produce remarkable differences in the SAM surface and monolayer order. In particular, our simulations explain how a SAM with a bulky terminal group results in an irregular and rough surface that determines the deposition of a disordered semiconductive monolayer. On the contrary, SAMs with a small terminal group generate smooth surfaces with uninterrupted periodicity, thus favoring the formation of an ordered pentacene monolayer that increases the mobility of charge carriers and improves the overall performances of the OTFT devices. Our results clearly point out that the in silico procedure presented here might be of help in tuning the design of SAMs in order to improve the quality of OTFT devices. PMID:26367250

  3. Monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett films of luminescent 1,3,5-triazine derivatives containing naphthalene or anthracene chromophores

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    Cai, Ya-Qi; Wu, Wei; Wang, Hua; Miyake, Jun; Qian, Dong-Jin

    2011-02-01

    Monolayer behaviors and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of three luminescent aryl triazines, 2,4,6-tri(naphthalen-1-yl)-1,3,5-triazine (TN 1Ta), 2,4,6-tri(naphthalen-2-yl)-1,3,5-triazine (TN 2Ta), and 2,4,6-tri(anthracen-9-yl)-1,3,5-triazine (TATa) have been investigated. Surface pressure-area isotherms indicated that pure aryl triazines were difficult to form stable monolayers, while their mixtures with arachidic acid (AA) could be stabilized at the air-water interface. The mixed LB films of triazine-AA were deposited on substrate surfaces and analyzed by using UV-vis and infrared absorption spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectra, as well as scanning electron microscopy. Morphologies of the LB films and molecular aggregates were closely dependent on the structure of triazines and the surface pressures of deposition. Under UV radiation, TN 1Ta and TN 2Ta emitted at 410-460 nm while TATa emitted at 500-510 nm, with the emission lifetime falling into the range of 0.29 to 10.8 ns. Compared with those in solutions, the emissions of aryl triazines were red shifted in the LB films, especially for the TN 1Ta-AA and TN 2Ta-AA, which was attributed to the closely packed arrangement for the molecules in the LB films.

  4. Support-Free Transfer of Ultrasmooth Graphene Films Facilitated by Self-Assembled Monolayers for Electronic Devices and Patterns.

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    Wang, Bin; Huang, Ming; Tao, Li; Lee, Sun Hwa; Jang, A-Rang; Li, Bao-Wen; Shin, Hyeon Suk; Akinwande, Deji; Ruoff, Rodney S

    2016-01-26

    We explored a support-free method for transferring large area graphene films grown by chemical vapor deposition to various fluoric self-assembled monolayer (F-SAM) modified substrates including SiO2/Si wafers, polyethylene terephthalate films, and glass. This method yields clean, ultrasmooth, and high-quality graphene films for promising applications such as transparent, conductive, and flexible films due to the absence of residues and limited structural defects such as cracks. The F-SAM introduced in the transfer process can also lead to graphene transistors with enhanced field-effect mobility (up to 10,663 cm(2)/Vs) and resistance modulation (up to 12×) on a standard silicon dioxide dielectric. Clean graphene patterns can be realized by transfer of graphene onto only the F-SAM modified surfaces. PMID:26701198

  5. Controlled scalable synthesis of uniform, high-quality monolayer and few-layer MoS2 films.

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    Yu, Yifei; Li, Chun; Liu, Yi; Su, Liqin; Zhang, Yong; Cao, Linyou

    2013-01-01

    Two dimensional (2D) materials with a monolayer of atoms represent an ultimate control of material dimension in the vertical direction. Molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) monolayers, with a direct bandgap of 1.8 eV, offer an unprecedented prospect of miniaturizing semiconductor science and technology down to a truly atomic scale. Recent studies have indeed demonstrated the promise of 2D MoS2 in fields including field effect transistors, low power switches, optoelectronics, and spintronics. However, device development with 2D MoS2 has been delayed by the lack of capabilities to produce large-area, uniform, and high-quality MoS2 monolayers. Here we present a self-limiting approach that can grow high quality monolayer and few-layer MoS2 films over an area of centimeters with unprecedented uniformity and controllability. This approach is compatible with the standard fabrication process in semiconductor industry. It paves the way for the development of practical devices with 2D MoS2 and opens up new avenues for fundamental research. PMID:23689610

  6. Commensurabilities between ETNOs: a Monte Carlo survey

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    de la Fuente Marcos, C.; de la Fuente Marcos, R.

    2016-04-01

    Many asteroids in the main and trans-Neptunian belts are trapped in mean motion resonances with Jupiter and Neptune, respectively. As a side effect, they experience accidental commensurabilities among themselves. These commensurabilities define characteristic patterns that can be used to trace the source of the observed resonant behaviour. Here, we explore systematically the existence of commensurabilities between the known ETNOs using their heliocentric and barycentric semimajor axes, their uncertainties, and Monte Carlo techniques. We find that the commensurability patterns present in the known ETNO population resemble those found in the main and trans-Neptunian belts. Although based on small number statistics, such patterns can only be properly explained if most, if not all, of the known ETNOs are subjected to the resonant gravitational perturbations of yet undetected trans-Plutonian planets. We show explicitly that some of the statistically significant commensurabilities are compatible with the Planet Nine hypothesis; in particular, a number of objects may be trapped in the 5:3 and 3:1 mean motion resonances with a putative Planet Nine with semimajor axis ˜700 au.

  7. Commensurabilities between ETNOs: a Monte Carlo survey

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    de la Fuente Marcos, C.; de la Fuente Marcos, R.

    2016-07-01

    Many asteroids in the main and trans-Neptunian belts are trapped in mean motion resonances with Jupiter and Neptune, respectively. As a side effect, they experience accidental commensurabilities among themselves. These commensurabilities define characteristic patterns that can be used to trace the source of the observed resonant behaviour. Here, we explore systematically the existence of commensurabilities between the known ETNOs using their heliocentric and barycentric semimajor axes, their uncertainties, and Monte Carlo techniques. We find that the commensurability patterns present in the known ETNO population resemble those found in the main and trans-Neptunian belts. Although based on small number statistics, such patterns can only be properly explained if most, if not all, of the known ETNOs are subjected to the resonant gravitational perturbations of yet undetected trans-Plutonian planets. We show explicitly that some of the statistically significant commensurabilities are compatible with the Planet Nine hypothesis; in particular, a number of objects may be trapped in the 5:3 and 3:1 mean motion resonances with a putative Planet Nine with semimajor axis ˜700 au.

  8. CO Oxidation Prefers the Eley-Rideal or Langmuir-Hinshelwood Pathway: Monolayer vs Thin Film of SiC.

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    Sinthika, S; Vala, Surya Teja; Kawazoe, Y; Thapa, Ranjit

    2016-03-01

    Using the first-principles approach, we investigated the electronic and chemical properties of wurtzite silicon carbide (2H-SiC) monolayer and thin film structures and substantiated their catalytic activity toward CO oxidation. 2H-SiC monolayer, being planar, is quite stable and has moderate binding with O2, while CO interacts physically; thus, the Eley-Rideal (ER) mechanism prevails over the Langmuir-Hinshelwood (LH) mechanism with an easily cleared activation barrier. Contrarily, 2H-SiC thin film, which exhibits a nonplanar structure, allows moderate binding of both CO and O2 on its surface, thus favoring the LH mechanism over the ER one. Comprehending these results leads to a better understanding of the reaction mechanisms involving structural contrast. Weak overlapping between the 2p(z)(C) and 3p(z)(Si) orbitals of the SiC monolayer system has been found to be the primary reason to revert the active site toward sp(3) hybridization, during interaction with the molecules. In addition, the influences of graphite and Ag(111) substrates on the CO oxidation mechanism were also studied, and it is observed that the ER mechanism is preserved on SiC/G system, while CO oxidation on the SiC/Ag(111) system follows the LH mechanism. The calculated Sabatier activities of the SiC catalysts show that the catalysts are very efficient in catalyzing CO oxidation. PMID:26866799

  9. Solution and displacement in monolayer and multilayer binary films of SF6 and CF4 on graphite.

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    Thomas, Petros; Grogan, Michael D W; Hess, George B

    2015-09-21

    Infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy is used to study the evolution of binary physisorbed films on graphite. A predeposited monolayer of SF6 is exposed to slowly increasing pressure of CF4 at constant temperature between 80 and 113 K. Shifts in the frequencies of the dominant vibrational mode of each species due to resonant dipole-dipole coupling serve as proxies for the areal density of each species in the monolayer. If the initial SF6 film is far below saturation (coexistence with bulk solid), the SF6 can be largely displaced by continuous solution of CF4. However, if the initial SF6 layer is at or near saturation, a layer of CF4 condenses on top at a well defined CF4 pressure after only 2%-3% dilution of the SF6 layer. Simultaneously, most of the dissolved CF4 is withdrawn from the SF6 layer. With further increase in CF4 pressure, the CF4 layer is compressed and additional layers condense, while the SF6 layer is again diluted. Still, the SF6 layer retains about 90% concentration until the CF4 pressure is very close to saturation, at which point the SF6 is rapidly displaced, apparently going into dilute solution in the rapidly growing CF4 multilayer. Monte Carlo simulations are used to quantitatively relate measured frequency shifts to concentrations in the binary monolayer. PMID:26395723

  10. Charge Dynamics and Electronic Structures of Monolayer MoS2 Films Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Shen, Chih-Chiang; Hsu, Yu-Te; Li, Lain-Jong; Liu, Hsiang-Lin

    2013-12-01

    THz absorption and spectroscopic ellipsometry were used to investigate the charge dynamics and electronic structures of chemical-vapor-deposited monolayer MoS2 films. THz conductivity displays a coherent response of itinerant charge carriers at zero frequency. Drude plasma frequency (˜7 THz) decreases with decreasing temperature while carrier relaxation time (˜26 fs) is almost temperature independent. The absorption spectrum of monolayer MoS2 shows a direct 1.95 eV band gap and charge transfer excitations that are ˜0.2 eV higher than those of the bulk counterpart. The ground-state exciton binding energy is found to be about 0.48 eV.

  11. Phase Determination of Second-Order Surface Susceptibility Tensor of Liquid Crystal Monolayer Using Ultra-Thin Film Local Oscillator

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    Sei, Masaki; Nagayama, Kohei; Kajikawa, Kotaro; Ishii, Hisao; Seki, Kazuhiko; Kondo, Katsumi; Matsumoto, Yoshiyasu; Ouchi, Yukio

    1998-04-01

    We demonstrated full determination of second-order nonlinear susceptibility of a 4‧-n-octyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (8CB) liquid crystal (LC) monolayer adsorbed on a second-harmonic (SH) active polyimide (PI) substrate. In order to separate the SH signal of the LC film from that of the PI film, we adopted an interferometry technique of second-harmonic generation (SHG) using an ultra-thin film local oscillator. We have found a variety of phases in the components of susceptibility: those of χzii and χizi are almost the same but the phase of χzzz differs by 80° from the other two. The phases of the components of the surface susceptibility tensor are not always identical. This fact indicates that the surface SH response is more complicated than what we expected.

  12. An epitaxial organic film. The self-assembled monolayer of docosanoic acid on silver(111)

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    Samant, M.G.; Brown, C.A.; Gordon, J.G. II )

    1993-04-01

    Docosanoic acid in solution spontaneously forms an ordered self-assembled (SA) monolayer on the silver(111) surface, exposing methyl groups to the atmosphere. The contact wetting angles for water and hexadecane are 116[degrees] and 55[degrees], respectively. Surface X-ray diffraction shows that the in-plane structure of the SA monolayer is p(2 [times] 2). The SA monolayer is present in domains of about 215 A with a mosaic spread of 0.85[degrees]C. The chains within the monolayer are titled at 27 [+-] 1[degrees] from the surface normal toward the near neighbors. We conclude that the carboxylate group is bound nearly normal to specific sites on the Ag surface and that this determines the interchain spacing. The tilt angle is a consequence of this interchain spacing. 17 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Difference in Surface Properties between Insoluble Monolayer and Adsorbed Film from Kinetics of Water Evaporation and BAM Image.

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    Moroi, Yoshikiyo; Rusdi, Muhammad; Kubo, Izumi

    2004-05-20

    The evaporation rate of water molecules across three kinds of interfaces (air/water interface (1), air/surfactant solution interface (2), and air/water interface covered by insoluble monolayer (3)) was examined using a remodeled thermogravimetric balance. There was no difference in both the evaporation rate and the activation energy for the first two interfaces for three types of surfactant solutions below and above the critical micelle concentration (cmc). This means that the molecular surface area from the Gibbs surface excess has nothing to do with the evaporation rate. In the third case, the insoluble monolayer of 1-heptadecanol decreased the evaporation rate and increased the activation energy, indicating a clear difference between an insoluble monolayer and an adsorbed film of soluble surfactant. This difference was substantiated by BAM images, too. The images of three surfactant solution interfaces were similar to that of just the water surface, while distinct structures of molecular assemblies were observed for the insoluble monolayer. The concentration profile of water molecules in an air/liquid interfacial region was derived by Fix's second law. The profile indicates that a definite layer just beneath the air/liquid interface of the surfactant solution is made mostly of water molecules and that the layer thickness is a few times the root-mean-square displacement %@mt;sys@%%@rl;;@%2%@ital@%Dt%@rsf@%%@rlx@%%@mx@% of the water molecules. The thickness was found to be more than a few nanometers, as estimated from several relaxation times derived from the other kinetics than evaporation of amphiphilic molecules in aqueous systems and a maximum evaporation rate of purified water. PMID:18950121

  14. Growth mechanism of largescale MoS2 monolayer by sulfurization of MoO3 film

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    Taheri, Payam; Wang, Jieqiong; Xing, Hui; Destino, Joel F.; Murat Arik, Mumtaz; Zhao, Chuan; Kang, Kaifei; Blizzard, Brett; Zhang, Lijie; Zhao, Puqin; Huang, Shaoming; Yang, Sen; Bright, Frank V.; Cerne, John; Zeng, Hao

    2016-07-01

    Monolayer two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) such as MoS2 with broken inversion symmetry possesses two degenerate yet inequivalent valleys that can be selectively excited by circularly polarized light. This unique property renders interesting valley physics. The ability to manipulate valley degrees of freedom with light or external field makes them attractive for optoelectronic and spintronic applications. There is great demand for large area monolayer (ML) TMDCs for certain measurements and device applications. Recent reports on large area ML TDMCs focus on chemical vapor deposition growth. In this work, we report a facile approach to grow largescale continuous ML MoS2 nearly free of overgrowth and voids, by sulfurizing evaporated molybdenum trioxide ultrathin films. Photo conductivity scales with device sizes up to 4.5 mm, suggesting excellent film uniformity. The growth mechanism is found to be vaporization, diffusion, sulfurization and lateral growth, all at local micrometer scale. Our approach provides a new pathway for large-area ML TMDC growth and lithography-free device fabrication.

  15. Site-selective electroless metallization on porous organosilica films by multisurface modification of alkyl monolayer and vacuum plasma.

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    Chen, Giin-Shan; Chen, Sung-Te; Chen, Yenying W; Hsu, Yen-Che

    2013-01-15

    Taking plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposited porous SiOCH (p-SiOCH) and octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) as model cases, this study elucidates the chemical reaction pathways for alkyl-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on porous carbon-doped organosilica films under N(2)-H(2) vacuum plasma illumination. In contrast to previous findings that carboxylic groups are found in alkyl-based SAMs only by exposure to oxygen-based plasma, this study discovers that, upon exposure to reductive nitrogen-based vacuum plasma, surface carboxylic functional groups can be instantly formed on OTS-coated p-SiOCH films. Particular attention is given to developing a multisurface modification process, starting with the modification of p-SiOCH films by N(2)-H(2) plasma and continuing with SAM deposition and plasma patterning; this ultimately leads to site-selective seeding for the spatially controlled fabrication of Cu-wire metallization by electroless deposition. Plasma diagnosis and X-ray near-edge absorption and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopies show that, by adequately controlling the plasma parameters, the bulk of the p-SiOCH films are free from plasma damage (in terms of degradation in bonding structures and electrical properties); the formation of the seed-trapping carboxylic functional groups on the surface, the key factor for the validity of this new seeding process, is due to a water-mediated chemical oxygenation route. PMID:23205708

  16. Characteristic Fragmentation of Polysiloxane Monolayer Films by Bombardment with Monatomic and Polyatomic Primary Ions in TOF-SIMS

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    Moon, Hye Kyoung; Wells, David D.; Gardella, Joseph A.

    2012-01-01

    This study reports the characteristic fragmentation patterns from two polysiloxane polymers that form ordered overlayer on silver substrates. Results are compared for the bombardment of various monatomic and polyatomic projectiles of Cs+, C{60/+} (10 keV), Bi{1/+}, and Bi{3/+} (25 keV) in the high mass range time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) spectra. Results are reported from sub-monolayer (solution cast) coverages of poly(dimethylsiloxane)s with the number average molecular weights (Mn) of 2200 and 6140 Da, respectively, and Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers of poly(methylphenylsiloxane) with molecular weights (MW) from 600 and 1000 Da. For each film, Bi projectiles resulted in the emission of positive silver cluster ions from the substrate under the polymer overlayer and peaks corresponding to silver cluster ions with larger mass were observed by impact of polyatomic 25 keV Bi{3/+} projectiles. In addition, depending on the change of energy of Bi{3/+}, a different pattern of fragments was observed. With Cs+ and C{60/+} impact, however, the emission of silver cluster ions was not detected. In the case of C{60/+} impact for PDMS-6140, peaks corresponding to silver-cationized intact oligomers were not observed. In this paper, these results are explained by the possible bombardment mechanism for each projectile, based on its mass, energy, and split trajectories of the component atoms under the polyatomic impact.

  17. Mapping for 5/2 asteroidal commensurability

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    Sidlichovsky, M.; Melendo, B.

    1986-03-01

    The method of Wisdom (1982) is applied to the 5/2 commensurability Kirkwood gap. The secular and resonant Hamiltonian is analyzed, and the algebraic mapping for the planar problem is addressed. For this case, the calculations strongly support the collisional hypothesis for the origin of the Kirkwood gaps. The values of the mapping constants are determined, and the mapping is used to recalculate Scholl's and Froeschle's (1975) results for much longer time intervals. A suggestion is made for improving the order of eccentricity. The complete three-dimensional mapping is given.

  18. Langmuir monolayers and thin films of amphifilic thiacalix[4]arenes. Properties and matrix for the immobilization of cytochrome c.

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    Solovieva, Svetlana E; Safiullin, Roman A; Kochetkov, Evgeni N; Melnikova, Nina B; Kadirov, Marsil K; Popova, Elena V; Antipin, Igor S; Konovalov, Alexander I

    2014-12-23

    Formation and properties of Langmuir films of thiacalix[4]arene (TCA) derivatives containing N-donor groups on the lower rim (Y═O(CH2)3CN; OCH2CN; NH2; OCH2ArCN-p) in 1,3-alternate conformation on aqueous subphase and solid substrates have been studied. Only tetra-cyanopropoxy-p-tert-butylthiacalix[4]arene 1 forms a typical monomolecular layer with perpendicular orientation of the macrocycle relative to the water-air interface that is able to immobilize cytochrome c in the entire range of the surface pressure. Obtained monolayers were transferred by Langmuir-Schaefer technique onto quartz, indium-tin oxide (ITO), and silicon. It was demonstrated that protein activity is retained after immobilization on the substrate. PMID:25435075

  19. Molecular mobility in the monolayers of foam films stabilized by porcine lung surfactant.

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    Lalchev, Z I; Todorov, R K; Christova, Y T; Wilde, P J; Mackie, A R; Clark, D C

    1996-01-01

    Certain physical properties of a range of foam film types that are believed to exist in vivo in the lung have been investigated. The contribution of different lung surfactant components found in porcine lung surfactant to molecular surface diffusion in the plane of foam films has been investigated for the first time. The influence of the type and thickness of black foam films, temperature, electrolyte concentration, and extract composition on surface diffusion has been studied using the fluorescence recovery after photobleaching technique. Fluorescent phospholipid probe molecules in foam films stabilized by porcine lung surfactant samples or their hydrophobic extracts consisting of surfactant lipids and hydrophobic lung surfactant proteins, SP-B and SP-C, exhibited more rapid diffusion than observed in films of its principal lipid component alone, L-alpha-phosphatidylcholine dipalmitoyl. This effect appears to be due to contributions from minor lipid components present in the total surfactant lipid extracts. The minor lipid components influence the surface diffusion in foam films both by their negative charge and by lowering the phase transition temperature of lung surfactant samples. In contrast, the presence of high concentrations of the hydrophillic surfactant protein A (SP-A) and non-lung-surfactant proteins in the sample reduced the diffusion coefficient (D) of the lipid analog in the adsorbed layer of the films. Hysteresis behavior of D was observed during temperature cycling, with the cooling curve lying above the heating curve. However, in cases where some surface molecular aggregation and surface heterogeneity were observed during cooling, the films became more rigid and molecules at the interfaces became immobilized. The thickness, size, capillary pressure, configuration, and composition of foam films of lung surfactant prepared in vitro support their investigation as realistic structural analogs of the surface films that exist in vivo in the lung

  20. Improved Endothelial Function of Endothelial Cell Monolayer on the Soft Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Film with Matrix-Bound Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor.

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    Chang, Hao; Hu, Mi; Zhang, He; Ren, Ke-Feng; Li, Bo-Chao; Li, Huan; Wang, Li-Mei; Lei, Wen-Xi; Ji, Jian

    2016-06-15

    Endothelialization on the vascular implants is of great importance for prevention of undesired postimplantation symptoms. However, endothelial dysfunction of regenerated endothelial cell (EC) monolayer has been frequently observed, leading to severe complications, such as neointimal hyperplasia, late thrombosis, and neoatherosclerosis. It has significantly impeded long-term success of the therapy. So far, very little attention has been paid on endothelial function of EC monolayer. Bioinspired by the microenvironment of the endothelium in a blood vessel, this study described a soft polyelectrolyte multilayer film (PEM) through layer-by-layer assembly of poly(l-lysine) (PLL) and hyaluronan (HA). The (PLL/HA) PEM was chemically cross-linked and further incorporated with vascular endothelial growth factor. It demonstrated that this approach could promote EC adhesion and proliferation, further inducing formation of EC monolayer. Further, improved endothelial function of the EC monolayer was achieved as shown with the tighter integrity, higher production of nitric oxide, and expression level of endothelial function related genes, compared to EC monolayers on traditional substrates with high stiffness (e.g., glass, tissue culture polystyrene, and stainless steel). Our findings highlighted the influence of substrate stiffness on endothelial function of EC monolayer, giving a new strategy in the surface design of vascular implants. PMID:27223460

  1. Fabricating chiral polydiacetylene film by monolayer compression and circularly polarized ultra-violet light

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    Zou, Gang; Kohn, Hideki; Ohshima, Yuki; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa

    2007-07-01

    We study polydiacetylene films that are pertinent to the problems of mirror symmetry breaking induced by the effects of compression and circularly polarized ultra-violet (UV) light. The subphase is only pure water. After polymerization, polymerized 10,12-tricosadiynoic acid (PTDA) LB films that deposited at the surface pressure of 20 mN m -1 showed obviously chiral properties, however, no obvious Cotton effect was obtained for PTDA LB films that deposited at the surface pressure of 10 mN m -1. In addition, TDA LB films could be polymerized to a designed chirality by using chiral circular polarized ultra-violet light (CPUL).

  2. Effects of electrolyte gating on photoluminescence spectra of large-area WSe2 monolayer films

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    Matsuki, Keiichiro; Pu, Jiang; Kozawa, Daichi; Matsuda, Kazunari; Li, Lain-Jong; Takenobu, Taishi

    2016-06-01

    We fabricated electric double-layer transistors comprising large-area WSe2 monolayers and investigated the effects of electrolyte gating on their photoluminescence (PL) spectra. Using the efficient gating effects of electric double layers, we succeeded in the application of a large electric field (∼107 V cm‑1) and the accumulation of high carrier density (>1013 cm‑2). As a result, we observed PL spectra based on both positively and negatively charged excitons and their gate-voltage-dependent redshifts, suggesting the effects of both an electric field and charge accumulation.

  3. The structure of deuterated benzene films adsorbed on the graphite (0001) basal plane: what happens below and above the monolayer coverage?

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    Bahn, Emanuel; Hedgeland, Holly; Jardine, Andrew P; Henry, Paul F; Hansen, Thomas C; Fouquet, Peter

    2014-10-28

    An exact description of the interactions in aromatic carbon systems is a key condition for the design of carbon based nanomaterials. In this paper we investigate the binding and adsorbate structure of the simplest prototype system in this class - the single aromatic ring molecule benzene on graphite. We have collected neutron diffraction data of the ordered phase of deuterated benzene, C6D6, adsorbed on the graphite (0001) basal plane surface. We examined relative coverages from 0.15 up to 1.3 monolayers (ML) in a temperature range of 80 to 250 K. The results confirm the flat lying commensurate (√7 × √7)R19.1° monolayer with lattice constants a = b = 6.5 Å at coverages of less than 1 ML. For this structure we observe a progressive melting well below the desorption temperature. At higher coverages we do neither observe an ordered second layer nor a densification of the structure by upright tilting of first layer molecules, as generally assumed up to now. Instead, we see the formation of clusters with a bulk crystalline structure for coverages only weakly exceeding 1 ML. PMID:25209023

  4. Direct Observation of Degenerate Two-Photon Absorption and Its Saturation in WS2 and MoS2 Monolayer and Few-Layer Films.

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    Zhang, Saifeng; Dong, Ningning; McEvoy, Niall; O'Brien, Maria; Winters, Sinéad; Berner, Nina C; Yim, Chanyoung; Li, Yuanxin; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Chen, Zhanghai; Zhang, Long; Duesberg, Georg S; Wang, Jun

    2015-07-28

    The optical nonlinearity of WS2 and MoS2 monolayer and few-layer films was investigated using the Z-scan technique with femtosecond pulses from the visible to the near-infrared range. The nonlinear absorption of few- and multilayer WS2 and MoS2 films and their dependences on excitation wavelength were studied. WS2 films with 1-3 layers exhibited a giant two-photon absorption (TPA) coefficient as high as (1.0 ± 0.8) × 10(4) cm/GW. TPA saturation was observed for the WS2 film with 1-3 layers and for the MoS2 film with 25-27 layers. The giant nonlinearity of WS2 and MoS2 films is attributed to a two-dimensional confinement, a giant exciton effect, and the band edge resonance of TPA. PMID:26135798

  5. Improved microstructure and performance of PbS thin films via in-situ thermal decomposition of lead xanthate precursors using self-assembling monolayer

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    Wang, Jingni; Yao, Kai; Jia, Zhenrong; Wang, Xiaofeng; Li, Fan

    2016-09-01

    Microstructure control is critical to achieve thin film-based devices with high performance. The surface properties of the substrates on which thin films grow are expected to greatly influence the morphology and the resulting performance. Generally, homogeneous, dense and highly crystalline films are required. However, "island" like structures are usually obtained mainly due to the non-uniform nucleation. In this article, the self-assembling monolayer (SAM) strategy was applied to efficiently realize the uniform nucleation and modulate the microstructure of lead sulfide (PbS) thin films, which were fabricated on the modified ZnO-coated substrates with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) SAM via in-situ thermal decomposition of lead xanthate precursors. The results showed that PbS thin films with reduced pin-holes and uniform crystalline grains were fabricated with the incorporation of MPA SAM. More importantly, PbS thin films modulated by MPA showed better photoelectric response.

  6. Structure and spectroscopic analysis of the graphene monolayer film directly grown on the quartz substrate via the HF-CVD technique

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    Mahmoud, Waleed E.; Al-Hazmi, Farag S.; Al-Ghamdi, A. A.; Shokr, F. S.; Beall, Gary W.; Bronstein, Lyudmila M.

    2016-08-01

    Direct growth of a monolayer graphene film on a quartz substrate by a hot filament chemical vapor deposition technique is reported. The monolayer graphene film prepared was characterized by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The optical properties were studied by spectroscopic elliposmetry. The experimental data were fitted by the Forouhi-Bloomer model to estimate the extinction coefficient and the refractive index of the monolayer graphene film. The refractive index spectrum in the visible region was studied based on the harmonic oscillator model. The lattice dielectric constant, real and imaginary dielectric constants and the ratio of the charge carrier number to the effective mass were determined. The surface and volume energy loss parameters were also found and showed that the value of the surface energy loss is greater than the volume energy loss. The determination of these optical constants will open new avenue for novel applications of graphene films in the field of wave plates, light modulators, ultrahigh-frequency signal processing and LCDs.

  7. Cognition and order in Langmuir-Blodgett films of a 3-hexadecyl pyrrole and ferrocene-derivatized pyrrole mixed monolayer system

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    Samuelson, L.; Rahman, A. K. M.; Puglia, G. P.; Clough, S.; Tripathy, S.; Inagaki, T.; Yang, X. Q.; Skotheim, T. A.; Okamoto, Y.

    Novel, self-assembled materials were designed and produced from first principle to possess unique structural hierarchy and electronic and optical properties. The Langmuir-Blodgett technique was used to study the molecular organization of a mixed 3-hexadecyl pyrrole (3HDP) and ferrocene-derivatized pyrrole (Fc-Py) surfactant system. The pyrrole moiety was chosen for its' well established electronic and optical properties when polymerized, while ferrocene, it is theorized, if properly oriented into a Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer film may show a layered array of transition metals which would be extremely valuable as a model for 2-D magnets. The ferrocene group may also provide the possibility of charge coupling between neutral ferrocene and oxidized ferricenium which could be controlled electrochemically or photochemically. It has been determined that stable monolayer films of the mixed system could be formed at the air-water interface. The growth and assembly process led to polypyrrole 2-D lattices with heretofore unsurpassed order. In fact, the process of template polymerization leads to a new crystal phase for the polypyrrole component of the thin film structure. Various monolayer and multilayer films were prepared on platinum coated substrates for surface spectroscopic characterization using synchrotron radiation. Near Edge X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure studies revealed that highly ordered multilayer structures are being formed.

  8. Cognition and order in Langmuir-Blodgett films of a 3-hexadecyl pyrrole and ferrocene-derivatized pyrrole mixed monolayer system

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    Samuelson, L.; Rahman, A.K.M.; Puglia, G.P.; Clough, S.; Tripathy, S.; Inagaki, T.; Yang, X.Q.; Skotheim, T.A.; Okamoto, Y.

    1989-01-01

    Novel, self-assembled materials have been designed and produced from first principle to possess unique structural hierarchy and electronic and optical properties. The Langmuir-Blodgett technique was used to study the molecular organization of a mixed 3-hexadecyl pyrrole (3HDP) and ferrocene-derivatized pyrrole (Fc-Py) surfactant system. The pyrrole moiety was chosen for its' well established electronic and optical properties when polymerized, while ferrocene, it is theorized, if properly oriented into a Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer film may show a layered array of transition metals which would be extremely valuable as a model for two-dimensional magnets. The ferrocene group may also provide the possibility of charge coupling between neutral ferrocene and oxidized ferricenium which could be controlled electrochemically or photochemically. It has been determined that stable monolayer films of the mixed system could be formed at the air-water interface. The growth and assembly process led to polypyrrole 2-D lattices with heretofore unsurpassed order. In fact, the process of template polymerization leads to a new crystal phase for the polypyrrole component of the thin film structure. Various monolayer and multilayer films were prepared on platinum coated substrates for surface spectroscopic characterization using synchrotron radiation. Near Edge X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure studies revealed that highly ordered multilayer structures are being formed. 8 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  9. Calcium ion interactions with insoluble phospholipid monolayer films at the A/W interface. External reflection-absorption IR studies.

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    Flach, C R; Brauner, J W; Mendelsohn, R

    1993-01-01

    External reflection Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) experiments are reported for insoluble monomolecular films of an equimolar mixture of 1,2-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and 1,2-dipalmitoylphosphatidylserine (DPPS) at the A/W interface as a function of surface pressure and Ca2+ ion presence. The separate components showed a surface pressure-induced conformational ordering of the acyl chains. The conformational ordering occurred more cooperatively for the DPPS. Acyl chain perdeuteration of the DPPC permitted the observation of the response of the individual components in the binary mixture to changes in surface tension and to the presence of Ca2+. Plots of surface pressure versus CH2 or CD2 stretching frequencies were analyzed with a two-state model. At each surface pressure within the two-state region, the fraction of disordered form was the same for each lipid component, suggesting that they are well mixed on the surface. Calcium ion (5 mM in the subphase) produces almost no effect on the pressure-induced acyl chain ordering of the DPPC in a single component film, whereas the same levels of Ca2+ induce acyl chain ordering at all surface pressures in both components of the binary mixture. Thus, unlike the bulk phase mixture of DPPC/DPPS, the binary lipids in this mixed monolayer film appear to retain their miscibility in the presence of Ca2+. Finally, Ca(2+)-induced dehydration of the phosphate group was observed through characteristic frequency shifts in the asymmetric PO2- stretching mode. PMID:8298029

  10. Chemical stability of nonwetting, low adhesion self-assembled monolayer films formed by perfluoroalkylsilanization of copper

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    Hoque, E.; DeRose, J. A.; Hoffmann, P.; Bhushan, B.; Mathieu, H. J.

    2007-03-01

    A self-assembled monolayer (SAM) has been produced by reaction of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyldimethylchlorosilane (PFMS) with an oxidized copper (Cu) substrate and investigated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), friction force microscopy (FFM), a derivative of AFM, and contact angle measurement. FFM showed a significant reduction in the adhesive force and friction coefficient of PFMS modified Cu (PFMS/Cu) compared to unmodified Cu. The perfluoroalkyl SAM on Cu is found to be extremely hydrophobic, yielding sessile drop static contact angles of more than 130° for pure water and a "surface energy" (which is proportional to the Zisman critical surface tension for a Cu surface with 0rms roughness) of 14.5mJ/m2(nM/m). Treatment by exposure to harsh conditions showed that PFMS/Cu SAM can withstand boiling nitric acid (pH=1.8), boiling water, and warm sodium hydroxide (pH =12, 60°C) solutions for at least 30min. Furthermore, no SAM degradation was observed when PFMS/Cu was exposed to warm nitric acid solution for up to 70min at 60°C or 50min at 80°C. Extremely hydrophobic (low surface energy) and stable PFMS/Cu SAMs could be useful as corrosion inhibitors in micro/nanoelectronic devices and/or as promoters for antiwetting, low adhesion surfaces or dropwise condensation on heat exchange surfaces.

  11. Chemical stability of nonwetting, low adhesion self-assembled monolayer films formed by perfluoroalkylsilanization of copper

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    Hoque, E.; DeRose, J. A.; Hoffmann, P.; Bhushan, B.; Mathieu, H. J.

    2007-03-21

    A self-assembled monolayer (SAM) has been produced by reaction of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyldimethylchlorosilane (PFMS) with an oxidized copper (Cu) substrate and investigated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), friction force microscopy (FFM), a derivative of AFM, and contact angle measurement. FFM showed a significant reduction in the adhesive force and friction coefficient of PFMS modified Cu (PFMS/Cu) compared to unmodified Cu. The perfluoroalkyl SAM on Cu is found to be extremely hydrophobic, yielding sessile drop static contact angles of more than 130 degree sign for pure water and a 'surface energy' (which is proportional to the Zisman critical surface tension for a Cu surface with 0 rms roughness) of 14.5 mJ/m{sup 2}(nM/m). Treatment by exposure to harsh conditions showed that PFMS/Cu SAM can withstand boiling nitric acid (pH=1.8), boiling water, and warm sodium hydroxide (pH=12, 60 degree sign C) solutions for at least 30 min. Furthermore, no SAM degradation was observed when PFMS/Cu was exposed to warm nitric acid solution for up to 70 min at 60 degree sign C or 50 min at 80 degree sign C. Extremely hydrophobic (low surface energy) and stable PFMS/Cu SAMs could be useful as corrosion inhibitors in micro/nanoelectronic devices and/or as promoters for antiwetting, low adhesion surfaces or dropwise condensation on heat exchange surfaces.

  12. Bimetallic PdAg nanoparticle arrays from monolayer films of diblock copolymer micelles

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    Ehret, E.; Beyou, E.; Mamontov, G. V.; Bugrova, T. A.; Prakash, S.; Aouine, M.; Domenichini, B.; Cadete Santos Aires, F. J.

    2015-07-01

    The self-assembly technique provides a highly efficient route to generate well-ordered structures on a nanometer scale. In this paper, well-ordered arrays of PdAg alloy nanoparticles on flat substrates with narrow distributions of particle size (6-7 nm) and interparticle spacing (about 60 nm) were synthesized by the block copolymer micelle approach. A home-made PS-b-P4VP diblock copolymer was prepared to obtain a micellar structure in toluene. Pd and Ag salts were then successfully loaded in the micellar core of the PS-b-P4VP copolymer. A self-assembled monolayer of the loaded micelles was obtained by dipping the flat substrate in the solution. At this stage, the core of the micelles was still loaded with the metal precursor rather than with a metal. Physical and chemical reducing methods were used to reduce the metal salts embedded in the P4VP core into PdAg nanoparticles. HRTEM and EDX indicated that Pd-rich PdAg alloy nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical or physical reduction; UV-visible spectroscopy observations confirmed that metallic PdAg nanoparticles were quickly formed after chemical reduction; XPS measurements revealed that the PdAg alloy nanoparticles were in a metallic state after a short time of exposure to O2 plasma and after hydrazine reduction.

  13. Improving the Performance of Organic Thin-Film Transistors by Ion Doping of Ethylene-Glycol-Based Self-Assembled Monolayer Hybrid Dielectrics.

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    Dietrich, Hanno; Scheiner, Simon; Portilla, Luis; Zahn, Dirk; Halik, Marcus

    2015-12-22

    Tuning the electrostatics of ethylene-glycol-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) by doping with ions is shown. Molecular dynamics simulations unravel binding mechanisms and predict dipole strengths of the doped layers. Additionally, by applying such layers as dielectrics in organic thin-film transistors, the incorporated ions are proven to enhance device performance by lowering the threshold voltage and increasing conductivity. PMID:26524344

  14. Commensurability Effects in Viscosity of Nanoconfined Water.

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    Neek-Amal, Mehdi; Peeters, Francois M; Grigorieva, Irina V; Geim, Andre K

    2016-03-22

    The rate of water flow through hydrophobic nanocapillaries is greatly enhanced as compared to that expected from macroscopic hydrodynamics. This phenomenon is usually described in terms of a relatively large slip length, which is in turn defined by such microscopic properties as the friction between water and capillary surfaces and the viscosity of water. We show that the viscosity of water and, therefore, its flow rate are profoundly affected by the layered structure of confined water if the capillary size becomes less than 2 nm. To this end, we study the structure and dynamics of water confined between two parallel graphene layers using equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the shear viscosity is not only greatly enhanced for subnanometer capillaries, but also exhibits large oscillations that originate from commensurability between the capillary size and the size of water molecules. Such oscillating behavior of viscosity and, consequently, the slip length should be taken into account in designing and studying graphene-based and similar membranes for desalination and filtration. PMID:26882095

  15. Commensurability and stability in nonperiodic systems

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    Fasano, Y.; De Seta, M.; Menghini, M.; Pastoriza, H.; de la Cruz, F.

    2005-01-01

    We have investigated the response of 3D Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 vortex structures to a weak perturbation induced by 2D Fe pinning structures acting on one extremity of vortex lines. The pinning patterns were nano-engineered at the sample surface by means of either a Bitter decoration of the vortex lattice or electron-beam lithography. The commensurability conditions between 2D rigid pinning potentials and 3D elastic structures with short-range positional and long-range orientational correlation have been experimentally determined. When the 2D potential is a replica of the nonperiodic vortex structure an amplification of its interaction with the vortex structure takes place. This effect is detected only for the first matching field, becoming negligible for other matching fields. On the other hand, a periodic 2D perturbation is shown to transform the nonperiodic Bragg glass-like structure into an Abrikosov crystal with an effective Debye–Waller factor. PMID:16576763

  16. Location of the heme-Fe atoms within the profile structure of a monolayer of cytochrome c bound to the surface of an ultrathin lipid multilayer film.

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    Pachence, J M; Fischetti, R F; Blasie, J K

    1989-01-01

    We have recently developed x-ray diffraction methods to derive the profile structure of ultrathin lipid multilayer films having one to five bilayers (e.g., Skita, V., W. Richardson, M. Filipkowski, A.F. Garito, and J.K. Blasie. 1987. J. Physique. 47:1849-1855). Furthermore, we have employed these techniques to determine the location of a monolayer of cytochrome c bound to the carboxyl group surface of various ultrathin lipid multilayer substrates via nonresonance x-ray diffraction (Pachence, J.M., and J.K. Blasie. 1987. Biophys. J. 52:735-747). Here an intense tunable source of x-rays (beam line X9-A at the National Synchrotron Light Source at the Brookhaven National Laboratory) was utilized to measure the resonance x-ray diffraction effect from the heme-Fe atoms within the cytochrome c molecular monolayer located on the carboxyl surface of a five monolayer arachidic acid film. Lamellar x-ray diffraction was recorded for energies above, below, and at the Fe K-absorption edge (E = 7,112 eV). An analysis of the resonance x-ray diffraction effect is presented, whereby the location of the heme-Fe atoms within the electron density profile of the cytochrome c/arachidic acid ultrathin multilayer film is indicated to +/- 3 A accuracy. PMID:2550089

  17. Detection of saccharides with a fluorescent sensing device based on a gold film modified with 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid monolayer

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    Chen, Shu-Jen; Chang, Jui-Feng; Cheng, Nai-Jen; Yih, Jeng-Nan; Chiu, Kuo-Chi

    2013-09-01

    An extremely sensitive fluorescent sensor based on a phenylboronic acid monolayer was developed for detecting saccharide molecules. The fluorescent sensor was prepared by assembling a monolayer of 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid (4-MPBA) onto a gold-coated compact disk. The change in the fluorescence of the 4-MPBA monolayer was extremely obvious in basic methanolic buffer containing monosaccharides down to the picomolar level. The fluorescence spectra demonstrated that the 4-MPBA monolayer was sensitive to monosaccharides and disaccharides, and the affinity of the monolayer toward saccharides was in the order of glucose < fructose < mannose < galactose < maltose > lactose > sucrose. Additionally, the fluorescence intensity of 4-MPBA monolayer was restorable after cleaning with weak acid, indicating that the reported fluorescent sensor with the detection limit of glucose down to the picomolar level is reusable for sensing saccharides.

  18. Fabrication of SnO2-Reduced Graphite Oxide Monolayer-Ordered Porous Film Gas Sensor with Tunable Sensitivity through Ultra-Violet Light Irradiation

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    Xu, Shipu; Sun, Fengqiang; Yang, Shumin; Pan, Zizhao; Long, Jinfeng; Gu, Fenglong

    2015-01-01

    A new graphene-based composite structure, monolayer-ordered macroporous film composed of a layer of orderly arranged macropores, was reported. As an example, SnO2-reduced graphite oxide monolayer-ordered macroporous film was fabricated on a ceramic tube substrate under the irradiation of ultra-violet light (UV), by taking the latex microsphere two-dimensional colloid crystal as a template. Graphite oxide sheets dispersed in SnSO4 aqueous solution exhibited excellent affinity with template microspheres and were in situ incorporated into the pore walls during UV-induced growth of SnO2. The growing and the as-formed SnO2, just like other photocatalytic semiconductor, could be excited to produce electrons and holes under UV irradiation. Electrons reduced GO and holes adsorbed corresponding negative ions, which changed the properties of the composite film. This film was directly used as gas-sensor and was able to display high sensitivity in detecting ethanol gas. More interestingly, on the basis of SnO2-induced photochemical behaviours, this sensor demonstrated tunable sensitivity when UV irradiation time was controlled during the fabrication process and post in water, respectively. This study provides efficient ways of conducting the in situ fabrication of a semiconductor-reduced graphite oxide film device with uniform surface structure and controllable properties. PMID:25758292

  19. Impedance analysis of different cell monolayers grown on gold-film electrodes.

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    Reiss, Bjoern; Wegener, Joachim

    2015-08-01

    Impedance analysis of mammalian cells grown on planar film electrodes provides a label-free, non-invasive and unbiased observation of cell-based assays addressing the biological response to drugs, toxins or stressors in general. Whereas the time course of the measured impedance at one particular frequency has been used a lot for quantitative monitoring, in-depth analysis of the frequency-dependent impedance spectra is rarely performed. This study summarizes and validates the existing model for spectral analysis by applying it to eight different cell types from different mammalian tissues. Model parameters correctly predict the functional and/or structural properties of the individual cells under study. PMID:26737923

  20. Effect of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers on the plastic and elastic deformation of gold(111) films

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    Aponte, Milca I.

    Surface chemistry is known to affect the elastic deformation of nanocontacts, but its role in plastic deformation is less clear. Alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) were used to modify the surface energy and surface stress of Au(111) films. The chemical effect of this nanometer scale film on elastic and plastic deformation was investigated using nanoindentation combined with atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging of indents. A range of maximum indentation displacements and SAM chain lengths were used. Comparisons were made between the mechanical response of the gold substrate alone and the gold modified with the different SAMs. The nanoindentation load-displacement curves and the mechanical properties were found to be dependent on the presence of the SAM. A decrease in the reduced elastic modulus was observed when indenting the SAM systems. The work of indentation and the hardness showed a similar effect with the SAM layer lowering hardness in both cases. Remarkably, the SAM was found to affect hardness, and hence plasticity, at indentation depths over 100 times the SAM thickness. Comparisons were made between the projected contact areas approximated using the Oliver and Pharr method with the actual areas directly measured by AFM analysis. This accounts for underestimation of the contact area due to pile-up of gold around the indent. AFM characterization of the residual nanoindentation impressions showed substantial differences between the indent shape and pile-up when comparing the gold to the gold plus SAM surfaces. The differences are more pronounced for the longer chain length SAM and as the indents become deeper. The SAM reduces the adhesion force between the indenter tip and surface which may affect the observed mechanical properties for shallow indents. For the deeper indentations the exothermic reaction of the alkanethiol molecules chemisorbed on the gold surface reduces the surface free energy of the gold substrate which favors the creation of new

  1. Observation of dopant-profile independent electron transport in sub-monolayer TiOx stacked ZnO thin films grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Saha, D.; Misra, P.; Das, Gangadhar; Joshi, M. P.; Kukreja, L. M.

    2016-01-01

    Dopant-profile independent electron transport has been observed through a combined study of temperature dependent electrical resistivity and magnetoresistance measurements on a series of Ti incorporated ZnO thin films with varying degree of static-disorder. These films were grown by atomic layer deposition through in-situ vertical stacking of multiple sub-monolayers of TiOx in ZnO. Upon decreasing ZnO spacer layer thickness, electron transport smoothly evolved from a good metallic to an incipient non-metallic regime due to the intricate interplay of screening of spatial potential fluctuations and strength of static-disorder in the films. Temperature dependent phase-coherence length as extracted from the magnetotransport measurement revealed insignificant role of inter sub-monolayer scattering as an additional channel for electron dephasing, indicating that films were homogeneously disordered three-dimensional electronic systems irrespective of their dopant-profiles. Results of this study are worthy enough for both fundamental physics perspective and efficient applications of multi-stacked ZnO/TiOx structures in the emerging field of transparent oxide electronics.

  2. Raman spectroscopic investigation of the single-monolayer Langmuir-Blodgett film of C16NaphOH and C10AzoNaphC4N-SDS.

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    Wu, Yuqing; Zhao, Bing; Xu, Weiqing; Li, Guowen; Li, Bofu

    2003-04-01

    Raman spectra were measured for Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of C(16)NaphOH and C(10)AzoNaphC(4)N-SDS on Calcium Fluorite substrate for the first time. In order to find out favorable excitation condition, Raman spectra of the single and multi-monolayer LB films excited at different lines at 244, 514, 633 and 778 nm are recorded and compared in the present study. Raman spectrum of the monolayer LB film of C(16)NaphOH excited by 244 nm demonstrate that excellent signal to noise is achieved even for one monolayer LB film with an extremely short integrating time as 60 s because of being resonantly enhanced, while no meaningful spectra were recorded under the same condition for the monolayer LB film of C(10)AzoNaphC(4)N-SDS because of burning. Using a HeNe 633 nm excitation the problem with strong substrate fluorescence was partially solved, since under these conditions this fluorescence is mainly outside the fingerprint region of the LB film molecules (1000-2000 cm(-1)). Therefore by using the HeNe laser excitation, Raman spectra with high signal to noise ratio of LB films of C(16)NaphOH were collected and shown in this paper. These findings stress again the necessity to define an appropriate Raman system for this special application of LB film diagnosis. PMID:12659885

  3. Iso-oriented monolayer α-MoO3(010) films epitaxially grown on SrTiO3(001)

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    Du, Yingge; Li, Guoqiang; Peterson, Erik W.; Zhou, Jing; Zhang, Xin; Mu, Rentao; Dohnálek, Zdenek; Bowden, Mark; Lyubinetsky, Igor; Chambers, Scott A.

    2016-01-01

    The ability to synthesize well-ordered two-dimensional materials under ultra-high vacuum and directly characterize them by other techniques in situ can greatly advance our current understanding on their physical and chemical properties. In this paper, we demonstrate that iso-oriented α-MoO3 films with as low as single monolayer thickness can be reproducibly grown on SrTiO3(001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy ((010)MoO3||(001)STO, [100]MoO3||[100]STO or [010]STO) through a self-limiting process. While one in-plane lattice parameter of the MoO3 is very close to that of the SrTiO3 (aMoO3 = 3.96 Å, aSTO = 3.905 Å), the lattice mismatch along other direction is large (~5%, cMoO3 = 3.70 Å), which leads to relaxation as clearly observed from the splitting of streaks in reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) patterns. A narrow range in the growth temperature is found to be optimal for the growth of monolayer α-MoO3 films. Increasing deposition time will not lead to further increase in thickness, which is explained by a balance between deposition and thermal desorption due to the weak van der Waals force between α-MoO3 layers. Lowering growth temperature after the initial iso-oriented α-MoO3 monolayer leads to thicker α-MoO3(010) films with excellent crystallinity.The ability to synthesize well-ordered two-dimensional materials under ultra-high vacuum and directly characterize them by other techniques in situ can greatly advance our current understanding on their physical and chemical properties. In this paper, we demonstrate that iso-oriented α-MoO3 films with as low as single monolayer thickness can be reproducibly grown on SrTiO3(001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy ((010)MoO3||(001)STO, [100]MoO3||[100]STO or [010]STO) through a self-limiting process. While one in-plane lattice parameter of the MoO3 is very close to that of the SrTiO3 (aMoO3 = 3.96 Å, aSTO = 3.905 Å), the lattice mismatch along other direction is large (~5%, cMoO3 = 3

  4. Surface-energy-assisted perfect transfer of centimeter-scale monolayer and few-layer MoS₂ films onto arbitrary substrates.

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    Gurarslan, Alper; Yu, Yifei; Su, Liqin; Yu, Yiling; Suarez, Francisco; Yao, Shanshan; Zhu, Yong; Ozturk, Mehmet; Zhang, Yong; Cao, Linyou

    2014-11-25

    The transfer of synthesized 2D MoS2 films is important for fundamental and applied research. However, it is problematic to translate the well-established transfer processes for graphene to MoS2 due to different growth mechanisms and surface properties. Here we demonstrate a surface-energy-assisted process that can perfectly transfer centimeter-scale monolayer and few-layer MoS2 films from original growth substrates onto arbitrary substrates with no observable wrinkles, cracks, and polymer residues. The unique strategies used in this process include leveraging the penetration of water between hydrophobic MoS2 films and hydrophilic growth substrates to lift off the films and dry transferring the film after the lift off. This is in stark contrast with the previous transfer process for synthesized MoS2 films, which explores the etching of the growth substrate by hot base solutions to lift off the films. Our transfer process can effectively eliminate the mechanical force caused by bubble generations, the attacks from chemical etchants, and the capillary force induced when transferring the film outside solutions as in the previous transfer process, which consists of the major causes for the previous unsatisfactory transfer. Our transfer process also benefits from using polystyrene (PS), instead of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) that was widely used previously, as the carrier polymer. PS can form more intimate interaction with MoS2 films than PMMA and is important for maintaining the integrity of the film during the transfer process. This surface-energy-assisted approach can be generally applied to the transfer of other 2D materials, such as WS2. PMID:25347296

  5. Iso-oriented monolayer α-MoO3(010) films epitaxially grown on SrTiO3(001).

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    Du, Yingge; Li, Guoqiang; Peterson, Erik W; Zhou, Jing; Zhang, Xin; Mu, Rentao; Dohnálek, Zdenek; Bowden, Mark; Lyubinetsky, Igor; Chambers, Scott A

    2016-02-01

    The ability to synthesize well-ordered two-dimensional materials under ultra-high vacuum and directly characterize them by other techniques in situ can greatly advance our current understanding on their physical and chemical properties. In this paper, we demonstrate that iso-oriented α-MoO3 films with as low as single monolayer thickness can be reproducibly grown on SrTiO3(001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy ((010)(MoO3)‖(001)(STO), [100](MoO3)‖[100](STO) or [010](STO)) through a self-limiting process. While one in-plane lattice parameter of the MoO3 is very close to that of the SrTiO3 (a(MoO3) = 3.96 Å, a(STO) = 3.905 Å), the lattice mismatch along other direction is large (∼5%, c(MoO3) = 3.70 Å), which leads to relaxation as clearly observed from the splitting of streaks in reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) patterns. A narrow range in the growth temperature is found to be optimal for the growth of monolayer α-MoO3 films. Increasing deposition time will not lead to further increase in thickness, which is explained by a balance between deposition and thermal desorption due to the weak van der Waals force between α-MoO3 layers. Lowering growth temperature after the initial iso-oriented α-MoO3 monolayer leads to thicker α-MoO3(010) films with excellent crystallinity. PMID:26788784

  6. Synthesis and Evaluation of Self-Assembled Azido Monolayer as a Novel Dielectric Layer for Fabricating Pentacene-Based Organic Thin Film Transistors.

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    Yeh, Je-Yuan; Tsai, Tzung-Da; Kuo, An Tsung; Chou, Ying-Shiun; Liou, Ying-Shian; Chang, Zhao-You; Tsiang, Raymond Chien-Chao; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Chang, Chien-Hsiang

    2015-05-01

    Self-assembled 3-azidopropyltriethoxysilane monolayer (SAM) is used as a dielectric layer to modify the interface between the silicon dioxide wafer and the pentacene semiconductor layer in an organic thin film transistor (OTFT), Au/pentacene/3-azidopropyltriethoxysilane/SiO2/Si. Compared to the commonly used alkyl siliane C18 dielectric, 3-azidopropyltriethoxysilane which possesses stable formal charges is far more effective in increasing the ON/OFF ratio of OTFT device with an improvement of nearly three orders of magnitude. Analysis and measurements reported in this paper have illustrated for the first time the improvement of OTFT performance by a SAM compound with stable formal charges. PMID:26504992

  7. Assembly of polymer-gold nanostructures with high reproducibility into a monolayer film SERS substrate with 5 nm gaps for pesticide trace detection.

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    Zhou, Xia; Zhou, Fei; Liu, Honglin; Yang, Liangbao; Liu, Jinhuai

    2013-10-01

    A very simple and versatile polymer assembly approach was developed. We use methoxy-mercapto-poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG-SH) to conjugate multiple Au shapes to form dense Au monolayer films (MLFs) with 5 nm gaps and generate gigantic enhancement. The results of the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) method to calculate the local electric field distribution of the nanoparticle dimer are in agreement with the experimental data of sensitivity of multiple Au MLFs. 3D Raman spectra, relative standard deviation (RSD) calculation and Raman mapping were used to study the high-reproducibility of the assembled substrate, which is sufficient for trace pesticide residue detection. PMID:23912071

  8. Self-assembled monolayers of cyclohexyl-terminated phosphonic acids as a general dielectric surface for high-performance organic thin-film transistors.

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    Liu, Danqing; He, Zikai; Su, Yaorong; Diao, Ying; Mannsfeld, Stefan C B; Bao, Zhenan; Xu, Jianbin; Miao, Qian

    2014-11-12

    A novel self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on AlOy /TiOx is terminated with cyclohexyl groups, an unprecedented terminal group for all kinds of SAMs. The SAM-modified AlOy /TiOx functions as a general dielectric, enabling organic thin-film transistors with a field-effect mobility higher than 5 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) for both holes and electrons, good air stability with low operating voltage, and general applicability to solution-processed and vacuum-deposited n-type and p-type organic semiconductors. PMID:25205623

  9. Rotation dynamics of C{sub 60} molecules in a monolayer fullerene film on the WO{sub 2}/W(110) surface near the rotational phase transition

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    Bozhko, S. I.; Levchenko, E. A.; Semenov, V. N.; Bulatov, M. F.; Shvets, I. V.

    2015-05-15

    The rotation dynamics of C{sub 60} molecules in monolayer fullerene films grown on the WO{sub 2}/W(110) surface is studied by scanning tunneling microscopy. The formation of molecule clusters, which have a high libron vibration amplitude, is detected near the rotational phase transition temperature. The energy parameters that determine a change in the molecule orientation, namely, the energy difference between the nearest minima of the C{sub 60} molecule energy (30 meV) as a function of the molecule orientation and the potential barrier between them (610 meV), are determined. The results are discussed in terms of the mean-field approximation.

  10. Self-assembled monolayers and chemical derivatization of Ba 0.5Sr 0.5TiO 3 thin films: Applications in phase shifter devices

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    Morales-Cruz, Angel L.; Keuls, Fred W. Van; Miranda, Félix A.; Cabrera, Carlos R.

    2005-11-01

    Thin films of barium strontium titanate (Ba 1- xSr x TiO 3 (BSTO)) have been used in coupled microstrip phase shifters (CMPS) for possible insertion in satellite and wireless communication platforms primarily because of their high dielectric constant, low loss, large tunability, and good structural stability. In an attempt to improve the figure of merit K (phase shift °/dB of loss) of phase shifters, modification of the metal/BSTO interface of these devices has been done through surface modification of the BSTO layer using a self-assembled monolayer approach. The impact of this nanotechnology promises to reduce RF losses by improving the quality of the metal/BSTO interface. In this study, compounds such as 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPS), 16-mercaptohexadecanois acid (MHDA) and 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) were used to form the self-assembled monolayers on the BSTO surface. As a result of the previous modification, chemical derivatization of the self-assembled monolayers was done in order to increase the chain length. Chemical derivatization was done using 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APS) and 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid. Surface chemical analysis was done to reveal the composition of the derivatization via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR). Low and high frequencies measurements of phase shifters were done in order measure the performance of these devices for insertion in antennas. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization of modified BSTO thin films with MPS showed a binding energy peak at 162.9 eV, indicative of a possible S sbnd O interaction: sulfur of the mercapto compound, MPS, used to modify the surface with the oxygen site of the BSTO thin film. This interaction is at higher binding energies compared with the thiolate interaction. This behavior is observed with the other mercapto compounds such as: MHDA and MPA. An FT-IR analysis present a band at 780 cm -1, which is characteristic of an O

  11. Rotationally Commensurate Growth of MoS2 on Epitaxial Graphene.

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    Liu, Xiaolong; Balla, Itamar; Bergeron, Hadallia; Campbell, Gavin P; Bedzyk, Michael J; Hersam, Mark C

    2016-01-26

    Atomically thin MoS2/graphene heterostructures are promising candidates for nanoelectronic and optoelectronic technologies. Among different graphene substrates, epitaxial graphene (EG) on SiC provides several potential advantages for such heterostructures, including high electronic quality, tunable substrate coupling, wafer-scale processability, and crystalline ordering that can template commensurate growth. Exploiting these attributes, we demonstrate here the thickness-controlled van der Waals epitaxial growth of MoS2 on EG via chemical vapor deposition, giving rise to transfer-free synthesis of a two-dimensional heterostructure with registry between its constituent materials. The rotational commensurability observed between the MoS2 and EG is driven by the energetically favorable alignment of their respective lattices and results in nearly strain-free MoS2, as evidenced by synchrotron X-ray scattering and atomic-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The electronic nature of the MoS2/EG heterostructure is elucidated with STM and scanning tunneling spectroscopy, which reveals bias-dependent apparent thickness, band bending, and a reduced band gap of ∼0.4 eV at the monolayer MoS2 edges. PMID:26565112

  12. Effect of Self-Assembled Monolayer Modification on Indium-Tin Oxide Surface for Surface-Initiated Vapor Deposition Polymerization of Carbazole Thin Films

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    Yuya Umemoto,; Seong-Ho Kim,; Rigoberto C. Advincula,; Kuniaki Tanaka,; Hiroaki Usui,

    2010-04-01

    With the aim of controlling the interface between an inorganic electrode and an organic layer, a surface-initiated vapor deposition polymerization method was employed to prepare carbazole polymer thin films that are chemically bound to an indium-tin oxide (ITO) surface. A self-assembled monolayer (SAM) that has an azo initiator as a terminal group was prepared on an ITO surface, on which carbazole acrylate monomers were evaporated under ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The surface morphological characteristics of the films prepared with/without UV irradiation and with/without the SAM were compared. It was found that the UV irradiation leads to the polymerization of carbazole monomers irrespective of the type of substrate used. On the other hand, the surface morphological characteristics were largely dependent on the existence of the SAM. Uniform and smooth polymer thin films were obtained only when the monomers were evaporated on the SAM-modified surface under UV irradiation. A comparison of film growth characteristics on a UV-ozone-treated ITO surface suggested that the formation of uniform films was made possible not by the modification of surface energy but by the growth of the polymers chemically bound to the substrate surface.

  13. Self-assembled monolayer exchange reactions as a tool for channel interface engineering in low-voltage organic thin-film transistors.

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    Lenz, Thomas; Schmaltz, Thomas; Novak, Michael; Halik, Marcus

    2012-10-01

    In this work, we compared the kinetics of monolayer self-assembly long-chained carboxylic acids and phosphonic acids on thin aluminum oxide surfaces and investigated their dielectric properties in capacitors and low-voltage organic thin-film transistors. Phosphonic acid anchor groups tend to substitute carboxylic acid molecules on aluminum oxide surfaces and thus allow the formation of mixed or fully exchanged monolayers. With different alkyl chain substituents (n-alkyl or fluorinated alkyl chains), the exchange reaction can be monitored as a function of time by static contact angle measurements. The threshold voltage in α,α'-dihexyl-sexithiophene thin-film transistors composed of such mixed layer dielectrics correlates with the exchange progress and can be tuned from negative to positive values or vice versa depending on the dipole moment of the alkyl chain substituents. The change in the dipole moment with increasing exchange time also shifts the capacitance of these devices. The rate constants for exchange reactions determined by the time-dependent shift of static contact angle, threshold voltage, and capacitance exhibit virtually the same value thus proving the exchange kinetics to be highly controllable. In general, the exchange approach is a powerful tool in interface engineering, displaying a great potential for tailoring of device characteristics. PMID:22963322

  14. Electric bistability induced by incorporating self-assembled monolayers/aggregated clusters of azobenzene derivatives in pentacene-based thin-film transistors.

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    Tseng, Chiao-Wei; Huang, Ding-Chi; Tao, Yu-Tai

    2012-10-24

    Composite films of pentacene and a series of azobenzene derivatives are prepared and used as the active channel material in top-contact, bottom-gate field-effect transistors. The transistors exhibit high field-effect mobility as well as large I-V hysteresis as a function of the gate bias history. The azobenzene moieties, incorporated either in the form of self-assembled monolayer or discrete multilayer clusters at the dielectric surface, result in electric bistability of the pentacene-based transistor either by photoexcitation or gate biasing. The direction of threshold voltage shifts, size of hysteresis, response time, and retention characteristics all strongly depend on the substituent on the benzene ring. The results show that introducing a monolayer of azobenzene moieties results in formation of charge carrier traps responsible for slower switching between the bistable states and longer retention time. With clusters of azobenzene moieties as the trap sites, the switching is faster but the retention is shorter. Detailed film structure analyses and correlation with the transistor/memory properties of these devices are provided. PMID:22974132

  15. Experimental investigation and molecular dynamics simulations of impact-mode wear mechanisms in silicon micromachines with alkylsilane self-assembled monolayer films

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    Douglas, C. M.; Rouse, W. A.; Driscoll, J. A.; Timpe, S. J.

    2015-10-01

    In the current work, polycrystalline silicon microdevices are treated with a 1H,1H,2H,2H-Perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (FDTS) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) film. Using a microelectromechanical systems-based tribometer, the adhesion characteristics of the FDTS-treated surfaces are compared to those of untreated surfaces over a range of approximately 10 × 106 impact cycles. FDTS-treated surfaces showed a lower zero-hour adhesion force compared to untreated surfaces under identical environmental conditions. The presence of the monolayer did not have a discernible effect on the number of cycles to initiate the surface degradation that was manifested as an increase in the adhesion force. Based on trends in degradation, it is concluded that similar chemical and physical wear mechanisms dominate the evolution of adhesion in both treated and untreated devices. The qualitative results of the experiment are reinforced by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of a single nanoasperity contact coated with an octadecyltrichlorosilane (ODTS) SAM. MD simulations show cleavage of bonds along the aliphatic chains of ODTS resulting in adhesion fluctuations. In agreement with experimental observations, the MD simulation shows a logarithmic increase in adhesion force with increasing number of cycles. MD simulations also predict a logarithmic decrease in adhesion energy with increasing cycles. These results provide insight into the physicohemical changes occurring during repetitive impact of surfaces coated with low surface energy films.

  16. Characterization of heterojunctions via x-ray and uv photoemission spectroscopy: energy level implications for single and mixed monolayer SAMs, cadmium selenide nanoparticle films, and organic semiconductor depositions

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    Graham, Amy L.

    This work has centered on the interface dipoles arising at heterojunctions between metals, semiconductor nanoparticles, self-assembled monolayers, and organic semiconductor materials. Alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers, CdSe nanocrystals, and the organic semiconductors zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) and Buckminster fullerene (C60) were the basis of these investigations. UV photoemission spectroscopy has proven to be an invaluable tool to observe the vacuum level shifts for these analyses while using XPS to corroborate surface structure. With a full evaluation of these surfaces, the shifts in the vacuum level, valence ionizations, and core ionizations, the impact of these interfaces, as well as their influence on the subsequent deposition of organic semiconductor layers is established. Alkanethiols possessing varying dipole moments were examined on gold and silver substrates. The viability of these alkanethiols was demonstrated to predictively adjust the work function of these metals as a function of their intrinsic dipole moments projected to surface normal, and established differences between Ag---S and Au---S bonds. The capability of the SAMs to modify the work function of gold provided an opportunity for mixed monolayers of the alkanethiols to produce a precise range of work functions by minimal adjustments of solution concentration, which were examined with a simple point dipole model. Photoemission spectroscopy offers a thorough analysis of CdSe nanoparticle films. Despite a plethora of research on these nanocrystals, there still is controversy on the magnitude of the shift in the valence band with diameter. In our research we found the majority of the valence band shift could be attributed to the interface dipole, ignored previously. Meanwhile, the valence band tethered films was obscured by the sulfur of the thiol tether. Finally, organic semiconductor layers deposited on SAMs on gold exhibited various interface dipole effects at these heterojunctions. Charge

  17. Effect of fluorocarbon self-assembled monolayer films on sidewall adhesion and friction of surface micromachines with impacting and sliding contact interfaces

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    Xiang, H.; Komvopoulos, K.

    2013-06-14

    A self-assembled monolayer film consisting of fluoro-octyltrichlorosilane (FOTS) was vapor-phase deposited on Si(100) substrates and polycrystalline silicon (polysilicon) surface micromachines. The hydrophobic behavior and structural composition of the FOTS film deposited on Si(100) were investigated by goniometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The effects of contact pressure, relative humidity, temperature, and impact/sliding cycles on the adhesive and friction behavior of uncoated and FOTS-coated polysilicon micromachines (referred to as the Si and FOTS/Si micromachines, respectively) were investigated under controlled loading and environmental conditions. FOTS/Si micromachines demonstrated much lower and stable adhesion than Si micromachines due to the highly hydrophobic and conformal FOTS film. Contrary to Si micromachines, sidewall adhesion of FOTS/Si micromachines demonstrated a weak dependence on relative humidity, temperature, and impact cycles. In addition, FOTS/Si micromachines showed low and stable adhesion and low static friction for significantly more sliding cycles than Si micromachines. The adhesive and static friction characteristics of Si and FOTS/Si micromachines are interpreted in the context of physicochemical surface changes, resulting in the increase of the real area of contact and a hydrophobic-to-hydrophilic transition of the surface chemical characteristics caused by nanoscale surface smoothening and the removal of the organic residue (Si micromachines) or the FOTS film (FOTS/Si micromachines) during repetitive impact and oscillatory sliding of the sidewall surfaces.

  18. Commensurate Phases of Kr Adsorbed on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Mbaye, Mamadou T.; Maiga, Sidi M.; Gatica, Silvina M.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, we show that Krypton atoms form a commensurate solid (CS) phase with a fractional coverage of one krypton atom per every four carbons on zigzag carbon nanotubes. This is a unique phase, different from the √{3} × √{3} R30° CS monolayer formed on graphite, which has a lower coverage of one krypton atom per every six carbons. Our prediction disagrees with experiments that observe in nanotubes the same solid structure found on graphite. In order to address this discrepancy, we simulated adsorption of Kr on zigzag and armchair single-walled carbon nanotubes with radii ranging from 4.7 to 28.83 Å. Our simulations confirm that the CS of coverage 1/4 forms on medium-sized zigzag nanotubes. We also found the 1/6-coverage solid on graphene, which represents the infinite-radius limit of a nanotube. Our findings are key to experiments of adsorption on nanotubes where the interpretation and justification of the results are based on the monolayer coverage, such as mass or conductance isotherms measurements.

  19. [60]-fullerene and single-walled carbon nanotube-based ultrathin films stepwise grafted onto a self-assembled monolayer on ITO.

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    Wang, Qiguan; Moriyama, Hiroshi

    2009-09-15

    A step-by-step method was used to prepare homogeneous ultrathin films composed of [60]-fullerene (C60) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), grafted onto the functional surface of an alkylsilane self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on an ITO substrate with an ITO-C60-SWNT sequence using amine addition across a double bond in C60 followed by amidation coupling with acid-functionalized SWNTs. Atomic force microscope and scanning electron microscope images of the resulting composite film showed two-component ball-tube microstructures with high-density coverage, where C60 was homogeneously distributed in the SWNT forest. The attachment of SWNTs to the residual amine units in the SAM on the ITO substrate (SAM-ITO) as well as on the C60 sphere results in the C60 molecules in the aggregated clusters being more separately dispersed, which forms a densely packed composite film as a result of the pi-pi interaction between the C60 buckyballs and the SWNT walls. It was found using ferrocene as an internal redox probe that the oxidative and reductive processes at the film-solution surface were effectively retarded because of obstruction from the densely packed film and the electronic effect of SWNT and C60. In addition, the electrochemical properties of C60 on SAM-ITO plates observed by cyclic voltammetry were significantly modified by chemical anchorage using SWNTs. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis also indicated the successful grafting of C60 and SWNT. The XPS chemical shift of the binding energy showed the presence of electronic interactions between C60, SWNT, and ITO components. Such a uniformly distributed C60-SWNT film may be useful for future research in electrochemical and photoactive nanodevices. PMID:19639982

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  1. Study of Fused Thiophene Based Organic Semiconductors and Interfacial Self-Assembled Monolayer (SAM) for Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) Application

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    Youn, Jangdae

    In this thesis, the molecular packing motifs of our newly designed fused thiophenes, benzo[d,d]thieno[3,2-b;4,5-b]dithiophene (BTDT) derivatives, were studied by utilizing grazing incidence wide angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS). Considering the potential of fused thiophene molecules as an environmentally stable, high performance semiconductor building block, it must be an important groundwork to investigate their thin film structures in relation to molecular structures, single crystal structures, and organic thin-film transistors (OTFT) performances. OTFT device performance is not only determined by semiconductor materials, but also influenced by the interfacial properties. Since there are three major components in TFT structures---electrodes, semiconductors, and dielectrics, two types of major interfaces exist. One is the semiconductor-electrode interface, and the other is the semiconductor-dielectric interface. Both of these interfaces have critical roles for TFT operation. For example, the semiconductor-electrode interface determines the charge injection barrier. Before charge carriers go through the electrode (source)-semiconductor-electrode (drain) pathways, the energy gaps between the work function of the electrodes and the HOMO energy of the semiconductor materials must be overcome for hole injection, or the energy gap between the metal work function of the electrodes and the LUMO energy of the semiconductor materials must be overcome for electron injection. These charge injection barriers are largely determined by the energetic structure of the semiconductor material and work function of the electrode. However, the size of energy gap can be modified by introducing an organic self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on the surface of metal electrode. In addition, the structure of semiconductor films, especially within several monolayers right above the electrode, is greatly influenced by the SAM, and it changes charge injection property of OTFT devices. In this thesis

  2. Temperature effect on thin lipid film elasticity and phase separation: insights from Langmuir monolayer and fluorescence microscopy techniques

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    Khattari, Z.; Maghrabi, M.; Al-Abdullah, T.

    2015-07-01

    Langmuir monolayer pressure isotherms and compressibility modulus measurements of phospholipid mixtures in several Langmuir monolayer systems at the air/water interface were investigated in this study. The ultimate aim was to carry out a comparison of the elasticity modulus for monolayers with different mixtures of l,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC), l,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) and chicken egg yolk sphingomyelin (eSM), in the presence/absence of cholesterol (Chol). In particular, we were able to propose that the leading force beyond the phase separation into liquid expanded (LE-) and liquid condensed (LC-) phases emerges from the increasing barrier to incorporate DOPC molecules into a highly ordered LC-phase. In addition, our findings suggest that DOPC lipid molecules have a priority to incorporate in a disordered LE-phase, while DPPC and eSM prefer the ordered one. Also, Chol seems to split almost equally into both phases, indicating that Chol has no priority for either phase and there are no particular interactions between Chol and saturated lipid molecules.

  3. Frictional transition from superlubric islands to pinned monolayers.

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    Pierno, Matteo; Bruschi, Lorenzo; Mistura, Giampaolo; Paolicelli, Guido; di Bona, Alessandro; Valeri, Sergio; Guerra, Roberto; Vanossi, Andrea; Tosatti, Erio

    2015-08-01

    The inertial sliding of physisorbed submonolayer islands on crystal surfaces contains unexpected information on the exceptionally smooth sliding state associated with incommensurate superlubricity and on the mechanisms of its disappearance. Here, in a joint quartz crystal microbalance and molecular dynamics simulation case study of Xe on Cu(111), we show how superlubricity emerges in the large size limit of naturally incommensurate Xe islands. As coverage approaches a full monolayer, theory also predicts an abrupt adhesion-driven two-dimensional density compression on the order of several per cent, implying a hysteretic jump from superlubric free islands to a pressurized commensurate immobile monolayer. This scenario is fully supported by the quartz crystal microbalance data, which show remarkably large slip times with increasing submonolayer coverage, signalling superlubricity, followed by a dramatic drop to zero for the dense commensurate monolayer. Careful analysis of this variety of island sliding phenomena will be essential in future applications of friction at crystal/adsorbate interfaces. PMID:26006001

  4. Research of the relations between monolayer SiNx optical thin film processing techniques and laser-induced damage properties prepared by PECVD technology

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    Li, Peng; Hang, Lingxia; Li, Linjun; Huang, Fabin

    2015-02-01

    The monolayer SiNx optical thin films were prepared by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) technology on the BK7 glass substrate, the laser-induced damage threshold was measured by laser damage testing equipment, and we also investigated the relations between processing techniques and laser-induced damage properties. The study and analysis to orthogonal experiment results show that PECVD processing techniques have an effect on the laser-induced damage properties. Among them,radio frequency has the biggest effection, temperature is the main factor, working pressure is the unimportant factor, and we also achieve the optimal processing parameters (Temperature is 350°; RF power is 250W; Working pressure is 60Pa).

  5. Phase behavior of mixed submonolayer films of krypton and xenon on graphite.

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    Patrykiejew, A; Sokołowski, S

    2012-04-14

    Using the results of extensive Monte Carlo simulations in the canonical and grand canonical ensembles, we discuss the phase behavior of mixed submonolayer films of krypton and xenon adsorbed on the graphite basal plane. The calculations have been performed using two- and three-dimensional models of the systems studied. It has been demonstrated that out-of-plane motion does not affect the properties of the films as long as the total density is well below the monolayer completion and at moderate temperatures. For the total densities close to the monolayer completion, the promotion of particles to the second layer considerably affects the film properties. Our results are in a reasonable agreement with the available experimental data. The melting point of submonolayer films has been shown to exhibit non-monotonous changes with the film composition, and reaches minimum for the xenon concentration of about 50%. At the temperatures below the melting point, the structure of solid phases depends upon the film composition and the temperature; one can also distinguish commensurate and incommensurate phases. Two-dimensional calculations have demonstrated that for the xenon concentration between about 15% and 65% the adsorbed film exhibits the formation of a superstructure, in which each Xe atom is surrounded by six Kr atoms. This superstructure is stable only at very low temperatures and transforms into the mixed commensurate (√3×√3)R30° phase upon the increase of temperature. Such a superstructure does not appear when a three-dimensional model is used. Grand canonical ensemble calculations allowed us to show that for the xenon concentration of about 3% the phase diagram topology of monolayer films changes from the krypton-like (with incipient triple point) to the xenon-like (with ordinary triple point). PMID:22502538

  6. Orthogonally Spin-Coated Bilayer Films for Photochemical Immobilization and Patterning of Sub-10-Nanometer Polymer Monolayers.

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    Janes, Dustin W; Kim, Chae Bin; Maher, Michael J; Ellison, Christopher J

    2016-07-12

    Versatile and spatiotemporally controlled methods for decorating surfaces with monolayers of attached polymers are broadly impactful to many technological applications. However, current materials are usually designed for very specific polymer/surface chemistries and, as a consequence, are not very broadly applicable and/or do not rapidly respond to high-resolution stimuli such as light. We describe here the use of a polymeric adhesion layer, poly(styrene sulfonyl azide-alt-maleic anhydride) (PSSMA), which is capable of immobilizing a 1-7 nm thick monolayer of preformed, inert polymers via photochemical grafting reactions. Solubility of PSSMA in very polar solvents enables processing alongside hydrophobic polymers or solutions and by extension orthogonal spin-coating deposition strategies. Therefore, these materials and processes are fully compatible with photolithographic tools and can take advantage of the immense manufacturing scalability they afford. For example, the thicknesses of covalently grafted poly(styrene) obtained after seconds of exposure are quantitatively equivalent to those obtained by physical adsorption after hours of thermal equilibration. Sequential polymer grafting steps using photomasks were used to pattern different regions of surface energy on the same substrate. These patterns spatially controlled the self-assembled domain orientation of a block copolymer possessing 21 nm half-periodicity, demonstrating hierarchical synergy with leading-edge nanopatterning approaches. PMID:27351974

  7. Synthesis of KCa₂Nb₃O₁₀ Crystals with Varying Grain Sizes and Their Nanosheet Monolayer Films As Seed Layers for PiezoMEMS Applications.

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    Yuan, Huiyu; Nguyen, Minh; Hammer, Tom; Koster, Gertjan; Rijnders, Guus; ten Elshof, Johan E

    2015-12-16

    The layered perovskite-type niobate KCa2Nb3O10 and its derivatives show advantages in several fields, such as templated film growth and (photo)catalysis. Conventional synthesis routes generally yield crystal size smaller than 2 μm. We report a flux synthesis method to obtain KCa2Nb3O10 crystals with significantly larger sizes. By using different flux materials (K2SO4 and K2MoO4), crystals with average sizes of 8 and 20 μm, respectively, were obtained. The KCa2Nb3O10 crystals from K2SO4 and K2MoO4 assisted synthesis were protonated and exfoliated into monolayer nanosheets, and the optimal exfoliation conditions were determined. Using pulsed laser deposition, highly (001)-oriented piezoelectric stacks (SrRuO3/PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3/SrRuO3, SRO/PZT/SRO) were deposited onto Langmuir-Blodgett films of Ca2Nb3O10(-) (CNO) nanosheets with varying lateral nanosheet sizes on Si substrates. The resulting PZT thin films showed high crystallinity irrespective of nanosheet size. The small sized nanosheets yielded a high longitudinal piezoelectric coefficient d33 of 100 pm/V, while the larger sized sheets had a d33 of 72 pm/V. An enhanced transverse piezoelectric coefficient d31 of -107 pm/V, an important input parameter for the actuation of active structures in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices, was obtained for PZT films grown on CNO nanosheets with large lateral size, while the corresponding value on small sized sheets was -96 pm/V. PMID:26583282

  8. Low-lying lattice modes of highly uniform pentacene monolayers

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    He, Rui; Tassi, Nancy G.; Blanchet, Graciela B.; Pinczuk, Aron

    2009-06-01

    The authors report that monolayers of pentacene grown on a functionalized polymeric substrate display high uniformity that enable observations of Raman spectra of low-lying optical vibrations. The evolution of the frequencies and widths of the modes has been studied in films reaching the single monolayer level. Raman spectra of low-lying lattice modes display major changes when the film thickness changes from 1 to 2 monolayers, revealing that a phase akin to a thin film phase of pentacene already emerges in films of only 2 monolayers.

  9. Persistent monolayer-scale chemical ordering in Si1-xGex heteroepitaxial films during surface roughening and strain relaxation

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    Amatya, J. M.; Floro, J. A.

    2015-12-01

    Chemical ordering in semiconductor alloys could modify thermal and electronic transport, with potential benefits to thermoelectric properties. Here, metastable ordering that occurs during heteroepitaxial growth of Si1-xGex thin film alloys on Si(001) and Ge(001) substrates is investigated. A parametric study was performed to study how strain, surface roughness, and growth parameters affect the order parameter during the alloy growth. The order parameter for the alloy films was carefully quantified using x-ray diffraction, taking into account an often-overlooked issue associated with the presence of multiple spatial variants associated with ordering along equivalent <111> directions. Optimal ordering was observed in the films having the smoothest surfaces. Extended strain relaxation is suggested to reduce the apparent order through creation of anti-phase boundaries. Ordering surprisingly persists even when the film surface extensively roughens to form {105} facets. Growth on deliberately miscut Si(001) surfaces does not affect the volume-averaged order parameter but does impact the relative volume fractions of the equivalent ordered variants in a manner consistent with geometrically necessary changes in step populations. These results provide somewhat self-contradictory implications for the role of step edges in controlling the ordering process, indicating that our understanding is still incomplete.

  10. Tuning friction with an external magnetic field: A Quartz Crystal Microbalance study of physisorbed oxygen monolayers and multilayers sliding on nickel substrates

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    Fredricks, Z. B.; Stevens, K. M.; Acharya, B.; Krim, J.

    The sliding friction levels of oxygen monolayer and multilayer films adsorbed on nickel close to the oxygen monolayer solid-liquid melting transition temperature have been monitored by means of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) technique in the presence and absence of a weak external magnetic field. Friction levels for the monolayers in the presence of the field were observed to be half of those observed in the absence of a field. For thick films, the reduction was proportionately less, indicating an interfacial effect as the source of the magnetic sensitivity. While the presence of the field is expected to increase the normal force between the paramagnetic oxygen overlayer and the ferromagnetic substrate, the impact of this mechanism on friction appears to be minimal, or possibly masked by more dominant mechanisms. These include magnetically induced structural reorientation (magnetostriction), and/or realignment of adlayer spins in response to the applied field, both of which would reduce the physical or magnetic interfacial commensurability, thus lowering friction levels. Work supported by NSF DMR1310456.

  11. Nanosecond imaging of microboiling behavior on pulsed-heated au films modified with hydrophilic and hydrophobic self-assembled monolayers.

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    Balss, Karin M; Avedisian, C Thomas; Cavicchi, Richard E; Tarlov, Michael J

    2005-11-01

    Fast transient microboiling has been characterized on modified gold microheaters using a novel laser strobe microscopy technique. Microheater surfaces of different hydrophobicity were prepared using self-assembled monolayers of hexadecane thiol (hydrophobic) and 16-mercaptohexadecanol (hydrophilic) as well as the naturally hydrophilic bare gold surface. The microheater was immersed in a pool of water, and a 5-micros voltage pulse to the heater was applied, causing superheating of the water and nucleation of a vapor bubble on the heater surface. Light from a pulsed Nd:Yag laser was configured to illuminate and image the sample through a microscope assembly. The timing of the short duration (7.5 ns) laser flash was varied with respect to the voltage pulse applied to the heater to create a series of images illuminated by the flash of the laser. These images were correlated with the transient resistance change of the heater both during and after the voltage pulse. It was found that hydrophobic surfaces produced a bubble that nucleated at an earlier time, grew more slowly to a smaller maximum size, and collapsed more rapidly than bubbles formed on hydrophilic surfaces. PMID:16262306

  12. Multiferroicity Broken by Commensurate Magnetic Ordering in Terbium Orthomanganite.

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    Zhang, Hao; Flacau, Roxana; Du, Xin; Manuel, Pascal; Cong, Junzhuang; Sun, Young; Sun, Junliang; Yang, Sihai; Li, Guobao; Liao, Fuhui; Lin, Jianhua

    2016-04-18

    TbMnO3 is an important multiferroic material with strong coupling between magnetic and ferroelectric orderings. Incommensurate magnetic ordering is suggested to be vital for this coupling in TbMnO3 , which can be modified by doping at the site of Tb and/or Mn. Our study shows that a self-doped solid solution Tb1-x Mny MnO3 (y≤x) can be formed with Mn doped into the site of Tb of TbMnO3 . When y is small Tb1-x Mny MnO3 shows both ferroelectric and incommensurate magnetic orders at low temperature, which is similar to TbMnO3 . However, if y is large enough, a commensurate antiferromagnetic ordering appears along with the incommensurate magnetic ordering to prevent the appearance of multiferroicity in Tb1-x Mny MnO3 . That is to say, the magnetoeletric coupling can be broken by the co-existence of a commensurate antiferromagnetic ordering. This finding may be useful to the study of TbMnO3 . PMID:26833883

  13. The breakdown of superlubricity by driving-induced commensurate dislocations

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    Benassi, A.; Ma, Ming; Urbakh, M.; Vanossi, A.

    2015-01-01

    In the framework of a Frenkel-Kontorova-like model, we address the robustness of the superlubricity phenomenon in an edge-driven system at large scales, highlighting the dynamical mechanisms leading to its failure due to the slider elasticity. The results of the numerical simulations perfectly match the length critical size derived from a parameter-free analytical model. By considering different driving and commensurability interface configurations, we explore the distinctive nature of the transition from superlubric to high-friction sliding states which occurs above the critical size, discovering the occurrence of previously undetected multiple dissipative jumps in the friction force as a function of the slider length. These driving-induced commensurate dislocations in the slider are then characterized in relation to their spatial localization and width, depending on the system parameters. Setting the ground to scale superlubricity up, this investigation provides a novel perspective on friction and nanomanipulation experiments and can serve as a theoretical basis for designing high-tech devices with specific superlow frictional features. PMID:26553308

  14. Facile fabrication of rutile monolayer films consisting of well crystalline nanorods by following an IL-assisted hydrothermal route

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    Peng Peng; Liu Xiaodi; Sun, Chuansheng; Ma Jianmin; Zheng Wenjun

    2009-05-15

    In this study, rutile films consisting of rectangular nanorods were facilely deposited on glass substrates from strongly acid solution of TiCl{sub 4}. The highly ordered array of nanorods was realized in presence of ionic liquid (IL) of [Bmim]Br by following a hydrothermal process. In this process, Degussa P25 nanoparticles served as seeds that were pre-deposited on the substrates to facilitate the array of rutile nanorods. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Raman spectrum were used to characterize the obtained nanorod films. The measurements showed that the nanorods were rectangular with width of 100-200 nm and length of more than 1 {mu}m, and grew up typically along c-axis to form the arrays against the substrate. The presence of IL was found vital for the formation of rutile nanorods, and the suitable molar ratio of [Bmim]Br to TiCl{sub 4} ranged from 500:1 to 1500:1. The excessive [Bmim]Br may hinder the precipitation of rutile particles. - Graphical abstract: The rutile film consisting of rectangular nanorods is successfully deposited on glass substrate in presence of ionic liquid (IL) of [Bmim]Br. The nanorods were rectangular with width of 100-200 nm and length of more than 1 {mu}m, which grew up typically along c-axis to form the arrays against the substrate.

  15. Direct monitoring of opto-mechanical switching of self-assembled monolayer films containing the azobenzene group

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    Tirosh, Einat; Benassi, Enrico; Pipolo, Silvio; Mayor, Marcel; Valášek, Michal; Frydman, Veronica

    2011-01-01

    Summary The potential for manipulation and control inherent in molecule-based motors holds great scientific and technological promise. Molecules containing the azobenzene group have been heavily studied in this context. While the effects of the cis–trans isomerization of the azo group in such molecules have been examined macroscopically by a number of techniques, modulations of the elastic modulus upon isomerization in self-assembled films were not yet measured directly. Here, we examine the mechanical response upon optical switching of bis[(1,1'-biphenyl)-4-yl]diazene organized in a self-assembled film on Au islands, using atomic force microscopy. Analysis of higher harmonics by means of a torsional harmonic cantilever allowed real-time extraction of mechanical data. Quantitative analysis of elastic modulus maps obtained simultaneously with topographic images show that the modulus of the cis-form is approximately twice that of the trans-isomer. Quantum mechanical and molecular dynamics studies show good agreement with this experimental result, and indicate that the stiffer response in the cis-form comprises contributions both from the individual molecular bonds and from intermolecular interactions in the film. These results demonstrate the power and insights gained from cutting-edge AFM technologies, and advanced computational methods. PMID:22259768

  16. Phase Transitions in Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine Monolayers.

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    Zuo, Yi Y; Chen, Rimei; Wang, Xianju; Yang, Jinlong; Policova, Zdenka; Neumann, A Wilhelm

    2016-08-23

    A self-assembled phospholipid monolayer at an air-water interface is a well-defined model system for studying surface thermodynamics, membrane biophysics, thin-film materials, and colloidal soft matter. Here we report a study of two-dimensional phase transitions in the dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) monolayer at the air-water interface using a newly developed methodology called constrained drop surfactometry (CDS). CDS is superior to the classical Langmuir balance in its capacity for rigorous temperature control and leak-proof environments, thus making it an ideal alternative to the Langmuir balance for studying lipid polymorphism. In addition, we have developed a novel Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) transfer technique that allows the direct transfer of lipid monolayers from the droplet surface under well-controlled conditions. This LB transfer technique permits the direct visualization of phase coexistence in the DPPC monolayer. With these technological advances, we found that the two-dimensional phase behavior of the DPPC monolayer is analogous to the three-dimensional phase transition of a pure substance. This study has implications in the fundamental understanding of surface thermodynamics as well as applications such as self-assembled monolayers and pulmonary surfactant biophysics. PMID:27479299

  17. Interface effects and deposition process of ionically self-assembled monolayer films: In situ and ex situ second harmonic generation measurements

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    Brands, Charles

    2003-07-01

    In this thesis, detailed studies are presented into self-assembled, noncentrosymmetric, optically active films. Second harmonic generation (SHG) is used to measure the second order nonlinear optical susceptibility (chi(2)) of ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) thin films. Conventional ISAM films are fabricated by alternately immersing a substrate into oppositely-charged polyelectrolyte solutions. The polyelectrolytes bind electrostatically to the oppositely-charged substrate, and thus reverse the charge of the substrate. The charge reversal limits the amount of adsorbed material and primes the substrate for the next layer. During the deposition of the nonlinear optical (NLO) active layer, the chromophores are attracted to the oppositely-charged surface, which results in net orientation of the chromophores. Some of the net orientation is lost during the deposition of the next NLO-inactive layer as this layer orients some of the chromophores away from the substrate. A disadvantage of the polymer ISAM deposition method is that although there is a net orientation toward the substrate, a large number of chromophores are randomly or oppositely oriented. This reduces the nonlinear optical response. To overcome this problem, two alternative methods with a better net orientation are discussed: hybrid covalent/ionic deposition and multivalent monomer deposition. In both deposition methods, the NLO-active material is a monomer instead of a polymer. In hybrid covalent/ionic deposition, the NLO-inactive polymer is deposited using electrostatic attraction while the NLO-active monomer is deposited covalently. This forces alignment of the chromophores. The multivalent method uses chromophores with multiple charges on one side of the molecule and one charge (same sign) on the other. The difference in electrostatic attraction causes a preferential orientation of the chromophores during deposition. Attempts have been made to further improve the net orientation by complexation

  18. On the relationship between the structure of self-assembled carboxylic acid monolayers on alumina and the organization and electrical properties of a pentacene thin film

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    Lang, Philippe; Mottaghi, Daniel; Lacaze, Pierre-Camille

    2016-03-01

    The modification of insulating surfaces by self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) is an elegant way of tailoring the gate dielectric of organic field effect transistors (OFET) to pentacene and is commonly used to improve electrical performance. A SAM based on an alkylcarboxylic acid deposited on a thin layer of alumina, serving as the gate dielectric is considered. The relationship between carrier mobility and (i) the length of the carboxylic acid (CH3(CH2)nCOOH; n = 9, 14, 18), (ii) substrate preparation and (iii) the SAM and pentacene thin film structures is considered. The size and boundaries of pentacene grains are not limiting factors for carrier mobility, and the most relevant parameter, which depends on whether there is a SAM or not, is the organization of the first pentacene layers in contact with the gate dielectric. The variation of the interplanar distance d(0 0 1) of the pentacene layers close to the alumina surface is much greater without SAM than with, and this could explain the lower carrier mobility observed in the case of a bare alumina dielectric. The relationship between the disorder associated with this variation and mobility is discussed.

  19. Hierarchy of fillings for the FQHE in monolayer graphene

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    Łydżba, Patrycja; Jacak, Lucjan; Jacak, Janusz

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the commensurability conditions, which originated from the unique topology of two-dimensional systems, are applied to determine the quantum Hall effect hierarchy in the case of a monolayer graphene. The fundamental difference in a definition of a typical semiconductor and a monolayer graphene filling factor is pointed out. The calculations are undertaken for all spin-valley branches of two lowest Landau levels, since only they are currently experimentally accessible. The obtained filling factors are compared with the experimental data and a very good agreement is achieved. The work also introduces a concept of the single-loop fractional quantum Hall effect. PMID:26392385

  20. Hierarchy of fillings for the FQHE in monolayer graphene

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    Łydżba, Patrycja; Jacak, Lucjan; Jacak, Janusz

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, the commensurability conditions, which originated from the unique topology of two-dimensional systems, are applied to determine the quantum Hall effect hierarchy in the case of a monolayer graphene. The fundamental difference in a definition of a typical semiconductor and a monolayer graphene filling factor is pointed out. The calculations are undertaken for all spin-valley branches of two lowest Landau levels, since only they are currently experimentally accessible. The obtained filling factors are compared with the experimental data and a very good agreement is achieved. The work also introduces a concept of the single-loop fractional quantum Hall effect.

  1. Morphological transitions in polymer monolayers under compression.

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    Srivastava, S; Basu, J K; Sprung, M; Wang, J

    2009-05-01

    We present a systematic investigation of morphological transitions in poly vinylacetate Langmuir monolayers. On compression, the polymer monolayer is converted to a continuous membrane with a thickness of approximately 2-3 nm. Above a certain surface concentration the monolayer, on water, undergoes a morphological transition-buckling, leading to formation of striped patterns of period of lambda(b) approximately 160 nm, as determined from in situ grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering measurements. The obtained value is much smaller than what has been typically observed for Langmuir monolayers on water or thin films on soft substrates. Using existing theories for buckling of fluidlike films on fluid substrates, we obtain very low values of bending rigidity and Young's modulus of the polymer monolayer compared to that observed earlier for lipid or polymeric monolayers. Since buckling in these monolayers occurs only above a certain surface concentration, we have looked at the possibility that the buckling in these films occurs due to changes in their mechanical properties under compression. Using the model of Huang and Suo of buckling of solidlike films on viscoelastic substrates, we find values of the mechanical properties, which are much closer to the bulk values but still significantly lower. Although the reduction could be along the lines of what has been observed earlier for ultrathin polymer film or surface layers of polymers, the possibility of micromechanical effects also determining the buckling in such polymer monolayers cannot be ruled out. We have provided possible explanation of the buckling of the poly vinylacetate monolayers in terms of the change in isothermal compression modulus with surface concentration. PMID:19425809

  2. Thermodynamic study of argon films adsorbed on boron nitride

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    Migone, A.D.; Alkhafaji, M.T. ); Vidali, G. ); Karimi, M. )

    1993-03-15

    We have performed a detailed adsorption isotherm study of Ar on BN for temperatures between 65 and 80 K. The isothermal compressibility of the films was obtained from adsorption data. At monolayer coverages, a small isotherm substep is present at melting. We found two isothermal compressibility peaks in the first layer: a sharp peak, corresponding to the melting substep, and a smaller, broader peak that occurs at lower pressures. At multilayer coverages we found reentrant layering occurring in the third and fourth layers of the film. We compare our layering results with predictions for the preroughening transition. We also found a series of small steps in the isotherms between the second and third layers and between the third and fourth layers of the film. These small steps are evidence of individual layer melting for the second and third layers. Our results at monolayer and at multilayer coverages are extensively compared to those found for Ar on graphite. We have also performed calculations of the rare-gas--BN interaction potentials. Our calculations indicate the substrate corrugation is smaller for the rare-gas--BN systems than it is for the same rare gases on graphite. The implications of this result for the possible existence of monolayer-commensurate solids on BN are discussed.

  3. Monolayer graphene from a green solid precursor

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    Kalita, Golap; Wakita, Koichi; Umeno, Masayoshi

    2011-06-01

    Monolayer and bilayer graphene sheets are synthesized by simple control pyrolysis of solid botanical derivative camphor (C 10H 16O), a green and renewable carbon source. Raman studies show much intense 2D peak than that of G peak, signifying presence of monolayer graphene. Transmission electron microscopic study shows predominately monolayer or bilayer graphene sheets, while trilayer graphene sheet were also observed. Synthesized graphene film on copper foil is transferred to poly(ethylene terephthalate) substrate to fabricate transparent electrode. Electrical and optical measurement shows a sheet resistance of 860 Ω/sq with a transmittance of 91% at 550 nm wavelength of the graphene film. The technique to fabricate monolayer or bilayer graphene based film from camphor is both viable and scalable for potential large area electronic applications.

  4. Perforated monolayers

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    Regen, S.L.

    1992-12-01

    Goal of this research program is to create ultrathin organic membranes that possess uniform and adjustable pores ( < 7[angstrom] diameter). Such membranes are expected to possess high permeation selectivity (permselectivity) and high permeability, and to provide the basis for energy-efficient methods of molecular separation. Work carried out has demonstrated feasibility of using perforated monolayer''-based composites as molecular sieve membranes. Specifically, composite membranes derived from Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers of the calix[6]arene-based surfactant shown below plus poly[l-(trimethylsilyl)-l-propyne] (PTMSP) were found to exhibit sieving behavior towards He, N[sub 2] and SF[sub 6]. Results of derivative studies that have also been completed are also described in this report.

  5. Simultaneous Modification of Bottom-Contact Electrode and Dielectric Surfaces for Organic Thin-Film Transistors Through Single-Component Spin-Cast Monolayers

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    O Acton; M Dubey; t Weidner; K OMalley; T Kim; G Ting; D Hutchins; J Baio; T Lovejoy; et al.

    2011-12-31

    An efficient process is developed by spin-coating a single-component, self-assembled monolayer (SAM) to simultaneously modify the bottom-contact electrode and dielectric surfaces of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). This efficient interface modification is achieved using n-alkyl phosphonic acid based SAMs to prime silver bottom-contacts and hafnium oxide (HfO{sub 2}) dielectrics in low-voltage OTFTs. Surface characterization using near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and spectroscopic ellipsometry suggest this process yields structurally well-defined phosphonate SAMs on both metal and oxide surfaces. Rational selection of the alkyl length of the SAM leads to greatly enhanced performance for both n-channel (C60) and p-channel (pentacene) based OTFTs. Specifically, SAMs of n-octylphos-phonic acid (OPA) provide both low-contact resistance at the bottom-contact electrodes and excellent interfacial properties for compact semiconductor grain growth with high carrier mobilities. OTFTs based on OPA modifi ed silver electrode/HfO{sub 2} dielectric bottom-contact structures can be operated using < 3V with low contact resistance (down to 700 Ohm-cm), low subthreshold swing (as low as 75 mV dec{sup -1}), high on/off current ratios of 107, and charge carrier mobilities as high as 4.6 and 0.8 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1}, for C60 and pentacene, respectively. These results demonstrate that this is a simple and efficient process for improving the performance of bottom-contact OTFTs.

  6. Structure and Phase Transitions of Monolayers of Intermediate-length n-alkanes on Graphite Studied by Neutron Diffraction and Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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    Taub, H.; Hansen, F.Y.; Diama, Amand; Matthies, Blake; Criswell, Leah; Mo, Haiding; Bai, M; Herwig, Kenneth W

    2009-01-01

    We present evidence from neutron diffraction measurements and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of three different monolayer phases of the intermediate-length alkanes tetracosane (n-C(24)H(50) denoted as C24) and dotriacontane (n-C(32)H(66) denoted as C32) adsorbed on a graphite basal-plane surface. Our measurements indicate that the two monolayer films differ principally in the transition temperatures between phases. At the lowest temperatures, both C24 and C32 form a crystalline monolayer phase with a rectangular-centered (RC) structure. The two sublattices of the RC structure each consists of parallel rows of molecules in their all-trans conformation aligned with their long axis parallel to the surface and forming so-called lamellas of width approximately equal to the all-trans length of the molecule. The RC structure is uniaxially commensurate with the graphite surface in its [110] direction such that the distance between molecular rows in a lamella is 4.26 A=sqrt[3a(g)], where a(g)=2.46 A is the lattice constant of the graphite basal plane. Molecules in adjacent rows of a lamella alternate in orientation between the carbon skeletal plane being parallel and perpendicular to the graphite surface. Upon heating, the crystalline monolayers transform to a 'smectic' phase in which the inter-row spacing within a lamella expands by approximately 10% and the molecules are predominantly oriented with the carbon skeletal plane parallel to the graphite surface. In the smectic phase, the MD simulations show evidence of broadening of the lamella boundaries as a result of molecules diffusing parallel to their long axis. At still higher temperatures, they indicate that the introduction of gauche defects into the alkane chains drives a melting transition to a monolayer fluid phase as reported previously.

  7. Molecular orientation of copper phthalocyanine thin films on different monolayers of fullerene on SiO{sub 2} or highly oriented pyrolytic graphite

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    Wang, Chenggong; Wang, Congcong; Liu, Xiaoliang; Xu, Xumei; Li, Youzhen; Xie, Fangyan; Gao, Yongli

    2015-03-23

    The interface electronic structures of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) have been studied using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy as different monolayers of C{sub 60} were inserted between CuPc and a SiO{sub 2} or highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) substrate. The results show that CuPc has standing up configuration with one monolayer of C{sub 60} insertion on SiO{sub 2} while lying down on HOPG, indicating that the insertion layer propagates the CuPc-substrate interaction. Meanwhile, CuPc on more than one monolayers of C{sub 60} on different substrates show that the substrate orientation effect quickly vanished. Our study elucidates intriguing molecular interactions that manipulate molecular orientation and donor-acceptor energy level alignment.

  8. A conformation and orientation model of the carboxylic group of fatty acids dependent on chain length in a Langmuir monolayer film studied by polarization-modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy.

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    Muro, Maiko; Itoh, Yuki; Hasegawa, Takeshi

    2010-09-01

    The conformation of the carboxylic group of fatty acids in a Langmuir (L) monolayer film on water is described in relation to the aggregation property of the hydrocarbon chain. Polarization-modulation infrared reflection absorption spectra (PM-IRRAS) of L films of heptadecanoic acid (C(17)), octadecanoic acid (C(18)), and nonadecanoic acid (C(19)) exhibit systematic spectral changes in both the C-H and C=O stretching vibration regions. Through a stabilization analysis of the L films at a high surface pressure, the C(19) L film has been found outstandingly stable exhibiting no film shrink, while the other two compounds exhibit a large shrink at high surface pressure. By taking into account the uniquely high aggregation property of the hydrocarbon chains of C(19), the three major bands arising from the C=O stretching vibration mode propose three types of molecular conformations about the carboxylic group, which are elucidated by a balance of the hydration of the carboxylic group, the chain length of the hydrocarbon chain, and the surface pressure. PMID:20718412

  9. Monolayer hexagonal boron nitride films with large domain size and clean interface for enhancing the mobility of graphene-based field-effect transistors.

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    Wang, Lifeng; Wu, Bin; Chen, Jisi; Liu, Hongtao; Hu, Pingan; Liu, Yunqi

    2014-03-12

    Viable and general techniques that allow effective size control of triangular-shaped, single-crystal, monolayer h-BN domains grown by the CVD method, direct optical visualization of h-BN domains, and the cleaning of the h-BN surface to achieve reliable graphene device quality are reported for the first time. This study points to a critical role of the interfacial properties between the graphene and the monolayer h-BN in determining reliable, enhanced graphene-device performance. PMID:24343959

  10. Investigation of a Langmuir Film Using a Current-Measuring Technique: Influence of the Behavior of Monolayers at the Edge of the LB Trough

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    Iwamoto, Mitsumasa; Majima, Yutaka

    1989-10-01

    Using a current-measuring technique, we investigated the abrupt change of a current observed at the liquid-to-solid phase transition in a current-area (I-A) isotherm of a fatty acid monolayer at the air/water interface. The change occurred when an electrode suspended in air was not electrically shielded. It was found both experimentally and theoretically that the behavior of the monolayer at the edge of the trough plays a very important role in the abrupt change described above.

  11. Commensurability condition and fractional quantum Hall effect hierarchy in higher Landau levels

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    Jacak, J.; Jacak, L.

    2015-07-01

    The odd structure of the fractional filling hierarchy, which is referred to as the fractional quantum Hall effect, is studied in higher Landau levels using the commensurability condition. The hierarchy of fillings that are derived in this manner is consistent with the experimental observations in the first three Landau levels. The relative poverty of the fractional structure in higher Landau levels compared with the lowest Landau level is explained using commensurability topological arguments. The commensurability criterion for correlated states specific for higher Landau levels (with n ≥ 1), including also the paired states at half fillings of the spinsubbands of these levels, is formulated.

  12. Molecular self-assembly guided by surface reconstruction: CH 3SH monolayer on the Au(1 1 1) surface

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    Maksymovych, Peter; Dougherty, Daniel B.

    2008-06-01

    Self-assembly of methanethiol (CH 3SH) on Au(1 1 1) was studied using scanning tunneling microscopy at T < 150 K when the S-H bond is intact. The CH 3SH monolayer assumes a commensurate structure with a

  13. Characterization of organosulfur monolayer formation at gold electrodes

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    Tani Woods, N.

    1996-08-01

    Among the many types of organic films, covalently-attached organosulfur monolayers have attracted a great deal of attention. The authors have focused their interest on the fundamental characterization of spontaneously adsorbed organosulfur monolayers. An introductory chapter presents general aspects of monolayer preparation and characterization, followed by a few examples that illustrate the range of applications of these films. This thesis contains two papers. In the first paper, three analogous monolayer precursors are studied to determine their similarities and differences in the monolayer structure. A GC-MS analysis of products form the chemisorption process and open circuit potential measurements are used to derive possible mechanisms behind monolayer formation. The second paper focuses on monolayers formed from thioctic acid, including its characterization and application to cytochrome c electrochemistry. Although thiols and disulfides have been extensively studied as monolayer precursors, thioctic acid is particularly interesting because the disulfide functionality of this asymmetric molecule is contained in a strained five-membered ring. Given the ring strain, steric bulk and asymmetry of the molecule, the study of these monolayers lend insight into the factors important for the formation of organosulfur monolayers. This thesis concludes with a general summary and directions for future studies. 40 refs.

  14. Optical spectroscopy of organic semiconductor monolayers

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    He, Rui; Tassi, Nancy G.; Blanchet, Graciela B.; Pinczuk, Aron

    2011-02-01

    Growing interest in organic molecular semiconductors is stimulated by their promising applications in flexible devices. Pentacene is a benchmark organic semiconductor material because of its potential applications in high mobility thin film transistors and optoelectronic devices. Highly uniform monolayers of pentacene grown on polymeric substrate of poly alpha-methylstyrene exhibit sharp and intense free exciton (FE) luminescence at low temperatures. The FE emission displays characteristic intensity that grows quadratically with the number of layers. Large enhancements of Raman scattering intensities at the FE resonance enable the first observations of low-lying lattice vibrational modes in films reaching the single monolayer level. The low-lying modes exhibit characteristic changes when going from a single monolayer to two layers, revealing that a phase akin to a thin film phase of pentacene already emerges in structures of only two monolayers. A simple analysis of mode splittings offers estimates of the strength of inter-layer interactions. The results demonstrate novel venues for ultra-thin film characterization and studies of interface effects in organic molecular semiconductor structures.

  15. Optical spectroscopy of organic semiconductor monolayers

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    He, Rui; Tassi, Nancy G.; Blanchet, Graciela B.; Pinczuk, Aron

    2010-10-01

    Growing interest in organic molecular semiconductors is stimulated by their promising applications in flexible devices. Pentacene is a benchmark organic semiconductor material because of its potential applications in high mobility thin film transistors and optoelectronic devices. Highly uniform monolayers of pentacene grown on polymeric substrate of poly alpha-methylstyrene exhibit sharp and intense free exciton (FE) luminescence at low temperatures. The FE emission displays characteristic intensity that grows quadratically with the number of layers. Large enhancements of Raman scattering intensities at the FE resonance enable the first observations of low-lying lattice vibrational modes in films reaching the single monolayer level. The low-lying modes exhibit characteristic changes when going from a single monolayer to two layers, revealing that a phase akin to a thin film phase of pentacene already emerges in structures of only two monolayers. A simple analysis of mode splittings offers estimates of the strength of inter-layer interactions. The results demonstrate novel venues for ultra-thin film characterization and studies of interface effects in organic molecular semiconductor structures.

  16. Structural Development of Mercaptophenol Self-Assembled Monolayers And the Overlying Mineral Phase During Templated CaCo(3) Crystallization From a Transient Amorphous Film

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    Lee, J.R.I.; Han, T.Y.-J.; Willey, T.M.; Wang, D.; Meulenberg, R.W.; Nilsson, J.; Dove, P.M.; Terminello, L.J.; Buuren, T.van; Yoreo, J.J.De

    2009-06-01

    Formation of biomineral structures is increasingly attributed to directed growth of a mineral phase from an amorphous precursor on an organic matrix. While many in vitro studies have used calcite formation on organothiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) as a model system to investigate this process, they have generally focused on the stability of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) or maximizing control over the order of the final mineral phase. Little is known about the early stages of mineral formation, particularly the structural evolution of the SAM and mineral. Here we use near-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS), photoemission spectroscopy (PES), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to address this gap in knowledge by examining the changes in order and bonding of mercaptophenol (MP) SAMs on Au(111) during the initial stages of mineral formation as well as the mechanism of ACC to calcite transformation during template-directed crystallization. We demonstrate that formation of ACC on the MP SAMs brings about a profound change in the morphology of the monolayers: although the as-prepared MP SAMs are composed of monomers with well-defined orientations, precipitation of the amorphous mineral phase results in substantial structural disorder within the monolayers. Significantly, a preferential face of nucleation is observed for crystallization of calcite from ACC on the SAM surfaces despite this static disorder.

  17. Electrosorbed carbon monoxide monolayers on Pt(111).

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    Chang, K.-C.; Menzel, A.; Komanicky, V.; You, H.; Materials Science Division; Paul Scherrer Inst.; Slovakia Sci. Acad. Sci.

    2007-05-10

    We review structures of high-density CO monolayers on Pt(1 1 1) surfaces in CO-saturated electrolytes or in gaseous CO at near atmospheric pressure, using surface X-ray scattering (SXS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). In electrolytes, we confirmed the well-known (2 x 2)-3CO and ({radical}19 x {radical}19)-13CO structures and were able to study the transition between them. For gas-phase studies, we were able to stabilize extremely well-ordered CO monolayers by emersion transfer from an electrochemical cell. We found that the hexagonal close-packed (2 x 2)-3CO structure is the equilibrium phase at room temperature in {approx}1 atm CO gas pressure. This commensurate (C) phase transforms continuously to an incommensurate (IC) phase at elevated temperature (a second-order phase transition). We also confirm that the ({radical}19 x {radical}19)-13CO structure is stable at lower CO partial pressure. This C phase transforms discontinuously to an IC phase (a first-order phase transition). A tentative phase diagram and a brief review of structure details of the (2 x 2)-3CO and ({radical}19 x {radical}19)-13CO phases will be presented.

  18. Atomic scattering from an adsorbed monolayer solid with a helium beam that penetrates to the substrate

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    Hansen, F. Y.; Bruch, L. W.; Dammann, B.

    2013-03-14

    Diffraction and one-phonon inelastic scattering of a thermal energy helium atomic beam are evaluated in the situation that the target monolayer lattice is so dilated that the atomic beam penetrates to the interlayer region between the monolayer and the substrate. The scattering is simulated by propagating a wavepacket and including the effect of a feedback of the inelastic wave onto the diffracted wave, which represents a coherent re-absorption of the created phonons. Parameters are chosen to be representative of an observed p(1 Multiplication-Sign 1) commensurate monolayer solid of H{sub 2}/NaCl(001) and a conjectured p(1 Multiplication-Sign 1) commensurate monolayer solid of H{sub 2}/KCl(001). For the latter, there are cases where part of the incident beam is trapped in the interlayer region for times exceeding 50 ps, depending on the spacing between the monolayer and the substrate and on the angle of incidence. The feedback effect is large for cases of strong transient trapping.

  19. Optical emission and vibrational modes of uniform pentacene monolayers (*)

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    He, Rui; Tassi, Nancy; Blanchet, Graciela; Pinczuk, Aron

    2006-03-01

    Pentacene monolayers are probed by photoluminescence and resonant Raman spectroscopies below 10K. Monolayers grown on polymeric substrate of poly-alpha-methyl-styrene (PAMS) exhibit high uniformity within micron size clusters. These films show sharp exciton luminescence bands, and the energy of the exciton optical emission displays a red-shift as the average film thickness increases. The large resonance enhancements of Raman scattering intensities enable the measurements of low-lying (40- 200cm-1) optical lattice vibrations from these monolayers. These experiments demonstrate that luminescence and resonant Raman scattering from single pentacene monolayers are venues for probing 2D properties, studies of interface effects, and thin film characterization. (*) Supported primarily by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation under NSF Award No. CHE-0117752 and by the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR), and by a research grant of the W. M. Keck Foundation.

  20. Electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness of monolayer graphene.

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    Hong, Seul Ki; Kim, Ki Yeong; Kim, Taek Yong; Kim, Jong Hoon; Park, Seong Wook; Kim, Joung Ho; Cho, Byung Jin

    2012-11-16

    We report the first experimental results on the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of monolayer graphene. The monolayer CVD graphene has an average SE value of 2.27 dB, corresponding to ~40% shielding of incident waves. CVD graphene shows more than seven times (in terms of dB) greater SE than gold film. The dominant mechanism is absorption rather than reflection, and the portion of absorption decreases with an increase in the number of graphene layers. Our modeling work shows that plane-wave theory for metal shielding is also applicable to graphene. The model predicts that ideal monolayer graphene can shield as much as 97.8% of EMI. This suggests the feasibility of manufacturing an ultrathin, transparent, and flexible EMI shield by single or few-layer graphene. PMID:23085718

  1. Light-Modulation of the Charge Injection in a Polymer Thin-Film Transistor by Functionalizing the Electrodes with Bistable Photochromic Self-Assembled Monolayers.

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    Mosciatti, Thomas; Del Rosso, Maria G; Herder, Martin; Frisch, Johannes; Koch, Norbert; Hecht, Stefan; Orgiu, Emanuele; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-08-01

    High fatigue resistance, bistability, and drastic property changes among isomers allow efficient modulation of the current output of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) to be obtained by a photogating of the charge-injection mechanism. PMID:27184349

  2. Methods of making monolayers

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    Alford, Kentin L.; Simmons, Kevin L.; Samuels, William D.; Zemanian, Thomas S.; Liu, Jun; Shin, Yongsoon; Fryxell, Glen E.

    2009-09-15

    The invention pertains to methods of forming monolayers on various surfaces. The surfaces can be selected from a wide array of materials, including, for example, aluminum dioxide, silicon dioxide, carbon and SiC. The substrates can be planar or porous. The monolayer is formed under enhanced pressure conditions. The monolayer contains functionalized molecules, and accordingly functionalizes a surface of the substrate. The properties of the functionalized substrate can enhance the substrate's applicability for numerous purposes including, for example, utilization in extracting contaminants, or incorporation into a polymeric matrix.

  3. Methods of making monolayers

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    Alford, Kentin L.; Simmons, Kevin L.; Samuels, William D.; Zemanian, Thomas S.; Liu, Jun; Shin, Yongsoon; Fryxell, Glen E.

    2009-12-08

    The invention pertains to methods of forming monolayers on various surfaces. The surfaces can be selected from a wide array of materials, including, for example, aluminum dioxide, silicon dioxide, carbon and SiC. The substrates can be planar or porous. The monolayer is formed under enhanced pressure conditions. The monolayer contains functionalized molecules, and accordingly functionalizes a surface of the substrate. The properties of the functionalized substrate can enhance the substrate's applicability for numerous purposes including, for example, utilization in extracting contaminants, or incorporation into a polymeric matrix.

  4. Psychometric Approaches for Developing Commensurate Measures across Independent Studies: Traditional and New Models

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    Bauer, Daniel J.; Hussong, Andrea M.

    2009-01-01

    When conducting an integrative analysis of data obtained from multiple independent studies, a fundamental problem is to establish commensurate measures for the constructs of interest. Fortunately, procedures for evaluating and establishing measurement equivalence across samples are well developed for the linear factor model and commonly used item…

  5. Reduction of interfacial friction in commensurate graphene/h-BN heterostructures by surface functionalization.

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    Guo, Yufeng; Qiu, Jiapeng; Guo, Wanlin

    2016-01-01

    The reduction of interfacial friction in commensurately stacked two-dimensional layered materials is important for their application in nanoelectromechanical systems. Our first-principles calculations on the sliding energy corrugation and friction at the interfaces of commensurate fluorinated-graphene/h-BN and oxidized-graphene/h-BN heterostructures show that the sliding energy barriers and shear strengths for these heterostructures are approximately decreased to 50% of those of commensurate graphene/h-BN. The adsorbed F and O atoms significantly suppress the interlayer electrostatic and van der Waals energy corrugations by modifying the geometry and charge redistribution of the graphene layers. Our empirical registry index models further reveal the difference between the roles of the F and O atoms in affecting the sliding energy landscapes, and are also utilized to predict the interlayer superlubricity in a large-scale oxidized-graphene/h-BN system. Surface functionalization is a valid way to control and reduce the interlayer friction in commensurate graphene/h-BN heterostructures. PMID:26645099

  6. Commensurate and incommensurate spin-density waves in heavy electron systems

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    Schlottmann, P.

    2016-05-01

    The nesting of the Fermi surfaces of an electron and a hole pocket separated by a nesting vector Q and the interaction between electrons gives rise to itinerant antiferromagnetism. The order can gradually be suppressed by mismatching the nesting and a quantum critical point (QCP) is obtained as the Néel temperature tends to zero. The transfer of pairs of electrons between the pockets can lead to a superconducting dome above the QCP (if Q is commensurate with the lattice, i.e. equal to G/2). If the vector Q is not commensurate with the lattice there are eight possible phases: commensurate and incommensurate spin and charge density waves and four superconductivity phases, two of them with modulated order parameter of the FFLO type. The renormalization group equations are studied and numerically integrated. A re-entrant SDW phase (either commensurate or incommensurate) is obtained as a function of the mismatch of the Fermi surfaces and the magnitude of |Q - G/2|.

  7. Optical modeling of the plasmon band of monolayer-protected nanometal clusters in pure and in polymer matrix thin films as a function of heat treatment

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    Sivaramakrishnan, Sankaran; Anto, Bibin T.; Ho, Peter K.-H.

    2009-03-01

    The plasmon band shape of thin films of gold nanoparticles and their composites can be quantitatively modeled in a surprisingly simple way by taking into account (i) quantum-size effect of the Au core on its permittivity, (ii) nanostructure effect of the core shell and matrix on the effective medium, and (iii) optical properties of thin films in a transfer-matrix formalism. From the excellent agreement achieved with the optical spectra of these films, neat and when dispersed in poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) matrices, details of the nanocrystal relaxation, desorption of the ligand shell, and ultimate surface melting and core-core coalescence to give percolating conductive paths during heat treatment were extracted.

  8. Modern approaches to investigation of thin films and monolayers: X-ray reflectivity, grazing-incidence X-ray scattering and X-ray standing waves

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    Shcherbina, M. A.; Chvalun, S. N.; Ponomarenko, S. A.; Kovalchuk, M. V.

    2014-12-01

    The review concerns modern experimental methods of structure determination of thin films of different nature. The methods are based on total reflection of X-rays from the surface and include X-ray reflectivity, grazing-incidence X-ray scattering and X-ray standing waves. Their potential is exemplified by the investigations of various organic macromolecular systems that exhibit the properties of semiconductors and are thought to be promising as thin-film transistors, light-emitting diodes and photovoltaic cells. It is shown that combination of the title methods enable high-precision investigations of the structure of thin-film materials and structure formation in them, i.e., it is possible to obtain information necessary for improvement of the operating efficiency of elements of organic electronic devices. The bibliography includes 92 references.

  9. Epitaxial two dimensional aluminum films on silicon (111) by ultra-fast thermal deposition

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    Levine, Igal; Li Wenjie; Vilan, Ayelet; Yoffe, Alexander; Feldman, Yishay; Salomon, Adi

    2012-06-15

    Aluminum thin films are known for their extremely rough surface, which is detrimental for applications such as molecular electronics and photonics, where protrusions cause electrical shorts or strong scattering. We achieved atomically flat Al films using a highly non-equilibrium approach. Ultra-fast thermal deposition (UFTD), at rates >10 nm/s, yields RMS roughness of 0.4 to 0.8 nm for 30-50 nm thick Al films on variety of substrates. For UFTD on Si(111) substrates, the top surface follows closely the substrate topography (etch pits), indicating a 2D, layer-by-layer growth. The Al film is a mixture of (100) and (111) grains, where the latter are commensurate with the in-plane orientation of the underlying Si (epitaxy). We show the use of these ultra-smooth Al films for highly reproducible charge-transport measurements across a monolayer of alkyl phosphonic acid as well as for plasmonics applications by directly patterning them by focused ion beam to form a long-range ordered array of holes. UFTD is a one-step process, with no need for annealing, peeling, or primer layers. It is conceptually opposite to high quality deposition methods, such as MBE or ALD, which are slow and near-equilibrium processes. For Al, though, we find that limited diffusion length (and good wetting) is critical for achieving ultra-smooth thin films.

  10. Metastability of a Supercompressed Fluid Monolayer

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    Smith, Ethan C.; Crane, Jonathan M.; Laderas, Ted G.; Hall, Stephen B.

    2003-01-01

    Previous studies showed that monomolecular films of extracted calf surfactant collapse at the equilibrium spreading pressure during quasi-static compressions but become metastable at much higher surface pressures when compressed faster than a threshold rate. To determine the mechanism by which the films become metastable, we studied single-component films of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl phosphatidylcholine (POPC). Initial experiments confirmed similar metastability of POPC if compressed above a threshold rate. Measurements at different surface pressures then showed that rates of collapse, although initially increasing above the equilibrium spreading pressure, reached a sharply defined maximum and then slowed considerably. When heated, rapidly compressed films recovered their ability to collapse with no discontinuous change in area, arguing that the metastability does not reflect transition of the POPC film to a new phase. These observations indicate that in several respects, the supercompression of POPC monolayers resembles the supercooling of three-dimensional liquids toward a glass transition. PMID:14581205

  11. Monolayer Tungsten Disulfide Laser

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    Ye, Yu; Wong, Zi Jing; Lu, Xiufang; Ni, Xingjie; Zhu, Hanyu; Chen, Xianhui; Wang, Yuan; Zhang, Xiang

    Two-dimensional van der Waals materials have opened a new paradigm for fundamental physics exploration and device applications because of their emerging physical properties. Unlike gapless graphene, monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides are two-dimensional semiconductors that undergo an indirect-to-direct band gap transition, creating new optical functionalities for next-generation ultra-compact photonics and optoelectronics. Here, we report the realization of a two-dimensional excitonic laser by embedding monolayer tungsten disulfide in a microdisk resonator.

  12. Ionization of covalent immobilized poly(4-vinylphenol) monolayers measured by ellipsometry, QCM and SPR

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    Uppalapati, Suji; Kong, Na; Norberg, Oscar; Ramström, Olof; Yan, Mingdi

    2015-01-01

    Covalently immobilized poly(4-vinylphenol) (PVP) monolayer films were fabricated by spin coating PVP on perfluorophenyl azide (PFPA)-functionalized surface followed by UV irradiation. The pH-responsive behavior of these PVP ultrathin films was evaluated by ellipsometry, quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR). By monitoring the responses of these films to pH in situ, the ionization constant of the monolayer thin films was obtained. The apparent pKa value of these covalently immobilized PVP monolayers, 13.4 by SPR, was 3 units higher than that of the free polymer in aqueous solution. PMID:26097271

  13. Diamondoid monolayers as electron emitters

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    Yang, Wanli; Fabbri, Jason D.; Melosh, Nicholas A.; Hussain, Zahid; Shen, Zhi-Xun

    2012-04-10

    Provided are electron emitters based upon diamondoid monolayers, preferably self-assembled higher diamondoid monolayers. High intensity electron emission has been demonstrated employing such diamondoid monolayers, particularly when the monolayers are comprised of higher diamondoids. The application of such diamondoid monolayers can alter the band structure of substrates, as well as emit monochromatic electrons, and the high intensity electron emissions can also greatly improve the efficiency of field-effect electron emitters as applied to industrial and commercial applications.

  14. Diamondoid monolayers as electron emitters

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    Yang, Wanli; Fabbri, Jason D.; Melosh, Nicholas A.; Hussain, Zahid; Shen, Zhi-Xun

    2013-10-29

    Provided are electron emitters based upon diamondoid monolayers, preferably self-assembled higher diamondoid monolayers. High intensity electron emission has been demonstrated employing such diamondoid monolayers, particularly when the monolayers are comprised of higher diamondoids. The application of such diamondoid monolayers can alter the band structure of substrates, as well as emit monochromatic electrons, and the high intensity electron emissions can also greatly improve the efficiency of field-effect electron emitters as applied to industrial and commercial applications.

  15. Young's modulus of a solid two-dimensional Langmuir monolayer

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    Bercegol, H.; Meunier, J.

    1992-03-01

    LANGMUIR monolayers-films of amphiphilic molecules at the surface of water-exhibit many phases1,2. Some of these behave like two-dimensional solids on experimental timescales, but previous measurements of the shear modulus of these 'solid' monolayers3-5 have yielded a value too small to be compatible with a two-dimensional crystal. The interpretation of these is complicated, however, by the likelihood of inhomogeneities in the films, which are probably assemblies of microscopic crystalline domains. Here we describe measurements of the Young's modulus of an isolated "solid' domain of NBD-stearic acid monolayers. We obtain a value large enough to be compatible with the modulus of a two-dimensional crystal6-8. This suggests that Langmuir monolayers should provide model systems for studies of melting in two dimensions6-8.

  16. Persistent monolayer-scale chemical ordering in Si{sub 1−x}Ge{sub x} heteroepitaxial films during surface roughening and strain relaxation

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    Amatya, J. M.; Floro, J. A.

    2015-12-28

    Chemical ordering in semiconductor alloys could modify thermal and electronic transport, with potential benefits to thermoelectric properties. Here, metastable ordering that occurs during heteroepitaxial growth of Si{sub 1−x}Ge{sub x} thin film alloys on Si(001) and Ge(001) substrates is investigated. A parametric study was performed to study how strain, surface roughness, and growth parameters affect the order parameter during the alloy growth. The order parameter for the alloy films was carefully quantified using x-ray diffraction, taking into account an often-overlooked issue associated with the presence of multiple spatial variants associated with ordering along equivalent <111> directions. Optimal ordering was observed in the films having the smoothest surfaces. Extended strain relaxation is suggested to reduce the apparent order through creation of anti-phase boundaries. Ordering surprisingly persists even when the film surface extensively roughens to form (105) facets. Growth on deliberately miscut Si(001) surfaces does not affect the volume-averaged order parameter but does impact the relative volume fractions of the equivalent ordered variants in a manner consistent with geometrically necessary changes in step populations. These results provide somewhat self-contradictory implications for the role of step edges in controlling the ordering process, indicating that our understanding is still incomplete.

  17. Multifunctional self-assembled monolayers

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    Zawodzinski, T.; Bar, G.; Rubin, S.; Uribe, F.; Ferrais, J.

    1996-06-01

    This is the final report of at three year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The specific goals of this research project were threefold: to develop multifunctional self-assembled monolayers, to understand the role of monolayer structure on the functioning of such systems, and to apply this knowledge to the development of electrochemical enzyme sensors. An array of molecules that can be used to attach electrochemically active biomolecules to gold surfaces has been synthesized. Several members of a class of electroactive compounds have been characterized and the factors controlling surface modification are beginning to be characterized. Enzymes have been attached to self-assembled molecules arranged on the gold surface, a critical step toward the ultimate goal of this project. Several alternative enzyme attachment strategies to achieve robust enzyme- modified surfaces have been explored. Several means of juxtaposing enzymes and mediators, electroactive compounds through which the enzyme can exchange electrons with the electrode surface, have also been investigated. Finally, the development of sensitive biosensors based on films loaded with nanoscale-supported gold particles that have surface modified with the self-assembled enzyme and mediator have been explored.

  18. External reflection FTIR of peptide monolayer films in situ at the air/water interface: experimental design, spectra-structure correlations, and effects of hydrogen-deuterium exchange.

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    Flach, C R; Brauner, J W; Taylor, J W; Baldwin, R C; Mendelsohn, R

    1994-01-01

    A Fourier transform infrared spectrometer has been interfaced with a surface balance and a new external reflection infrared sampling accessory, which permits the acquisition of spectra from protein monolayers in situ at the air/water interface. The accessory, a sample shuttle that permits the collection of spectra in alternating fashion from sample and background troughs, reduces interference from water vapor rotation-vibration bands in the amide I and amide II regions of protein spectra (1520-1690 cm-1) by nearly an order of magnitude. Residual interference from water vapor absorbance ranges from 50 to 200 microabsorbance units. The performance of the device is demonstrated through spectra of synthetic peptides designed to adopt alpha-helical, antiparallel beta-sheet, mixed beta-sheet/beta-turn, and unordered conformations at the air/water interface. The extent of exchange on the surface can be monitored from the relative intensities of the amide II and amide I modes. Hydrogen-deuterium exchange may lower the amide I frequency by as much as 11-12 cm-1 for helical secondary structures. This shifts the vibrational mode into a region normally associated with unordered structures and leads to uncertainties in the application of algorithms commonly used for determination of secondary structure from amide I contours of proteins in D2O solution. PMID:7919013

  19. Low-energy electron transmission through organic monolayers: An estimation of the effective monolayer potential by an excess electron interference

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    Yamane, Hiroyuki; Ito, Kazuyuki; Kera, Satoshi; Okudaira, Koji K.; Ueno, Nobuo

    2002-11-01

    In low-energy-electron transmission spectra of monolayer films of various organic-semiconductor molecules deposited on MoS2 and graphite surfaces, we found that the energy positions of spectral minima are proportional to (n+1/2)2, where n is positive integer and 0, independent of molecules and substrates. Despite the complex structure of each molecule, the (n+1/2)2 rule can be simply explained by the interference of an excess electron passing through the potential of the monolayer on the substrate. Using these results, we estimated the effective potential, the potential width and depth, of the monolayer felt by the injected excess electron.

  20. Ionically self-assembled monolayers (ISAMs)

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    Janik, John

    2001-04-01

    Ionically self-assembled monolayers (ISAMs), fabricated by alternate adsorption of cationic and anionic components, yield exceptionally homogeneous thin films with sub-nanometer control of the thickness and relative special location of the component materials. Using organic electrochromic materials such as polyaniline, we report studies of electrochromic responses in ISAM films. Reversible changes in the absorption spectrum are observed with the application of voltages on the order of 1.0 V. Measurements are made using both liquid electrolytes and in all-solid state devices incorporating solid polyelectrolytes such as poly(2-acylamido 2-methyl propane sulfonic acid) (PAMPS).

  1. Secular resonances in mean motion commensurabilities - The 2/1 and 3/2 cases

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    Morbidelli, A.; Moons, M.

    1993-04-01

    The role of secular resonances inside the 2/1 and 3/2 mean motion commensurabilities is examined. The interaction between nu5 and nu6 gives rise to a wide chaotic layer at large eccentricity. Conversely, the nu16 resonance, which pumps up the asteroids's inclination, is present at moderate eccentricity in the 2/1 and at large eccentricity in the 3/2. Thus, the distribution of the asteroids in the Hilda group (3/2 commensurability) is bounded by this secular resonance, which would cross a fictitious family in the 2.1. This provides new clues for a possible expansion of the existence of the Hecuba gap and the Hilda group.

  2. Dislocations in stacking and commensurate-incommensurate phase transition in bilayer graphene and hexagonal boron nitride

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    Lebedeva, Irina V.; Lebedev, Alexander V.; Popov, Andrey M.; Knizhnik, Andrey A.

    2016-06-01

    Dislocations corresponding to a change of stacking in two-dimensional hexagonal bilayers, graphene and boron nitride, and associated with boundaries between commensurate domains are investigated using the two-chain Frenkel-Kontorova model on top of ab initio calculations. Structural transformations of bilayers in which the bottom layer is stretched and the upper one is left to relax freely are considered for gradually increased elongation of the bottom layer. Formation energies of dislocations, dislocation width, and orientation of the boundary between commensurate domains are analyzed depending on the magnitude and direction of elongation. The second-order phase transition from the commensurate phase to the incommensurate one with multiple dislocations is predicted to take place at some critical elongation. The order parameter for this transition corresponds to the density of dislocations, which grows continuously upon increasing the elongation of the bottom layer above the critical value. In graphene and metastable boron nitride with the layers aligned in the same direction, where elementary dislocations are partial, this transition, however, is preceded by formation of the first dislocation at the elongation smaller than the critical one. The phase diagrams including this intermediate state are plotted in coordinates of the magnitude and direction of elongation of the bottom layer.

  3. Hydrolytic kinetics of biodegradable polyester monolayers

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    Lee, W.K.; Gardella, J.A. Jr.

    2000-04-04

    The rate of hydrolysis of Langmuir monolayer films of a series of biodegradable polyesters was investigated at the air/water interface. The present study investigated parameters such as degradation medium, pH, and time. The hydrolysis of polyester monolayers strongly depended on both the degradation medium used to control subphase pH and the concentration of active ions. Under the conditions studied here, polymer monolayers showed faster hydrolysis when they were exposed to a basic subphase rather than that of acidic or neutral subphase. The basic (pH = 10) hydrolysis of [poly(l-lactide)/polycaprolactone](l-PLA/PCL 1/1 by mole) blend was faster than that of each homopolymer at the initial stage. This result is explained by increasing numbers of base attack sites per unit area owing to the very slow hydrolysis of PCL, a dilution effect on the concentration of l-PLA monolayers. Conversely the hydrolytic behavior of l-lactide-co-caprolactone (1/1 by mole) was similar to that of PCL even though the chemical compositions of the blend and the copolymer are very similar to each other. The resistance of the copolymer to hydrolysis might be attributed to the hydrophobicity and the steric hindrance of caprolactone unit in the copolymer.

  4. Adsorption of Ions at Uncharged Insoluble Monolayers.

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    Peshkova, Tatyana V; Minkov, Ivan L; Tsekov, Roumen; Slavchov, Radomir I

    2016-09-01

    A method is proposed for the experimental determination of the adsorption of inorganic electrolytes at a surface covered with insoluble surfactant monolayer. This task is complicated by the fact that the change of the salt concentration alters both chemical potentials of the electrolyte and the surfactant. Our method resolves the question by combining data for the surface pressure versus area of the monolayer at several salt concentrations with data for the equilibrium spreading pressure of crystals of the surfactant (used to fix a standard state). We applied the method to alcohols spread at the surface of concentrated halide solutions. The measured salt adsorption is positive and has nonmonotonic dependence on the area per surfactant molecule. For the liquid expanded film, depending on the concentration, there is one couple of ions adsorbed per each 3-30 surfactant molecules. We analyzed which ion, the positive or the negative, stands closer to the surface, by measuring the effect of NaCl on the Volta potential of the monolayer. The potentiometric data suggest that Na(+) is specifically adsorbed, while Cl(-) remains in the diffuse layer, i.e., the surface is positively charged. The observed reverse Hofmeister series of the adsorptions of NaF, NaCl, and NaBr suggests the same conclusion holds for all these salts. The force that causes the adsorption of Na(+) seems to be the interaction of the ion with the dipole moment of the monolayer. PMID:27529571

  5. Nanoglassified, optically-active monolayer films of gold nanoparticles for in situ orthogonal detection by localized surface plasmon resonance and surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization-MS.

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    Chen, Chih-Yuan; Hinman, Samuel S; Duan, Jicheng; Cheng, Quan

    2014-12-16

    Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) represents a sensitive and versatile method for detection of biomolecules in a label-free fashion, but identification of bound analytes can be challenging with LSPR alone, especially for samples in a complex medium. We report the fabrication of an optically active, plasmonic film of gold nanoparticles by using a self-assembly and calcination process, which offers orthogonal measurements enabling multifaceted characterization on the same surface with LSPR and surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. This proof-of-concept study involves plasmonic characterization of the fabricated nanofilm, real-time monitoring of vesicle-surface interactions toward formation of fluid lipid bilayer, and mass spectrometric analysis of peptides and cytochrome c digest. This multifunction-enabling surface material can yield complementary analytical information, providing new tools for comprehensive analysis of biomolecular samples. PMID:25417963

  6. Nanoglassified, Optically-Active Monolayer Films of Gold Nanoparticles for in Situ Orthogonal Detection by Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance and Surface-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-MS

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) represents a sensitive and versatile method for detection of biomolecules in a label-free fashion, but identification of bound analytes can be challenging with LSPR alone, especially for samples in a complex medium. We report the fabrication of an optically active, plasmonic film of gold nanoparticles by using a self-assembly and calcination process, which offers orthogonal measurements enabling multifaceted characterization on the same surface with LSPR and surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. This proof-of-concept study involves plasmonic characterization of the fabricated nanofilm, real-time monitoring of vesicle–surface interactions toward formation of fluid lipid bilayer, and mass spectrometric analysis of peptides and cytochrome c digest. This multifunction-enabling surface material can yield complementary analytical information, providing new tools for comprehensive analysis of biomolecular samples. PMID:25417963

  7. Monolayer excitonic laser

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    Ye, Yu; Wong, Zi Jing; Lu, Xiufang; Ni, Xingjie; Zhu, Hanyu; Chen, Xianhui; Wang, Yuan; Zhang, Xiang

    2015-11-01

    Two-dimensional van der Waals materials have opened a new paradigm for fundamental physics exploration and device applications because of their emerging physical properties. Unlike gapless graphene, monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are two-dimensional semiconductors that undergo an indirect-to-direct bandgap transition, creating new optical functionalities for next-generation ultra-compact photonics and optoelectronics. Although the enhancement of spontaneous emission has been reported on TMDC monolayers integrated with photonic crystals and distributed Bragg reflector microcavities, coherent light emission from a TMDC monolayer has not been demonstrated. Here, we report the realization of a two-dimensional excitonic laser by embedding monolayer WS2 in a microdisk resonator. Using a whispering gallery mode with a high quality factor and optical confinement, we observe bright excitonic lasing at visible wavelengths. This demonstration of a two-dimensional excitonic laser marks a major step towards two-dimensional on-chip optoelectronics for high-performance optical communication and computing applications.

  8. Transfer of CVD-grown monolayer graphene onto arbitrary substrates.

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    Suk, Ji Won; Kitt, Alexander; Magnuson, Carl W; Hao, Yufeng; Ahmed, Samir; An, Jinho; Swan, Anna K; Goldberg, Bennett B; Ruoff, Rodney S

    2011-09-27

    Reproducible dry and wet transfer techniques were developed to improve the transfer of large-area monolayer graphene grown on copper foils by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The techniques reported here allow transfer onto three different classes of substrates: substrates covered with shallow depressions, perforated substrates, and flat substrates. A novel dry transfer technique was used to make graphene-sealed microchambers without trapping liquid inside. The dry transfer technique utilizes a polydimethylsiloxane frame that attaches to the poly(methyl methacrylate) spun over the graphene film, and the monolayer graphene was transferred onto shallow depressions with 300 nm depth. The improved wet transfer onto perforated substrates with 2.7 μm diameter holes yields 98% coverage of holes covered with continuous films, allowing the ready use of Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy to study the intrinsic properties of CVD-grown monolayer graphene. Additionally, monolayer graphene transferred onto flat substrates has fewer cracks and tears, as well as lower sheet resistance than previous transfer techniques. Monolayer graphene films transferred onto glass had a sheet resistance of ∼980 Ω/sq and a transmittance of 97.6%. These transfer techniques open up possibilities for the fabrication of various graphene devices with unique configurations and enhanced performance. PMID:21894965

  9. Transition from superlubrically sliding islands to pinned monolayer, demonstrated in Xe/Cu(111)

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    Guerra, Roberto; Vanossi, Andrea; Tosatti, Erio; Trieste Nanofriction Team

    A molecular dynamics simulation case study of Xe on Cu(111) reveals unexpected information on the exceptionally smooth sliding state associated with incommensurate superlubricity which is argued to emerge in the large size limit of naturally incommensurate Xe islands. As coverage approaches a full monolayer, theory predicts an abrupt adhesion-driven two-dimensional density compression on the order of several per cent, implying a hysteretic jump from superlubric free islands to a pressurized sqrt()x sqrt()commensurate (and pinned, and therefore immobile) monolayer. These results match with recent quartz crystal microbalance data which show remarkably large slip times with increasing submonolayer coverage, signalling superlubricity, followed by a dramatic drop to zero for the dense commensurate monolayer. Careful analysis of this variety of island sliding phenomena should be essential in future applications of friction at crystal/adsorbate interfaces. Matching experimental work by M. Pierno, L. Bruschi, G. Mistura, G. Paolicelli, A. di Bona, S. Valeri. Supported by ERC Advanced Grant N. 320796 - MODPHYSFRICT.

  10. Dynamics of xenon, krypton, and methane monolayers in registry with graphite

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    Hakim, T.M.; Glyde, H.R.; Chui, S.T.

    1988-01-15

    The self-consistent phonon (SCP) theory is used to study the dynamics of monolayers of xenon, krypton, and methane adsorbed on graphite. Only the ..sqrt..3 x ..sqrt..3 solid phase is considered. It is shown that the phonon energies of the Xe monolayers are very similar to those of their floating counterparts, while the interaction of the Kr and CH/sub 4/ monolayers with the graphite significantly affects the phonon dispersion curves. The gap in the phonon dispersion curves at the center of the Brillouin zone is computed as a function of temperature. At a critical temperature, the gap goes spontaneously to zero and a transition from a locked-in commensurate phase to a floating phase takes place. This transition appears to describe the commensurate to floating transition in CH/sub 4/ well. A simple model of the floating transition is compared to the full SCP calculations. The one-phonon dynamic form factor, including the cubic anharmonic term, and phonon lifetimes are also evaluated for Kr and CH/sub 4/.

  11. Superfluid--Insulator Transition in Commensurate One-Dimensional Bosonic System with Off-Diagonal Disorder

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    Balabanyan, Karén; Prokof'ev, Nikolay; Svistunov, Boris

    2005-03-01

    We analyze the superfluid--insulator transition in a system of one-dimensional (1D) lattice bosons with off-diagonal disorder in the limit of large commensurate filling. We argue---in contrast to the recent prediction (E. Altman, Y. Kafri, A. Polkovnikov, and G. Refael, cond-mat/0402177) of strong- randomness fixed point for this system---that at any strength of disorder the universality class of the transition on the superfluid side coincides with that of the superfluid--Mott- insulator transition in a pure system. We present results of Monte Carlo simulations for two strongly disordered models that are in excellent agreement with the advocated scenario.

  12. Chemoresponsive Monolayer Transistors

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    Guo,X.; Myers, M.; Xiao, S.; Lefenfeld, M.; Steiner, R.; Tulevski, G.; Tang, J.; Baumert, J.; Leibfarth, F.; et al.

    2006-01-01

    This work details a method to make efficacious field-effect transistors from monolayers of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are able to sense and respond to their chemical environment. The molecules used in this study are functionalized so that they assemble laterally into columns and attach themselves to the silicon oxide surface of a silicon wafer. To measure the electrical properties of these monolayers, we use ultrasmall point contacts that are separated by only a few nanometers as the source and drain electrodes. These contacts are formed through an oxidative cutting of an individual metallic single-walled carbon nanotube that is held between macroscopic metal leads. The molecules assemble in the gap and form transistors with large current modulation and high gate efficiency. Because these devices are formed from an individual stack of molecules, their electrical properties change significantly when exposed to electron-deficient molecules such as tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), forming the basis for new types of environmental and molecular sensors.

  13. Patterning Self-Assembled Monolayers on Gold: Green Materials Chemistry in the Teaching Laboratory

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    McFarland, Adam D.; Huffman, Lauren M.; Parent, Kathryn, E.; Hutchison, James E.; Thompson, John E.

    2004-01-01

    An experiment demonstrating self-assembled monolayer (SAM) chemistry, organic thin-film patterning and the use of molecular functionality to control macroscopic properties is described. Several important green chemistry principles are introduced.

  14. Neutron Reflectivity Measurement for Polymer Dynamics near Graphene Oxide Monolayers

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    Koo, Jaseung

    We investigated the diffusion dynamics of polymer chains confined between graphene oxide layers using neutron reflectivity (NR). The bilayers of polymethylmetacrylate (PMMA)/ deuterated PMMA (d-PMMA) films and polystyrene (PS)/d-PS films with various film thickness sandwiched between Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers of graphene oxide (GO) were prepared. From the NR results, we found that PMMA diffusion dynamics was reduced near the GO surface while the PS diffusion was not significantly changed. This is due to the different strength of GO-polymer interaction. In this talk, these diffusion results will be compared with dewetting dynamics of polymer thin films on the GO monolayers. This has given us the basis for development of graphene-based nanoelectronics with high efficiency, such as heterojunction devices for polymer photovoltaic (OPV) applications.

  15. Femtosecond transient absorption dynamics of close-packed gold nanocrystal monolayer arrays.

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    Eah, S.-K.; Jaeger, H. M.; Scherer, N. F.; Lin, X.-M.; Weiderrecht, G. P.; Univ. of Chicago

    2004-03-11

    Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy is used to investigate hot electron dynamics of close-packed 6 nm gold nanocrystal monolayers. Morphology changes of the monolayer caused by the laser pump pulse are monitored by transmission electron microscopy. At low pump power, the monolayer maintains its structural integrity. Hot electrons induced by the pump pulse decay through electron-phonon (e-ph) coupling inside the nanocrystals with a decay constant that is similar to the value for bulk films. At high pump power, irreversible particle aggregation and sintering occur in the nanocrystal monolayer, which cause damping and peak shifting of the transient bleach signal.

  16. Magneto-optical investigations of molecular nanomagnet monolayers.

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    Rozbořil, J; Rechkemmer, Y; Bloos, D; Münz, F; Wang, C N; Neugebauer, P; Čechal, J; Novák, J; van Slageren, J

    2016-05-01

    We report field-dependent magnetization measurements on monolayers of [Dy(Pc)2] on quartz, prepared by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. The films are thoroughly characterized by means of X-ray reflectivity and atomic force microscopy. The magnetisation of the sample is measured through the magnetic circular dichroism of a ligand-based electronic transition. PMID:27080152

  17. Proximity Driven Commensurate Pinning in YBa2Cu3O7 through All-Oxide Magnetic Nanostructures.

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    Rocci, M; Azpeitia, J; Trastoy, J; Perez-Muñoz, A; Cabero, M; Luccas, R F; Munuera, C; Mompean, F J; Garcia-Hernandez, M; Bouzehouane, K; Sefrioui, Z; Leon, C; Rivera-Calzada, A; Villegas, J E; Santamaria, J

    2015-11-11

    The design of artificial vortex pinning landscapes is a major goal toward large scale applications of cuprate superconductors. Although disordered nanometric inclusions have shown to modify their vortex phase diagram and to produce enhancements of the critical current ( MacManus-Driscoll , J. L. ; Foltyn , S. R. ; Jia , Q. X. ; Wang , H. ; Serquis , A. ; Civale , L. ; Maiorov , B. ; Hawley , M. E. ; Maley , M. P. ; Peterson , D. E. Nat. Mater. 2004 , 3 , 439 - 443 and Yamada , Y. ; Takahashi , K. ; Kobayashi , H. ; Konishi , M. ; Watanabe , T. ; Ibi , A. ; Muroga , T. ; Miyata , S. ; Kato , T. ; Hirayama , T. ; Shiohara , Y. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2005 , 87 , 1 - 3 ), the effect of ordered oxide nanostructures remains essentially unexplored. This is due to the very small nanostructure size imposed by the short coherence length, and to the technological difficulties in the nanofabrication process. Yet, the novel phenomena occurring at oxide interfaces open a wide spectrum of technological opportunities to interplay with the superconductivity in cuprates. Here, we show that the unusual long-range suppression of the superconductivity occurring at the interface between manganites and cuprates affects vortex nucleation and provides a novel vortex pinning mechanism. In particular, we show evidence of commensurate pinning in YBCO films with ordered arrays of LCMO ferromagnetic nanodots. Vortex pinning results from the proximity induced reduction of the condensation energy at the vicinity of the magnetic nanodots, and yields an enhanced friction between the nanodot array and the moving vortex lattice in the liquid phase. This result shows that all-oxide ordered nanostructures constitute a powerful, new route for the artificial manipulation of vortex matter in cuprates. PMID:26441137

  18. Incommensurate-commensurate transitions in the monoaxial chiral helimagnet driven by the magnetic field

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    Laliena, Victor; Campo, Javier; Kishine, Jun-Ichiro; Ovchinnikov, Alexander S.; Togawa, Yoshihiko; Kousaka, Yusuke; Inoue, Katsuya

    2016-04-01

    The zero-temperature phase diagram of the monoaxial chiral helimagnet in the magnetic-field plane formed by the components parallel and perpendicular to the helical axis is thoroughly analyzed. The nature of the transition to the commensurate state depends on the angle between the field and the helical axis. For field directions close to the directions parallel or perpendicular to the helical axis the transition is continuous, while for intermediate angles the transition is discontinuous and the incommensurate and commensurate states coexist on the transition line. The continuous and discontinuous transition lines are separated by two tricritical points with specific singular behavior. The location of the continuous and discontinuous lines and of the tricritical points depend strongly on the easy-plane anisotropy, the effect of which is analyzed. For high anisotropy the conical approximation locates the transition line very accurately, although it does not predict the continuous transitions and the tricritical behavior. It is shown that for high anisotropy, as in CrNb3S6 , the form of the transition line is universal, that is, independent of the sample, and obeys a simple equation. The position of the tricritical points, which is not universal, is theoretically estimated for a sample of CrNb3S6 .

  19. Stellar rotation-planetary orbit period commensurability in the HAT-P-11 system

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    Béky, Bence; Holman, Matthew J.; Noyes, Robert W.; Kipping, David M.

    2014-06-10

    A number of planet host stars have been observed to rotate with a period equal to an integer multiple of the orbital period of their close planet. We expand this list by analyzing Kepler data of HAT-P-11 and finding a period ratio of 6:1. In particular, we present evidence for a long-lived spot on the stellar surface that is eclipsed by the planet in the same position four times, every sixth transit. We also identify minima in the out-of-transit light curve and confirm that their phase with respect to the stellar rotation is mostly stationary for the 48 month time frame of the observations, confirming the proposed rotation period. For comparison, we apply our methods to Kepler-17 and confirm the findings of Bonomo and Lanza that the period ratio is not exactly 8:1 in that system. Finally, we provide a hypothesis on how interactions between a star and its planet could possibly result in an observed commensurability for systems where the stellar differential rotation profile happens to include a period at some latitude that is commensurable to the planetary orbit.

  20. Universality of commensurate 4 a-period charge density modulations throughout the cuprate pseudogap regime

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    Mesaros, Andrej; Fujita, Kazuhiro; Hamidian, Mohammad; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Uchida, Shin-Ichi; Davis, J. C.; Lawler, Michael J.; Kim, Eun-Ah

    Theories for the hole-doped Mott insulator, representing underdoped cuprates, are based upon the strong real space (r-space) interactions, and have long predicted a modulation of charge that is commensurate with the underlying lattice. Such a charge density modulation (CDM) state is unrelated to any momentum space (k-space) features such as the nesting of regions on a Fermi surface. Experimentally, with increasing hole density, the reported wavevector Q of the CDM diminishes continuously with increasing hole-density as if driven by k-space phenomena. Using a novel technique based upon phase-sensitive electronic structure visualization, we demonstrate that the cuprate CDM actually exhibits a commensurate 4 a-period throughout the entire underdoped region of the Bi2 Sr2 CaCu2O8 phase diagram. Our technique is designed for extracting Q from inhomogeneous, short-ranged CDM, as the ones observed in experiments. Thus, a strong-interaction r-space perspective appears to be relevant to achieving a predictive theory for the cuprate pseudogap regime.

  1. Synthesis of boron-doped graphene monolayers using the sole solid feedstock by chemical vapor deposition.

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    Wang, Huan; Zhou, Yu; Wu, Di; Liao, Lei; Zhao, Shuli; Peng, Hailin; Liu, Zhongfan

    2013-04-22

    Substitutionally boron-doped monolayer graphene film is grown on a large scale by using a sole phenylboronic acid as the source in a low-pressure chemical vapor deposition system. The B-doped graphene film is a homogeneous monolayer with high crystalline quality, which exhibits a stable p-type doping behavior with a considerably high room-temperature carrier mobility of about 800 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) . PMID:23463717

  2. Collapse of Langmuir monolayer at lower surface pressure: Effect of hydrophobic chain length

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    Das, Kaushik; Kundu, Sarathi

    2016-05-01

    Long chain fatty acid molecules (e.g., stearic and behenic acids) form a monolayer on water surface in the presence of Ba2+ ions at low subphase pH (≈ 5.5) and remain as a monolayer before collapse generally occurs at higher surface pressure (πc > 50 mN/m). Monolayer formation is verified from the surface pressure vs. area per molecule (π-A) isotherms and also from the atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis of the films deposited by single upstroke of hydrophilic Si (001) substrate through the monolayer covered water surface. At high subphase pH (≈ 9.5), barium stearate molecules form multilayer structure at lower surface pressure which is verified from the π-A isotherms and AFM analysis of the film deposited at 25 mN/m. Such monolayer to multilayer structure formation or monolayer collapse at lower surface pressure is unusual as at this surface pressure generally fatty acid salt molecules form a monolayer on the water surface. Formation of bidentate chelate coordination in the metal containing headgroups is the reason for such monolayer to multilayer transition. However, for longer chain barium behenate molecules only monolayer structure is maintained at that high subphase pH (≈ 9.5) due to the presence of relatively more tail-tail hydrophobic interaction.

  3. Oxidation of oleic acid monolayers at air/liquid interfaces

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    Voss, L. F.; Bazerbashi, M. F.; Beekman, C. P.; Hadad, C. M.; Allen, H. C.

    2006-12-01

    Field studies of marine and continental aerosols find that fatty acid films form on aqueous tropospheric aerosols. Oxidation of the acyl chains is thought to be key to aerosol growth. Oxidation of oleic acid monolayers by ozone was studied to understand the fate of fat-coated aerosols from both fresh and salt water sources. Using vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy and reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy, we present a molecular-level investigation of fatty acid monolayers at the air-water and air- sodium chloride solution interface and explore reactions with atmospheric oxidants by these model systems. Using sum frequency generation spectroscopy coupled with a Langmuir trough, concurrent spectroscopic and thermodynamic data were collected to obtain a molecular picture of the monolayers. No substantial difference was observed between oxidation of monolayers spread on water and on 0.6 molar sodium chloride solutions. Results indicate that depending on the size of the aerosol and the extent of oxidation, the subsequent oxidation products may not remain at the surface of these films, but instead be dissolved in the aqueous sub-phase of the aerosol particle. Results also indicate that oxidation of oleic acid could produce monolayers containing species that have no oxidized acyl chains.

  4. Oxidation of oleic acid monolayers at air/liquid interfaces

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    Voss, Laura

    2008-03-01

    Field studies of marine and continental aerosols find that fatty acid films form on aqueous tropospheric aerosols. Oxidation of oleic acid monolayers by ozone was studied to understand the fate of fat-coated aerosols from both fresh and salt water sources. Using vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy and reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy, we present a molecular-level investigation of fatty acid monolayers at the air-water and air-sodium chloride solution interface and explore reactions with atmospheric oxidants by these model systems. Coupling sum frequency generation spectroscopy with a Langmuir trough, concurrent spectroscopic and thermodynamic data were collected to obtain a molecular picture of the monolayers. No substantial difference was observed between oxidation of monolayers spread on water and on 0.6 molar sodium chloride solutions. Results indicate that depending on the size of the aerosol and the extent of oxidation, the subsequent oxidation products may not remain at the surface of these films, but instead be dissolved in the aqueous sub-phase of the aerosol particle. Results also indicate that oxidation of oleic acid could produce monolayers containing species that have no oxidized acyl chains.

  5. Frictional dynamics of stiff monolayers: from nucleation dynamics to thermal sliding

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    Hasnain, Jaffar; Jungblut, Swetlana; Tröster, Andreas; Dellago, Christoph

    2014-08-01

    The inherently nonlinear dynamics of two surfaces as they are driven past each other, a phenomenon known as dry friction, has yet to be fully understood on an atomistic level. New experiments on colloidal monolayers forced over laser-generated substrates now offer the opportunity to investigate friction with single-particle resolution. Here, we use analytical theory and computer simulations to study the effect of thermal fluctuations on the stick-slip mechanism characteristic for the frictional response of a stiff colloidal monolayer on a commensurate substrate. By performing a harmonic expansion of the energy and employing elementary statistical mechanics, we map the motion of the monolayer onto a simple differential equation. Analytical expressions derived from our approach predict a transition from nucleation dynamics, where the monolayer moves in a sequence of activated hops over energy barriers, to ``thermal sliding'', in which the effective substrate barrier opposing the motion of the monolayer disappears due to thermal fluctuations, leading to continuous, uninterrupted sliding motion. Furthermore, we find that the average velocity of the monolayer for large driving forces obeys a simple scaling behavior that is consistent with the existence of a static friction. For small forces, however, nucleation provides a mode of motion that leads to a small but non-vanishing mobility of the monolayer. Data obtained from simulations confirm this picture and agree quantitatively with our analytical formulae. The theory developed here holds under general conditions for sufficiently strong inter-particle repulsions and it yields specific predictions that can be tested in experiments.The inherently nonlinear dynamics of two surfaces as they are driven past each other, a phenomenon known as dry friction, has yet to be fully understood on an atomistic level. New experiments on colloidal monolayers forced over laser-generated substrates now offer the opportunity to investigate

  6. Thermodynamic aspects of cholesterol effect on properties of phospholipid monolayers: Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer study.

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    Jurak, Małgorzata

    2013-04-01

    Cholesterol is an important component of lipid rafts in mammalian cell membranes. Studies of phospholipid monolayers containing cholesterol provide insight into the role of cholesterol in regulating the properties of animal cells, raft stability, and organization. In this contribution, a study of the characteristics of binary Langmuir monolayers consisting of phospholipids, 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC), 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC), 2-oleoyl-1-palmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC), 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-rac-(1-glycerol) (DPPG), and cholesterol (Chol), was conducted on the basis of the surface pressure-area per molecule (π-A) isotherms. Analysis of the results obtained provided information on the mean molecular area, the excess Gibbs energy of mixing, and condensation in the monolayer. The mixed monolayers were also deposited onto the mica plates and investigated by the contact angle measurements of water, formamide, and diiodomethane. The contact angles allowed calculating surface free energy of the films from the van Oss et al. approach. It was found that cholesterol determines the molecular packing and ordering of the monolayers closely connected with the kind of phospholipid. This is reflected in the values of surface free energy of the model membranes. From the thermodynamic analysis of phospholipid/cholesterol/liquid interactions, one may draw conclusions about the most favorable composition (stoichiometry) of the binary film which is especially important in view of the lipid rafts formation. PMID:23470025

  7. Subharmonic Shapiro steps of sliding colloidal monolayers in optical lattices.

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    Paronuzzi Ticco, Stella V; Fornasier, Gabriele; Manini, Nicola; Santoro, Giuseppe E; Tosatti, Erio; Vanossi, Andrea

    2016-04-01

    We investigate theoretically the possibility to observe dynamical mode locking, in the form of Shapiro steps, when a time-periodic potential or force modulation is applied to a two-dimensional (2D) lattice of colloidal particles that are dragged by an external force over an optically generated periodic potential. Here we present realistic molecular dynamics simulations of a 2D experimental setup, where the colloid sliding is realized through the motion of soliton lines between locally commensurate patches or domains, and where the Shapiro steps are predicted and analyzed. Interestingly, the jump between one step and the next is seen to correspond to a fixed number of colloids jumping from one patch to the next, across the soliton line boundary, during each ac cycle. In addition to ordinary 'integer' steps, coinciding here with the synchronous rigid advancement of the whole colloid monolayer, our main prediction is the existence of additional smaller 'subharmonic' steps due to localized solitonic regions of incommensurate layers executing synchronized slips, while the majority of the colloids remains pinned to a potential minimum. The current availability and wide parameter tunability of colloid monolayers makes these predictions potentially easy to access in an experimentally rich 2D geometrical configuration. PMID:26933976

  8. Subharmonic Shapiro steps of sliding colloidal monolayers in optical lattices

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    Paronuzzi Ticco, Stella V.; Fornasier, Gabriele; Manini, Nicola; Santoro, Giuseppe E.; Tosatti, Erio; Vanossi, Andrea

    2016-04-01

    We investigate theoretically the possibility to observe dynamical mode locking, in the form of Shapiro steps, when a time-periodic potential or force modulation is applied to a two-dimensional (2D) lattice of colloidal particles that are dragged by an external force over an optically generated periodic potential. Here we present realistic molecular dynamics simulations of a 2D experimental setup, where the colloid sliding is realized through the motion of soliton lines between locally commensurate patches or domains, and where the Shapiro steps are predicted and analyzed. Interestingly, the jump between one step and the next is seen to correspond to a fixed number of colloids jumping from one patch to the next, across the soliton line boundary, during each ac cycle. In addition to ordinary ‘integer’ steps, coinciding here with the synchronous rigid advancement of the whole colloid monolayer, our main prediction is the existence of additional smaller ‘subharmonic’ steps due to localized solitonic regions of incommensurate layers executing synchronized slips, while the majority of the colloids remains pinned to a potential minimum. The current availability and wide parameter tunability of colloid monolayers makes these predictions potentially easy to access in an experimentally rich 2D geometrical configuration.

  9. Electrodeposited bismuth monolayers on Au(111) electrodes. Comparison of surface X-ray scattering, scanning tunneling microscopy, and atomic force microscopy lattice structures

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    Chen, C.H.; Kepler, K.D.; Gewirth, A.A. ); Ocko, B.M.; Wang, J. )

    1993-07-15

    Surface X-ray scattering (SXS) and scanning tunneling microscope (STM) studies have been carried out to determine the structure of electrochemically deposited Bi monolayers on a Au(111) electrode. Between 10 and 190 mV (relative to bulk deposition), a uniaxially commensurate rectangular phase is formed in which the Bi coverage decreases from 0.646 to 0.616 relative to a gold monolayer. A 25% coverage (2 [times] 2) phase is stable between 200 and 280 mV. The structures determined by SXS and STM are in agreement with those determined previously by AFM. 15 refs., 5 figs.

  10. Internal resonance with commensurability induced by an auxiliary oscillator for broadband energy harvesting

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    Xiong, Liuyang; Tang, Lihua; Mace, Brian R.

    2016-05-01

    An internal resonance based broadband vibration energy harvester is proposed by introducing an auxiliary oscillator to the main nonlinear harvesting oscillator. Compared to conventional nonlinear energy harvesters, the natural frequencies of this two-degree-of-freedom nonlinear system can be easily adjusted to be commensurable which will result in more resonant peaks and better wideband performance. Experimental measurements and equivalent circuit simulations demonstrate that this design outperforms its linear counterpart. In addition to the open-circuit voltage, the optimal resistance to obtain the maximum power is determined. Nearly 130% increase in the bandwidth is achieved compared to the linear counterpart at an excitation level of 2 m/s2. The findings provide insight for the design of a broadband energy harvester when there is nonlinearity and internal resonance.

  11. Correlation versus commensurability effects for finite bosonic systems in one-dimensional lattices

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    Brouzos, Ioannis; Schmelcher, Peter; Zoellner, Sascha

    2010-05-15

    We investigate few-boson systems in finite one-dimensional multiwell traps covering the full interaction crossover from uncorrelated to fermionized particles. Our treatment of the ground-state properties is based on the numerically exact multiconfigurational time-dependent Hartree method. For commensurate filling, we trace the fingerprints of localization as the interaction strength increases, in several observables like reduced-density matrices, fluctuations, and momentum distribution. For a filling factor larger than 1 we observe on-site repulsion effects in the densities and fragmentation of particles beyond the validity of the Bose-Hubbard model upon approaching the Tonks-Girardeau limit. The presence of an incommensurate fraction of particles induces incomplete localization and spatial modulations of the density profiles, taking into account the finite size of the system.

  12. Chemoresponsive monolayer transistors

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    Guo, Xuefeng; Myers, Matthew; Xiao, Shengxiong; Lefenfeld, Michael; Steiner, Rachel; Tulevski, George S.; Tang, Jinyao; Baumert, Julian; Leibfarth, Frank; Yardley, James T.; Steigerwald, Michael L.; Kim, Philip; Nuckolls, Colin

    2006-01-01

    This work details a method to make efficacious field-effect transistors from monolayers of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are able to sense and respond to their chemical environment. The molecules used in this study are functionalized so that they assemble laterally into columns and attach themselves to the silicon oxide surface of a silicon wafer. To measure the electrical properties of these monolayers, we use ultrasmall point contacts that are separated by only a few nanometers as the source and drain electrodes. These contacts are formed through an oxidative cutting of an individual metallic single-walled carbon nanotube that is held between macroscopic metal leads. The molecules assemble in the gap and form transistors with large current modulation and high gate efficiency. Because these devices are formed from an individual stack of molecules, their electrical properties change significantly when exposed to electron-deficient molecules such as tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), forming the basis for new types of environmental and molecular sensors. PMID:16855049

  13. Probing high quality pentacene monolayers by optical methods

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    He, Rui; Tassi, Nancy G.; Blanchet, Graciela B.; Pinczuk, Aron

    2006-05-01

    We report optical studies of pentacene monolayers grown on poly-alpha-methyl-styrene (PAMS) substrates of high uniformity that reaches into the micron length-scale in the lateral dimension. Raman scattering intensities from a two-monolayer pentacene film exhibit large resonance enhancements when incoming and outgoing photon energies overlap the free exciton measured in optical emission. The incoming and outgoing resonance enhancements are of about the same strength. The free exciton optical emission band is sharp and intense, and it blue-shifts by about 85 meV from that of the pentacene single crystal.

  14. Articles including thin film monolayers and multilayers

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    Li, DeQuan; Swanson, Basil I.

    1995-01-01

    Articles of manufacture including: (a) a base substrate having an oxide surface layer, and a multidentate ligand, capable of binding a metal ion, attached to the oxide surface layer of the base substrate, (b) a base substrate having an oxide surface layer, a multidentate ligand, capable of binding a metal ion, attached to the oxide surface layer of the base substrate, and a metal species attached to the multidentate ligand, (c) a base substrate having an oxide surface layer, a multidentate ligand, capable of binding a metal ion, attached to the oxide surface layer of the base substrate, a metal species attached to the multidentate ligand, and a multifunctional organic ligand attached to the metal species, and (d) a base substrate having an oxide surface layer, a multidentate ligand, capable of binding a metal ion, attached to the oxide surface layer of the base substrate, a metal species attached to the multidentate ligand, a multifunctional organic ligand attached to the metal species, and a second metal species attached to the multifunctional organic ligand, are provided, such articles useful in detecting the presence of a selected target species, as nonliear optical materials, or as scavengers for selected target species.

  15. Organic semiconductor interfaces: low-lying lattice modes of pentacene monolayers

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    He, Rui; Blanchet, Graciela; Pinczuk, Aron

    2010-03-01

    Highly uniform monolayers of pentacene that are grown on polymeric substrate of poly alpha-methylstyrene exhibit sharp and intense free exciton luminescence. Large enhancements of Raman scattering intensities at the free exciton resonance enable the first observations of low-lying lattice vibration modes in films reaching the single monolayer level.footnotetextRui He, et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 223310 (2009). The low- lying modes display characteristic changes when going from a single monolayer to two layers, revealing that a phase akin to a thin film phase of pentacene already emerges in structures of only two monolayers. A simple analysis of mode splittings offers estimates of the strength of inter-layer interactions. The results demonstrate novel venues for ultra-thin film characterization and studies of interface effects in organic molecular semiconductor structures.

  16. Free exciton emission and vibrations in pentacene monolayers

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    He, Rui

    2011-03-01

    Pentacene is a benchmark organic semiconductor material because of its potential applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices. Recently we demonstrated that optical and vibrational characterizations of pentacene films can be carried out down to the sub-monolayer limit. These milestones were achieved in highly uniform pentacene films that were grown on a compliant polymeric substrate. Films with thickness ranging from sub- monolayer to tens of monolayers were studied at low temperatures. The intensity of the free exciton (FE) luminescence band increases quadratically with the number of layers N when N is small. This quadratic dependence is explained as arising from the linear dependence of the intensity of absorption and the probability of emission on the number of layers N. Large enhancements of Raman scattering intensities at the FE resonance enable the first observations of low-lying lattice modes in the monolayers. The measured low- lying modes (in the 20 to 100 cm-1 range) display characteristic changes when going from a single monolayer to two layers. The Raman intensities by high frequency intra-molecular vibrations display resonance enhancement double-peaks when incident or scattered photon energies overlap the FE optical emission. The double resonances are about the same strength which suggests that Franck-Condon overlap integrals for the respective vibronic transitions have the same magnitude. The interference between scattering amplitudes in the Raman resonance reveals quantum coherence of the symmetry-split states (Davydov doublet) of the lowest intrinsic singlet exciton. These results demonstrate novel venues for ultra-thin film characterization and studies of fundamental physics in organic semiconductor structures. In collaboration with Nancy G. Tassi (Dupont), Graciela B. Blanchet (Nanoterra, Cambridge, MA), and Aron Pinczuk (Columbia University).

  17. Effect of lipid composition and packing on the adsorption of apolipoproteins to lipid monolayers

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    Ibdah, J.A.; Lund-Katz, S.; Phillips, M.C.

    1987-05-01

    The monolayer system has been used to study the effects of lipoprotein surface lipid composition and packing on the affinities of apolipoproteins for the surfaces of lipoprotein particles. The adsorption of apolipoproteins injected beneath lipid monolayers prepared with pure lipids or lipoprotein surface lipids is evaluated by monitoring the surface pressure of the film and the surface concentration (Gamma) of /sup 14/C-labelled apolipoprotein. At a given initial film pressure (..pi../sub i/) there is a higher adsorption of human apo A-I to unsaturated phosphatidylcholine (PC) monolayers compared to saturated PC monolayers (e.g., at ..pi../sub i/ = 10 mN/m, Gamma = 0.35 and 0.06 mg/m/sup 2/ for egg PC and distearoyl PC, respectively, with 3 x 10/sup -4/ mg/ml apo A-I in the subphase). In addition, adsorption of apo A-I is less to an egg sphingomyelin monolayer than to an egg PC monolayer. The adsorption of apo A-I to PC monolayers is decreased by addition of cholesterol. Generally, apo A-I adsorption diminishes as the lipid molecular area decreases. Apo A-I adsorbs more to monolayers prepared with HDL/sub 3/ surface lipids than with LDL surface lipids. These studies suggest that lipoprotein surface lipid composition and packing are crucial factors influencing the transfer and exchange of apolipoproteins among various lipoprotein classes during metabolism of lipoprotein particles.

  18. a Heat Capacity Study of Para-Hydrogen Monolayers on Graphite.

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    Motteler, Frederick Clark

    The heat capacity of monolayer p-H(,2) adsorbed on graphite foam has been measured over the 0.0631(ANGSTROM)(' -2) to 0.0891(ANGSTROM)('-2) density range and the 2 to 25(DEGREES)K temperature range. Specific heat peaks are observed over almost the entire density range and are similar to those observed for ('4)He and ('3)He monolayers on graphite for similar densities. Low density data (0.0631(ANGSTROM)('-2) to 0.0727(ANGSTROM)(' -2)) contains a heat capacity peak attributed to the commensurate order-disorder transition. At commensurate density. 0.0637(ANGSTROM)(' -2), the peak attains a maximum height of C/Nk(,b) = 11.7 at 21.4(DEGREES)K and may be characterized by the critical exponent (alpha) = 0.33. For temperatures below the order -disorder transition, the commensurate monolayer heat capacity is characterized by Einstein like behavior with (theta)(,E) = 53.4(DEGREES)K. High density data (0.0787(ANGSTROM)('-2) to 0.0815(ANGSTROM)(' -2)) contains a heat capacity peak attributed to the disordering of a close packed triangular incommensurate solid. The incommensurate solid is characterized by its Debye like heat capacity behavior. The density region between the commensurate structure and incommensurate solid (0.0707(ANGSTROM)('-2) to 0.772(ANGSTROM)(' -2)) contains two heat capacity peaks. At about 20(DEGREES)K there is broad rounded remnant of the order-disorder peak. At lower temperatures (6 to 9(DEGREES)K) there is a small, but very sharp heat capacity peak. The peak attains a maximum height of C/Nk(,b) = 0.89 at a density of 0.0727(ANGSTROM)(' -2) and a temperature of 9.54(DEGREES)K. The remnant of the order-disorder transition seen in p-H(,2) data, together with re-examination of ('4)He data indicates that a shoulder-like remnant intersects the melting line. The melting peak of ('4)He undergoes significant change at the intersection point. The low temperature intermediate density region is consistent with a striped phase of domain walls. The sharp low

  19. Quantitative Characterization of Mechanical Property of Annealed Monolayer Colloidal Crystal.

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    Zhang, Lijing; Wang, Weiqi; Zheng, Lu; Wang, Xiuyu; Yan, Qingfeng

    2016-01-19

    Quantitative characterization of the mechanical properties of a polystyrene (PS) monolayer colloidal crystal (MCC) annealed with solvent vapor has been performed for the first time by means of atomic force microscopy nanoindentation. The results showed that both the compressive and bending elastic modulus of PS MCC increased with the prolongation of annealing time from initial to 13 min. When the annealing time reached 15 min or even more, the PS MCC almost deformed to a planar film, and the elastic modulus of the PS MCC presented a drastic increase. These results provide a basis for tailoring the mechanical properties of a polymer colloidal monolayer via solvent vapor annealing. Such self-supported and high-mechanical-strength colloidal monolayers can be transferred to other surfaces for potential and promising applications in the bottom-up fabrication of highly ordered nanostructured materials such as nano dot arrays, photonic crystals, and many others. PMID:26700374

  20. Assembly of designed protein scaffolds into monolayers for nanoparticle patterning.

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    Mejias, Sara H; Couleaud, Pierre; Casado, Santiago; Granados, Daniel; Garcia, Miguel Angel; Abad, Jose M; Cortajarena, Aitziber L

    2016-05-01

    The controlled assembly of building blocks to achieve new nanostructured materials with defined properties at different length scales through rational design is the basis and future of bottom-up nanofabrication. This work describes the assembly of the idealized protein building block, the consensus tetratricopeptide repeat (CTPR), into monolayers by oriented immobilization of the blocks. The selectivity of thiol-gold interaction for an oriented immobilization has been verified by comparing a non-thiolated protein building block. The physical properties of the CTPR protein thin biomolecular films including topography, thickness, and viscoelasticity, are characterized. Finally, the ability of these scaffolds to act as templates for inorganic nanostructures has been demonstrated by the formation of well-packed gold nanoparticles (GNPs) monolayer patterned by the CTPR monolayer. PMID:26844645

  1. Self assembled monolayers of octadecyltrichlorosilane for dielectric materials

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    Kumar, Vijay; Puri, Paridhi; Nain, Shivani; Bhat, K. N.; Sharma, N. N.

    2016-04-01

    Treatment of surfaces to change the interaction of fluids with them is a critical step in constructing useful microfluidics devices, especially those used in biological applications. Selective modification of inorganic materials such as Si, SiO2 and Si3N4 is of great interest in research and technology. We evaluated the chemical formation of OTS self-assembled monolayers on silicon substrates with different dielectric materials. Our investigations were focused on surface modification of formerly used common dielectric materials SiO2, Si3N4 and a-poly. The improvement of wetting behaviour and quality of monolayer films were characterized using Atomic force microscope, Scanning electron microscope, Contact angle goniometer, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) monolayer deposited oxide surface.

  2. Prediction of stable C7 /12 and metastable C4 /7 commensurate solid phases for 4He on graphite

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    Ahn, Jeonghwan; Lee, Hoonkyung; Kwon, Yongkyung

    2016-02-01

    Using a substrate potential described by a pairwise sum of empirical 4He-C interatomic potentials, we have performed path-integral Monte Carlo calculations for 4He adatoms on graphite. It is found that a second-layer commensurate structure is not stable above an incommensurate first-layer triangular solid. This is consistent with the conclusion of the previous theoretical study of Corboz et al. [Phys. Rev. B 78, 245414 (2008), 10.1103/PhysRevB.78.245414] that was based on a laterally averaged one-dimensional potential. On the other hand, we observe a new stable C7 /12 commensurate solid in the first 4He layer at the areal density of 0.111 Å-2, which is close to the second-layer promotion density. This high-density commensurate solid exhibits a √{12 }×√{12 } structure registered to the graphite surface that is not disrupted by the development of the second 4He layer. Furthermore, a second-layer 4/7 commensurate structure relative to the first-layer C7 /12 solid is found to be at least metastable, opening the possibility of two-dimensional supersolidity.

  3. Structure and Function Evolution of Thiolate Monolayers on Gold

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    Grant Alvin Edwards

    2006-05-01

    The use of n-alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers on gold has blossomed in the past few years. These systems have functioned as models for common interfaces. Thiolate monolayers are ideal because they are easily modified before or after deposition. The works contained within this dissertation include interfacial characterization (inbred reflection absorption spectroscopy, ellipsometry, contact angle, scanning probe microscopy, and heterogeneous electron-transfer kinetics) and various modeling scenarios. The results of these characterizations present ground-breaking insights into the structure, function, and reproducible preparation of these monolayers. Surprisingly, three interfacial properties (electron-transfer, contact angle, and ellipsometry) were discovered to depend directly on the odd-even character of the monolayer components. Molecular modeling was utilized to investigate adlayer orientation, and suggests that these effects are adlayer structure specific. Finally, the electric force microscopy and theoretical modeling investigations of monolayer samples are presented, which show that the film dielectric constant, thickness, and dipole moment directly affect image contrast. In addition, the prospects for utilization of this emerging technique are outlined.

  4. Shear-induced molecular precession in a hexatic Langmuir monolayer.

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    Ignés-Mullol, J; Schwartz, D K

    2001-03-15

    Liquid crystalline behaviour is generally limited to a select group of specially designed bulk substances. By contrast, it is a common feature of simple molecular monolayers and other quasi-two-dimensional systems, which often possess a type of in-plane ordering that results from unbinding of dislocations-a 'hexatic' liquid crystalline phase. The flow of monolayers is closely related to molecular transport in biological membranes, affects foam and emulsion stability and is relevant to microfluidics research. For liquid crystalline phases, it is important to understand the coupling of the molecular orientation to the flow. Orientationally ordered (nematic) phases in bulk liquid crystals exhibit 'shear aligning' or 'tumbling' behaviour under shear, and are described quantitatively by Leslie-Ericksen theory. For hexatic monolayers, the effects of flow have been inferred from textures of Langmuir-Blodgett films and directly observed at the macroscopic level. However, there is no accepted model of hexatic flow at the molecular level. Here we report observations of a hexatic Langmuir monolayer that reveal continuous, shear-induced molecular precession, interrupted by occasional jump discontinuities. Although superficially similar to tumbling in a bulk nematic phase, the kinematic details are quite different and provide a possible mechanism for domain coarsening and eventual molecular alignment in monolayers. We explain the precession and jumps within a quantitative framework that involves coupling of molecular orientation to the local molecular hexatic 'lattice', which is continuously deformed by shear. PMID:11268206

  5. Monolayer Graphene as Ultimate Chemical Passivation Layer for Arbitrarily Shaped Metal Surfaces

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    Sutter E.; Albrecht, P.; Camino, F.E.; Sutter, P.

    2010-12-01

    Monolayer graphene was grown on polycrystalline Ru thin films on patterned fused silica. The Ru films grow with columnar structure with strongly aligned grains exposing flat (0 0 0 1) surface facets within the 3D geometric patterns and on the adjacent planar silica surface. The monolayer graphene was found to completely and uniformly cover the Ru films on the complex engineered substrates. In addition, we demonstrate that the single atomic layer graphene protects the underlying metal surface against reaction with ambient gases of particular importance for applications such as concave focusing mirrors, non-planar microelectrode arrays, etc.

  6. Assembled monolayers of hydrophilic particles on water surfaces.

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    Moon, Geon Dae; Lee, Tae Il; Kim, Bongsoo; Chae, GeeSung; Kim, Jinook; Kim, SungHee; Myoung, Jae-Min; Jeong, Unyong

    2011-11-22

    A facile and quick approach to prepare self-assembled monolayers of water-dispersible particles on the water surface is presented. Particle suspensions in alcohols were dropped on a water reservoir to form long-range ordered monolayers of various particles, including spherical solid particles, soft hydrogel particles, metal nanoparticles, quantum dots, nanowires, single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), nanoplates, and nanosheets. A systematic study was conducted on the variables affecting the monolayer assembly: the solubility parameter of spreading solvents, particle concentration, zeta potential of the particles in the suspension, surface tension of the water phase, hardness of the particles, and addition of a salt in the suspension. This method requires no hydrophobic surface treatment of the particles, which is useful to exploit these monolayer films without changing the native properties of the particles. The study highlights a quick 2D colloidal assembly without cracks in the wafer scale as well as transparent conductive thin films made of SWCNTs and graphenes. PMID:21962177

  7. Paying for particulars in people-to-be: commercialisation, commodification and commensurability in human reproduction.

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    Fox, D

    2008-03-01

    The push of biomedical profits and pull of consumer desire for greater happiness and superior performance heralds a robust market in offspring enhancement. There are two reasons we might worry about the reach of commerce into the realm of selective reproduction. The first concern is that for-profit genetic enhancement, under conditions of economic necessity, would exploit the poor, by coercing them, in effect, to part with reproductive material they would prefer not to sell for money, if not for their desperate situation. The second concern is that the market valuation and exchange of sperm, eggs, and embryos would distort the meaning, and degrade the worth, of those procreative goods. I argue that the concern about exploitation does not give reason to resist a market in pre-natal enhancement, but that the concern about degradation does. This degradation concern gives rise to two specific worries: one about altruism and another about commensurability. I conclude by sketching several policy recommendations to regulate the transfer of money in exchange for sperm and eggs with specified characteristics. PMID:18316456

  8. Incommensurate-commensurate magnetic phase transition in SmRu2Al10

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    Takai, Shun; Matsumura, Takeshi; Tanida, Hiroshi; Sera, Masafumi

    2015-11-01

    Magnetic properties of single crystalline SmRu2Al10 have been investigated by electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat. We have confirmed the successive magnetic phase transitions at TN=12.3 K and TM=5.6 K. Resonant x-ray diffraction has also been performed to study the magnetic structures. Below TN, the Sm3 + moments order in an incommensurate structure with q1=(0 ,0.759 ,0 ) . The magnetic moments are oriented along the orthorhombic b axis, which coincides with the magnetization easy axis in the paramagnetic phase. A very weak third harmonic peak is also observed at q3=(0 ,0.278 ,0 ) . The transition at TM is a lock-in transition to the commensurate structure described by q1=(0 ,0.75 ,0 ) . A well-developed third harmonic peak is observed at q3=(0 ,0.25 ,0 ) . From the discussion of the magnetic structure, we propose that the long-range RKKY interaction plays an important role, in addition to the strong nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic interaction.

  9. Probing a Wigner Crystal via Composite Fermion Commensurability Oscillations in an Adjacent Layer

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    Deng, Hao; Jo, Insun; Liu, Yang; Shayegan, Mansour; Pfeiffer, Loren N.; West, Ken W.; Baldwin, Kirk W.

    At high magnetic fields and low temperatures, two-dimensional electrons form a composite fermion (CF) Fermi sea with a well-defined Fermi wave vector when the Landau level fillings factor (ν) is near 1/2. In contrast, when ν << 1 , the Wigner crystal (WC) is the favored ground state. We report measurements of the magneto-resistance in a bilayer electron system with unequal layer densities at high magnetic fields. One layer has a very low density and is in the WC regime (ν << 1), while the other (``probe'') layer is near ν = 1 / 2 and hosts a CF sea. As the magnetic field is swept away from ν = 1 / 2 of the CF layer, the CFs feel the periodic electric potential of the WC in the other layer and exhibit magneto-resistance maxima whenever their cyclotron orbit encircles certain integer number of the WC lattice points. Via measuring the temperature dependence of strength of these commensurability features, we probe the melting of the WC.

  10. Commensurability Oscillations of Composite Fermions Induced by the Periodic Potential of a Wigner Crystal.

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    Deng, H; Liu, Y; Jo, I; Pfeiffer, L N; West, K W; Baldwin, K W; Shayegan, M

    2016-08-26

    When the kinetic energy of a collection of interacting two-dimensional (2D) electrons is quenched at very high magnetic fields so that the Coulomb repulsion dominates, the electrons are expected to condense into an ordered array, forming a quantum Wigner crystal (WC). Although this exotic state has long been suspected in high-mobility 2D electron systems at very low Landau level fillings (ν≪1), its direct observation has been elusive. Here we present a new technique and experimental results directly probing the magnetic-field-induced WC. We measure the magnetoresistance of a bilayer electron system where one layer has a very low density and is in the WC regime (ν≪1), while the other ("probe") layer is near ν=1/2 and hosts a sea of composite fermions (CFs). The data exhibit commensurability oscillations in the magnetoresistance of the CF layer, induced by the periodic potential of WC electrons in the other layer, and provide a unique, direct glimpse at the symmetry of the WC, its lattice constant, and melting. They also demonstrate a striking example of how one can probe an exotic many-body state of 2D electrons using equally exotic quasiparticles of another many-body state. PMID:27610870

  11. Mössbauer study of spin structure transformation from an incommensurate to a commensurate state

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    Choi, Kang Ryong; Park, Seung-Iel; Kim, Sam Jin; Kim, Chul Sung

    2009-01-01

    We present crystallographic and magnetic properties of NiCr1.98 57Fe0.02O4 by using X-ray diffractometry (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The lattice constants a0 were determined to be 8.318 Å. The ferrimagnetic Neel temperature ( T N) for NiCr1.98 57Fe0.02O4 is determined to be 90 K. The Mössbauer absorption spectra for all chromites at 4.2 K show two well developed sextets superposed with small difference of hyperfine fields ( H hf) caused by Cr3 + ions in two different magnetic sites. The values of the isomer shifts show that the charge states of Fe are Fe3 + for all temperature range. Ni-chromites Mössbauer spectra below T N present aline broadening due to a Jahn-Teller distortion and show that spin structure behavior of Cr ions change from an incommensurate to a commensurate state.

  12. Ordered chlorinated monolayer silicene structures

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    Li, Wenbin; Sheng, Shaoxiang; Chen, Jian; Cheng, Peng; Chen, Lan; Wu, Kehui

    2016-04-01

    We report on a systematic experimental study on the chlorination of monatomic silicene layer on Ag(111) by scanning tunneling microscopy. Monolayer silicene on Ag(111) can form 4×4, (√13×√13)R ± 13.9°, and (2√3×2√3)R30° reconstructions due to their different buckling configurations. We found that at low dosage, Cl atoms attach to the upper buckled Si atoms without changing the buckling configuration of the silicene monolayer. However, at high coverage, the global buckling configuration will be significantly changed, resulting in new ordered structures. Interestingly, all monolayer silicene structures, regardless of their initial reconstructions, tend to form a local silicene 1×1 structure at the saturation coverage. The mechanism for chlorination of monolayer silicene is explained.

  13. Phenomenological Modeling for Langmuir Monolayers

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    Baptiste, Dimitri; Kelly, David; Safford, Twymun; Prayaga, Chandra; Varney, Christopher N.; Wade, Aaron

    Experimentally, Langmuir monolayers have applications in molecular optical, electronic, and sensor devices. Traditionally, Langmuir monolayers are described by a rigid rod model where the rods interact via a Leonard-Jones potential. Here, we propose effective phenomenological models and utilize Monte Carlo simulations to analyze the phase behavior and compare with experimental isotherms. Research reported in this abstract was supported by UWF NIH MARC U-STAR 1T34GM110517-01.

  14. Producing air-stable monolayers of phosphorene and their defect engineering

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    Pei, Jiajie; Gai, Xin; Yang, Jiong; Wang, Xibin; Yu, Zongfu; Choi, Duk-Yong; Luther-Davies, Barry; Lu, Yuerui

    2016-01-01

    It has been a long-standing challenge to produce air-stable few- or monolayer samples of phosphorene because thin phosphorene films degrade rapidly in ambient conditions. Here we demonstrate a new highly controllable method for fabricating high quality, air-stable phosphorene films with a designated number of layers ranging from a few down to monolayer. Our approach involves the use of oxygen plasma dry etching to thin down thick-exfoliated phosphorene flakes, layer by layer with atomic precision. Moreover, in a stabilized phosphorene monolayer, we were able to precisely engineer defects for the first time, which led to efficient emission of photons at new frequencies in the near infrared at room temperature. In addition, we demonstrate the use of an electrostatic gate to tune the photon emission from the defects in a monolayer phosphorene. This could lead to new electronic and optoelectronic devices, such as electrically tunable, broadband near infrared lighting devices operating at room temperature. PMID:26794866

  15. Effect of surface charge distribution on the adsorption orientation of proteins to lipid monolayers.

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    Tiemeyer, Sebastian; Paulus, Michael; Tolan, Metin

    2010-09-01

    The adsorption orientation of the proteins lysozyme and ribonuclease A (RNase A) to a neutral 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) and a negatively charged stearic acid lipid film was investigated by means of X-ray reflectivity. Both proteins adsorbed to the negatively charged lipid monolayer, whereas at the neutral monolayer, no adsorption was observed. For acquiring comprehensive information on the proteins' adsorption, X-ray reflectivity data were combined with electron densities obtained from crystallographic data. With this method, it is possible to determine the orientation of adsorbed proteins in solution underneath lipid monolayers. While RNase A specifically coupled with its positively charged active site to the negatively charged lipid monolayer, lysozyme prefers an orientation with its long axis parallel to the Langmuir film. In comparison to the electrostatic maps of the proteins, our results can be explained by the discriminative surface charge distribution of lysozyme and RNase A. PMID:20707324

  16. Enhanced absorption of monolayer MoS{sub 2} with resonant back reflector

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    Liu, Jiang-Tao Liu, Nian-Hua; Wang, Tong-Biao; Li, Xiao-Jing

    2014-05-21

    The optical absorption of monolayer MoS{sub 2} on top of one-dimensional photonic crystal (1DPC) or metal films with spacer layers is theoretically investigated by extracting the permittivity of monolayer MoS{sub 2} from existing experimental results [K. F. Mak et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 136805 (2010)]. The absorption of graphene with 1DPC across a broad spectral range is substantially enhanced because of the photonic localization at the optical micro-cavity on top of the 1DPC or metal films. The absorption of monolayer MoS{sub 2} can be tuned by varying either the distance between the monolayer MoS{sub 2} and the back reflector or the thickness of the cover layers.

  17. Producing air-stable monolayers of phosphorene and their defect engineering.

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    Pei, Jiajie; Gai, Xin; Yang, Jiong; Wang, Xibin; Yu, Zongfu; Choi, Duk-Yong; Luther-Davies, Barry; Lu, Yuerui

    2016-01-01

    It has been a long-standing challenge to produce air-stable few- or monolayer samples of phosphorene because thin phosphorene films degrade rapidly in ambient conditions. Here we demonstrate a new highly controllable method for fabricating high quality, air-stable phosphorene films with a designated number of layers ranging from a few down to monolayer. Our approach involves the use of oxygen plasma dry etching to thin down thick-exfoliated phosphorene flakes, layer by layer with atomic precision. Moreover, in a stabilized phosphorene monolayer, we were able to precisely engineer defects for the first time, which led to efficient emission of photons at new frequencies in the near infrared at room temperature. In addition, we demonstrate the use of an electrostatic gate to tune the photon emission from the defects in a monolayer phosphorene. This could lead to new electronic and optoelectronic devices, such as electrically tunable, broadband near infrared lighting devices operating at room temperature. PMID:26794866

  18. Producing air-stable monolayers of phosphorene and their defect engineering

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    Pei, Jiajie; Gai, Xin; Yang, Jiong; Wang, Xibin; Yu, Zongfu; Choi, Duk-Yong; Luther-Davies, Barry; Lu, Yuerui

    2016-01-01

    It has been a long-standing challenge to produce air-stable few- or monolayer samples of phosphorene because thin phosphorene films degrade rapidly in ambient conditions. Here we demonstrate a new highly controllable method for fabricating high quality, air-stable phosphorene films with a designated number of layers ranging from a few down to monolayer. Our approach involves the use of oxygen plasma dry etching to thin down thick-exfoliated phosphorene flakes, layer by layer with atomic precision. Moreover, in a stabilized phosphorene monolayer, we were able to precisely engineer defects for the first time, which led to efficient emission of photons at new frequencies in the near infrared at room temperature. In addition, we demonstrate the use of an electrostatic gate to tune the photon emission from the defects in a monolayer phosphorene. This could lead to new electronic and optoelectronic devices, such as electrically tunable, broadband near infrared lighting devices operating at room temperature.

  19. Ascorbyl palmitate interaction with phospholipid monolayers: electrostatic and rheological preponderancy.

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    Mottola, Milagro; Wilke, Natalia; Benedini, Luciano; Oliveira, Rafael Gustavo; Fanani, Maria Laura

    2013-11-01

    Ascorbyl palmitate (ASC16) is an anionic amphiphilic molecule of pharmacological interest due to its antioxidant properties. We found that ASC16 strongly interacted with model membranes. ASC16 penetrated phospholipid monolayers, with a cutoff near the theoretical surface pressure limit. The presence of a lipid film at the interface favored ASC16 insertion compared with a bare air/water surface. The adsorption and penetration time curves showed a biphasic behavior: the first rapid peak evidenced a fast adsorption of charged ASC16 molecules to the interface that promoted a lowering of surface pH, thus partially neutralizing and compacting the film. The second rise represented an approach to the equilibrium between the ASC16 molecules in the subphase and the surface monolayer, whose kinetics depended on the ionization state of the film. Based on the Langmuir dimiristoylphosphatidylcholine+ASC16 monolayer data, we estimated an ASC16 partition coefficient to dimiristoylphosphatidylcholine monolayers of 1.5×10(5) and a ΔGp=-6.7kcal·mol(-1). The rheological properties of the host membrane were determinant for ASC16 penetration kinetics: a fluid membrane, as provided by cholesterol, disrupted the liquid-condensed ASC16-enriched domains and favored ASC16 penetration. Subphase pH conditions affected ASC16 aggregation in bulk: the smaller structures at acidic pHs showed a faster equilibrium with the surface film than large lamellar ones. Our results revealed that the ASC16 interaction with model membranes has a highly complex regulation. The polymorphism in the ASC16 bulk aggregation added complexity to the equilibrium between the surface and subphase form of ASC16, whose understanding may shed light on the pharmacological function of this drug. PMID:23806650

  20. Atomic force microscopy studies of domain structures in phase-separated monolayers

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    Xiao, Shou-Jun; Wu, Hai-Ming; Yang, Xiao-Min; Wei, Yu; Tai, Zi-Hou; Sun, Xing-Zhong

    1994-10-01

    Domain structures were studied with atomic force microscopy (AFM) in binary phase-separated monolayer films composed of 5, 10, 15-triphenyl-20-(4-dl-α-phenylalanylamindo) phenyl porphyrin (TPPP) and one of a series of fatty acids which are arachidic acid (AA), palmitic acid (PA), and lauric acid (LA). The liquid-condensed (LC) domain structures of AA and PA were observed in their corresponding mixed monolayers. However, instead of the fatty acid domain, a liquid-expanded (LE) domain structure of TPPP appears in the mixed monolayer of LA/TPPP.

  1. Self assembly of highly-ordered nanoparticle monolayers.

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    Bigioni, T. P.; Lin, X.-M.; Nguyen, T. T.; Corwin, E. I.; Witten, T. A.; Jaeger, H. M.; Univ. of Chicago

    2006-01-01

    When a drop of a colloidal solution of nanoparticles dries on a surface, it leaves behind coffee-stain-like rings of material with lace-like patterns or clumps of particles in the interior. These non-uniform mass distributions are manifestations of far-from-equilibrium effects, such as fluid flows and solvent fluctuations during late-stage drying. However, recently a strikingly different drying regime promising highly uniform, long-range-ordered nanocrystal monolayers has been found. Here we make direct, real-time and real-space observations of nanocrystal self-assembly to reveal the mechanism. We show how the morphology of drop-deposited nanoparticle films is controlled by evaporation kinetics and particle interactions with the liquid-air interface. In the presence of an attractive particle-interface interaction, rapid early-stage evaporation dynamically produces a two-dimensional solution of nanoparticles at the liquid-air interface, from which nanoparticle islands nucleate and grow. This self-assembly mechanism produces monolayers with exceptional long-range ordering that are compact over macroscopic areas, despite the far-from-equilibrium evaporation process. This new drop-drying regime is simple, robust and scalable, is insensitive to the substrate material and topography, and has a strong preference for forming monolayer films. As such, it stands out as an excellent candidate for the fabrication of technologically important ultra thin film materials for sensors, optical devices and magnetic storage media.

  2. Active microrheology and simultaneous visualization of sheared phospholipid monolayers.

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    Choi, S Q; Steltenkamp, S; Zasadzinski, J A; Squires, T M

    2011-01-01

    Two-dimensional films of surface-active agents-from phospholipids and proteins to nanoparticles and colloids-stabilize fluid interfaces, which are essential to the science, technology and engineering of everyday life. The 2D nature of interfaces present unique challenges and opportunities: coupling between the 2D films and the bulk fluids complicates the measurement of surface dynamic properties, but allows the interfacial microstructure to be directly visualized during deformation. Here we present a novel technique that combines active microrheology with fluorescence microscopy to visualize fluid interfaces as they deform under applied stress, allowing structure and rheology to be correlated on the micron-scale in monolayer films. We show that even simple, single-component lipid monolayers can exhibit viscoelasticity, history dependence, a yield stress and hours-long time scales for elastic recoil and aging. Simultaneous visualization of the monolayer under stress shows that the rich dynamical response results from the cooperative dynamics and deformation of liquid-crystalline domains and their boundaries. PMID:21587229

  3. Active microrheology and simultaneous visualization of sheared phospholipid monolayers

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    Choi, S.Q.; Steltenkamp, S.; Zasadzinski, J.A.; Squires, T.M.

    2011-01-01

    Two-dimensional films of surface-active agents—from phospholipids and proteins to nanoparticles and colloids—stabilize fluid interfaces, which are essential to the science, technology and engineering of everyday life. The 2D nature of interfaces present unique challenges and opportunities: coupling between the 2D films and the bulk fluids complicates the measurement of surface dynamic properties, but allows the interfacial microstructure to be directly visualized during deformation. Here we present a novel technique that combines active microrheology with fluorescence microscopy to visualize fluid interfaces as they deform under applied stress, allowing structure and rheology to be correlated on the micron-scale in monolayer films. We show that even simple, single-component lipid monolayers can exhibit viscoelasticity, history dependence, a yield stress and hours-long time scales for elastic recoil and aging. Simultaneous visualization of the monolayer under stress shows that the rich dynamical response results from the cooperative dynamics and deformation of liquid-crystalline domains and their boundaries. PMID:21587229

  4. Buckling in polymer monolayers: Molecular-weight dependence

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    Srivastava, S.; Basu, J.K.

    2010-11-12

    We present systematic investigations of buckling in Langmuir monolayers of polyvinyl acetate formed at the air-water interface. On compression the polymer monolayers are converted to a continuous membrane with a thickness of {approx}2-3 nm of well-defined periodicity, {lambda}{sub b}. Above a certain surface concentration the membrane undergoes a morphological transition buckling, leading to the formation of striped patterns. The periodicity seems to depend on molecular weight as per the predictions of the gravity-bending buckling formalism of Milner et al. for fluidlike films on water. However anomalously low values of bending rigidity and Young's modulus are obtained using this formalism. Hence we have considered an alternative model of buckling-based solidlike films on viscoelastic substrates. The values of bending rigidity and Young's modulus obtained by this method, although lower than expected, are closer to the bulk values. Remarkably, no buckling is found to occur above a certain molecular weight. We have tried to explain the observed molecular-weight dependence in terms of the variation in isothermal compressive modulus of the monolayers with surface concentration as well as provided possible explanations for the obtained low values of mechanical properties similar to that observed for ultrathin polymer films.

  5. Phospholipid monolayers between fluid and solid states.

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    Helm, C A; Möhwald, H; Kjaer, K; Als-Nielsen, J

    1987-01-01

    Monolayers of the phospholipid dimyristoyl phosphatidic acid on the surface of water have been studied by a combination of the new techniques of synchrotron x-ray diffraction and fluorescence microscopy with classical surface pressure data. The pressure vs. area isotherm changes slope at the surface pressures pi c and pi s. The optical technique demonstrates that between pi c and pi s the fluid phase coexists with a denser "gel" phase. Electron diffraction data have shown that the gel phase has bond orientational order over tens of micrometers. However, the x-ray data demonstrate that positional correlations extend only over tens of angstroms. Thus, the gel phase is not crystalline. Above pi s a solid phase is formed with a positional correlation range that is eight times longer for the chemically purest films. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 PMID:3651557

  6. FRET study of G-quadruplex forming fluorescent oligonucleotide probes at the lipid monolayer interface

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    Swiatkowska, Angelika; Kosman, Joanna; Juskowiak, Bernard

    2016-01-01

    Spectral properties and G-quadruplex folding ability of fluorescent oligonucleotide probes at the cationic dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB) monolayer interface are reported. Two oligonucleotides, a 19-mer bearing thrombin binding aptamer sequence and a 21-mer with human telomeric sequence, were end-labeled with fluorescent groups (FAM and TAMRA) to give FRET probes F19T and F21T, respectively. The probes exhibited abilities to fold into a quadruplex structure and to bind metal cations (Na+ and K+). Fluorescence spectra of G-quadruplex FRET probes at the monolayer interface are reported for the first time. Investigations included film balance measurements (π-A isotherms) and fluorescence spectra recording using a fiber optic accessory interfaced with a spectrofluorimeter. The effect of the presence of DODAB monolayer, metal cations and the surface pressure of monolayer on spectral behavior of FRET probes were examined. Adsorption of probe at the cationic monolayer interface resulted in the FRET signal enhancement even in the absence of metal cations. Variation in the monolayer surface pressure exerted rather modest effect on the spectral properties of probes. The fluorescence energy transfer efficiency of monolayer adsorbed probes increased significantly in the presence of sodium or potassium ion in subphase, which indicated that the probes retained their cation binding properties when adsorbed at the monolayer interface.

  7. Effects of surface concentration on the porphine monolayers: Molecular simulations at the nanoscale water-gas interface

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    Krongsuk, Sriprajak; Kerdcharoen, Teerakiat

    2011-05-01

    The effect of surface concentration on the structure and stability of porphine (PH 2) monolayers at the water-gas interface was studied by using molecular dynamics simulation. Five monolayer systems having different surface concentrations were investigated in order to cover a full range of the experimental π- A isotherm. The simulation results show that increment of a number of the PH 2 molecules not only affects the significantly decreasing water density at the interface but also the monolayer surface tensions. The calculated surface tensions of the five systems indicate that the monolayer phase transfer corresponding to gaseous, expanded, condensed, and collapsed phases are observed. The hydrogen bonding between water and the PH 2 molecules at the interface plays an important role on the monolayer film formation, especially at the lower surface concentrations. The PH 2 orientations for all surface concentrations, except the highest one, are favored to be the β-structure as observed in the copper porphyrazine (CuPz) monolayer.

  8. Graphene Monolayer Rotation on Ni(111) Facilities Bilayer Graphene Growth

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    Batzill M.; Sutter P.; Dahal, A.; Addou, R.

    2012-06-11

    Synthesis of bilayer graphene by chemical vapor deposition is of importance for graphene-based field effect devices. Here, we demonstrate that bilayer graphene preferentially grows by carbon-segregation under graphene sheets that are rotated relative to a Ni(111) substrate. Rotated graphene monolayer films can be synthesized at growth temperatures above 650 C on a Ni(111) thin-film. The segregated second graphene layer is in registry with the Ni(111) substrate and this suppresses further C-segregation, effectively self-limiting graphene formation to two layers.

  9. Determination of Fermi contour and spin polarization of ν =3/2 composite fermions via ballistic commensurability measurements

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    Kamburov, D.; Mueed, M. A.; Jo, I.; Liu, Yang; Shayegan, M.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.; Baldwin, K. W.; Lee, J. J. D.; Winkler, R.

    2014-12-01

    We report ballistic transport commensurability minima in the magnetoresistance of ν =3 /2 composite fermions (CFs). The CFs are formed in high-quality two-dimensional electron systems confined to wide GaAs quantum wells and subjected to an in-plane, unidirectional periodic potential modulation. We observe a slight asymmetry of the CF commensurability positions with respect to ν =3 /2 , which we explain quantitatively by comparing three CF density models and concluding that the ν =3 /2 CFs are likely formed by the minority carriers in the upper energy spin state of the lowest Landau level. Our data also allow us to probe the shape and size of the CF Fermi contour. At a fixed electron density of ≃1.8 ×1011 cm-2, as the quantum well width increases from 30 to 60 nm, the CFs show increasing spin polarization. We attribute this to the enhancement of the Zeeman energy relative to the Coulomb energy in wider wells where the latter is softened because of the larger electron layer thickness. The application of an additional parallel magnetic field (B||) leads to a significant distortion of the CF Fermi contour as B|| couples to the CFs' out-of-plane orbital motion. The distortion is much more severe compared to the ν =1 /2 CF case at comparable B||. Moreover, the applied B|| further spin-polarizes the ν =3 /2 CFs as deduced from the positions of the commensurability minima.

  10. Monolayer coated aerogels and method of making

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    Zemanian, Thomas Samuel; Fryxell, Glen; Ustyugov, Oleksiy A.

    2006-03-28

    Aerogels having a monolayer coating are described. The aerogel and a monolayer forming precursor are provided in a supercritical fluid, whereupon the aerogel and the monolayer forming precursor are reacted in said supercritical fluid to form a covalent bond between the aerogel and the monolayer forming precursor. Suitable aerogels are ceramic oxides such as silica, alumina, aluminosilicate, and combinations thereof. Suitable monolayer forming precursors include alkyl silanes, chlorosilanes, boranes, chloroboranes, germanes, and combinations thereof. The method may also include providing a surface preparation agent such as water, or hydroetching an aerogel to enhance the coating of the monolayer.

  11. Platinum monolayer electrocatalyst on gold nanostructures on silicon for photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution.

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    Kye, Joohong; Shin, Muncheol; Lim, Bora; Jang, Jae-Won; Oh, Ilwhan; Hwang, Seongpil

    2013-07-23

    Pt monolayer decorated gold nanostructured film on planar p-type silicon is utilized for photoelectrochemical H2 generation in this work. First, gold nanostructured film on silicon was spontaneously produced by galvanic displacement of the reduction of gold ion and the oxidation of silicon in the presence of fluoride anion. Second, underpotential deposition (UPD) of copper under illumination produced Cu monolayer on gold nanostructured film followed by galvanic exchange of less-noble Cu monolayer with more-noble PtCl6(2-). Pt(shell)/Au(core) on p-type silicon showed the similar activity with platinum nanoparticle on silicon for photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction in spite of low platinum loading. From Tafel analysis, Pt(shell)/Au(core) electrocatalyst shows the higher area-specific activity than platinum nanoparticle on silicon demonstrating the significant role of underlying gold for charge transfer reaction from silicon to H(+) through platinum catalyst. PMID:23750804

  12. Utilization of monolayer MoS2 in Bragg stacks and metamaterial structures as broadband absorbers

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    Mukherjee, Bablu; Simsek, Ergun

    2016-06-01

    We numerically study the possibility of using atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) for applications requiring broadband absorption in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum. We demonstrate that when monolayer TMDs are positioned into a finite-period of multilayer Bragg stack geometry, they make broadband, wide-angle, almost polarization-independent absorbers. In our study, we consider molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and silicon dioxide (SiO2) as semiconducting and dielectric thin film of alternate high- and low- index films, respectively. By optimizing the thickness of the SiO2 film, we find that monolayer MoS2 based Bragg stacks can absorb 94.7% of the incident energy in the visible (350-700 nm). Similar structures can be engineered to make perfect reflectors for saturable absorption applications. We also demonstrate that bandwidth of metamaterial absorbers can be expanded using monolayer TMDs.

  13. Gold Nanoparticle Monolayers with Tunable Optical and Electrical Properties.

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    Yang, Guang; Hu, Longqian; Keiper, Timothy D; Xiong, Peng; Hallinan, Daniel T

    2016-04-26

    Centimeter-scale gold nanoparticle (Au NP) monolayer films have been fabricated using a water/organic solvent self-assembly strategy. A recently developed approach, drain to deposit, is demonstrated to be most effective in transferring the Au NP films from the water/organic solvent interface to various solid substrates while maintaining their integrity. The interparticle spacing was tuned from 1.4 to 3.1 nm using alkylamine ligands of different lengths. The ordering of the films increased with increasing ligand length. The surface plasmon resonance and the in-plane electrical conductivity of the Au NP films both exhibit an exponential dependence on the interparticle spacing. These findings show great potential in scaling up the manufacturing of high-performance optical and electronic devices based on two-dimensional metallic nanoparticle superlattices. PMID:27018432

  14. Commensurability effects in one-dimensional Anderson localization: Anomalies in eigenfunction statistics

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    Kravtsov, V.E.; Yudson, V.I.

    2011-07-15

    Highlights: > Statistics of normalized eigenfunctions in one-dimensional Anderson localization at E = 0 is studied. > Moments of inverse participation ratio are calculated. > Equation for generating function is derived at E = 0. > An exact solution for generating function at E = 0 is obtained. > Relation of the generating function to the phase distribution function is established. - Abstract: The one-dimensional (1d) Anderson model (AM), i.e. a tight-binding chain with random uncorrelated on-site energies, has statistical anomalies at any rational point f=(2a)/({lambda}{sub E}) , where a is the lattice constant and {lambda}{sub E} is the de Broglie wavelength. We develop a regular approach to anomalous statistics of normalized eigenfunctions {psi}(r) at such commensurability points. The approach is based on an exact integral transfer-matrix equation for a generating function {Phi}{sub r}(u, {phi}) (u and {phi} have a meaning of the squared amplitude and phase of eigenfunctions, r is the position of the observation point). This generating function can be used to compute local statistics of eigenfunctions of 1d AM at any disorder and to address the problem of higher-order anomalies at f=p/q with q > 2. The descender of the generating function P{sub r}({phi}){identical_to}{Phi}{sub r}(u=0,{phi}) is shown to be the distribution function of phase which determines the Lyapunov exponent and the local density of states. In the leading order in the small disorder we derived a second-order partial differential equation for the r-independent ('zero-mode') component {Phi}(u, {phi}) at the E = 0 (f=1/2 ) anomaly. This equation is nonseparable in variables u and {phi}. Yet, we show that due to a hidden symmetry, it is integrable and we construct an exact solution for {Phi}(u, {phi}) explicitly in quadratures. Using this solution we computed moments I{sub m} = N< vertical bar {psi} vertical bar {sup 2m}> (m {>=} 1) for a chain of the length N {yields} {infinity} and found an

  15. Nonequilibrium pattern formation in Langmuir-phase assisted assembly of alkylsiloxane monolayers

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    Wang, R.; Parikh, A.N.; Beers, J.D.; Shreve, A.P.; Swanson, B.

    1999-11-18

    Prepolymerized n-octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) monolayers were deposited onto oxidized silicon substrates from precursor Langmuir monolayers (at an air-water interface) in two-dimensional liquid expanded (LE), liquid condensed (LC), or mixed (LE/LC coexistence phase) states at four different pulling rates. Morphologies of the transferred monolayers have been investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The OTS monolayers formed from the LE phase precursor reveal an incipient condensation transition exhibiting a novel ring-in-a-ring morphology, wherein uniformly distributed circular domains consisting of two concentric walls of ordered OTS molecules in a high density phase both sandwich and encapsulate disordered OTS molecules in a reduced density phase. On the other hand, the monolayers formed from the LC/LE phase precursor implicate a complete condensation transition, evidenced in the AFM images showing a uniform tiling of near-circular domains composed of ordered OTS molecules in a dense monolayer phase. The monolayers derived from the 2D solid or LC precursor state reveal near-complete surface coverages and uniform film structures, comparable to those obtained by adsorption from a dilute organic solution of OTS molecules (conventional self-assembly process). These structural reconstructions at the substrate surface, namely lateral redistribution into 2D domains, condensation transitions and film coverages, are discussed in terms of the competition between short range and long range interactions. The most dominant effect of increasing pulling rates is the appearance of coalesced domain structures, presumably due to drainage of the water layer at the substrate surface as well as occasional substrate pinning. These results substantiate the idea that templating surface self-assembly of monolayers by using their Langmuir-phase precursors provides a useful alternative to classical solution-phase self-assembly approaches, and affords a wide range of control over

  16. Electromelting of Confined Monolayer Ice

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    Qiu, Hu; Guo, Wanlin

    2013-05-01

    In sharp contrast to the prevailing view that electric fields promote water freezing, here we show by molecular dynamics simulations that monolayer ice confined between two parallel plates can melt into liquid water under a perpendicularly applied electric field. The melting temperature of the monolayer ice decreases with the increasing strength of the external field due to the field-induced disruption of the water-wall interaction induced well-ordered network of the hydrogen bond. This electromelting process should add an important new ingredient to the physics of water.

  17. Electromelting of confined monolayer ice.

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    Qiu, Hu; Guo, Wanlin

    2013-05-10

    In sharp contrast to the prevailing view that electric fields promote water freezing, here we show by molecular dynamics simulations that monolayer ice confined between two parallel plates can melt into liquid water under a perpendicularly applied electric field. The melting temperature of the monolayer ice decreases with the increasing strength of the external field due to the field-induced disruption of the water-wall interaction induced well-ordered network of the hydrogen bond. This electromelting process should add an important new ingredient to the physics of water. PMID:23705718

  18. Mixed multilayered vertical heterostructures utilizing strained monolayer WS2.

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    Sheng, Yuewen; Xu, Wenshuo; Wang, Xiaochen; He, Zhengyu; Rong, Youmin; Warner, Jamie H

    2016-02-01

    Creating alternating layers of 2D materials forms vertical heterostructures with diverse electronic and opto-electronic properties. Monolayer WS2 grown by chemical vapour deposition can have inherent strain due to interactions with the substrate. The strain modifies the band structure and properties of monolayer WS2 and can be exploited in a wide range of applications. We demonstrate a non-aqueous transfer method for creating vertical stacks of mixed 2D layers containing a strained monolayer of WS2, with Boron Nitride and Graphene. The 2D materials are all grown by CVD, enabling large area vertical heterostructures to be formed. WS2 monolayers grown by CVD directly on Si substrates with SiO2 surface are easily washed off by water and this makes aqueous based transfer methods challenging for creating vertical stacks on the growth substrate. 2D hexagonal Boron Nitride films are used to provide an insulating layer that limits interactions with a top graphene layer and preserve the strong photoluminescence from the WS2. This transfer method is suitable for layer by layer control of 2D material vertical stacks and is shown to be possible for all CVD grown samples, which opens up pathways for the rapid large scale fabrication of vertical heterostructure systems with atomic thickness depth control and large area coverage. PMID:26758782

  19. Topography and instability of monolayers near domain boundaries

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    Diamant, H.; Witten, T. A.; Ege, C.; Gopal, A.; Lee, K. Y. C.

    2001-06-01

    We theoretically study the topography of a biphasic surfactant monolayer in the vicinity of domain boundaries. The differing elastic properties of the two phases generally lead to a nonflat topography of {open_quotes}mesas,{close_quotes} where domains of one phase are elevated with respect to the other phase. The mesas are steep but low, having heights of up to 10 nm. As the monolayer is laterally compressed, the mesas develop overhangs and eventually become unstable at a surface tension of about K({delta}c{sub 0}){sup 2} ({delta}c{sub 0} being the difference in spontaneous curvature and K a bending modulus). In addition, the boundary is found to undergo a topography-induced rippling instability upon compression, if its line tension is smaller than about K{delta}c{sub 0}. The effect of diffuse boundaries on these features and the topographic behavior near a critical point are also examined. We discuss the relevance of our findings to several experimental observations related to surfactant monolayers: (i) small topographic features recently found near domain boundaries; (ii) folding behavior observed in mixed phospholipid monolayers and model lung surfactants; (iii) roughening of domain boundaries seen under lateral compression; (iv) the absence of biphasic structures in tensionless surfactant films.

  20. Mechanical properties of water-assembled graphene oxide Langmuir monolayers: Guiding controlled transfer

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    Harrison, Katharine L.; Biedermann, Laura B.; Zavadil, Kevin R.

    2015-08-24

    Liquid-phase transfer of graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) monolayers is investigated from the perspective of the mechanical properties of these films. Monolayers are assembled in a Langmuir–Blodgett trough, and oscillatory barrier measurements are used to characterize the resulting compressive and shear moduli as a function of surface pressure. GO monolayers are shown to develop a significant shear modulus (10–25 mN/m) at relevant surface pressures while RGO monolayers do not. The existence of a shear modulus indicates that GO is acting as a two-dimensional solid driven by strong interaction between the individual GO sheets. The absence of suchmore » behavior in RGO is attributed to the decrease in oxygen moieties on the sheet basal plane, permitting RGO sheets to slide across one another with minimum energy dissipation. Knowledge of this two-dimensional solid behavior is exploited to successfully transfer large-area, continuous GO films to hydrophobic Au substrates. The key to successful transfer is the use of shallow-angle dipping designed to minimize tensile stress present during the insertion or extraction of the substrate. A shallow dip angle on hydrophobic Au does not impart a beneficial effect for RGO monolayers, as these monolayers do not behave as two-dimensional solids and do not remain coherent during the transfer process. As a result, we hypothesize that this observed correlation between monolayer mechanical properties and continuous film transfer success is more universally applicable across substrate hydrophobicities and could be exploited to control the transfer of films composed of two-dimensional materials.« less

  1. Mechanical properties of water-assembled graphene oxide Langmuir monolayers: Guiding controlled transfer

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    Harrison, Katharine L.; Biedermann, Laura B.; Zavadil, Kevin R.

    2015-08-24

    Liquid-phase transfer of graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) monolayers is investigated from the perspective of the mechanical properties of these films. Monolayers are assembled in a Langmuir–Blodgett trough, and oscillatory barrier measurements are used to characterize the resulting compressive and shear moduli as a function of surface pressure. GO monolayers are shown to develop a significant shear modulus (10–25 mN/m) at relevant surface pressures while RGO monolayers do not. The existence of a shear modulus indicates that GO is acting as a two-dimensional solid driven by strong interaction between the individual GO sheets. The absence of such behavior in RGO is attributed to the decrease in oxygen moieties on the sheet basal plane, permitting RGO sheets to slide across one another with minimum energy dissipation. Knowledge of this two-dimensional solid behavior is exploited to successfully transfer large-area, continuous GO films to hydrophobic Au substrates. The key to successful transfer is the use of shallow-angle dipping designed to minimize tensile stress present during the insertion or extraction of the substrate. A shallow dip angle on hydrophobic Au does not impart a beneficial effect for RGO monolayers, as these monolayers do not behave as two-dimensional solids and do not remain coherent during the transfer process. As a result, we hypothesize that this observed correlation between monolayer mechanical properties and continuous film transfer success is more universally applicable across substrate hydrophobicities and could be exploited to control the transfer of films composed of two-dimensional materials.

  2. Reflectivity of a disordered monolayer estimated by graded refractive index and scattering models.

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    Diamant, Ruth; Garcí-Valenzuela, Augusto; Fernández-Guasti, Manuel

    2012-09-01

    Reflectivity of a random monolayer, consisting of transparent spherical particles, is estimated using a graded refractive index model, an effective medium approach, and two scattering models. Two cases, a self-standing film and one with a substrate, are considered. Neither the surrounding medium nor the substrate are absorbing materials. Results at normal incidence, with different particle sizes, covering ratios and refractive indexes, are compared. The purpose of this work is to find under which circumstances, for reflectivity at normal incidence, a particle monolayer behaves as a graded refractive index film. PMID:23201948

  3. Molecular organization of a water-insoluble iridium(III) complex in mixed monolayers.

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    Giner-Casares, Juan J; Pérez-Morales, Marta; Bolink, Henk J; Muñoz, Eulogia; de Miguel, Gustavo; Martín-Romero, María T; Camacho, Luis

    2007-11-01

    In this work, organized mixed monolayers containing a cationic water-insoluble iridium(III) complex, Ir-dye, [Ir(ppy)(2)(tmphen)]PF(6), (tmphen = 3,4,7,8-tetramethyl-1,10-phenanthroline, and ppy = 2-phenylpyridine), and an anionic lipid matrix, DMPA, dimyristoyl-phosphatidic acid, with different molar proportions, were formed by the co-spreading method at the air-water interface. The presence of the dye at the interface, as well as the molecular organization of the mixed films, is deduced from surface techniques such as pi-A isotherms, Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) and reflection spectroscopy. The results obtained remark the formation of an equimolar mixed film, Ir-dye/DMPA = 1:1. BAM images reveal a whole homogeneous monolayer, with gradually increasing reflectivity along the compression process up to reaching the collapse of this equimolecular monolayer at pi approximately equal to 37 mNm(-1). Increasing the molar ratio of DMPA in the mixture, the excess of lipid molecules organizes themselves forming dark flower-like domains of pure DMPA at high surface pressures, coexisting with the mixed Ir-dye/DMPA = 1:1 monolayer. On the other hand, unstable mixed monolayers are obtained by using an initial dye surface concentration higher than the equimolecular one. These mixed Langmuir monolayers have been successfully transferred onto solid substrates by the LB (Langmuir-Blodgett) technique. PMID:17618641

  4. Bursting of soap films

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    Chowdhury, Debashish; Stauffer, Dietrich

    1992-07-01

    Soap films consist of thin films of water in between two monolayers of amphiphilic molecules. Newton black films (NBFs) are the thinnest possible soap films. We have developed a microscopic model of NBFs; this model is a variant of the Widom model for microemulsions. By carrying out Monte Carlo simulations of this model, we have investigated the dependence of the lifetime of the NBFs on (a) the initial concentration of the amphiphilic molecules, (b) the temperature and (c) the bending rigidity of the constituent amphiphilic monolayers. We compare our results with the corresponding experimental observations and suggest further specific experiments. We establish that the “edge energy” of the model bilayer tends to stabilize the NBF; a similar mechanism leads to the well known phenomenon of “self-healing” of small enough holes in pierced vesicles. We also review the laws of growth of holes in soap films during rupture. Finally, we speculate on some other possible applications of our ideas.

  5. Pt monolayer coating on complex network substrate with high catalytic activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction

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    Li, Man; Ma, Qiang; Zi, Wei; Liu, Xiaojing; Zhu, Xuejie; Liu, Shengzhong (Frank)

    2015-01-01

    A deposition process has been developed to fabricate a complete-monolayer Pt coating on a large-surface-area three-dimensional (3D) Ni foam substrate using a buffer layer (Ag or Au) strategy. The quartz crystal microbalance, current density analysis, cyclic voltammetry integration, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results show that the monolayer deposition process accomplishes full coverage on the substrate and the deposition can be controlled to a single atomic layer thickness. To our knowledge, this is the first report on a complete-monolayer Pt coating on a 3D bulk substrate with complex fine structures; all prior literature reported on submonolayer or incomplete-monolayer coating. A thin underlayer of Ag or Au is found to be necessary to cover a very reactive Ni substrate to ensure complete-monolayer Pt coverage; otherwise, only an incomplete monolayer is formed. Moreover, the Pt monolayer is found to work as well as a thick Pt film for catalytic reactions. This development may pave a way to fabricating a high-activity Pt catalyst with minimal Pt usage. PMID:26601247

  6. Exploring the relative bending of a CVD graphene monolayer with gap-plasmons.

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    Min, Young Hwan; Park, Won-Hwa

    2014-08-21

    We report a spectroscopic indicator showing the bending of a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) graphene monolayer on Cu foil or an arbitrary substrate after transfer. Using a Au nanoparticle (NP)-graphene monolayer-Au thin film (TF) junction system, the Radial Breathing-Like Mode (RBLM) Raman signal from the sandwiched graphene monolayer is evidently observed by employing a local z-polarized incident field formed at the Au NP-Au TF junction. We also utilized the RBLM intensity as a quantitative tool with a wide dynamic range (∼300%) compared to the 2D peak width (∼35%) for determining the relative degree of bending on the Au TF substrate. The RBLM signal from the CVD graphene monolayer is anticipated to be used as a valuable marker in exploring out-of-plane directional properties. PMID:25006796

  7. Large area hexagonal boron nitride monolayer as efficient atomically thick insulating coating against friction and oxidation.

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    Li, Xuemei; Yin, Jun; Zhou, Jianxin; Guo, Wanlin

    2014-03-14

    Coating is the most widely applied technology to improve surface properties of substrates, and nanotechnology has been playing an important role in enhancing the coating performance. However, the tunability of surface properties by a single atomic layer remains poorly understood. Here we demonstrate that a chemical vapor deposited hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) monolayer of large area and high quality can serve as a perfect coating to significantly improve friction, oxidation and electric resistance of the substrates. The exceptional low friction and insulation of h-BN monolayer coating facilitate the characterization of the h-BN film vividly by atomic force microscopy, showing the h-BN monolayer consists of domains with size within a few micrometers. This excellent coating performance together with the exceptional high thermal and chemical stability make the h-BN monolayer a promising coating material. PMID:24532053

  8. Photoluminescence of monolayer MoS2 on LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 substrates.

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    Li, Yuanyuan; Qi, Zeming; Liu, Miao; Wang, Yuyin; Cheng, Xuerui; Zhang, Guobin; Sheng, Liusi

    2014-12-21

    In an atomically thin-film/dielectric-substrate heterostructure, the elemental physical properties of the atomically thin-film are influenced by the interaction between the thin-film and the substrate. In this article, utilizing monolayer MoS(2) on LaAlO(3) and SrTiO(3) substrates, as well as SiO2 and Gel-film as reference substrates similar to previously reported work [Nano Res, 2014, 7, 561], we systematically investigate the substrate effect on the photoluminescence of monolayer MoS(2). We observed significantly substrate-dependant photoluminescence of monolayer MoS(2), originating from substrate-to-film charge transfer. We found that SiO2 substrate introduces the most charge doping while SrTiO(3) introduces less charge transfer. Through the selection of desired substrate, we are able to induce different amounts of charge into the monolayer MoS(2), which consequently modifies the neutral exciton and charged exciton (trion) emissions. Finally, we proposed a band-diagram model to elucidate the relation between charge transfer and the substrate Fermi level and work function. Our work demonstrates that the substrate charge transfer exerts a strong influence on the monolayer MoS(2) photoluminescence property, which should be considered during device design and application. The work also provides a possible route to modify the thin-film photoluminescence property via substrate engineering for future device design. PMID:25382775

  9. Monolayers of a Model Anesthetic-Binding Membrane Protein: Formation, Characterization, and Halothane-Binding Affinity

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    Churbanova, Inna Y.; Tronin, Andrey; Strzalka, Joseph; Gog, Thomas; Kuzmenko, Ivan; Johansson, Jonas S.; Blasie, J. Kent

    2006-01-01

    hbAP0 is a model membrane protein designed to possess an anesthetic-binding cavity in its hydrophilic domain and a cation channel in its hydrophobic domain. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction shows that hbAP0 forms four-helix bundles that are vectorially oriented within Langmuir monolayers at the air-water interface. Single monolayers of hbAP0 on alkylated solid substrates would provide an optimal system for detailed structural and dynamical studies of anesthetic-peptide interaction via x-ray and neutron scattering and polarized spectroscopic techniques. Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaeffer deposition and self-assembly techniques were used to form single monolayer films of the vectorially oriented peptide hbAP0 via both chemisorption and physisorption onto suitably alkylated solid substrates. The films were characterized by ultraviolet absorption, ellipsometry, circular dichroism, and polarized Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The α-helical secondary structure of the peptide was retained in the films. Under certain conditions, the average orientation of the helical axis was inclined relative to the plane of the substrate, approaching perpendicular in some cases. The halothane-binding affinity of the vectorially oriented hbAP0 peptide in the single monolayers, with the volatile anesthetic introduced into the moist vapor environment of the monolayer, was found to be similar to that for the detergent-solubilized peptide. PMID:16473900

  10. Commensurability oscillations in a quasi-two-dimensional electron gas subject to strong in-plane magnetic field

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    Smrčka, L.

    2016-03-01

    We report on a theoretical study of the commensurability oscillations in a quasi-two-dimensional electron gas modulated by a unidirectional periodic potential and subject to tilted magnetic fields with a strong in-plane component. As a result of coupling of the in-plane field component and the confining potential in the finite-width quantum well, the originally circular cyclotron orbits become anisotropic and tilted out of the sample plane. A quasi-classical approach to the theory, that relates the magneto-resistance oscillations to the guiding-center drift, is extended to this case.

  11. The interaction of cytochrome c with monolayers of phosphatidylethanolamine

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    Quinn, P. J.; Dawson, R. M. C.

    1969-01-01

    1. The interaction between [14C]carboxymethylated cytochrome c and monolayers of egg phosphatidylethanolamine at the air/water interface has been investigated by measurements of surface radioactivity, pressure and potential. 2. On adding 14C-labelled cytochrome c to the subphase under monolayers with a surface pressure below 24dynes/cm. there was an initial surface pressure increment as the protein penetrated, followed by an adsorption that could be detected only by a continued increase in the surface radioactivity. 3. Above film pressures of 24dynes/cm. only adsorption was observed, i.e. an increment in surface radioactivity with none in surface pressure. 4. The changes in surface parameters with penetration of cytochrome c added to the subphase were indirectly proportional to the initial pressure of the monolayer. With hydrogenated phosphatidylethanolamine the constant of proportionality was increased but penetration again ceased at 24dynes/cm. 5. On compressing a phosphatidylethanolamine film containing penetrated cytochrome c to 40dynes/cm. only a proportion of the protein was ejected on a subphase of 10mm-sodium chloride, whereas on a subphase of m-sodium chloride nearly all the protein was lost. 6. With both penetration and adsorption only a small proportion of the added cytochrome c interacted with the phospholipid films, and initially the amount bound was proportional to the added protein concentration. There was no evidence of a stoicheiometric relationship between the protein and phospholipid or the build-up of multilayers. The bonded protein was not released by removing cytochrome c from the subphase. 7. The addition of m-sodium chloride to the subphase delays the rate of protein penetration into low-pressure films, but the final surface-pressure increment is not appreciably decreased. In contrast, m-sodium chloride almost completely stops adsorption on to films at all pressures. 8. When sodium chloride is added to the subphase below cytochrome c

  12. Determination of erythema-effective solar radiation in Japan and Germany with a spore monolayer film optimized for the detection of UVB and UVA--results of a field campaign.

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    Furusawa, Y; Quintern, L E; Holtschmidt, H; Koepke, P; Saito, M

    1998-11-01

    The available physical and biological broad-band radiometers designed to determine erythema-effective radiation do not show any response or over/underestimate the biologically effective radiation to a high extent in the ultraviolet (UV)A spectral region. The data presented in this paper demonstrate that the biological system used in this study is the first one to make possible measurements of erythema-effective radiation in the sun in the UVA and UVB spectral region. These measurements were performed with a spore-film filter system as well as with spectroradiometers. It was demonstrated that this biotechnological method could be used to determine exact values expressed as minimal erythemal dose (MED). The spore-film system was tested in various field campaigns performed in Germany and in Japan. The seasonal daily variation of UV radiation in Germany determined in the period November 1995 to December 1996 using the spore-film filter system in sunny conditions tallied well with model calculations. The daily dose in Germany measured with the spore-film system close to the summer solstice, in sunny conditions (20.45 MED), was approximately 20 times higher than the lowest value measured close to the winter solstice (0.82 MED), a result which was in accordance with model calculations. The data determined with the spore-film filter system in Sapporo and Naha, Japan, fitted to the erythema-weighted data calculated from spectroradiometric measurements (Brewer), even at low solar radiation angles in a solar spectrum with less UVB but significant UVA. The spore-film dosimeter values were about 103 +/- 8% of the integrated dose of the Brewer instrument. The standard deviation of the spore-film measurements obtained in Japan was 12.8%. The responsivity of the spore-film system towards longer wavelengths within the UVA spectrum was tested with the Okasaki Large Spectrograph with monochromatic radiation. At a wavelength of 365 nm--in a spectral region which is dominant in many

  13. Exploring the relative bending of a CVD graphene monolayer with gap-plasmons

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    Min, Young Hwan; Park, Won-Hwa

    2014-07-01

    We report a spectroscopic indicator showing the bending of a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) graphene monolayer on Cu foil or an arbitrary substrate after transfer. Using a Au nanoparticle (NP)-graphene monolayer-Au thin film (TF) junction system, the Radial Breathing-Like Mode (RBLM) Raman signal from the sandwiched graphene monolayer is evidently observed by employing a local z-polarized incident field formed at the Au NP-Au TF junction. We also utilized the RBLM intensity as a quantitative tool with a wide dynamic range (~300%) compared to the 2D peak width (~35%) for determining the relative degree of bending on the Au TF substrate. The RBLM signal from the CVD graphene monolayer is anticipated to be used as a valuable marker in exploring out-of-plane directional properties.We report a spectroscopic indicator showing the bending of a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) graphene monolayer on Cu foil or an arbitrary substrate after transfer. Using a Au nanoparticle (NP)-graphene monolayer-Au thin film (TF) junction system, the Radial Breathing-Like Mode (RBLM) Raman signal from the sandwiched graphene monolayer is evidently observed by employing a local z-polarized incident field formed at the Au NP-Au TF junction. We also utilized the RBLM intensity as a quantitative tool with a wide dynamic range (~300%) compared to the 2D peak width (~35%) for determining the relative degree of bending on the Au TF substrate. The RBLM signal from the CVD graphene monolayer is anticipated to be used as a valuable marker in exploring out-of-plane directional properties. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01586j

  14. The rheological properties of beta amyloid Langmuir monolayers: Comparative studies with melittin peptide.

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    Caruso, Benjamín; Ambroggio, Ernesto E; Wilke, Natalia; Fidelio, Gerardo Daniel

    2016-10-01

    We determined the rheological properties of β-amyloid Langmuir films at the air/water interface, a peptide whose interfacial structure is extended β-sheet, and compared them with those of films composed of Melittin (Mel), which adopts an α-helical conformation at neutral pH. To determine the dilatational and shear moduli we evaluated the response of pure peptide monolayers to an oscillatory anisotropic compressive work. Additionally, a micro-rheological characterization was performed by tracking the diffusion of micrometer sized latex beads onto the interface. This technique allowed us the detection of different rheological behaviour between monolayers presenting a low shear response. Monolayers of the β-sheet structure-adopting peptides, such as β-amyloid peptides, exhibited a marked shear (elastic) modulus even at low surface pressures. In contrast, Mel monolayers exhibited negligible shear modulus and the micro-rheological shear response was markedly lower than that observed for either Aβ1-40 or Aβ1-42 amyloid peptides. When Mel monolayers were formed at the interface of an aqueous solution at pH 11, we observed an increase in both the lateral stability and film viscosity as detected by a slower diffusion of the latex beads, in keeping with an increase in β-sheet structure at this high pH (verified by ATR and FT-IR measurements). We suggest that the interactions responsible for the marked response upon shear observed for β-amyloid peptide monolayers are the hydrogen bonds of the β-sheet structure that can form an infinite planar network at the interface. Conversely, α-helical Mel peptide lack of these inter-molecular interactions and, therefore the shear contribution was negligible. We propose that the secondary structure is important for modulating the rheological behavior of short peptide monolayers regardless of the mass density or surface charge at the surface. PMID:27318963

  15. Charge transfer and formation of conducting C60 monolayers at C60/noble-metal interfaces

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    Nouchi, Ryo; Kanno, Ikuo

    2005-05-01

    The resistance of a conducting C60 monolayer formed on a polycrystalline Ag film was found to be 0.7±0.1kΩ by in situ resistance measurements. By another series of in situ resistance measurements, the surface scattering cross sections, whose magnitude represents the relative amount of transferred charge, were evaluated as 100Å2 for C60/Au, and 150Å2 for C60/Cu and C60/Ag systems. However, comparison with previous results obtained for monolayers formed on Au and Cu films showed that the resistances of conducting C60 monolayers do not show a simple dependence on the transferred charge. Atomic force microscopy measurements revealed that the grain size of the underlying noble metals also plays an important role.

  16. Spin- and valley-coupled electronic states in monolayer WSe{sub 2} on bilayer graphene

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    Sugawara, K.; Souma, S.; Sato, T.; Tanaka, Y.; Takahashi, T.

    2015-08-17

    We have fabricated a high-quality monolayer WSe{sub 2} film on bilayer graphene by epitaxial growth and revealed the electronic states by spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. We observed a direct energy gap at the Brillouin-zone corner in contrast to the indirect nature of gap in bulk WSe{sub 2}, which is attributed to the lack of interlayer interaction and the breaking of space-inversion symmetry in monolayer film. A giant spin splitting of ∼0.5 eV, which is the largest among known monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides, is observed in the energy band around the zone corner. The present results suggest a high potential applicability of WSe{sub 2} to develop advanced devices based with the coupling of spin- and valley-degrees of freedom.

  17. Structuring and relaxation effects in monolayers of di(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate

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    Uphaus, R.A.; Vandegrift, G.F.; Horwitz, E.P.

    1980-01-01

    Results of film compression studies on monolayers of di(2-ethylhexyl)phosphate (HDEHP) and other alkyl phosphoric acid derivatives are reported. HDEDP was found to form coherent monolayers below room temperature with apparent molecular areas which progressively decreased with increasing cycles of compression. Marked hysterisis was noted upon expansion and recompression of a compressed film. Expanded layers of HDEHP were found to gradually lose coherency and become destructured if left expanded for hours or days. This behavior was attributed to molecular disengagement due to weakly interacting alkyl chains and the presence of chain branching. Results of studies of other alkyl phosphoric acid derivatives indicate similar behavior, but the consequences of branching were apparently more important than the physical state (solid or liquid) of the monolayer. (BLM)

  18. Sodium monolayers on thermionic cathodes

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    Almanstötter, Jürgen; Eberhard, Bernd; Günther, Klaus; Hartmann, Thomas

    2002-07-01

    Under certain conditions alkali vapours form dipole monolayers on metallic electrodes that can lower the work function of the bulk material. In this case, the power balance of the electrode, the electrode fall voltage and the electrode loss power can change considerably. To verify this effect a pyrometric technique was adapted and optimized for the diagnostics of tungsten electrodes in high pressure sodium discharges. Using an already verified model of thermally emitting cathodes the effect was observed in a Na DC discharge and the range of existence was investigated. An interpretation of the results is given using a Langmuir description of forming the Na monolayers and first-principles electronic structure calculations using a pseudopotential plane wave method to solve the Kohn-Sham equations of density-functional theory.

  19. Orientation of pentacene molecules on SiO{sub 2}: From a monolayer to the bulk

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    Zheng, Fan; Park, Byoung-Nam; Seo, Soonjoo; Evans, Paul G.; Himpsel, F. J.

    2007-04-21

    Near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy is used to study the orientation of pentacene molecules within thin films on SiO{sub 2} for thicknesses ranging from monolayers to the bulk (150 nm). The spectra exhibit a strong polarization dependence of the {pi}{sup *} orbitals for all films, which indicates that the pentacene molecules are highly oriented. At all film thicknesses the orientation varies with the rate at which pentacene molecules are deposited, with faster rates favoring a thin film phase with different tilt angles and slower rates leading to a more bulklike orientation. Our NEXAFS results extend previous structural observations to the monolayer regime and to lower deposition rates. The NEXAFS results match crystallographic data if a finite distribution of the molecular orientations is included. Damage to the molecules by hot electrons from soft x-ray irradiation eliminates the splitting between nonequivalent {pi}{sup *} orbitals, indicating a breakup of the pentacene molecule.

  20. Phase-sensitive magnetoresistance oscillations induced by commensurate bichromatic irradiations in a two-dimensional electron system

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    Lei, X. L.; Liu, S. Y.

    2014-06-21

    We analyze a phase-sensitive contribution to the oscillating magnetoresistance induced by the combined driving of two microwave fields having commensurate frequencies ω{sub 1} and ω{sub 2} (m{sub 1}ω{sub 1} + m{sub 2}ω{sub 2} = 0 for at least a set of nonzero integers m{sub 1} and m{sub 2}), based on the balance-equation approach to magnetotransport for high-density two-dimensional electron systems. This commensurate oscillating photoresistance not only depends on the frequencies and polarizations of both microwaves, but varies drastically when changing the relative phases of two incident radiation fields. It shows up most significantly in the case of ω{sub 2}/ω{sub 1} = 3 and may lead to a phase-controllable change of more than a factor of two in the total magnetoresistivity in the vicinity of ω{sub 1}/ω{sub c} = 1.5 and 2.5 (ω{sub c} is the cyclotron frequency), when both radiation fields are linearly x-direction polarized.

  1. The origin of the Kirkwood gaps - A mapping for asteroidal motion near the 3/1 commensurability

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    Wisdom, J.

    1982-01-01

    A mapping of the phase space onto itself with the same low-order resonance structure as the 3/1 commensurability in the planar-elliptic restricted three-body problem is obtained. This mapping is about 1,000 times faster than the usual method of numerically integrating the averaged equations of motion. It exhibits some surprising behavior that might provide a key to the origin of the Kirkwood gaps. It is noted that a test asteroid placed in the gap may evolve for a million years with low eccentricity (less than 0.05) and then suddenly jump to large eccentricity (greater than 0.3), becoming a Mars crosser. The removal of the asteroid by a close encounter with Mars would then be possible. As a first test of this hypothesis, a distribution of 300 test asteroids in the area of the 3/1 commensurability was evolved for two million years. When the Mars crossers are removed, the distribution of initial conditions reveals a gap at the location of the 3/1 Kirkwood gap.

  2. Contact and friction of nanoasperities: effects of adsorbed monolayers.

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    Cheng, Shengfeng; Luan, Binquan; Robbins, Mark O

    2010-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations are used to study contact between a rigid, nonadhesive, and spherical tip with radius of order 30 nm and a flat elastic substrate covered with a fluid monolayer of adsorbed chain molecules. Previous studies of bare surfaces showed that the atomic scale deviations from a sphere that are present on any tip constructed from discrete atoms lead to significant deviations from continuum theory and dramatic variability in friction forces. Introducing an adsorbed monolayer leads to larger deviations from continuum theory but decreases the variations between tips with different atomic structure. Although the film is fluid, it remains in the contact and behaves qualitatively like a thin elastic coating except for certain tips at high loads. Measures of the contact area based on the moments or outer limits of the pressure distribution and on counting contacting atoms are compared. The number of tip atoms making contact during a time interval Deltat grows as a power of Deltat when the film is present and as the logarithm of Deltat for bare surfaces. Friction is measured by displacing the tip at a constant velocity or pulling the tip with a spring. Both static and kinetic friction rise linearly with load at small loads. Transitions in the state of the film lead to nonlinear behavior at large loads. The friction is less clearly correlated with contact area than load. PMID:20365427

  3. Fruit and vegetable films and uses thereof

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    The present invention is directed to monolayer, bilayer, and multilayer films made from fruit, vegetable or a combination thereof, which films have the thinness, strength, flexibility and crispness to serve as alternates or substitutes for seaweed-based films such as nori, while providing nutrition ...

  4. From monolayer to multilayer N-channel polymeric field-effect transistors with precise conformational order.

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    Fabiano, Simone; Musumeci, Chiara; Chen, Zhihua; Scandurra, Antonino; Wang, He; Loo, Yueh-Lin; Facchetti, Antonio; Pignataro, Bruno

    2012-02-14

    Monolayer field-effect transistors based on a high-mobility n-type polymer are demonstrated. The accurate control of the long-range order by Langmuir-Schäfer (LS) deposition yields dense polymer packing exhibiting good injection properties, relevant current on/off ratio and carrier mobility in a staggered configuration. Layer-by-layer LS film transistors of increasing thickness are fabricated and their performance compared to those of spin-coated films. PMID:22250060

  5. Adhesion, Deformation and Friction for Self-Assembled Monolayers on Au and Si Surfaces

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    Houston, J.E.; Hsung, R.P.; Kiely, J.D.; Mulder, J.A.; Zhu, X.Y.

    1999-07-07

    Using Interracial Force Microscopy (IFM), we investigated the tribological behavior of hexadecanethiol monolayer on Au and films of octadecyltrichlorosilane (ODTS), perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (PFTS) and dodecane on Si. We observe a strong correlation between hysteresis in a compression cycle (measured via nanoindentation) and friction. Additionally, we suggest that the amount of hysteresis and friction in each film is related to its detailed molecular structure, especially the degree of molecular packing.

  6. Photolithography of Dithiocarbamate-Anchored Monolayers and Polymers on Gold

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    Leonov, Alexei P.; Wei, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    Dithiocarbamate (DTC)-anchored monolayers and polymers were investigated as positive resists for UV photolithography on planar and roughened Au surfaces. DTCs were formed in situ by the condensation of CS2 with monovalent or polyvalent amines such as linear polyethyleneimine (PEI) under mildly basic aqueous conditions, just prior to surface passivation. The robust adsorption of the polyvalent PEI-DTC to Au surfaces supported high levels of resistance to photoablation, providing opportunities to generate thin films with gradient functionality. Treatment of photopatterned substrates with alkanethiols produced binary coatings, enabling a direct visual comparison of DTC- and thiol-passivated surfaces against chemically induced corrosion using confocal microscopy. PMID:21894240

  7. Water in nanoconfinement between hydrophilic self-assembled monolayers.

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    Lane, J Matthew D; Chandross, Michael; Stevens, Mark J; Grest, Gary S

    2008-05-20

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of water confined to subnanometer thicknesses between carboxyl-terminated alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold were performed to address conflicts in the literature on the structure and response of water in confinement. The amount of water was varied to yield submonolayer to bilayer structures. The orientation of the water is affected by the confinement, especially in the submonolayer case. We find that the diffusion coefficient decreases as the film becomes thinner and at higher pressures. However, in all cases studied, liquid diffusion is always found. At maximal suppression, the diffusion constant is 2 orders of magnitude smaller than the bulk value. PMID:18412381

  8. Molecular Packing of Functionalized Fluorinated Lipids in Langmuir Monolayers

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    Landsberg, Michael J.; Ruggles, Jeremy L.; Hussein, Waleed M.; McGeary, Ross P.; Gentle, Ian R.; Hankamer, Ben

    2012-01-20

    Fluorinated amphipaths are a fascinating class of compounds, which, despite significant challenges associated with their syntheses, have found use across a number of areas of biotechnology. Applications range from the in vitro stabilization of membrane proteins to the development of enhanced stability intravenous drug and gene delivery systems. More recently, monolayer-forming fluorinated lipids have found use in the 2D crystallization of detergent-solubilized hydrophobic or partially hydrophobic proteins at the air-water interface. In this study, we investigate the surface properties of a novel suite of monolayer forming, partially fluorinated lipids. These modular lipid structures contain a densely fluorinated insertion in the hydrocarbon tail and a synthetically modifiable headgroup. Analyses of surface-pressure area isotherms and X-ray reflectometry profiles reveal that the lipids spread into fluid monolayers and are more compressible than their non-fluorinated counterparts. Furthermore, the data support a model whereby the partially fluorinated chains of the lipid tails form a film which is fundamentally incompatible with detergents and other destabilizing amphipaths.

  9. Assembly of citrate gold nanoparticles on hydrophilic monolayers

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    Vikholm-Lundin, Inger; Rosqvist, Emil; Ihalainen, Petri; Munter, Tony; Honkimaa, Anni; Marjomäki, Varpu; Albers, Willem M.; Peltonen, Jouko

    2016-08-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) as model surfaces were linked onto planar gold films thorough lipoic acid or disulfide groups. The molecules used were polyethylene glycol (EG-S-S), N-[tris-(hydroxymethyl)methyl]acrylamide polymers with and without lipoic acid (Lipa-pTHMMAA and pTHMMAA) and a lipoic acid triazine derivative (Lipa-MF). All the layers, but Lipa-MF with a primary amino group were hydroxyl terminated. The layers were characterized by contact angle measurements and atomic force microscopy, AFM. Citrate stabilized nanoparticles, AuNPs in water and phosphate buffer were allowed to assemble on the layers for 10 min and the binding was followed in real-time with surface plasmon resonance, SPR. The SPR resonance curves were observed to shift to higher angles and become increasingly damped, while also the peaks strongly broaden when large nanoparticles assembled on the surface. Both the angular shift and the damping of the curve was largest for nanoparticles assembling on the EG-S-S monolayer. High amounts of particles were also assembled on the pTHMMAA layer without the lipoic acid group, but the damping of the curve was considerably lower with a more even distribution of the particles. Topographical images confirmed that the highest number of particles were assembled on the polyethylene glycol monolayer. By increasing the interaction time more particles could be assembled on the surface.

  10. Highly anisotropic and robust excitons in monolayer black phosphorus.

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    Wang, Xiaomu; Jones, Aaron M; Seyler, Kyle L; Tran, Vy; Jia, Yichen; Zhao, Huan; Wang, Han; Yang, Li; Xu, Xiaodong; Xia, Fengnian

    2015-06-01

    Semi-metallic graphene and semiconducting monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides are the most intensively studied two-dimensional materials of recent years. Lately, black phosphorus has emerged as a promising new two-dimensional material due to its widely tunable and direct bandgap, high carrier mobility and remarkable in-plane anisotropic electrical, optical and phonon properties. However, current progress is primarily limited to its thin-film form. Here, we reveal highly anisotropic and strongly bound excitons in monolayer black phosphorus using polarization-resolved photoluminescence measurements at room temperature. We show that, regardless of the excitation laser polarization, the emitted light from the monolayer is linearly polarized along the light effective mass direction and centres around 1.3 eV, a clear signature of emission from highly anisotropic bright excitons. Moreover, photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy suggests a quasiparticle bandgap of 2.2 eV, from which we estimate an exciton binding energy of ∼0.9 eV, consistent with theoretical results based on first principles. The experimental observation of highly anisotropic, bright excitons with large binding energy not only opens avenues for the future explorations of many-electron physics in this unusual two-dimensional material, but also suggests its promising future in optoelectronic devices. PMID:25915195

  11. Top-grid monolayer graphene/Si Schottkey solar cell

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    Wang, Yusheng; Chen, Caiyun; Fang, Xiao; Li, Zhipeng; Qiao, Hong; Sun, Baoquan; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2015-04-15

    Monolayer graphene/Si Schottkey solar cell was fabricated using a top-grid structure. In comparison with the prevailing “top-window” structure, the newly-designed device structure has simplified the fabrication procedures to avoid ultraviolet (UV) photolithography and SiO{sub 2}-eching. We systematically investigated the effect of chemical doping as well as device area on the device performance. It was found that a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.9% can be achieved by engineering the work function of graphene through chemical doping. Our study indicates that top grid structure is suitable to make low-cost, large area and high efficiency graphene/Si Schottkey solar cell. - Graphical abstract: The engineering of the work function of graphene through chemical doping is an effective approach to improve the performance of monolayer graphene/Si Schottky solar cell. - Highlights: • Monolayer graphene/Si Schottkey solar cell was fabricated. • Chemical doping can effectively tune the work function of graphene film. • Chemical doping has significant effect on the device performance. • The top-grid device structure with graphene is promising with low-cost and high efficiency.

  12. Highly anisotropic and robust excitons in monolayer black phosphorus

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    Wang, Xiaomu; Jones, Aaron M.; Seyler, Kyle L.; Tran, Vy; Jia, Yichen; Zhao, Huan; Wang, Han; Yang, Li; Xu, Xiaodong; Xia, Fengnian

    2015-06-01

    Semi-metallic graphene and semiconducting monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides are the most intensively studied two-dimensional materials of recent years. Lately, black phosphorus has emerged as a promising new two-dimensional material due to its widely tunable and direct bandgap, high carrier mobility and remarkable in-plane anisotropic electrical, optical and phonon properties. However, current progress is primarily limited to its thin-film form. Here, we reveal highly anisotropic and strongly bound excitons in monolayer black phosphorus using polarization-resolved photoluminescence measurements at room temperature. We show that, regardless of the excitation laser polarization, the emitted light from the monolayer is linearly polarized along the light effective mass direction and centres around 1.3 eV, a clear signature of emission from highly anisotropic bright excitons. Moreover, photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy suggests a quasiparticle bandgap of 2.2 eV, from which we estimate an exciton binding energy of ∼0.9 eV, consistent with theoretical results based on first principles. The experimental observation of highly anisotropic, bright excitons with large binding energy not only opens avenues for the future explorations of many-electron physics in this unusual two-dimensional material, but also suggests its promising future in optoelectronic devices.

  13. Electrochemical and scanning probe microscopic characterization of spontaneously adsorbed organothiolate monolayers at gold

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    Wong, Sze-Shun Season

    1999-12-10

    This dissertation presented several results which add to the general knowledge base regarding organothiolates monolayer spontaneously adsorbed at gold films. Common to the body of this work is the use of voltammetric reductive resorption and variants of scanning probe microscopy to gain insight into the nature of the monolayer formation process as well as the resulting interface. The most significant result from this work is the success of using friction force microscopy to discriminate the end group orientation of monolayer chemisorbed at smooth gold surfaces with micrometer resolution (Chapter 4). The ability to detect the differences in the orientational disposition is demonstrated by the use PDMS polymer stamp to microcontact print an adlayer of n-alkanethiolate of length n in a predefine pattern onto a gold surface, followed by the solution deposition of a n-alkanethiol of n {+-} 1 to fill in the areas on the gold surface intentionally not coated by the stamping process. These two-component monolayers can be discriminated by using friction force microscopy which detects differences in friction contributed by the differences in the orientation of the terminal groups at surfaces. This success has recently led to the detection of the orientation differences at nanometer scale. Although the substrates examined in this work consisted entirely of smooth gold films, the same test can be performed on other smooth substrates and monolayer materials.

  14. Characterization and reactivity of organic monolayers on gold and platinum surfaces

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    Wu, Chien-Ching

    1995-12-06

    Purpose is to understand how the mobilization, dielectric, orientation, composition, coverage, and structure of self-assembled organic monolayers on metal surfaces affects the surface reactivities and properties of these films in order to facilitate the construction of desired films. Two model systems were used: tiols at Au and aromatic acids at Pt. Surface analysis methods, including contact angle, electrochemistry, ellipsometry, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS), and x-ray photospectroscopy, were used to study the self-assembled organic monolayers on Au and Pt. IRRAS, contact angle, and electrochemistry were used to determine the surface pK{sub a} of phenylcarboxylic acids and pyridylcarboxylic acids monolayers on Pt. These techniques were also used to determine the orientation of polymethylene chain axis and the carboxylic follow the structural evolution of the chains and end group of the thiolate monolayers during formation. IRRAS was also used to assess the carboxylic acid group in terms of its possible existence as the non-hydrogen-bonded species, the hydrogen-bonded dimeric group, and the hydrogen-bonded polymeric group. These different forms of the end group were also followed vs coverage, as well as the reactivity vs solution pH. IRRAS and contact angle were used to calculate the rate constant of the esterification of carboxylic acid-terminated monolayers on Au.

  15. Enantiomeric Interactions between Liquid Crystals and Organized Monolayers of Tyrosine-Containing Dipeptides

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    Bai, Yiqun; Abbott, Nicholas L.

    2011-01-01

    We have examined the orientational ordering of nematic liquid crystals (LCs) supported on organized monolayers of dipeptides with the goal of understanding how peptide-based interfaces encode intermolecular interactions that are amplified into supramolecular ordering. By characterizing the orientations of nematic LCs (4-cyano-4′-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) and TL205 (a mixture of mesogens containing cyclohexane-fluorinated biphenyls and fluorinated terphenyls)) on monolayers of either L-cysteine-L-tyrosine, L-cysteine-L-phenylalanine or L-cysteine-L-phosphotyrosine formed on crystallographically textured films of gold, we conclude that patterns of hydrogen bonds generated by the organized monolayers of dipeptides are transduced via macroscopic orientational ordering of the LCs. This conclusion is supported by the observation that the ordering exhibited by the achiral LCs is specific to the enantiomers used to form the dipeptide-based monolayers. The dominate role of the –OH group of tyrosine in dictating the patterns of hydrogen bonds that orient the LCs was also evidenced by the effects of phosphorylation of the tyrosine on the ordering of the LCs. Overall, these results reveal that crystallographic texturing of gold films can direct the formation of monolayers of dipeptides with long-range order, thus unmasking the influence of hydrogen bonding, chirality and phosphorylation on the macroscopic orientational ordering of LCs supported on these surfaces. These results suggest new approaches based on supramolecular assembly for reporting the chemical functionality and stereochemistry of synthetic and biological peptide-based molecules displayed at surfaces. PMID:22091988

  16. Reversible lability by in situ reaction of self-assembled monolayers.

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    Saavedra, Héctor M; Thompson, Christopher M; Hohman, J Nathan; Crespi, Vincent H; Weiss, Paul S

    2009-02-18

    We describe a new methodology for the fabrication of controllably displaceable monolayers using a carboxyl-functionalized self-assembled monolayer and in situ Fischer esterification, a simple and reversible chemical reaction. Using an 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid monolayer as a model system, we show that in situ esterification results in the creation of subtle chemical and structural defects. These defects promote molecular exchange reactions with n-dodecanethiol molecules, leading to the complete and rapid displacement of the exposed areas. Displacement results in well-ordered crystalline n-dodecanethiolate monolayer films. We also show that the complementary hydrolysis reaction can be employed to quench the reacted monolayer, significantly hindering further displacement. The generality of reversible lability was tested by applying the in situ esterification reaction to the structurally distinct carboxyl-functionalized molecule 3-mercapto-1-adamantanecarboxylic acid. Beyond its applicability to create mixed-composition monolayers, this methodology could be combined with chemical patterning techniques, such as microdisplacement printing, to fabricate complex functional surfaces. PMID:19170497

  17. Well-ordered monolayers of alkali-doped coronene and picene: Molecular arrangements and electronic structures

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    Yano, M.; Endo, M.; Hasegawa, Y.; Okada, R.; Yamada, Y. Sasaki, M.

    2014-07-21

    Adsorptions of alkali metals (such as K and Li) on monolayers of coronene and picene realize the formation of ordered phases, which serve as well-defined model systems for metal-intercalated aromatic superconductors. Upon alkali-doping of the monolayers of coronene and picene, scanning tunneling microscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy revealed the rearrangement of the entire molecular layer. The K-induced reconstruction of both monolayers resulted in the formation of a structure with a herringbone-like arrangement of molecules, suggesting the intercalation of alkali metals between molecular planes. Upon reconstruction, a shift in both the vacuum level and core levels of coronene was observed as a result of a charge transfer from alkali metals to coronene. In addition, a new density of states near the Fermi level was formed in both the doped coronene and the doped picene monolayers. This characteristic electronic feature of the ordered monolayer has been also reported in the multilayer picene films, ensuring that the present monolayer can model the properties of the metal-intercalated aromatic hydrocarbons. It is suggested that the electronic structure near the Fermi level is sensitive to the molecular arrangement, and that both the strict control and determinations of the molecular structure in the doped phase should be important for the determination of the electronic structure of these materials.

  18. 1-octadecene monolayers on Si(111) hydrogen-terminated surfaces: Effect of substrate doping

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    Miramond, Corinne; Vuillaume, Dominique

    2004-08-01

    We have studied the electronic properties, in relation to structural properties, of monolayers of 1-octadecene attached on a hydrogen-terminated (111) silicon surface. The molecules are attached using the free-radical reaction between C C and Si H activated by an ultraviolet illumination. We have compared the structural and electrical properties of monolayers formed on silicon substrates of different types (n type and p type) and different doping concentrations, from low-doped (˜1014cm-3) to highly doped (˜1019cm-3). We show that the monolayers on n-, p-, and p+-silicon are densely packed and that they act as very good insulating films at a nanometer thickness with leakage currents as low as ˜10-7Acm-2 and high-quality capacitance-voltage characteristics. The monolayers formed on n+-type silicon are more disordered and therefore exhibit larger leakage current densities (>10-4Acm-2) when embedded in a silicon/monolayer/metal junction. The inferior structural and electronic properties obtained with n+-type silicon pinpoint the important role of surface potential and of the position of the surface Fermi level during the chemisorption of the organic monolayers.

  19. Synchrotron X-Ray Studies of Monolayers at Air - Interfaces and on Solid Substrates.

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    Shih, Mingchih

    We have used X-ray diffraction to study the structures of Langmuir monolayers. We find that both heneicosanoic acid and heneicosanol monolayers show the same untilted structures at high monolayer pressure as do lamellar paraffins; in other words, the high-pressure untilted structures are determined by chain packing and not by the head group. At lower pressures, however, the structures, lattice spacings, and tilt angles and tilt directions all appear to be determined by competition between head group and tail group interactions. For example, we find that the effect of increasing subphase pH on heneicosanoic acid monolayers is to reduce the in -plane spacings at zero pressure, and thus reduce the tilt angles and move the phase transitions to lower pressure. Again, while acid monolayers show phases with both nearest-neighbor and next-nearest-neighbor tilts, alcohol monolayers show next-nearest-neighbor tilts only. Finally, we have studied the correlation between structures of phases on water and structures of films transferred from these phases to solid substrates; we find that the structures are not preserved, although there are small "memory effects".

  20. Structure and shear response of lipid monolayers

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    Dutta, P.; Ketterson, J.B.

    1990-02-01

    Organic monolayers and multilayers are both scientifically fascinating and technologically promising; they are, however, both complex systems and relatively inaccessible to experimental probes. In this Progress Report, we describe our X-ray diffraction studies, which have given us substantial new information about the structures and phase transitions in monolayers on the surface of water; our use of these monolayers as a unique probe of the dynamics of wetting and spreading; and our studies of monolayer mechanical properties using a simple but effective technique available to anyone using the Wilhelmy method to measure surface tension.

  1. Hematite nanoparticle monolayers on mica electrokinetic characteristics.

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    Morga, Maria; Adamczyk, Zbigniew; Oćwieja, Magdalena

    2012-11-15

    Electrokinetic properties of α-Fe(2)O(3) (hematite) nanoparticle monolayers on mica were thoroughly characterized using the streaming potential method. Hematite suspensions were obtained by acidic hydrolysis of ferric chloride. The average size of particles (hydrodynamic diameter), determined by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and AFM, was 22 nm (pH=5.5, I=10(-2)M). The hematite monolayers on mica were produced under diffusion-controlled transport from the suspensions of various bulk concentration. The monolayer coverage, quantitatively determined by AFM and SEM, was regulated within broad limits by adjusting the nanoparticle deposition time. This allowed one to uniquely express zeta potential of hematite monolayers, determined by the streaming potential measurements, in terms of the particle coverage. Such dependencies, obtained for various pH, were successfully interpreted in terms of the three-dimensional electrokinetic model. A universal calibrating graph was produced enabling one to determine hematite monolayer coverage from the measured value of the streaming potential. The influence of the ionic strength, varied between 10(-4) and 10(-2)M, on the zeta potential of hematite monolayers was also studied. Additionally, the stability of monolayers (desorption kinetics) was determined under in situ conditions using the streaming potential method. Our experimental data prove that it is feasible to produce uniform and stable hematite particle monolayers of well-controlled coverage. Such monolayers may find practical applications as universal substrates for protein immobilization (biosensors) and in electrocatalytic applications. PMID:22921408

  2. Mixed multilayered vertical heterostructures utilizing strained monolayer WS2

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    Sheng, Yuewen; Xu, Wenshuo; Wang, Xiaochen; He, Zhengyu; Rong, Youmin; Warner, Jamie H.

    2016-01-01

    Creating alternating layers of 2D materials forms vertical heterostructures with diverse electronic and opto-electronic properties. Monolayer WS2 grown by chemical vapour deposition can have inherent strain due to interactions with the substrate. The strain modifies the band structure and properties of monolayer WS2 and can be exploited in a wide range of applications. We demonstrate a non-aqueous transfer method for creating vertical stacks of mixed 2D layers containing a strained monolayer of WS2, with Boron Nitride and Graphene. The 2D materials are all grown by CVD, enabling large area vertical heterostructures to be formed. WS2 monolayers grown by CVD directly on Si substrates with SiO2 surface are easily washed off by water and this makes aqueous based transfer methods challenging for creating vertical stacks on the growth substrate. 2D hexagonal Boron Nitride films are used to provide an insulating layer that limits interactions with a top graphene layer and preserve the strong photoluminescence from the WS2. This transfer method is suitable for layer by layer control of 2D material vertical stacks and is shown to be possible for all CVD grown samples, which opens up pathways for the rapid large scale fabrication of vertical heterostructure systems with atomic thickness depth control and large area coverage.Creating alternating layers of 2D materials forms vertical heterostructures with diverse electronic and opto-electronic properties. Monolayer WS2 grown by chemical vapour deposition can have inherent strain due to interactions with the substrate. The strain modifies the band structure and properties of monolayer WS2 and can be exploited in a wide range of applications. We demonstrate a non-aqueous transfer method for creating vertical stacks of mixed 2D layers containing a strained monolayer of WS2, with Boron Nitride and Graphene. The 2D materials are all grown by CVD, enabling large area vertical heterostructures to be formed. WS2 monolayers grown by

  3. Morphology in electrochemically grown conducting polymer films

    DOEpatents

    Rubinstein, Israel; Gottesfeld, Shimshon; Sabatani, Eyal

    1992-01-01

    A conducting polymer film with an improved space filling is formed on a metal electrode surface. A self-assembling monolayer is formed directly on the metal surface where the monolayer has a first functional group that binds to the metal surface and a second chemical group that forms a chemical bonding site for molecules forming the conducting polymer. The conducting polymer is then conventioonally deposited by electrochemical deposition. In one example, a conducting film of polyaniline is formed on a gold electrode surface with an intermediate monolayer of p-aminothiophenol.

  4. Morphology in electrochemically grown conducting polymer films

    DOEpatents

    Rubinstein, I.; Gottesfeld, S.; Sabatani, E.

    1992-04-28

    A conducting polymer film with an improved space filling is formed on a metal electrode surface. A self-assembling monolayer is formed directly on the metal surface where the monolayer has a first functional group that binds to the metal surface and a second chemical group that forms a chemical bonding site for molecules forming the conducting polymer. The conducting polymer is then conventionally deposited by electrochemical deposition. In one example, a conducting film of polyaniline is formed on a gold electrode surface with an intermediate monolayer of p-aminothiophenol. 2 figs.

  5. Spin- and valley-dependent commensurability oscillations and electric-field-induced quantum Hall plateaux in periodically modulated silicene

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    Shakouri, Kh.; Peeters, F. M.; Vasilopoulos, P.; Vargiamidis, V.; Hai, G.-Q.

    2014-05-26

    We study the commensurability oscillations in silicene subject to a perpendicular electric field E{sub z}, a weak magnetic field B, and a weak periodic potential V=V{sub 0}cos(Cy),C=2π/a{sub 0} with a{sub 0} its period. The field E{sub z} and/or the modulation lift the spin degeneracy of the Landau levels and lead to spin and valley resolved Weiss oscillations. The spin resolution is maximal when the field E{sub z} is replaced by a periodic one E{sub z}=E{sub 0}cos(Dy),D=2π/b{sub 0}, while the valley one is maximal for b{sub 0} = a{sub 0}. In certain ranges of B values, the current is fully spin or valley polarized. Additional quantum Hall conductivity plateaux arise due to spin and valley intra-Landau-level transitions.

  6. Phase transition to a commensurate magnetic structure in PrMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} oxide

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    Men’shenin, V. V.

    2015-06-15

    On the basis of the experimentally obtained structure of the magnetic phase of the PrMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} oxide, it is found that in the temperature interval from 18 to 25 K, a transition to this phase should be analytically described by a two-component order parameter and that the effective Hamiltonian of the system should contain two independent fourth-order invariants with respect to the components of this parameter. With the use of the results of renormalization group analysis of phase transitions with this effective Hamiltonian, which are known from the literature, it is established that a second-order transition occurs. It is shown that the commensurate antiferromagnetic phase resulting from this transition has no electric polarization because this polarization is forbidden by the symmetry of the system.

  7. Commensurate Dy magnetic ordering associated with incommensurate lattice distortion in multiferroic DyMnO{sub 3}

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    Feyerherm, R.; Dudzik, E.

    2006-05-01

    Synchrotron x-ray diffraction and resonant magnetic scattering experiments on a single crystal of orthorhombic DyMnO{sub 3} have been carried out between 4 and 40 K. Below T{sub N}{sup Dy}=5 K, the Dy magnetic moments order in a commensurate structure with propagation vector 0.5 b{sup *}. Simultaneous with the Dy magnetic ordering, an incommensurate lattice modulation with propagation vector 0.905 b{sup *} evolves while the original Mn induced modulation is suppressed and shifts from 0.78 b{sup *} to 0.81 b{sup *}. This points to a strong interference of Mn and Dy induced structural distortions in DyMnO{sub 3} besides a magnetic coupling between the Mn and Dy magnetic moments.

  8. Incommensurate to commensurate antiferromagnetism in CeRhAl4Si2 : An 27Al NMR study

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    Sakai, H.; Hattori, T.; Tokunaga, Y.; Kambe, S.; Ghimire, N. J.; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.

    2016-01-01

    27Al nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments have been performed on a single crystal of CeRhAl4Si2 , which is an antiferromagnetic Kondo-lattice compound with successive antiferromagnetic transitions of TN 1=14 K and TN 2=9 K at zero external field. In the paramagnetic state, the Knight shifts, quadrupolar frequency, and asymmetric parameter of electrical field gradient on the Al sites have been determined, which have local orthorhombic symmetry. The transferred hyperfine coupling constants are also determined. Analysis of the NMR spectra indicates that a commensurate antiferromagnetic structure exists below TN 2, but an incommensurate modulation of antiferromagnetic moments is present in the antiferromagnetic state between TN 1 and TN 2. The spin-lattice relaxation rate suggests that the 4 f electrons behave as local moments at temperatures above TN 1.

  9. Influence of calcium on ceramide-1-phosphate monolayers

    PubMed Central

    Brezesinski, Gerald; Hill, Alexandra; Gericke, Arne

    2016-01-01

    Summary Ceramide-1-phosphate (C1P) plays an important role in several biological processes, being identified as a key regulator of many protein functions. For instance, it acts as a mediator of inflammatory responses. The mediation of the inflammation process happens due to the interaction of C1P with the C2 domain of cPLA2α, an effector protein that needs the presence of submicromolar concentrations of calcium ions. The aim of this study was to determine the phase behaviour and structural properties of C1P in the presence and absence of millimolar quantities of calcium in a well-defined pH environment. For that purpose, we used monomolecular films of C1P at the soft air/liquid interface with calcium ions in the subphase. The pH was varied to change the protonation degree of the C1P head group. We used surface pressure versus molecular area isotherms coupled with other monolayer techniques as Brewster angle microscopy (BAM), infrared reflection–absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) and grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD). The isotherms indicate that C1P monolayers are in a condensed state in the presence of calcium ions, regardless of the pH. At higher pH without calcium ions, the monolayer is in a liquid-expanded state due to repulsion between the negatively charged phosphate groups of the C1P molecules. When divalent calcium ions are added, they are able to bridge the highly charged phosphate groups, enhancing the regular arrangement of the head groups. Similar solidification of the monolayer structure can be seen in the presence of a 150 times larger concentration of monovalent sodium ions. Therefore, calcium ions have clearly a strong affinity for the phosphomonoester of C1P. PMID:26977381

  10. Cell adhesion on a polymerized peptide-amphiphile monolayer.

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    Biesalski, Markus A; Knaebel, Alexandra; Tu, Raymond; Tirrell, Matthew

    2006-03-01

    We report the synthesis and characterization of a stable polymerized monolayer of peptide-amphihiles on a planar solid support that promotes mouse fibroblast cell adhesion and spreading. Peptide-amphiphiles consisting of a polymerizable fatty acid attached to a short RGD containing peptide sequence are self-assembled and polymerized at the water-air interface by means of the Langmuir- Blodgett technique. The surface concentration of the peptide-amphiphile is varied by co-spreading the peptide-amphiphile with an analogous non-modified polymerizable amphiphile at the water/air interface, prior to UV light-induced polymerization. The polymerized monolayer is transferred onto a hydrophobized smooth mica surface and the resulting surfaces have been investigated with respect to directing the cell adhesion and spreading of mouse fibroblast cells in a serum-free medium. Fibroblast cells adhere and spread on surfaces exposing the bioactive ligand but do not spread on reference surfaces without peptide. We find a maximum number of adherent cells at rather high peptide surface concentrations of about 10 mol% in the mixed monolayer, equivalent to more than 50 pmol/cm2 peptide on the surface of the film. We attribute this finding to a limited accessibility of the ligands by the integrins. Because of the stability of the polymerized peptide-amphiphile monolayer, these surfaces can be re-seeded multiple times with cells, i.e. adherent cells can be removed from the surface, the surface can be sterilized and cells can be re-attached. PMID:16157369

  11. Nucleation Control for Large, Single Crystalline Domains of Monolayer Hexagonal Boron Nitride via Si-Doped Fe Catalysts

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    The scalable chemical vapor deposition of monolayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) single crystals, with lateral dimensions of ∼0.3 mm, and of continuous h-BN monolayer films with large domain sizes (>25 μm) is demonstrated via an admixture of Si to Fe catalyst films. A simple thin-film Fe/SiO2/Si catalyst system is used to show that controlled Si diffusion into the Fe catalyst allows exclusive nucleation of monolayer h-BN with very low nucleation densities upon exposure to undiluted borazine. Our systematic in situ and ex situ characterization of this catalyst system establishes a basis for further rational catalyst design for compound 2D materials. PMID:25664483

  12. Large physisorption strain and edge modification of Pd on monolayer graphene

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    Zhou, Haiqing; Yu, Fang; Tang, Dongsheng; Chen, Minjiang; Yang, Huaichao; Wang, Gang; Guo, Yanjun; Sun, Lianfeng

    2012-12-01

    Using Raman spectroscopic studies, we firstly report that Pd film deposition can induce a tensile strain at the interface between Pd and n-layer graphenes, which results in the splitting of the G peak and a red Raman shift of the 2D peak in monolayer graphene, and red Raman shifts of G and 2D peaks for other n-layer graphenes. In particular, this kind of tensile strain can be used as an effective way for edge modification or strain engineering in monolayer graphene.

  13. Synthesis of Large-Area WS2 monolayers with Exceptional Photoluminescence

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    McCreary, Kathleen M.; Hanbicki, Aubrey T.; Jernigan, Glenn G.; Culbertson, James C.; Jonker, Berend T.

    2016-01-01

    Monolayer WS2 offers great promise for use in optical devices due to its direct bandgap and high photoluminescence intensity. While fundamental investigations can be performed on exfoliated material, large-area and high quality materials are essential for implementation of technological applications. In this work, we synthesize monolayer WS2 under various controlled conditions and characterize the films using photoluminescence, Raman and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. We demonstrate that the introduction of hydrogen to the argon carrier gas dramatically improves the optical quality and increases the growth area of WS2, resulting in films exhibiting mm2 coverage. The addition of hydrogen more effectively reduces the WO3 precursor and protects against oxidative etching of the synthesized monolayers. The stoichiometric WS2 monolayers synthesized using Ar + H2 carrier gas exhibit superior optical characteristics, with photoluminescence emission full width half maximum (FWHM) values below 40 meV and emission intensities nearly an order of magnitude higher than films synthesized in a pure Ar environment.

  14. Surface Characterization of Bovine Milk Phospholipid Monolayers by Langmuir Isotherms and Microscopic Techniques

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    Gallier, Sophie; Gragson, Derek; Jiménez-Flores, Rafael; Everett, David W.

    2015-01-01

    Monolayers were prepared from phospholipids extracted from bovine milk and used as a model system to mimic the native milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) surface structure in various microscopic experiments. The natural complex mixtures of phospholipids were isolated from bovine raw milk, raw cream, processed whole milk and buttermilk powder by total lipid extraction and solid-phase extraction. A Langmuir film balance mounted on an epifluorescence microscope was used to analyze the physical behavior of the monolayer films and the phase coexistence resulting from the formation of phospholipid microdomains within these films. Atomic force microscopy was used for nanometer scale topographic resolution of the microdomains. This study allowed us to compare the behavior of phospholipid monolayers from dairy products at different stages of processing, to analyze the formation of microdomains, and to study the effect of milk processing on lipid-lipid interactions and phase coexistence. We observe that milk processing changes the physical behavior of phospholipid monolayers by altering the phospholipid profile and the fatty acid distribution. PMID:21067228

  15. Influence of Surface Morphology on the Shear-Induced Wear of Alkylsilane Monolayers: Molecular Dynamics Study.

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    Summers, Andrew Z; Iacovella, Christopher R; Billingsley, Matthew R; Arnold, Steven T; Cummings, Peter T; McCabe, Clare

    2016-03-15

    Chemisorbed alkylsilane monolayer coatings have been shown to possess favorable lubrication properties; however, film degradation prevents the widespread use of these materials as lubricants in micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS). In this work, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to provide insight into the conditions that promote the degradation and wear of these materials. This is achieved through removal of interfacial chain-substrate bonds during shear and the examination of the mobility of the resulting free, unbound chains. Specific focus is given to the effects of surface morphology, which has been shown previously to strongly influence frictional forces in monolayer systems. In-plane order of chain attachments is shown to lead to pressure-induced orientational ordering of monolayers, promoting film stability. This behavior is lost as nonideality is introduced into the substrate and chain patterning on the surface becomes disordered. The presence of surface roughness is found to reduce film stability, with localization of wear observed for chain attachment sites nearest the interface of contact. The influence of substrate nonideality on monolayer degradation is shown to diminish as chain length is increased. PMID:26885941

  16. Synthesis of Large-Area WS2 monolayers with Exceptional Photoluminescence

    PubMed Central

    McCreary, Kathleen M.; Hanbicki, Aubrey T.; Jernigan, Glenn G.; Culbertson, James C.; Jonker, Berend T.

    2016-01-01

    Monolayer WS2 offers great promise for use in optical devices due to its direct bandgap and high photoluminescence intensity. While fundamental investigations can be performed on exfoliated material, large-area and high quality materials are essential for implementation of technological applications. In this work, we synthesize monolayer WS2 under various controlled conditions and characterize the films using photoluminescence, Raman and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. We demonstrate that the introduction of hydrogen to the argon carrier gas dramatically improves the optical quality and increases the growth area of WS2, resulting in films exhibiting mm2 coverage. The addition of hydrogen more effectively reduces the WO3 precursor and protects against oxidative etching of the synthesized monolayers. The stoichiometric WS2 monolayers synthesized using Ar + H2 carrier gas exhibit superior optical characteristics, with photoluminescence emission full width half maximum (FWHM) values below 40 meV and emission intensities nearly an order of magnitude higher than films synthesized in a pure Ar environment. PMID:26758908

  17. Ab initio study of ZrO2 monolayers epitaxial on Si

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    Dogan, Mehmet; Kumah, Divine; Ahn, Charles; Walker, Frederick; Ismail-Beigi, Sohrab

    Growing thin films of crystalline metal oxides on semiconductors has been of much scientific interest because of their applications in electronic devices. One research goal is to achieve ferroelectricity in a crystalline and thin oxide film that is epitaxial on a semiconductor. This would enable the realization of non-volatile field-effect transistors where the state is encoded in the polarization direction of the oxide. We study oxides that are not ferroelectric in the bulk but become ferroelectric as an ultra-thin film on a semiconductor. Recent advances in epitaxial growth methods permit fabrication of such systems. We use density functional theory to study the interface between ZrO2 monolayers and Si (001). These monolayers have multiple metastable states. We present an analysis of these configurations and energy barriers between them. We consider the likely experimental situation where different configurations coexist to form a multi-domain system, and investigate domain dynamics. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the ZrO2 monolayers can be used as a buffer layer to induce ferroelectricity in perovskite oxides such as SrTiO3 on Si. We also show that these monolayers modify the transport properties of Si which would allow for the desired device applications. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation through Grant MRSEC NSF DMR-1119826.

  18. Toward Ferroelectric Control of Monolayer MoS2.

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    Nguyen, Ariana; Sharma, Pankaj; Scott, Thomas; Preciado, Edwin; Klee, Velveth; Sun, Dezheng; Lu, I-Hsi Daniel; Barroso, David; Kim, SukHyun; Shur, Vladimir Ya; Akhmatkhanov, Andrey R; Gruverman, Alexei; Bartels, Ludwig; Dowben, Peter A

    2015-05-13

    The chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) single-layer films onto periodically poled lithium niobate is possible while maintaining the substrate polarization pattern. The MoS2 growth exhibits a preference for the ferroelectric domains polarized "up" with respect to the surface so that the MoS2 film may be templated by the substrate ferroelectric polarization pattern without the need for further lithography. MoS2 monolayers preserve the surface polarization of the "up" domains, while slightly quenching the surface polarization on the "down" domains as revealed by piezoresponse force microscopy. Electrical transport measurements suggest changes in the dominant carrier for CVD MoS2 under application of an external voltage, depending on the domain orientation of the ferroelectric substrate. Such sensitivity to ferroelectric substrate polarization opens the possibility for ferroelectric nonvolatile gating of transition metal dichalcogenides in scalable devices fabricated free of exfoliation and transfer. PMID:25909996

  19. Binary functionalization of H:Si(111) surfaces by alkyl monolayers with different linker atoms enhances monolayer stability and packing.

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    Arefi, Hadi H; Nolan, Michael; Fagas, Giorgos

    2016-05-14

    Alkyl monolayer modified Si forms a class of inorganic-organic hybrid materials with applications across many technologies such as thin-films, fuel/solar-cells and biosensors. Previous studies have shown that the linker atom, through which the monolayer binds to the Si substrate, and any tail group in the alkyl chain, can tune the monolayer stability and electronic properties. In this paper we study the H:Si(111) surface functionalized with binary SAMs: these are composed of alkyl chains that are linked to the surface by two different linker groups. Aiming to enhance SAM stability and increase coverage over singly functionalized Si, we examine with density functional theory simulations that incorporate vdW interactions, a range of linker groups which we denote as -X-(alkyl) with X = CH2, O(H), S(H) or NH(2) (alkyl = C6 and C12 chains). We show how the stability of the SAM can be enhanced by adsorbing alkyl chains with two different linkers, e.g. Si-[C, NH]-alkyl, through which the adsorption energy is increased compared to functionalization with the individual -X-alkyl chains. Our results show that it is possible to improve stability and optimum coverage of alkyl functionalized SAMs linked through a direct Si-C bond by incorporating alkyl chains linked to Si through a different linker group, while preserving the interface electronic structure that determines key electronic properties. This is important since any enhancement in stability and coverage to give more densely packed monolayers will result in fewer defects. We also show that the work function can be tuned within the interval of 3.65-4.94 eV (4.55 eV for bare H:Si(111)). PMID:27109872

  20. Adsorption of a water soluble cationic dye into a cationic Langmuir monolayer

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    Shil, Ashis; Hussain, S. A.; Bhattacharjee, D.

    2015-05-01

    This communication reports the successful adsorption of a water soluble cationic fluorescent dye Rhodamine B (RhB) into a cationic Langmuir monolayer of Octadecylamine (ODA). Anionic nano clay platelets Hectorite played an important role in the process of adsorption. Surface pressure vs. area per molecule (π-A) isotherms were studied to monitor the adsorption process. In-situ fluorescence Imaging Microscopic (FIM) technique was employed to visualize the domain structures formed at the air-water interface. Atomic Force Microscopic (AFM) image of the monolayer Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films were taken to study the morphology and ultrastructure of the film. Detailed spectroscopic investigations were carried out on the mono- and multilayer Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films.

  1. Photocatalytic nanolithography of self-assembled monolayers and proteins.

    PubMed

    Ul-Haq, Ehtsham; Patole, Samson; Moxey, Mark; Amstad, Esther; Vasilev, Cvetelin; Hunter, C Neil; Leggett, Graham J; Spencer, Nicholas D; Williams, Nicholas H

    2013-09-24

    Self-assembled monolayers of alkylthiolates on gold and alkylsilanes on silicon dioxide have been patterned photocatalytically on sub-100 nm length-scales using both apertured near-field and apertureless methods. Apertured lithography was carried out by means of an argon ion laser (364 nm) coupled to cantilever-type near-field probes with a thin film of titania deposited over the aperture. Apertureless lithography was carried out with a helium-cadmium laser (325 nm) to excite titanium-coated, contact-mode atomic force microscope (AFM) probes. This latter approach is readily implementable on any commercial AFM system. Photodegradation occurred in both cases through the localized photocatalytic degradation of the monolayer. For alkanethiols, degradation of one thiol exposed the bare substrate, enabling refunctionalization of the bare gold by a second, contrasting thiol. For alkylsilanes, degradation of the adsorbate molecule provided a facile means for protein patterning. Lines were written in a protein-resistant film formed by the adsorption of oligo(ethylene glycol)-functionalized trichlorosilanes on glass, leading to the formation of sub-100 nm adhesive, aldehyde-functionalized regions. These were derivatized with aminobutylnitrilotriacetic acid, and complexed with Ni(2+), enabling the binding of histidine-labeled green fluorescent protein, which yielded bright fluorescence from 70-nm-wide lines that could be imaged clearly in a confocal microscope. PMID:23971891

  2. The Structure of Dithiol Monolayers on Au(111).

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    Gallagher, M. C.; Macdairmid, A. R.; Banks, J. T.

    2003-03-01

    Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and contact angle measurements, we have studied the properties of Dithiothreitol (DTT) and Dithioerythritol (DTE) monolayers adsorbed on Au(111). DTT and DTE are both O-H functionalized α - ω dithiols. DTT is a chiral form whereas DTE is achiral. For comparison we have also studied the structure of octanethiol (n-alkanethiol, n = 8) SAMs. Octanethiol forms the characteristic close packed 3x3 monolayer with c(4x2) superstructure. In contrast, STM measurements of DTT films indicate much of the layer is disordered, however regions with local c(23x3) symmetry are observed. AES indicates the sulphur coverage for both DTT and octanethiol films are similar. AES studies involving Ellman's reagent, a marker species, also suggest a significant fraction of the DTT molecules in the adlayer bind to the gold via two Au-S bonds. Based on these results, we propose a structural model in which the majority of DTT molecules bind to the gold surface via two Au-S bonds and the distance between these two bonds is 3 times the underlying Au lattice spacing. Any differences between DTT and DTE layers due to differences in molecular structure will also be discussed.

  3. Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy of DNA Monolayers Modified with Nile Blue

    PubMed Central

    Gorodetsky, Alon A.; Hammond, William J.; Hill, Michael G.; Slowinski, Krzysztof; Barton, Jacqueline K.

    2009-01-01

    Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) is used to probe long-range charge transport (CT) through DNA monolayers containing the redox-active Nile Blue (NB) intercalator covalently affixed at a specific location in the DNA film. At substrate potentials negative of the formal potential of covalently attached NB, the electrocatalytic reduction of Fe(CN)63− generated at the SECM tip is observed only when NB is located at the DNA/solution interface; for DNA films containing NB in close proximity to the DNA/electrode interface, the electrocatalytic effect is absent. This behavior is consistent with both rapid DNA-mediated CT between the NB intercalator and the gold electrode as well as a rate-limiting electron transfer between NB and the solution phase Fe(CN)63−. The DNA-mediated nature of the catalytic cycle is confirmed through sequence-specific and localized detection of attomoles of TATA-binding protein, a transcription factor that severely distorts DNA upon binding. Importantly, the strategy outlined here is general and allows for the local investigation of the surface characteristics of DNA monolayers both in the absence and in the presence of DNA binding proteins. These experiments highlight the utility of DNA-modified electrodes as versatile platforms for SECM detection schemes that take advantage of CT mediated by the DNA base pair stack. PMID:19053641

  4. Photocatalytic Nanolithography of Self-Assembled Monolayers and Proteins

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Self-assembled monolayers of alkylthiolates on gold and alkylsilanes on silicon dioxide have been patterned photocatalytically on sub-100 nm length-scales using both apertured near-field and apertureless methods. Apertured lithography was carried out by means of an argon ion laser (364 nm) coupled to cantilever-type near-field probes with a thin film of titania deposited over the aperture. Apertureless lithography was carried out with a helium–cadmium laser (325 nm) to excite titanium-coated, contact-mode atomic force microscope (AFM) probes. This latter approach is readily implementable on any commercial AFM system. Photodegradation occurred in both cases through the localized photocatalytic degradation of the monolayer. For alkanethiols, degradation of one thiol exposed the bare substrate, enabling refunctionalization of the bare gold by a second, contrasting thiol. For alkylsilanes, degradation of the adsorbate molecule provided a facile means for protein patterning. Lines were written in a protein-resistant film formed by the adsorption of oligo(ethylene glycol)-functionalized trichlorosilanes on glass, leading to the formation of sub-100 nm adhesive, aldehyde-functionalized regions. These were derivatized with aminobutylnitrilotriacetic acid, and complexed with Ni2+, enabling the binding of histidine-labeled green fluorescent protein, which yielded bright fluorescence from 70-nm-wide lines that could be imaged clearly in a confocal microscope. PMID:23971891

  5. Stilling Waves with Ordered Molecular Monolayers

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    Vitz, Ed

    2008-01-01

    A demonstration of the damping effect of an oil monolayer on water waves is described. The history of this remarkable demonstration--with a 2000 (or more) year span--and a brief explanation in terms of the properties of water and the monolayer are presented. If a layer of olive oil, one molecule thick (about one-ten millionth of a centimeter), is…

  6. Mechanism of Pb Adsorption to Fatty Acid Langmuir Monolayers Studied by X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy

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    Boyanov, M.I.; Kmetko, J.; Shibata, T.; Datta, A.; Dutta, P.; Bunker, B.A.

    2010-09-30

    The local atomic environment of lead (Pb) adsorbed to a CH{sub 3}(CH{sub 2}){sub 19}COOH Langmuir monolayer was investigated in situ using grazing-incidence X-ray absorption fine structure (GI-XAFS) spectroscopy at the Pb L{sub III} edge. Measurements were performed at pH 6.5 of the 10{sup -5} M PbCl{sub 2} solution subphase, a condition under which grazing incidence diffraction (GID) revealed a large-area commensurate superstructure underneath the close-packed organic monolayer. The XAFS results indicate covalent binding of the Pb cations to the carboxyl headgroups, and the observed Pb-Pb coordination suggests that the metal is adsorbed as a hydrolysis polymer, rather than as individual Pb{sup 2+} ions. The data are consistent with a bidentate chelating mechanism and a one Pb atom to one carboxyl headgroup binding stoichiometry. We discuss how this adsorption model can explain the peculiarities observed with Pb in previous metal-Langmuir monolayer studies. A systematic study of lead perchlorate and lead acetate aqueous solutions is presented and used in the analysis. XAFS multiple scattering effects from alignment of the Pb-C-C atoms in the lead acetate solutions are reported.

  7. The structure of percolating lipid monolayers.

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    Risović, D; Frka, S; Kozarac, Z

    2012-05-01

    The lattice structure and in plane molecular organization of Langmuir monolayer of amphiphilic material is usually determined from grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) or neutron reflectivity. Here we present results of a different approach for determination of monolayer lattice structure based on application of fractal analysis and percolation theory in combination with Brewster angle microscopy. The considerations of compressibility modulus and fractal dimension dynamics provide information on percolation threshold and consequently by application of percolation theory on the lattice structure of a monolayer. We have applied this approach to determine the monolayer lattice structures of single chain and double chain lipids. The compressibility moduli were determined from measured π-A isotherms and fractal dimensions from corresponding BAM images. The monolayer lattice structures of stearic acid, 1-hexadecanol, DPPC and DPPA, obtained in this way conform to the corresponding lattice structures determined previously by other authors using GIXD. PMID:22209411

  8. Helium scattering from a krypton film on graphite

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    Larese, J. Z.; Leung, W. Y.; Frankl, D. R.; Holter, N.; Chung, S.; Cole, M. W.

    1985-06-01

    Scattering data are presented for a monoenergetic beam of 4He incident on both commensurate and incommensurate Kr films adsorbed on graphite. For the commensurate layer, four bound-state resonance levels are observed, at binding energies 4.67, 1.86, 0.58, and 0.14 meV, which agree with a calculation incorporating three-body interactions. For the incommensurate layer, only the lowest level is identified; its binding energy of 5.2 meV also agrees with the calculation.

  9. Computational study of low-friction quasicrystalline coatings via simulations of thin film growth of hydrocarbons and rare gases

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    Setyawan, Wahyu

    Quasicrystalline compounds (QC) have been shown to have lower friction compared to other structures of the same constituents. The abscence of structural interlocking when two QC surfaces slide against one another yields the low friction. To use QC as low-friction coatings in combustion engines where hydrocarbon-based oil lubricant is commonly used, knowledge of how a film of lubricant forms on the coating is required. Any adsorbed films having non-quasicrystalline structure will reduce the self-lubricity of the coatings. In this manuscript, we report the results of simulations on thin films growth of selected hydrocarbons and rare gases on a decagonal Al73Ni10Co17 quasicrystal (d-AlNiCo). Grand canonical Monte Carlo method is used to perform the simulations. We develop a set of classical interatomic many-body potentials which are based on the embedded-atom method to study the adsorption processes for hydrocarbons. Methane, propane, hexane, octane, and benzene are simulated and show complete wetting and layered films. Methane monolayer forms a pentagonal order commensurate with the d-AlNiCo. Propane forms disordered monolayer. Hexane and octane adsorb in a close-packed manner consistent with their bulk structure. The results of hexane and octane are expected to represent those of longer alkanes which constitute typical lubricants. Benzene monolayer has pentagonal order at low temperatures which transforms into triangular lattice at high temperatures. The effects of size mismatch and relative strength of the competing interactions (adsorbate-substrate and between adsorbates) on the film growth and structure are systematically studied using rare gases with Lennard-Jones pair potentials. It is found that the relative strength of the interactions determines the growth mode, while the structure of the film is affected mostly by the size mismatch between adsorbate and substrate's characteristic length. On d-AlNiCo, xenon monolayer undergoes a first-order structural

  10. Transport properties of monolayer MoS2 grown by chemical vapor deposition.

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    Schmidt, Hennrik; Wang, Shunfeng; Chu, Leiqiang; Toh, Minglin; Kumar, Rajeev; Zhao, Weijie; Neto, A H Castro; Martin, Jens; Adam, Shaffique; Özyilmaz, Barbaros; Eda, Goki

    2014-01-01

    Recent success in the growth of monolayer MoS2 via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has opened up prospects for the implementation of these materials into thin film electronic and optoelectronic devices. Here, we investigate the electronic transport properties of individual crystallites of high quality CVD-grown monolayer MoS2. The devices show low temperature mobilities up to 500 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and a clear signature of metallic conduction at high doping densities. These characteristics are comparable to the electronic properties of the best mechanically exfoliated monolayers in literature, verifying the high electronic quality of the CVD-grown materials. We analyze the different scattering mechanisms and show that the short-range scattering plays a dominant role in the highly conducting regime at low temperatures. Additionally, the influence of optical phonons as a limiting factor is discussed. PMID:24640984

  11. The study of the formation of monolayers of quantum dots at different temperatures

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    Gorbachev, Ilya A.; Goryacheva, Irina Y.; Brezesinski, Gerald; Gluhovskoy, Evgeny G.

    2016-04-01

    The process of formation of Langmuir monolayers of quantum dots at the different subphase temperatures was studied by means of compression isotherm, Brewster angle microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The increasing of the maximum surface pressure from 32 to 44 mN/m takes place with decreasing the temperature from 34 to 11°C. This is due to a decrease in the rate of dissolution of surfactant molecules in water. The increasing of a filling degree of monolayer by the quantum dots and increasing of it uniformity in thickness takes place in this temperature range. The area of bilayer and multilayer film of quantum dots decreasing and the area of quantum dots monolayer is increasing. This change explained by the difference in the phase condition of oleic acid molecules, which stabilized quantum dots.

  12. Electronic structure and lattice matching in graphene/h-BN stacked thin films

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    Sakai, Yuki; Saito, Susumu; Cohen, Marvin

    2013-03-01

    In this work, we study the electronic structure and possibility of lattice matching of thin films composed of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) within the framework of the density functional theory. Since graphene and h-BN have different in-plane lattice constants intrinsically, we first study relative stabilities of commensurate thin films with lattice matching and incommensurate thin films without lattice matching by comparing total energies in order to clarify the stable geometries of graphene/h-BN thin films. As a result, we find some stacking patterns where commensurate thin films are more stable than incommensurate thin films. We also find that the energy gain due to interlayer interaction depends on the number of layers in thin films. In addition, we report electronic properties of these thin film systems. Some commensurate thin films are found to possess finite band gaps, while induced band gaps should be almost canceled out in incommensurate phases. We also discuss the electric field effect on the electronic properties of graphene/h-BN thin films. This work was partially supported by NSF Grant No. DMR-10-1006184, DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231, and by the Global Center of Excellence Program by MEXT, Japan. Y. S. also acknowledges the funding from JSPS.

  13. Large-area synthesis of high-quality and uniform monolayer WS2 on reusable Au foils.

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    Gao, Yang; Liu, Zhibo; Sun, Dong-Ming; Huang, Le; Ma, Lai-Peng; Yin, Li-Chang; Ma, Teng; Zhang, Zhiyong; Ma, Xiu-Liang; Peng, Lian-Mao; Cheng, Hui-Ming; Ren, Wencai

    2015-01-01

    Large-area monolayer WS2 is a desirable material for applications in next-generation electronics and optoelectronics. However, the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) with rigid and inert substrates for large-area sample growth suffers from a non-uniform number of layers, small domain size and many defects, and is not compatible with the fabrication process of flexible devices. Here we report the self-limited catalytic surface growth of uniform monolayer WS2 single crystals of millimetre size and large-area films by ambient-pressure CVD on Au. The weak interaction between the WS2 and Au enables the intact transfer of the monolayers to arbitrary substrates using the electrochemical bubbling method without sacrificing Au. The WS2 shows high crystal quality and optical and electrical properties comparable or superior to mechanically exfoliated samples. We also demonstrate the roll-to-roll/bubbling production of large-area flexible films of uniform monolayer, double-layer WS2 and WS2/graphene heterostructures, and batch fabrication of large-area flexible monolayer WS2 film transistor arrays. PMID:26450174

  14. Large-area synthesis of high-quality and uniform monolayer WS2 on reusable Au foils

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    Gao, Yang; Liu, Zhibo; Sun, Dong-Ming; Huang, Le; Ma, Lai-Peng; Yin, Li-Chang; Ma, Teng; Zhang, Zhiyong; Ma, Xiu-Liang; Peng, Lian-Mao; Cheng, Hui-Ming; Ren, Wencai

    2015-10-01

    Large-area monolayer WS2 is a desirable material for applications in next-generation electronics and optoelectronics. However, the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) with rigid and inert substrates for large-area sample growth suffers from a non-uniform number of layers, small domain size and many defects, and is not compatible with the fabrication process of flexible devices. Here we report the self-limited catalytic surface growth of uniform monolayer WS2 single crystals of millimetre size and large-area films by ambient-pressure CVD on Au. The weak interaction between the WS2 and Au enables the intact transfer of the monolayers to arbitrary substrates using the electrochemical bubbling method without sacrificing Au. The WS2 shows high crystal quality and optical and electrical properties comparable or superior to mechanically exfoliated samples. We also demonstrate the roll-to-roll/bubbling production of large-area flexible films of uniform monolayer, double-layer WS2 and WS2/graphene heterostructures, and batch fabrication of large-area flexible monolayer WS2 film transistor arrays.

  15. Large-area synthesis of high-quality and uniform monolayer WS2 on reusable Au foils

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    Gao, Yang; Liu, Zhibo; Sun, Dong-Ming; Huang, Le; Ma, Lai-Peng; Yin, Li-Chang; Ma, Teng; Zhang, Zhiyong; Ma, Xiu-Liang; Peng, Lian-Mao; Cheng, Hui-Ming; Ren, Wencai

    2015-01-01

    Large-area monolayer WS2 is a desirable material for applications in next-generation electronics and optoelectronics. However, the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) with rigid and inert substrates for large-area sample growth suffers from a non-uniform number of layers, small domain size and many defects, and is not compatible with the fabrication process of flexible devices. Here we report the self-limited catalytic surface growth of uniform monolayer WS2 single crystals of millimetre size and large-area films by ambient-pressure CVD on Au. The weak interaction between the WS2 and Au enables the intact transfer of the monolayers to arbitrary substrates using the electrochemical bubbling method without sacrificing Au. The WS2 shows high crystal quality and optical and electrical properties comparable or superior to mechanically exfoliated samples. We also demonstrate the roll-to-roll/bubbling production of large-area flexible films of uniform monolayer, double-layer WS2 and WS2/graphene heterostructures, and batch fabrication of large-area flexible monolayer WS2 film transistor arrays. PMID:26450174

  16. Monolayer coated gold nanoparticles for delivery applications

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    Rana, Subinoy; Bajaj, Avinash; Mout, Rubul; Rotello, Vincent M.

    2011-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) provide attractive vehicles for delivery of drugs, genetic materials, proteins, and small molecules. AuNPs feature low core toxicity coupled with the ability to parametrically control particle size and surface properties. In this review, we focus on engineering of the AuNP surface monolayer, highlighting recent advances in tuning monolayer structures for efficient delivery of drugs and biomolecules. This review covers two broad categories of particle functionalization, organic monolayers and biomolecule coatings, and discusses their applications in drug, DNA/RNA, protein and small molecule delivery. PMID:21925556

  17. Drug induced `softening' in phospholipid monolayers

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    Basak, Uttam Kumar; Datta, Alokmay; Bhattacharya, Dhananjay

    2015-06-01

    Compressibility measurements on Langmuir monolayers of the phospholipid Dimystoryl Phospatidylcholine (DMPC) in pristine form and in the presence of the Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID) Piroxicam at 0.025 drug/lipid (D/L) molecular ratio at different temperatures, show that the monolayer exhibits large increase (and subsequent decrease) in compressibility due to the drug in the vicinity of the Liquid Expanded - Liquid Condensed (LE-LC) phase transition. Molecular dynamics simulations of the lipid monolayer in presence of drug molecules show a disordering of the tail tilt, which is consistent with the above result.

  18. Formation of a polymer particle monolayer by continuous self-assembly from a colloidal solution.

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    Kim, Soohyun; Choi, Hee-Dok; Kim, Il-Doo; Lee, Jong-Chan; Rhee, Bum Ku; Lim, Jung Ah; Hong, Jae-Min

    2012-02-15

    The preparation of two-dimensional monolayers of polymer particles over a large area was demonstrated via a facile solution process. Polymer microspheres were continuously self-assembled into a close-packed monolayer from a colloidal solution confined between two plates such that the top plate was carefully dragged at a constant velocity in the direction opposite that of the monolayer growth. In situ direct observation of the particle movement during the coating process confirmed that particle transport was directed toward the contact line of the solution meniscus by evaporation-induced convective flow. Sliding of the top plate apparently effectively counterbalanced the convective flow to provide the particles with a contact line for growth of a monolayer particle array. The influence of particle concentration, sliding speed of the top plate, and surface wettability of the bottom substrate were investigated and optimized. Monolayer particle arrays were successfully demonstrated as a template for the preparation of ZnO films with ordered hollow hemispherical structures. This approach is applicable to the fabrication of ordered structures of monodispersed particles composed of various materials over large areas. PMID:22169181

  19. Assembling and compressing a semifluorinated alkane monolayer on a hydrophobic surface: Structural and dielectric properties

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    El Abed, Abdel I.; Ionov, Radoslav; Daoud, Mohamed; Abillon, Olivier

    2004-11-01

    We investigate the dynamic behavior upon lateral compression of a semifluorinated alkane F(CF{sub 2}){sub 8}(CH{sub 2}){sub 18}H (denoted F{sub 8}H{sub 18}), spread on the hydrophobic top of a suitable amphiphilic monolayer: namely, a natural {alpha}-helix alamethicin peptide (alam). We show, in particular, the formation of an asymmetric flat bilayer by compressing at the air-water interface a mixed Langmuir film made of F{sub 8}H{sub 18} and alam. The particular chemical structure of F{sub 8}H{sub 18}, the suitable structure of the underlying alam monolayer and its collapse properties, allow for a continuous compression of the upper F{sub 8}H{sub 18} monolayer while the density of the lower alam monolayer remains constant. Combining grazing incidence x-ray reflectivity, surface potential, and atomic force microscopy data allow for the determination of the orientation and dielectric constant of the upper F{sub 8}H{sub 18} monolayer.

  20. Effect of mycolic acid on surface activity of binary surfactant lipid monolayers.

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    Chimote, G; Banerjee, R

    2008-12-15

    In pulmonary tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis lies in close physical proximity to alveolar surfactant. Cell walls of the mycobacteria contain loosely bound, detachable surface-active lipids. In this study, the effect of mycolic acid (MA), the most abundant mycobacterial cell wall lipid, on the surface activity of phospholipid mixtures from lung surfactant was investigated using Langmuir monolayers and atomic force microscopy (AFM). In the presence of mycolic acid, all the surfactant lipid mixtures attained high minimum surface tensions (between 20 and 40 mN/m) and decreased surface compressibility moduli <50 mN/m. AFM images showed that the smooth surface topography of surfactant lipid monolayers was altered with addition of MA. Aggregates with diverse heights of at least two layer thicknesses were found in the presence of mycolic acid. Mycolic acids could aggregate within surfactant lipid monolayers and result in disturbed monolayer surface activity. The extent of the effect of mycolic acid depended on the initial state of the monolayer, with fluid films of DPPC-POPC and DPPC-CHOL being least affected. The results imply inhibitory effects of mycolic acid toward lung surfactant lipids and could be a mechanism of lung surfactant dysfunction in pulmonary tuberculosis. PMID:18848703

  1. Phonon Softening and Displacement Pattern in Commensurate Charge Density Wave in 2H-TaSe2

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    Berlijn, Tom; Yin, Wei-Guo; Ku, Wei

    2008-03-01

    The formation of the commensurate charge density wave (CCDW) phase of 2H-TaSe2 is investigated via a first-principles study of the phonon spectrum. Both the linear response and the frozen phonon approach reveal strong softening of the σ1 branch at the CCDW wave vector (2γM/3), as observed by inelastic neutron scattering[1]. Furthermore, to resolve the disagreement between currently proposed patterns by neutron scattering[1], electron diffraction[2] and TDPAC[3], the size and the pattern of the CCDW displacement are evaluated by an ab initio total energy calculation. The role of nesting and electron-phonon coupling in the miscroscopic origin of the instability will be addressed. [1] D.E. Moncton, J.D. Axe and F.J. DiSalvo, Phys. Rev. B 16, 801 (1977), [2] D.M. Bird, S. McKernan and J.W. Steeds, J. Phys. C 18 499 (1985), [3] T. Butz, S. Saibene and A. Lerf, J. Phys. C 19 2675 (1986).

  2. Direct Structural Identification of Gas Induced Gate-Opening Coupled with Commensurate Adsorption in a Microporous Metal-Organic Framework.

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    Banerjee, Debasis; Wang, Hao; Plonka, Anna M; Emge, Thomas J; Parise, John B; Li, Jing

    2016-08-01

    Gate-opening is a unique and interesting phenomenon commonly observed in flexible porous frameworks, where the pore characteristics and/or crystal structures change in response to external stimuli such as adding or removing guest molecules. For gate-opening that is induced by gas adsorption, the pore-opening pressure often varies for different adsorbate molecules and, thus, can be applied to selectively separate a gas mixture. The detailed understanding of this phenomenon is of fundamental importance to the design of industrially applicable gas-selective sorbents, which remains under investigated due to the lack of direct structural evidence for such systems. We report a mechanistic study of gas-induced gate-opening process of a microporous metal-organic framework, [Mn(ina)2 ] (ina=isonicotinate) associated with commensurate adsorption, by a combination of several analytical techniques including single crystal X-ray diffraction, in situ powder X-ray diffraction coupled with differential scanning calorimetry (XRD-DSC), and gas adsorption-desorption methods. Our study reveals that the pronounced and reversible gate opening/closing phenomena observed in [Mn(ina)2 ] are coupled with a structural transition that involves rotation of the organic linker molecules as a result of interaction of the framework with adsorbed gas molecules including carbon dioxide and propane. The onset pressure to open the gate correlates with the extent of such interaction. PMID:27385527

  3. Structures of incommensurate and commensurate composite crystals RbxMnO2 (x = 1.3711, 1.3636).

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    Nuss, Jürgen; Pfeiffer, Steffen; van Smaalen, Sander; Jansen, Martin

    2010-02-01

    Rb(1.3711)MnO(2) (Rb(11)Mn(8)O(16)) has been synthesized via the azide/nitrate route from a stoichiometric mixture of the precursors Mn(2)O(3), RbNO(3) and RbN(3). The structure of this extremely air- and moisture-sensitive compound can best be described in terms of an incommensurate composite structure, built up by a honeycomb-like framework of Rb ions, as one subsystem and by a second subsystem of chains, consisting of edge-sharing MnO(4/2) tetrahedra. These two composite substructures interpenetrate in such a way that the manganate chain polyanions centre the channels of the Rb-honeycomb framework. Crystals transform by an aging process into Rb(1.3636)MnO(2) (Rb(15)Mn(11)O(22)), which has a similar structure but a different commensurate modulation. Two reasons can be established for the origin of the modulations: the charge ordering of Mn(2+)/Mn(3+) on one hand, and the incompatibility of the Mn-Mn and Rb-Rb separations on the other. PMID:20101080

  4. Interlayer correlation between two 4He monolayers adsorbed on both sides of α -graphyne

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    Ahn, Jeonghwan; Park, Sungjin; Lee, Hoonkyung; Kwon, Yongkyung

    2015-07-01

    Path-integral Monte Carlo calculations have been performed to study the 4He adsorption on both sides of a single α -graphyne sheet. For investigation of the interlayer correlation between the upper and the lower monolayers of 4He adatoms, the 4He-substrate interaction is described by the sum of the 4He-C interatomic pair potentials for which we use both Lennard-Jones and Yukawa-6 anisotropic potentials. When the lower 4He layer is a C4 /3 commensurate solid, the upper-layer 4He atoms are found to form a kagome lattice structure at a Mott-insulating density of 0.0706 Å-2 and a commensurate solid at an areal density of 0.0941 Å-2 for both substrate potentials. The correlation between upper- and lower-layer pseudospins, which were introduced in Kwon et al. [Phys. Rev. B 88, 201403(R) (2013)], 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.201403 for two degenerate configurations of three 4He atoms in a hexagonal cell, depends on the substrate potential used; with the substrate potential based on the anisotropic Yukawa-6 pair potentials, the Ising pseudospins of both 4He layers are found to be antiparallel to each other whereas the parallel and antiparallel pseudospin alignments between the two 4He layers are nearly degenerate with the Lennard-Jones potentials. This is attributed to the difference in the interlayer distance, which is ˜4 Å with the Yukawa-6 substrate potential but as large as ˜4.8 Å with the Lennard-Jones potential.

  5. Photoluminescence of monolayer MoS2 on LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 substrates

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    Li, Yuanyuan; Qi, Zeming; Liu, Miao; Wang, Yuyin; Cheng, Xuerui; Zhang, Guobin; Sheng, Liusi

    2014-11-01

    In an atomically thin-film/dielectric-substrate heterostructure, the elemental physical properties of the atomically thin-film are influenced by the interaction between the thin-film and the substrate. In this article, utilizing monolayer MoS2 on LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 substrates, as well as SiO2 and Gel-film as reference substrates similar to previously reported work [Nano Res, 2014, 7, 561], we systematically investigate the substrate effect on the photoluminescence of monolayer MoS2. We observed significantly substrate-dependant photoluminescence of monolayer MoS2, originating from substrate-to-film charge transfer. We found that SiO2 substrate introduces the most charge doping while SrTiO3 introduces less charge transfer. Through the selection of desired substrate, we are able to induce different amounts of charge into the monolayer MoS2, which consequently modifies the neutral exciton and charged exciton (trion) emissions. Finally, we proposed a band-diagram model to elucidate the relation between charge transfer and the substrate Fermi level and work function. Our work demonstrates that the substrate charge transfer exerts a strong influence on the monolayer MoS2 photoluminescence property, which should be considered during device design and application. The work also provides a possible route to modify the thin-film photoluminescence property via substrate engineering for future device design.In an atomically thin-film/dielectric-substrate heterostructure, the elemental physical properties of the atomically thin-film are influenced by the interaction between the thin-film and the substrate. In this article, utilizing monolayer MoS2 on LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 substrates, as well as SiO2 and Gel-film as reference substrates similar to previously reported work [Nano Res, 2014, 7, 561], we systematically investigate the substrate effect on the photoluminescence of monolayer MoS2. We observed significantly substrate-dependant photoluminescence of monolayer MoS2, originating

  6. Characterization of two oxidatively modified phospholipids in mixed monolayers with DPPC.

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    Sabatini, Karen; Mattila, Juha-Pekka; Megli, Francesco M; Kinnunen, Paavo K J

    2006-06-15

    The properties of two oxidatively modified phospholipids viz. 1-palmitoyl-2-(9'-oxo-nonanoyl)-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (PoxnoPC) and 1-palmitoyl-2-azelaoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (PazePC), were investigated using a Langmuir balance, recording force-area (pi-A) isotherms and surface potential psi. In mixed monolayers with 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) a progressive disappearance of the liquid expanded-liquid condensed transition and film expansion was observed with increasing content of the oxidized phospholipids. The above is in agreement with fluorescence microscopy of the monolayers, which revealed an increase in the liquid expanded region of DPPC monolayers. At a critical pressure pi(s) approximately 42 mN/m both Poxo- and PazePC induced a deflection in the pi-A isotherms, which could be rationalized in terms of reorientation of the oxidatively modified acyl chains into aqueous phase (adaptation of the so-called extended conformation), followed upon further film compression by solubilization of the oxidized phospholipids into the aqueous phase. Surface potential displayed a discontinuity at the same value of area/molecule, corresponding to the loss of the oxidized phospholipids from the monolayers. Our data support the view that lipid oxidation modifies both the small-scale structural dynamics of biological membranes as well as their more macroscopic lateral organization. Accordingly, oxidatively modified lipids can be expected to influence the organization and functions of membrane associated proteins. PMID:16581831

  7. Characterization of Two Oxidatively Modified Phospholipids in Mixed Monolayers with DPPC

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    Sabatini, Karen; Mattila, Juha-Pekka; Megli, Francesco M.; Kinnunen, Paavo K. J.

    2006-01-01

    The properties of two oxidatively modified phospholipids viz. 1-palmitoyl-2-(9′-oxo-nonanoyl)-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (PoxnoPC) and 1-palmitoyl-2-azelaoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (PazePC), were investigated using a Langmuir balance, recording force-area (π-A) isotherms and surface potential ψ. In mixed monolayers with 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) a progressive disappearance of the liquid expanded-liquid condensed transition and film expansion was observed with increasing content of the oxidized phospholipids. The above is in agreement with fluorescence microscopy of the monolayers, which revealed an increase in the liquid expanded region of DPPC monolayers. At a critical pressure πs ∼ 42 mN/m both Poxo- and PazePC induced a deflection in the π-A isotherms, which could be rationalized in terms of reorientation of the oxidatively modified acyl chains into aqueous phase (adaptation of the so-called extended conformation), followed upon further film compression by solubilization of the oxidized phospholipids into the aqueous phase. Surface potential displayed a discontinuity at the same value of area/molecule, corresponding to the loss of the oxidized phospholipids from the monolayers. Our data support the view that lipid oxidation modifies both the small-scale structural dynamics of biological membranes as well as their more macroscopic lateral organization. Accordingly, oxidatively modified lipids can be expected to influence the organization and functions of membrane associated proteins. PMID:16581831

  8. Study of high-temperature oxidation of ultrathin fe films on Pt(100) by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Nahm, T.-U.

    2016-05-01

    High-temperature oxidation of iron thin films deposited on Pt(100) surfaces was studied by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Upon an oxygen exposure of 300 Langmuir onto a 7.5- monolayer (ML) Fe film at 830 K, about 2 monolayers of the Fe film were oxidized as Fe3O4 while the remaining Fe atoms diffused into the substrate. For 1.25-, 2.5-, and 3.75-monolayer Fe films, only about a monolayer of the Fe film was oxidized as FeO, regardless of the number of Fe atoms. The oxide layers on the 7.5-monolayer Fe film were observed to be stable upon post-annealing at 1030 K.

  9. Enhancement of resistive switching under confined current path distribution enabled by insertion of atomically thin defective monolayer graphene

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    Lee, Keundong; Hwang, Inrok; Lee, Sangik; Oh, Sungtaek; Lee, Dukhyun; Kim, Cheol Kyeom; Nam, Yoonseung; Hong, Sahwan; Yoon, Chansoo; Morgan, Robert B.; Kim, Hakseong; Seo, Sunae; Seo, David H.; Lee, Sangwook; Park, Bae Ho

    2015-01-01

    Resistive random access memory (ReRAM) devices have been extensively investigated resulting in significant enhancement of switching properties. However fluctuations in switching parameters are still critical weak points which cause serious failures during ‘reading’ and ‘writing’ operations of ReRAM devices. It is believed that such fluctuations may be originated by random creation and rupture of conducting filaments inside ReRAM oxides. Here, we introduce defective monolayer graphene between an oxide film and an electrode to induce confined current path distribution inside the oxide film, and thus control the creation and rupture of conducting filaments. The ReRAM device with an atomically thin interlayer of defective monolayer graphene reveals much reduced fluctuations in switching parameters compared to a conventional one. Our results demonstrate that defective monolayer graphene paves the way to reliable ReRAM devices operating under confined current path distribution. PMID:26161992

  10. Enhancement of resistive switching under confined current path distribution enabled by insertion of atomically thin defective monolayer graphene

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    Lee, Keundong; Hwang, Inrok; Lee, Sangik; Oh, Sungtaek; Lee, Dukhyun; Kim, Cheol Kyeom; Nam, Yoonseung; Hong, Sahwan; Yoon, Chansoo; Morgan, Robert B.; Kim, Hakseong; Seo, Sunae; Seo, David H.; Lee, Sangwook; Park, Bae Ho

    2015-07-01

    Resistive random access memory (ReRAM) devices have been extensively investigated resulting in significant enhancement of switching properties. However fluctuations in switching parameters are still critical weak points which cause serious failures during ‘reading’ and ‘writing’ operations of ReRAM devices. It is believed that such fluctuations may be originated by random creation and rupture of conducting filaments inside ReRAM oxides. Here, we introduce defective monolayer graphene between an oxide film and an electrode to induce confined current path distribution inside the oxide film, and thus control the creation and rupture of conducting filaments. The ReRAM device with an atomically thin interlayer of defective monolayer graphene reveals much reduced fluctuations in switching parameters compared to a conventional one. Our results demonstrate that defective monolayer graphene paves the way to reliable ReRAM devices operating under confined current path distribution.

  11. Enhancement of resistive switching under confined current path distribution enabled by insertion of atomically thin defective monolayer graphene.

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    Lee, Keundong; Hwang, Inrok; Lee, Sangik; Oh, Sungtaek; Lee, Dukhyun; Kim, Cheol Kyeom; Nam, Yoonseung; Hong, Sahwan; Yoon, Chansoo; Morgan, Robert B; Kim, Hakseong; Seo, Sunae; Seo, David H; Lee, Sangwook; Park, Bae Ho

    2015-01-01

    Resistive random access memory (ReRAM) devices have been extensively investigated resulting in significant enhancement of switching properties. However fluctuations in switching parameters are still critical weak points which cause serious failures during 'reading' and 'writing' operations of ReRAM devices. It is believed that such fluctuations may be originated by random creation and rupture of conducting filaments inside ReRAM oxides. Here, we introduce defective monolayer graphene between an oxide film and an electrode to induce confined current path distribution inside the oxide film, and thus control the creation and rupture of conducting filaments. The ReRAM device with an atomically thin interlayer of defective monolayer graphene reveals much reduced fluctuations in switching parameters compared to a conventional one. Our results demonstrate that defective monolayer graphene paves the way to reliable ReRAM devices operating under confined current path distribution. PMID:26161992

  12. Interaction of a nonspecific wheat lipid transfer protein with phospholipid monolayers imaged by fluorescence microscopy and studied by infrared spectroscopy.

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    Subirade, M; Salesse, C; Marion, D; Pézolet, M

    1995-01-01

    The interaction of a nonspecific wheat lipid transfer protein (LTP) with phospholipids has been studied using the monolayer technique as a simplified model of biological membranes. The molecular organization of the LTP-phospholipid monolayer has been determined by using polarized attenuated total internal reflectance infrared spectroscopy, and detailed information on the microstructure of the mixed films has been investigated by using epifluorescence microscopy. The results show that the incorporation of wheat LTP within the lipid monolayers is surface-pressure dependent. When LTP is injected into the subphase under a dipalmytoylphosphatidylglycerol monolayer at low surface pressure (< 20 mN/m), insertion of the protein within the lipid monolayer leads to an expansion of dipalmytoylphosphatidylglycerol surface area. This incorporation leads to a decrease in the conformational order of the lipid acyl chains and results in an increase in the size of the solid lipid domains, suggesting that LTP penetrates both expanded and solid domains. By contrast, when the protein is injected under the lipid at high surface pressure (> or = 20 mN/m) the presence of LTP leads neither to an increase of molecular area nor to a change of the lipid order, even though some protein molecules are bound to the surface of the monolayer, which leads to an increase of the exposure of the lipid ester groups to the aqueous environment. On the other hand, the conformation of LTP, as well as the orientation of alpha-helices, is surface-pressure dependent. At low surface pressure, the alpha-helices inserted into the monolayers are rather parallel to the monolayer plane. In contrast, at high surface pressure, the alpha-helices bound to the surface of the monolayers are neither parallel nor perpendicular to the interface but in an oblique orientation. Images FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 FIGURE 9 PMID:8519997

  13. Simulations of zwitterionic and anionic phospholipid monolayers.

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    Kaznessis, Yiannis N; Kim, Sangtae; Larson, Ronald G

    2002-04-01

    Results of atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine and dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol monolayers at the air/water interface are presented. Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine is zwitterionic and dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol is anionic at physiological pH. NaCl and CaCl2 water subphases are simulated. The simulations are carried out at different surface densities, and a simulation cell geometry is chosen that greatly facilitates the investigation of phospholipid monolayer properties. Ensemble average monolayer properties calculated from simulation are in agreement with experimental measurements. The dependence of the properties of the monolayers on the surface density, the type of the headgroup, and the ionic environment are explained in terms of atomistically detailed pair distribution functions and electron density profiles, demonstrating the strength of simulations in investigating complex, multicomponent systems of biological importance. PMID:11916834

  14. Laser-Induced Spallation of Microsphere Monolayers.

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    Hiraiwa, Morgan; Stossel, Melicent; Khanolkar, Amey; Wang, Junlan; Boechler, Nicholas

    2016-08-01

    The detachment of a semiordered monolayer of polystyrene microspheres adhered to an aluminum-coated glass substrate is studied using a laser-induced spallation technique. The microsphere-substrate adhesion force is estimated from substrate surface displacement measurements obtained using optical interferometry, and a rigid-body model that accounts for the inertia of the microspheres. The estimated adhesion force is compared with estimates obtained using an adhesive contact model together with interferometric measurements of the out-of-plane microsphere contact resonance, and with estimated work of adhesion values for the polystyrene-aluminum interface. Scanning electron microscope images of detached monolayer regions reveal a unique morphology, namely, partially detached monolayer flakes composed of single hexagonal close packed crystalline domains. This work contributes to the fields of microsphere adhesion and contact dynamics, and demonstrates a unique monolayer delamination morphology. PMID:27409715

  15. Accurate Molecular Dimensions from Stearic Acid Monolayers.

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    Lane, Charles A.; And Others

    1984-01-01

    Discusses modifications in the fatty acid monolayer experiment to reduce the inaccurate moleculary data students usually obtain. Copies of the experimental procedure used and a Pascal computer program to work up the data are available from the authors. (JN)

  16. Multicellular density fluctuations in epithelial monolayers

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    Zehnder, Steven M.; Wiatt, Marina K.; Uruena, Juan M.; Dunn, Alison C.; Sawyer, W. Gregory; Angelini, Thomas E.

    2015-09-01

    Changes in cell size often accompany multicellular motion in tissue, and cell number density is known to strongly influence collective migration in monolayers. Density fluctuations in other forms of active matter have been explored extensively, but not the potential role of density fluctuations in collective cell migration. Here we investigate collective motion in cell monolayers, focusing on the divergent component of the migration velocity field to probe density fluctuations. We find spatial patterns of diverging and converging cell groups throughout the monolayers, which oscillate in time with a period of approximately 3-4 h. Simultaneous fluorescence measurements of a cytosol dye within the cells show that fluid passes between groups of cells, facilitating these oscillations in cell density. Our findings reveal that cell-cell interactions in monolayers may be mediated by intercellular fluid flow.

  17. Resonant Raman scattering in nanoscale pentacene films

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    He, Rui; Dujovne, Irene; Chen, Liwei; Miao, Qian; Hirjibehedin, Cyrus F.; Pinczuk, Aron; Nuckolls, Colin; Kloc, Christian; Ron, Arza

    2004-02-01

    Resonant Raman scattering intensities from nanoscale films of pentacene display large resonant enhancements that enable observation of vibrational modes in monolayer cluster films. The resonant enhancements occur when the outgoing photon energy overlaps the free exciton optical transitions observed in luminescence. The results point to the significant potential of resonant Raman methods in the characterization of nanoscale structures of organic molecular semiconductors.

  18. Exciton Binding Energy of Monolayer WS2

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    Zhu, Bairen; Chen, Xi; Cui, Xiaodong

    2015-01-01

    The optical properties of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) feature prominent excitonic natures. Here we report an experimental approach to measuring the exciton binding energy of monolayer WS2 with linear differential transmission spectroscopy and two-photon photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy (TP-PLE). TP-PLE measurements show the exciton binding energy of 0.71 ± 0.01 eV around K valley in the Brillouin zone. PMID:25783023

  19. STM studies of synthetic peptide monolayers

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    Bergeron, David J.; Clauss, Wilfried; Johnson, Alan T.; Pilloud, Denis L.; Leslie Dutton, P.

    1998-08-11

    We have used scanning probe microscopy to investigate self-assembled monolayers of chemically synthesized peptides. We find that the peptides form a dense uniform monolayer, above which is found a sparse additional layer. Using scanning tunneling microscopy, submolecular resolution can be obtained, revealing the alpha helices which constitute the peptide. The nature of the images is not significantly affected by the incorporation of redox cofactors (hemes) in the peptides.

  20. Commensurability and Molchanov's hypothesis

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    Gubaidullin, M. B.

    2016-04-01

    About half a century ago, A. M. Molchanov conjectured the existence of a resonance structure of the solar system, stating that as the solar system evolves, its planets inevitably drift to orbits for which the ratios of their orbital periods become close to ratios of relatively small natural numbers. In Molchanov's opinion, this resonance property is ensured by small dissipative forces. We offer another possible explanation of this phenomenon without taking dissipation into account.

  1. Nitrogenated, phosphorated and arsenicated monolayer holey graphenes.

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    Yagmurcukardes, Mehmet; Horzum, Seyda; Torun, Engin; Peeters, Francois M; Senger, R Tugrul

    2016-01-28

    Motivated by a recent experiment that reported the synthesis of a new 2D material nitrogenated holey graphene (C2N) [Mahmood et al., Nat. Commun., 2015, 6, 6486], the electronic, magnetic, and mechanical properties of nitrogenated (C2N), phosphorated (C2P) and arsenicated (C2As) monolayer holey graphene structures are investigated using first-principles calculations. Our total energy calculations indicate that, similar to the C2N monolayer, the formation of the other two holey structures are also energetically feasible. Calculated cohesive energies for each monolayer show a decreasing trend going from the C2N to C2As structure. Remarkably, all the holey monolayers considered are direct band gap semiconductors. Regarding the mechanical properties (in-plane stiffness and Poisson ratio), we find that C2N has the highest in-plane stiffness and the largest Poisson ratio among the three monolayers. In addition, our calculations reveal that for the C2N, C2P and C2As monolayers, creation of N and P defects changes the semiconducting behavior to a metallic ground state while the inclusion of double H impurities in all holey structures results in magnetic ground states. As an alternative to the experimentally synthesized C2N, C2P and C2As are mechanically stable and flexible semiconductors which are important for potential applications in optoelectronics. PMID:26744752

  2. Mass spectrometric analysis of monolayer protected nanoparticles

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    Zhu, Zhengjiang

    Monolayer protected nanoparticles (NPs) include an inorganic core and a monolayer of organic ligands. The wide variety of core materials and the tunable surface monolayers make NPs promising materials for numerous applications. Concerns related to unforeseen human health and environmental impacts of NPs have also been raised. In this thesis, new analytical methods based on mass spectrometry are developed to understand the fate, transport, and biodistributions of NPs in the complex biological systems. A laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (LDI-MS) method has been developed to characterize the monolayers on NP surface. LDI-MS allows multiple NPs taken up by cells to be measured and quantified in a multiplexed fashion. The correlations between surface properties of NPs and cellular uptake have also been explored. LDI-MS is further coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to quantitatively measure monolayer stability of gold NPs (AuNPs) and quantum dots (QDs), respectively, in live cells. This label-free approach allows correlating monolayer structure and particle size with NP stability in various cellular environments. Finally, uptake, distribution, accumulation, and excretion of NPs in higher order organisms, such as fish and plants, have been investigated to understand the environmental impact of nanomaterials. The results indicate that surface chemistry is a primary determinant. NPs with hydrophilic surfaces are substantially less toxic and present a lower degree of bioaccumulation, making these nanomaterials attractive for sustainable nanotechnology.

  3. Chemical modification of glass surface with a monolayer of nonchromophoric and chromophoric methacrylate terpolymer

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    Janik, Ryszard; Kucharski, Stanisław; Sobolewska, Anna; Barille, Regis

    2010-11-01

    The methacrylate terpolymers, a nonchromophoric and chromophoric one, containing 2-hydroxyethyl groups were reacted with 3-isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilane to obtain reactive polymers able to form covalent bonding with -SiOH groups of the glass surface via triethoxysilane group condensation. Chemical modification of the Corning 2949 glass plates treated in this way resulted in increase of wetting angle from 11° to ca. 70-73°. Determination of ellipsometric parameters revealed low value of the substrate refractive index as compared with that of bulk Corning 2949 glass suggesting roughness of the surface. The AFM image of the bare glass surface and that modified with terpolymer monolayer confirmed this phenomenon. Modification of the glass with the terpolymer monolayer made it possible to create the substrate surface well suited for deposition of familiar chromophore film by spin-coating. The chromophore polymer film deposited onto the modified glass surface was found to be resistant to come unstuck in aqueous solution.

  4. Morphology control of perovskite light-emitting diodes by using amino acid self-assembled monolayers

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    Wang, Nana; Cheng, Lu; Si, Junjie; Liang, Xiaoyong; Jin, Yizheng; Wang, Jianpu; Huang, Wei

    2016-04-01

    Amino acid self-assembled monolayers are used in the fabrication of light-emitting diodes based on organic-inorganic halide perovskites. The monolayers of amino acids provide modified interfaces by anchoring to the surfaces of ZnO charge-transporting layers using carboxyl groups, leaving the amino groups to facilitate the nucleation of MAPbBr3 perovskite films. This surface-modification strategy, together with chlorobenzene-assisted fast crystallization method, results in good surface coverage and reduced defect density of the perovskite films. These efforts lead to green perovskite light emitting diodes with a low turn-on voltage of 2 V and an external quantum efficiency of 0.43% at a brightness of ˜5000 cd m-2.

  5. Film Balance Studies of Membrane Lipids and Related Molecules

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    Cadenhead, D. A.

    1972-01-01

    Discusses apparatus, techniques, and measurements used to determine cell membrane composition. The use of a film balance to study monolayer membranes of selected lipids is described and results reported. (TS)

  6. Protein-Induced Surface Structuring in Myelin Membrane Monolayers

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    Rosetti, Carla M.; Maggio, Bruno

    2007-01-01

    Monolayers prepared from myelin conserve all the compositional complexity of the natural membrane when spread at the air-water interface. They show a complex pressure-dependent surface pattern that, on compression, changes from the coexistence of two liquid phases to a viscous fractal phase embedded in a liquid phase. We dissected the role of major myelin protein components, myelin basic protein (MBP), and Folch-Lees proteolipid protein (PLP) as crucial factors determining the structural dynamics of the interface. By analyzing mixtures of a single protein with the myelin lipids we found that MBP and PLP have different surface pressure-dependent behaviors. MBP stabilizes the segregation of two liquid phases at low pressures and becomes excluded from the film under compression, remaining adjacent to the interface. PLP, on the contrary, organizes a fractal-like pattern at all surface pressures when included in a monolayer of the protein-free myelin lipids but it remains mixed in the MBP-induced liquid phase. The resultant surface topography and dynamics is regulated by combined near to equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium effects. PLP appears to act as a surface skeleton for the whole components whereas MBP couples the structuring to surface pressure-dependent extrusion and adsorption processes. PMID:17905850

  7. Monolayers and multilayers of chlorophyll [correction of chlorophyl] a on a mercury electrode.

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    Moncelli, M R; Becucci, L; Dolfi, A; Tadini Buoninsegni, F; Agostiano, A

    2002-05-15

    A novel experimental technique used to investigate chlorophyll films on a hanging mercury drop electrode is described. Two different procedures are employed to prepare self-assembled chlorophyll monolayers and multilayers on the mercury electrode. Upon illuminating the chlorophyll a (Chl)-coated mercury electrode with an appropriate light source, the photocurrents generated by the Chl aggregates are measured under short-circuit conditions in the absence of photoartefacts. The preliminary results obtained by this novel technique are presented. PMID:12009465

  8. Polarized neutron reflectivity from monolayers of self-assembled magnetic nanoparticles

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    Mishra, D.; Petracic, O.; Devishvili, A.; Theis-Bröhl, K.; Toperverg, B. P.; Zabel, H.

    2015-04-01

    We prepared monolayers of iron oxide nanoparticles via self-assembly on a bare silicon wafer and on a vanadium film sputter deposited onto a plane sapphire substrate. The magnetic configuration of nanoparticles in such a dense assembly was investigated by polarized neutron reflectivity. A theoretical model fit shows that the magnetic moments of nanoparticles form quasi domain-like configurations at remanence. This is attributed to the dipolar coupling amongst the nanoparticles.

  9. NHC-based Self-assembled Monolayers on Solid Gold Substrates

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    T Weidner; J Baio; A Mundstock; C Grosse; C Bruhn; U Siemeling

    2011-12-31

    Thin films of 1,3-diethylbenzimidazol-2-ylidene (BIEt) were fabricated from THF solution on solid gold substrates and characterised by high-resolution X-ray photoelectron and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The surface-analytical data are in accord with the formation of self-assembled monolayers of BIEt molecules exhibiting an approximately vertical orientation on the substrate. The crystal structure of (BIEt){sub 2} was also determined.

  10. Conversion of linear time-invariant time-delay feedback systems into delay-differential equations with commensurate delays

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    Yamazaki, Tatsuya; Hagiwara, Tomomichi

    2014-08-01

    A new stability analysis method of time-delay systems (TDSs) called the monodromy operator approach has been studied under the assumption that a TDS is represented as a time-delay feedback system consisting of a finite-dimensional linear time-invariant (LTI) system and a pure delay. For applying this approach to TDSs described by delay-differential equations (DDEs), the problem of converting DDEs into representation as time-delay feedback systems has been studied. With regard to such a problem, it was shown that, under discontinuous initial functions, it is natural to define the solutions of DDEs in two different ways, and the above conversion problem was solved for each of these two definitions. More precisely, the solution of a DDE was represented as either the state of the finite-dimensional part of a time-delay feedback system or a part of the output of another time-delay feedback system, depending on which definition of the DDE solution one is talking about. Motivated by the importance in establishing a thorough relationship between time-delay feedback systems and DDEs, this paper discusses the opposite problem of converting time-delay feedback systems into representation as DDEs, including the discussions about the conversion of the initial conditions. We show that the state of (the finite-dimensional part of) a time-delay feedback system can be represented as the solution of a DDE in the sense of one of the two definitions, while its 'essential' output can be represented as that of another DDE in the sense of the other type of definition. Rigorously speaking, however, it is also shown that the latter representation is possible regardless of the initial conditions, while some initial condition could prevent the conversion into the former representation. This study hence establishes that the representation of TDSs as time-delay feedback systems possesses higher ability than that with DDEs, as description methods for LTI TDSs with commensurate delays.

  11. Dislocations in Monolayers and Semiconductors.

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    Ren, Qiang

    1995-01-01

    Four different aspects of the properties of dislocations in monolayer and semiconductors have been investigated: (i) Using atomic relaxation techniques, dislocation dipoles of various sizes and orientations have been studied for monolayers with the Lennard-Jones potential (LJP) and the nearest-neighbour piecewise linear force (PLF) interactions. In the WP system the lower energy vacancy dipoles have over a wide range of angles an energy which is mainly a function of the vacancy content of the dipole. There is a competition between the elastic forces and the topological constraints which favour a five-fold coordinate vacancy (FCV) at the centre of each core. For the short range PLF system the lattice usually compresses upon the introduction of a dislocation, a consequence of the soft core of the interaction potential, and interstitial dipoles are lower in energy. For the long range LJP system the dislocations are mobile whereas for the PLF system they are pinned. The relevance of these results to existing theories of melting are discussed. (ii) Using generalized stacking-fault (GSF) energies obtained from first-principles density-functional calculations, a zero-temperature model for dislocations in silicon is constructed within the framework of a Peierls-Nabarro (PN) model. Core widths, core energies, PN pinning energies, and stresses are calculated for various possible perfect and imperfect dislocations. Both shuffle and glide sets are considered. 90^circ partials are shown to have a lower Peierls stress (PS) than 30 ^circ partials in accord with experiment. (iii) We have also studied by atomic relaxation techniques the properties of dislocations in silicon, modelled by the empirical potential of Stillinger and Weber. In order to compare with the preceding calculation no reconstruction is allowed. We find no evidence of dissociation in the shuffle dislocations. Within this model shuffle dislocations glide along their slipping planes. On the other hand, glide sets

  12. Equivalent Aqueous Phase Modulation of Domain Segregation in Myelin Monolayers and Bilayer Vesicles

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    Oliveira, Rafael G.; Schneck, Emanuel; Funari, Sergio S.; Tanaka, Motomu; Maggio, Bruno

    2010-01-01

    Purified myelin can be spread as monomolecular films at the air/aqueous interface. These films were visualized by fluorescence and Brewster angle microscopy, showing phase coexistence at low and medium surface pressures (<20–30 mN/m). Beyond this threshold, the film becomes homogeneous or not, depending on the aqueous subphase composition. Pure water as well as sucrose, glycerol, dimethylsulfoxide, and dimethylformamide solutions (20% in water) produced monolayers that become homogeneous at high surface pressures; on the other hand, the presence of salts (NaCl, CaCl2) in Ringer's and physiological solution leads to phase domain microheterogeneity over the whole compression isotherm. These results show that surface heterogeneity is favored by the ionic milieu. The modulation of the phase-mixing behavior in monolayers is paralleled by the behavior of multilamellar vesicles as determined by small-angle and wide-angle x-ray scattering. The correspondence of the behavior of monolayers and multilayers is achieved only at high surface pressures near the equilibrium adsorption surface pressure; at lower surface pressures, the correspondence breaks down. The equilibrium surface tension on all subphases corresponds to that of the air/alkane interface (27 mN/m), independently on the surface tension of the clean subphase. PMID:20816062

  13. First-principles study on magnetism of Ru monolayer under an external electric field

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    Kitaoka, Yukie; Imamura, Hiroshi

    Electric field control of magnetic properties such as magnetic moment and magnetic anisotropy has been attracted. For the 4 d TM films, on the other hand, it was recently reported that the ferromagnetism Pd thin-film is induced by application of an external electric field otherwise Pd thin-film shows paramagnetic. However, little attention has been paid to the magnetism of other 4 d TMs. Here, we investigate the magnetism of the free-standing Ru monolayer and that on MgO(001) substrate under an external electric field by using first-principles FLAPW method. We found that the free-standing Ru monolayer is ferromagnet with magnetic moment of 1.50 ¥muB /atom. The MA energy is 3.45 meV/atom, indicating perpendicular MA, at zero electric field (E=0) and increases up to 3.84 meV/atom by application of E=1 (V/¥AA). The Ru monolayer on MgO(001) substrate is also ferromagnet with magnetic moment of 0.89 ¥muB /atom. The MA energy is 1.49 meV/atom, indicating perpendicular MA, at E=0 and decreases to 1.33 meV/atom by application of E=1 (V/¥AA).

  14. Tuning the trion photoluminescence polarization in monolayer WS2

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    Hanbicki, A. T.; McCreary, K. M.; Currie, M.; Kioseoglou, G.; Hellberg, C. S.; Friedman, A. L.; Jonker, B. T.

    Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) such as MoS2 or WS2 are semiconductors with degenerate, yet inequivalent k-points labeled K and K' that define the direct gap. The valence band maximum in each valley has only one spin state of opposite sense for K and K'. Consequently, one can selectively populate each valley independently with circularly polarized light, and determine the valley populations via the polarization of emitted light. Optical emission is dominated by neutral and charged exciton (trion) features, and changes in emitted polarization provide insight into the fundamental processes of intervalley scattering. We prepare single-layer WS2 films such that the photoluminescence is from the negatively charged trion and observe a room temperature optical polarization in excess of 40 This work was supported by core programs at NRL and the NRL Nanoscience Institute, and by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research #AOARD 14IOA018-134141.

  15. Crossbar nanoarchitectonics of the crosslinked self-assembled monolayer

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    2014-01-01

    A bottom-up approach was devised to build a crossbar device using the crosslinked SAM of the 5,5′-bis (mercaptomethyl)-2,2′-bipyridine-Ni2+ (BPD- Ni2+) on a gold surface. To avoid metal diffusion through the organic film, the author used (i) nanoscale bottom electrodes to reduce the probability of defects on the bottom electrodes and (ii) molecular crosslinked technology to avoid metal diffusion through the SAMs. The properties of the crosslinked self-assembled monolayer were determined by XPS. I-V characteristics of the device show thermally activated hopping transport. The implementation of this type of architecture will open up new vistas for a new class of devices for transport, storage, and computing. PMID:24994952

  16. Effects of irradiated biodegradable polymer in endothelial cell monolayer formation

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    Arbeitman, Claudia R.; del Grosso, Mariela F.; Behar, Moni; García Bermúdez, Gerardo

    2013-11-01

    In this work we study cell adhesion, proliferation and cell morphology of endothelial cell cultured on poly-L-lactide acid (PLLA) modified by heavy ion irradiation. Thin films of PLLA samples were irradiated with sulfur (S) at energies of 75 MeV and gold (Au) at 18 MeV ion-beams. Ion beams were provided by the Tandar (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Tandetron (Porto Alegre, Brazil) accelerators, respectively. The growth of a monolayer of bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAEC) onto unirradiated and irradiated surfaces has been studied by in vitro techniques in static culture. Cell viability and proliferation increased on modified substrates. But the results on unirradiated samples, indicate cell death (necrosis/apoptosis) with the consequent decrease in proliferation. We analyzed the correlation between irradiation parameters and cell metabolism and morphology.

  17. Determination of preferential molecular orientation in porphyrin-fullerene dyad ZnDHD6ee monolayers by the X-ray standing-wave method and X-ray reflectometry

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    Seregin, A. Yu. D'yakova, Yu. A.; Yakunin, S. N.; Makhotkin, I. A.; Alekseev, A. S.; Klechkovskaya, V. V.; Tereschenko, E. Yu.; Tkachenko, N. V.; Lemmetyinen, H.; Feigin, L. A.; Kovalchuk, M. V.

    2013-11-15

    Monolayers of porphyrin-fullerene dyad molecules with zinc atoms incorporated into the porphyrin ring (ZnDHD6ee) on the surface of aqueous subphase and on Si substrates have been investigated by the X-ray standing-wave method and X-ray reflectometry. The experiments have been performed under laboratory conditions and on synchrotron radiation sources (KMC-2 station of BESSY II (Berlin) and Langmuir station at the National Research Centre 'Kurchatov Institute'). Depth distributions of Zn atoms and electron density in the monolayer film are calculated. On the basis of the analysis of these distributions, it is concluded that ZnDHD6ee dyad molecules in monolayers have preferential orientation. The data obtained indicate that the molecules in monolayer film retain their orientation when the monolayer is transferred from a liquid subphase surface onto a solid substrate.

  18. Large-Area Epitaxial Monolayer MoS2

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    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional semiconductors such as MoS2 are an emerging material family with wide-ranging potential applications in electronics, optoelectronics, and energy harvesting. Large-area growth methods are needed to open the way to applications. Control over lattice orientation during growth remains a challenge. This is needed to minimize or even avoid the formation of grain boundaries, detrimental to electrical, optical, and mechanical properties of MoS2 and other 2D semiconductors. Here, we report on the growth of high-quality monolayer MoS2 with control over lattice orientation. We show that the monolayer film is composed of coalescing single islands with limited numbers of lattice orientation due to an epitaxial growth mechanism. Optical absorbance spectra acquired over large areas show significant absorbance in the high-energy part of the spectrum, indicating that MoS2 could also be interesting for harvesting this region of the solar spectrum and fabrication of UV-sensitive photodetectors. Even though the interaction between the growth substrate and MoS2 is strong enough to induce lattice alignment via van der Waals interaction, we can easily transfer the grown material and fabricate devices. Local potential mapping along channels in field-effect transistors shows that the single-crystal MoS2 grains in our film are well connected, with interfaces that do not degrade the electrical conductivity. This is also confirmed by the relatively large and length-independent mobility in devices with a channel length reaching 80 μm. PMID:25843548

  19. Large-Area Epitaxial Monolayer MoS2.

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    Dumcenco, Dumitru; Ovchinnikov, Dmitry; Marinov, Kolyo; Lazić, Predrag; Gibertini, Marco; Marzari, Nicola; Lopez Sanchez, Oriol; Kung, Yen-Cheng; Krasnozhon, Daria; Chen, Ming-Wei; Bertolazzi, Simone; Gillet, Philippe; Fontcuberta i Morral, Anna; Radenovic, Aleksandra; Kis, Andras

    2015-04-28

    Two-dimensional semiconductors such as MoS2 are an emerging material family with wide-ranging potential applications in electronics, optoelectronics, and energy harvesting. Large-area growth methods are needed to open the way to applications. Control over lattice orientation during growth remains a challenge. This is needed to minimize or even avoid the formation of grain boundaries, detrimental to electrical, optical, and mechanical properties of MoS2 and other 2D semiconductors. Here, we report on the growth of high-quality monolayer MoS2 with control over lattice orientation. We show that the monolayer film is composed of coalescing single islands with limited numbers of lattice orientation due to an epitaxial growth mechanism. Optical absorbance spectra acquired over large areas show significant absorbance in the high-energy part of the spectrum, indicating that MoS2 could also be interesting for harvesting this region of the solar spectrum and fabrication of UV-sensitive photodetectors. Even though the interaction between the growth substrate and MoS2 is strong enough to induce lattice alignment via van der Waals interaction, we can easily transfer the grown material and fabricate devices. Local potential mapping along channels in field-effect transistors shows that the single-crystal MoS2 grains in our film are well connected, with interfaces that do not degrade the electrical conductivity. This is also confirmed by the relatively large and length-independent mobility in devices with a channel length reaching 80 μm. PMID:25843548

  20. Dynamics driven by lipophilic force in Langmuir monolayers: In-plane and out-of-plane growth

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    Basak, Uttam Kumar; Datta, Alokmay

    2015-04-01

    While monolayer area fraction versus time (An-t ) curves obtained from surface pressure-area (π -A ) isotherms for desorption-dominated (DD) processes in Langmuir monolayers of fatty acids represent continuous loss, those from Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) also show a two-dimensional (2D) coalescence. For nucleation-dominated (ND) processes both techniques suggest competing processes, with BAM showing 2D coalescence alongside multilayer formation. π enhances both DD and ND processes with a lower cutoff for ND processes, while temperature has a lower cutoff for DD but negligible effect on ND processes. Hydrocarbon chain length has the strongest effect, causing a crossover from DD to ND dynamics. Imaging ellipsometry of horizontally transferred films onto Si(100) shows Stranski-Krastanov-like growth for ND process in an arachidic acid monolayer resulting in successive stages of monolayer, trilayer, and multilayer islands, ridges from lateral island coalescence, and shallow wavelike structures from ridge coalescence on the film surface. These studies show that lipophilic attraction between hydrocarbon chains is the driving force at all stages of long-term monolayer dynamics.

  1. Wetting characteristics and stability of Langmuir-Blodgett carboxylate monolayers at the surfaces of calcite and fluorite

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    Jang, W.H.; Drelich, J.; Miller, J.D.

    1995-09-01

    Although surface chemistry fundamentals of semisoluble minerals have been studied by many researchers, detailed understanding of these systems is still incomplete. In situ Fourier transform infrared internal reflection spectroscopy (FT-IR/IRS) techniques have recently been used to successfully describe the adsorption of carboxylates at semisoluble mineral surfaces. The wetting characteristics of these adsorbed films, however, require further consideration. In this regard, the hydrophobicity and stability of transferred Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers of fatty acids at fluorite and calcite surfaces have been studied by contact angle measurements with water and diiodomethane. Generally, it was found that the transferred LB monolayers of fatty acids at a calcite surface are unstable whereas such monolayers transferred onto a fluorite surface are stable, as revealed from advancing and receding contact angle measurements. These results are believed to be due to incomplete reaction of the fatty acid monolayer at the calcite surface. In addition it was found that a closely packed well-ordered stearate monolayer similar to that of a transferred LB monolayer can be formed at fluorite surfaces by spontaneous adsorption and self-assembly from aqueous solutions. 41 refs., 13 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Experimental Study of the Temperature Dependence of Substrate Coverage in Ionic Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    Simpson, Brian; Abudayyeh, Mohammad; Ali, Md; Hamrick, Alena; Mazilu, Dan; Mazilu, Irina

    2014-03-01

    We investigate the temperature dependence of the surface coverage of thin films consisting of silica nanoparticles deposited on glass substrates via the ISAM (ionically self-assembled monolayers) technique. Variables such as the concentration and pH of the silica colloidal suspension and polyelectrolyte solution, dipping time, and particle size among others are controlled, and the thin films are deposited on substrates under a range of temperature values. The samples are analyzed using scanning electron microscopy. The surface coverage is estimated by employing a pixel-count comparison of grayscale values in the SEM micrographs and compared to analytical results obtained using a cooperative sequential adsorption model. Presentor.

  3. Atomic force microscopy study of the adsorption of protein molecules on transferred Langmuir monolayer

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    Gainutdinov, R. V. Tolstikhina, A. L.; Stepina, N. D.; Novikova, N. N.; Yur'eva, E. A.; Khripunov, A. K.

    2010-09-15

    Ordered protein films have been obtained by the adsorption of protein molecules on a Langmuir monolayer, which had previously formed on a silicon substrate, using the Langmuir-Blodgett and molecular self-organization methods. A mixture of cholesterol with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and a polymer-cellulose acetopivalinate-were used as immobilization materials. Protein molecules (catalase and alkaline phosphatase) immobilized on solid substrates have been investigated by atomic force micros-copy. It was shown that the developed combined technique provides a deposition of homogeneous ultrathin protein films with a high degree of filling.

  4. ARPES Studies on the substrate effect on monolayer FeSe

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    Rebec, Slavko; Jia, Tao; Lee, James; Li, Wei; Zhang, Chaofan; Moore, Robert; Shen, Z. X.

    For 2D films, interface interactions can play a critical role in determining the prevailing physics of the system. In the case of FeSe on SrTiO3, reducing the FeSe thickness to 1 monolayer (ML) from bulk leads to a significantly increased superconducting transition temperature (Tc). To fully utilize and maximize this approach to increasing Tc in FeSe and potentially apply it to other superconducting materials, the role which the substrate plays in this system must be understood. Here we present recent in-situ angle-resolved photo emission studies of the substrate effect on MBE grown 1 ML FeSe films.

  5. Nanoscale dynamics and protein adhesivity of alkylamine self-assembled monolayers on graphene.

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    O'Mahony, S; O'Dwyer, C; Nijhuis, C A; Greer, J C; Quinn, A J; Thompson, D

    2013-06-18

    Atomic-scale molecular dynamics computer simulations are used to probe the structure, dynamics, and energetics of alkylamine self-assembled monolayer (SAM) films on graphene and to model the formation of molecular bilayers and protein complexes on the films. Routes toward the development and exploitation of functionalized graphene structures are detailed here, and we show that the SAM architecture can be tailored for use in emerging applications (e.g., electrically stimulated nerve fiber growth via the targeted binding of specific cell surface peptide sequences on the functionalized graphene scaffold). The simulations quantify the changes in film physisorption on graphene and the alkyl chain packing efficiency as the film surface is made more polar by changing the terminal groups from methyl (-CH3) to amine (-NH2) to hydroxyl (-OH). The mode of molecule packing dictates the orientation and spacing between terminal groups on the surface of the SAM, which determines the way in which successive layers build up on the surface, whether via the formation of bilayers of the molecule or the immobilization of other (macro)molecules (e.g., proteins) on the SAM. The simulations show the formation of ordered, stable assemblies of monolayers and bilayers of decylamine-based molecules on graphene. These films can serve as protein adsorption platforms, with a hydrophobin protein showing strong and selective adsorption by binding via its hydrophobic patch to methyl-terminated films and binding to amine-terminated films using its more hydrophilic surface regions. Design rules obtained from modeling the atomic-scale structure of the films and interfaces may provide input into experiments for the rational design of assemblies in which the electronic, physicochemical, and mechanical properties of the substrate, film, and protein layer can be tuned to provide the desired functionality. PMID:23301836

  6. Surfactant Dynamics: Spreading and Wave Induced Dynamics of a Monolayer

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    Strickland, Stephen Lee

    Material adsorbed to the surface of a fluid - for instance crude oil in the ocean, biological surfactant on ocular or pulmonary mucous, or emulsions - can form a 2-dimensional mono-molecular layer. These materials, called surfactants, can behave like a compressible viscous 2-dimensional fluid, and can generate surface stresses that influence the sub-fluid's bulk flow. Additionally, the sub-fluid's flow can advect the surfactant and generate gradients in the surfactant distribution and thereby generate gradients in the interfacial properties. Due to the difficulty of non-invasive measurements of the spatial distribution of a molecular monolayer at the surface, little is known about the dynamics that couple the surface motion and the evolving density field. In this dissertation, I will present a novel method for measuring the spatiotemporal dynamics of the surfactant surface density through the fluorescence emission of NBD-tagged phosphatidylcholine, a lipid, and we will compare the surfactant dynamics to the dynamics of the surface morphology.With this method, we will consider the inward and outward spreading of a surfactant on a thin fluid film as well as the advection of a surfactant by linear and non-linear gravity-capillary waves. These two types of surfactant coupled fluid flows will allow us to probe well-accepted assumptions about the coupled fluid-surfactant dynamics. In chapter 1, we review the models used for understanding the spreading of a surfactant on a thin fluid film and the motion of surfactant on a linear gravity-capillary wave. In chapter 2, we will present the experimental methods used in this dissertation. In chapter 3, we will study the outward spreading of a localized region of surfactant and show that the spreading of a monolayer is considerably different from the spreading of thicker-layered surfactant. In chapter 4, we will investigate the inward spreading of a surfactant into a circular surfactant-free region and show that hole closure and

  7. Aging of Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers.

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    Gao, Jian; Li, Baichang; Tan, Jiawei; Chow, Phil; Lu, Toh-Ming; Koratkar, Nikhil

    2016-02-23

    Two-dimensional sheets of transition metal dichalcogenides are an emerging class of atomically thin semiconductors that are considered to be "air-stable", similar to graphene. Here we report that, contrary to current understanding, chemical vapor deposited transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers exhibit poor long-term stability in air. After room-temperature exposure to the environment for several months, monolayers of molybdenum disulfide and tungsten disulfide undergo dramatic aging effects including extensive cracking, changes in morphology, and severe quenching of the direct gap photoluminescence. X-ray photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopy reveal that this effect is related to gradual oxidation along the grain boundaries and the adsorption of organic contaminants. These results highlight important challenges associated with the utilization of transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers in electronic and optoelectronic devices. We also demonstrate a potential solution to this problem, featuring encapsulation of the monolayer sheet by a 10-20 nm thick optically transparent polymer (parylene C). This strategy is shown to successfully prevent the degradation of the monolayer material under accelerated aging (i.e., high-temperature, oxygen-rich) conditions. PMID:26808328

  8. Phase-Specific Diffusivity of DPPG Monolayers

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    Dewitt, Joel; Thapa, Prem; Flanders, Bret

    2004-03-01

    The primary role of lung surfactant is to reduce the alveolar surface tension during exhalation in a reversible manner. Failure to do so results in respiratory distress syndrome. Model lung surfactants provide simplified systems for studying the mechanisms that underlie this essential role of alveolar surfactant. Dipalmitoyl-phosphatidylglycerol (DPPG) monolayers exhibit reversible folding when compressed to a critical surface tension. This process may exemplify how the compression-expansion cycle attains reversibility and, thus, requires penetrating study. The buckling theory for reversible collapse provides a promising though untested description of this process, but poor knowledge of domain boundary widths in DPPG monolayers impedes the evaluation of this theory as a model for the observed behavior. In turn, the measurement of the domain boundary widths requires knowledge of the phase-specific viscosities of the monolayer. In this study, multi-particle tracking has been used to determine the phase-specific diffusion coefficients of polystyrene spheres embedded in DPPG monolayers. By invoking a Stokes-Einstein relationship that is appropriate for spheres diffusing in a viscous surfactant, the phase specific viscosities of the monolayers have been estimated. The rationale for this work is that this knowledge will promote the quantitative evaluation of buckling as a model for reversible folding and, thus, promote growth in understanding of the folding mechanism in model lung surfactants.

  9. Improved morphology in electrochemically grown conducting polymer films

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    Rubinstein, I.; Gottesfeld, S.; Sabatani, E.

    1990-12-31

    A conducting polymer film with an improved space filling is formed on a metal electrode surface. A self-assembling monolayer is formed directly on the metal surface where the monolayer has a first functional group that binds to the metal surface and a second chemical group that forms a chemical bonding site for molecules forming the conducting polymer. The conducting polymer is then conventionally deposited by electrochemical deposition. In one example, a conducting film of polyaniline is formed on a gold electrode surface with an intermediate monolayer of p-aminothiophenol.

  10. Low-energy x-ray response of photographic films. I. Mathematical models

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    Henke, B.L.; Kwok, S.L.; Uejio, J.Y.; Yamada, H.T.; Young, G.C.

    1984-12-01

    Relatively simple mathematical models are developed to determine the optical density as a function of the x-ray intensity, its angle of incidence, and its photon energy in the 100--10,000-eV region for monolayer and emulsion types of photographic films. Semiempirical relations are applied to characterize a monolayer film (Kodak 101-07) and an emilsion-type film (Kodak RAR 2497); these relations fit calibration data at nine photon energies well within typical experimental error.

  11. Quantitative mechanical analysis of thin compressible polymer monolayers on oxide surfaces.

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    Huang, Qian; Yoon, Ilsun; Villanueva, Josh; Kim, Kanguk; Sirbuly, Donald J

    2014-10-28

    A clear understanding of the mechanical behavior of nanometer thick films on nanostructures, as well as developing versatile approaches to characterize their mechanical properties, are of great importance and may serve as the foundation for understanding and controlling molecular interactions at the interface of nanostructures. Here we report on the synthesis of thin, compressible polyethylene glycol (PEG) monolayers with a wet thickness of <20 nm on tin dioxide (SnO2) nanofibers through silane-based chemistries. Nanomechanical properties of such thin PEG films were extensively investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM). In addition, tip-sample interactions were carefully studied, with different AFM tip modifications (i.e., hydrophilic and hydrophobic) and in different ionic solutions. We find that the steric forces dominate the tip-sample interactions when the polymer film is immersed in solution with salt concentrations similar to biological media (e.g., 1x phosphate buffer solution), while van der Waals and electrostatic forces have minimal contributions. A Dimitriadis thin film polymer compression model shows that the linear elastic regime is reproducible in the initial 50% indentation of these films which have tunable Young's moduli ranging from 5 MPa for the low molecular weight films to 700 kPa for the high molecular weight PEG films. Results are compared with the same PEG films deposited on silicon substrates which helped quantify the structural properties and understand the relationship between the structural and the mechanical properties of PEG films on the SnO2 fibers. PMID:25157609

  12. Long-lived nanosecond spin relaxation and spin coherence of electrons in monolayer MoS2 and WS2

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    Yang, Luyi; Sinitsyn, Nikolai A.; Chen, Weibing; Yuan, Jiangtan; Zhang, Jing; Lou, Jun; Crooker, Scott A.

    2015-10-01

    The recently discovered monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) provide a fertile playground to explore new coupled spin-valley physics. Although robust spin and valley degrees of freedom are inferred from polarized photoluminescence (PL) experiments, PL timescales are necessarily constrained by short-lived (3-100 ps) electron-hole recombination. Direct probes of spin/valley polarization dynamics of resident carriers in electron (or hole)-doped TMDCs, which may persist long after recombination ceases, are at an early stage. Here we directly measure the coupled spin-valley dynamics in electron-doped MoS2 and WS2 monolayers using optical Kerr spectroscopy, and reveal very long electron spin lifetimes, exceeding 3 ns at 5 K (two to three orders of magnitude longer than typical exciton recombination times). In contrast with conventional III-V or II-VI semiconductors, spin relaxation accelerates rapidly in small transverse magnetic fields. Supported by a model of coupled spin-valley dynamics, these results indicate a novel mechanism of itinerant electron spin dephasing in the rapidly fluctuating internal spin-orbit field in TMDCs, driven by fast inter-valley scattering. Additionally, a long-lived spin coherence is observed at lower energies, commensurate with localized states. These studies provide insight into the physics underpinning spin and valley dynamics of resident electrons in atomically thin TMDCs.

  13. Self-assembled honeycomb lattice in the monolayer of cyclic thiazyl diradical BDTDA (= 4,4′-bis(1,2,3,5-dithiadiazolyl)) on Cu(111) with a zero-bias tunneling spectra anomaly

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    Yamamoto, Masayuki; Suizu, Rie; Dutta, Sudipta; Mishra, Puneet; Nakayama, Tomonobu; Sakamoto, Kazuyuki; Wakabayashi, Katsunori; Uchihashi, Takashi; Awaga, Kunio

    2015-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) observation reveals that a cyclic thiazyl diradical, BDTDA (= 4,4′-bis(1,2,3,5-dithiadiazolyl)), forms a well-ordered monolayer honeycomb lattice consisting of paramagnetic corners with unpaired electrons on a clean Cu(111) surface. This BDTDA lattice is commensurate with the triangular lattice of Cu(111), with the former being 3 × 3 larger than the latter. The formation of the BDTDA monolayer structure, which is significantly different from its bulk form, is attributed to an interaction with the metal surface as well as the intermolecular assembling forces. STM spectroscopy measurements on the BDTDA molecules indicate the presence of a characteristic zero-bias anomaly centered at the Fermi energy. The origin of this zero-bias anomaly is discussed in terms of the Dirac cones inherent to the honeycomb structure. PMID:26678594

  14. Self-assembled honeycomb lattice in the monolayer of cyclic thiazyl diradical BDTDA (= 4,4'-bis(1,2,3,5-dithiadiazolyl)) on Cu(111) with a zero-bias tunneling spectra anomaly.

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    Yamamoto, Masayuki; Suizu, Rie; Dutta, Sudipta; Mishra, Puneet; Nakayama, Tomonobu; Sakamoto, Kazuyuki; Wakabayashi, Katsunori; Uchihashi, Takashi; Awaga, Kunio

    2015-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) observation reveals that a cyclic thiazyl diradical, BDTDA (= 4,4'-bis(1,2,3,5-dithiadiazolyl)), forms a well-ordered monolayer honeycomb lattice consisting of paramagnetic corners with unpaired electrons on a clean Cu(111) surface. This BDTDA lattice is commensurate with the triangular lattice of Cu(111), with the former being 3 × 3 larger than the latter. The formation of the BDTDA monolayer structure, which is significantly different from its bulk form, is attributed to an interaction with the metal surface as well as the intermolecular assembling forces. STM spectroscopy measurements on the BDTDA molecules indicate the presence of a characteristic zero-bias anomaly centered at the Fermi energy. The origin of this zero-bias anomaly is discussed in terms of the Dirac cones inherent to the honeycomb structure. PMID:26678594

  15. Self-assembled honeycomb lattice in the monolayer of cyclic thiazyl diradical BDTDA (= 4,4‧-bis(1,2,3,5-dithiadiazolyl)) on Cu(111) with a zero-bias tunneling spectra anomaly

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    Yamamoto, Masayuki; Suizu, Rie; Dutta, Sudipta; Mishra, Puneet; Nakayama, Tomonobu; Sakamoto, Kazuyuki; Wakabayashi, Katsunori; Uchihashi, Takashi; Awaga, Kunio

    2015-12-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) observation reveals that a cyclic thiazyl diradical, BDTDA (= 4,4‧-bis(1,2,3,5-dithiadiazolyl)), forms a well-ordered monolayer honeycomb lattice consisting of paramagnetic corners with unpaired electrons on a clean Cu(111) surface. This BDTDA lattice is commensurate with the triangular lattice of Cu(111), with the former being 3 × 3 larger than the latter. The formation of the BDTDA monolayer structure, which is significantly different from its bulk form, is attributed to an interaction with the metal surface as well as the intermolecular assembling forces. STM spectroscopy measurements on the BDTDA molecules indicate the presence of a characteristic zero-bias anomaly centered at the Fermi energy. The origin of this zero-bias anomaly is discussed in terms of the Dirac cones inherent to the honeycomb structure.

  16. Tuning the Reactivity of Ultrathin Oxides: NO Adsorption on Monolayer FeO(111).

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    Merte, Lindsay R; Heard, Christopher J; Zhang, Feng; Choi, Juhee; Shipilin, Mikhail; Gustafson, Johan; Weaver, Jason F; Grönbeck, Henrik; Lundgren, Edvin

    2016-08-01

    Ultrathin metal oxides exhibit unique chemical properties and show promise for applications in heterogeneous catalysis. Monolayer FeO films supported on metal surfaces show large differences in reactivity depending on the metal substrate, potentially enabling tuning of the catalytic properties of these materials. Nitric oxide (NO) adsorption is facile on silver-supported FeO, whereas a similar film grown on platinum is inert to NO under similar conditions. Ab initio calculations link this substrate-dependent behavior to steric hindrance caused by substrate-induced rumpling of the FeO surface, which is stronger for the platinum-supported film. Calculations show that the size of the activation barrier to adsorption caused by the rumpling is dictated by the strength of the metal-oxide interaction, offering a straightforward method for tailoring the adsorption properties of ultrathin films. PMID:27346455

  17. Molecular Interactions in Monolayers οf Azo Dye/Liquid Crystal Mixtures at Interfaces

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    Bauman, D.; Płóciennik, A.; Inglot, K.

    2009-08-01

    Full Text PDF A study of azo dye/liquid crystal mixtures in monolayers formed at an air-water interface (the Langmuir films) and at a solid surface (the Langmuir-Blodgett films) has been performed. Five azo dyes with various molecular structure and the liquid crystal 4-octyl-4' cyanobiphenyl (8CB) have been used. The dyes have been added to the liquid crystal at various molar fractions. Surface pressure and surface potential versus mean molecular area isotherms for the Langmuir films have been recorded and information about intermolecular interactions at the air-water interface has been obtained. On the basis of electronic absorption measurements for the Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films the conclusions about the ability of dyes molecules to form self aggregates at the interfaces have been drawn. The influence of the dye molecular structure and its concentration on aggregates' geometry has been found.

  18. Oscillatory barrier-assisted Langmuir-Blodgett deposition of large-scale quantum dot monolayers

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    Xu, Shicheng; Dadlani, Anup L.; Acharya, Shinjita; Schindler, Peter; Prinz, Fritz B.

    2016-03-01

    Depositing continuous, large-scale quantum dot films with low pinhole density is an inevitable but nontrivial step for studying their properties for applications in catalysis, electronic devices, and optoelectronics. This rising interest in high-quality quantum dot films has provided research impetus to improve the deposition technique. We show that by incorporating oscillatory barriers in the commonly used Langmuir-Blodgett method, large-scale monolayers of quantum dots with full coverage up to several millimeters have been achieved. With assistance of perturbation provided by the oscillatory barriers, the film has been shown to relax towards thermal equilibrium, and this physical process has been supported by molecular dynamics simulation. In addition, time evolution of dilatational moduli has been shown to give a clear indication of the film morphology and its stability.

  19. Giant piezoelectricity of monolayer group IV monochalcogenides

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    Fei, Ruixiang; Li, Wenbin; Li, Ju; Yang, Li

    We predict enormous, anisotropic piezoelectric effects in intrinsic monolayer group IV monochalcogenides (MX, M =Sn or Ge, X =Se or S), including SnSe, SnS, GeSe, and GeS. Using first-principle simulations based on the modern theory of polarization, we find that their piezoelectric coefficients are about one to two orders of magnitude larger than those of other 2D materials, such as MoS2 and GaSe, and bulk quartz and AlN which are widely used in industry. This enhancement is a result of the unique ``puckered'' C2v symmetry and electronic structure of monolayer group IV monochalcogenides. Given the achieved experimental advances in the fabrication of monolayers, their flexible character, and ability to withstand enormous strain, these 2D structures with giant piezoelectric effects may be promising for a broad range of applications such as nano-sized sensors, piezotronics, and energy harvesting in portable electronic devices.

  20. Nonlinear optical techniques for surface studies. [Monolayers

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    Shen, Y.R.

    1981-09-01

    Recent effort in developing nonlinear optical techniques for surface studies is reviewed. Emphasis is on monolayer detection of adsorbed molecules on surfaces. It is shown that surface coherent antiStokes Raman scattering (CARS) with picosecond pulses has the sensitivity of detecting submonolayer of molecules. On the other hand, second harmonic or sum-frequency generation is also sensitive enough to detect molecular monolayers. Surface-enhanced nonlinear optical effects on some rough metal surfaces have been observed. This facilitates the detection of molecular monolayers on such surfaces, and makes the study of molecular adsorption at a liquid-metal interface feasible. Advantages and disadvantages of the nonlinear optical techniques for surface studies are discussed.

  1. Real-time imaging of crystallization in polylactide enantiomeric monolayers at the air-water interface.

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    Kim, Young Shin; Snively, Christopher M; Liu, Yujuan; Rabolt, John F; Chase, D Bruce

    2008-10-01

    A newly developed planar array infrared reflection-absorption spectrograph (PA-IRRAS) offers significant advantages over conventional approaches including fast acquisition speed, excellent compensation for water vapor, and an excellent capacity for large infrared accessories, e.g., a water trough. In this study, the origin of stereocomplexation in a polylactide enantiomeric monolayer at the air-water interface was investigated using PA-IRRAS. PA-IRRAS was used as a probe to follow the real-time conformational changes associated with intermolecular interactions of polymer chains during the compression of the monolayers. It was found that a mixture of poly(D-lactic acid) (PDLA) and poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) (D/L) formed a stereocomplex when the two-dimensional monolayer developed at the air-water interface before film compression, indicating that there is no direct correlation between film compression and stereocomplexation. PA-IRRAS spectra of the stereocomplex exhibited distinct band shifts in crystalline sensitive components, e.g., the vas(C-O-C, h) mode, as well as amorphous-dependent components, e.g., the vs(C-O-C) mode, when compared with the spectra of PLLA alone. On the other hand, time-resolved PA-IRRAS spectra, which were obtained as the films were being compressed, revealed that both monolayers of PLLA and mixed PLLA/PDLA stereocomplex were crystallized into a 10(3)-helix and a 3(1)-helix, respectively, with a distinct band shift in crystalline sensitive components only. Fourier self-deconvolution of the spectra demonstrated that the band shift in crystalline sensitive components is correlated with the intermolecular interaction of polymer chains. PMID:18781784

  2. Reversibly immobilized biological materials in monolayer films on electrodes

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    Weaver, P.F.; Frank, A.J.

    1993-05-04

    Methods and techniques are described for reversibly binding charged biological particles in a fluid medium to an electrode surface. The methods are useful in a variety of applications. The biological materials may include microbes, proteins, and viruses. The electrode surface may consist of reversibly electroactive materials such as polyvinylferrocene, silicon-linked ferrocene or quinone.

  3. Reversibly immobilized biological materials in monolayer films on electrodes

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    Weaver, P.F.; Frank, A.J.

    1991-04-08

    A method is provided for reversibly binding charged biological particles in a fluid medium to an electrode surface. The method comprises treating (e.g., derivatizing) the electrode surface with an electrochemically active material; connecting the electrode to an electrical potential; and exposing the fluid medium to the electrode surface in a manner such that the charged particles become adsorbed on the electrode surface.

  4. Reversibly immobilized biological materials in monolayer films on electrodes

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    Weaver, Paul F.; Frank, Arthur J.

    1993-01-01

    Methods and techniques are described for reversibly binding charged biological particles in a fluid medium to an electrode surface. The methods are useful in a variety of applications. The biological materials may include microbes, proteins, and viruses. The electrode surface may consist of reversibly electroactive materials such as polyvinylferrocene, silicon-linked ferrocene or quinone.

  5. Monolayer Topological Insulators: Silicene, Germanene, and Stanene

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    Ezawa, Motohiko

    2015-12-01

    We report the recent progress on the theoretical aspects of monolayer topological insulators including silicene, germanene and stanene, which are monolayer honeycomb structures of silicon, germanium and tin, respectively. They show quantum spin Hall effects in nature due to the spin-orbit interaction. The band gap can be tuned by applying perpendicular electric field, which induces a topological phase transition. We also analyze the topological properties of generic honeycomb systems together with the classification of topological insulators. Phase diagrams of topological insulators and superconductors in honeycomb systems are explicitly determined. We also investigate topological electronics including a topological field-effect transistor, the topological Kirchhoff's law and the topological spin-valleytronics.

  6. Monochromatic electron photoemission from diamondoid monolayers

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    Yang, Wanli; Yang, Wanli L.; Fabbri, J.D.; Willey, T.M.; Lee, J.R.I.; Dahl, J.E.; Carlson, R.M.K.; Schreiner, P.R.; Fokin, A.A.; Tkachenko, B.A.; Fokina, N.A.; Meevasana, W.; Mannella, N.; Tanaka, K.; Zhou, X.J.; van Buuren, T.; Kelly, M.A.; Hussain, Z.; Melosh, N.A.; Shen, Z.-X.

    2007-02-27

    We found monochromatic electron photoemission from large-area self-assembled monolayers of a functionalized diamondoid, [121]tetramantane-6-thiol. Photoelectron spectra of the diamondoid monolayers exhibited a peak at the low-kinetic energy threshold; up to 68percent of all emitted electrons were emitted within this single energy peak. The intensity of the emission peak is indicative of diamondoids being negative electron affinity materials. With an energy distribution width of less than 0.5 electron volts, this source of monochromatic electrons may find application in technologies such as electron microscopy, electron beam lithography, and field-emission flatpanel displays.

  7. Nonlinear optical studies of organic monolayers

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    Shen, Y.R.

    1988-02-01

    Second-order nonlinear optical effects are forbidden in a medium with inversion symmetry, but are necessarily allowed at a surface where the inversion summary is broken. They are often sufficiently strong so that a submonolayer perturbation of the surface can be readily detected. They can therefore be used as effective tools to study monolayers adsorbed at various interfaces. We discuss here a number of recent experiments in which optical second harmonic generation (SHG) and sum-frequency generation (SFG) are employed to probe and characterize organic monolayers. 15 refs., 5 figs.

  8. Low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide

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    Cao, Bingchen; Shen, Xiaonan; Shang, Jingzhi; Cong, Chunxiao; Yang, Weihuang; Eginligil, Mustafa E-mail: meginligil@ntu.edu.sg; Yu, Ting E-mail: meginligil@ntu.edu.sg

    2014-11-01

    High photoresponse can be achieved in monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides. However, the response times are inconveniently limited by defects. Here, we report low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide prepared by exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition (CVD) method. The exfoliated device exhibits n-type behaviour; while the CVD device exhibits intrinsic behaviour. In off state, the CVD device has four times larger ratio of photoresponse for laser on/off and photoresponse decay–rise times are 0.1 s (limited by our setup), while the exfoliated device has few seconds. These findings are discussed in terms of charge trapping and localization.

  9. Active Tensile Modulus of an Epithelial Monolayer

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    Vincent, Romaric; Bazellières, Elsa; Pérez-González, Carlos; Uroz, Marina; Serra-Picamal, Xavier; Trepat, Xavier

    2015-12-01

    A general trait of cell monolayers is their ability to exert contractile stresses on their surroundings. The scaling laws that link such contractile stresses with the size and geometry of constituent cells remain largely unknown. In this Letter, we show that the active tension of an epithelial monolayer scales linearly with the size of the constituent cells, a surprisingly simple relationship. The slope of this relationship defines an active tensile modulus, which depends on the concentration of myosin and spans more than 2 orders of magnitude across cell types and molecular perturbations.

  10. Static and dynamic electronic characterization of organic monolayers grafted on a silicon surface.

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    Pluchery, O; Zhang, Y; Benbalagh, R; Caillard, L; Gallet, J J; Bournel, F; Lamic-Humblot, A-F; Salmeron, M; Chabal, Y J; Rochet, F

    2016-02-01

    Organic layers chemically grafted on silicon offer excellent interfaces that may open up the way for new organic-inorganic hybrid nanoelectronic devices. However, technological achievements rely on the precise electronic characterization of such organic layers. We have prepared ordered grafted organic monolayers (GOMs) on Si(111), sometimes termed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), by a hydrosilylation reaction with either a 7-carbon or an 11-carbon alkyl chain, with further modification to obtain amine-terminated surfaces. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is used to determine the band bending (∼ 0.3 eV), and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) to measure the work function (∼ 3.4 eV) and the HOMO edge. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) confirms that the GOM surface is clean and smooth. Finally, conductive AFM is used to measure electron transport through the monolayer and to identify transition between the tunneling and the field emission regimes. These organic monolayers offer a promising alternative to silicon dioxide thin films for fabricating metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) junctions. We show that gold nanoparticles can be covalently attached to mimic metallic nano-electrodes and that the electrical quality of the GOMs is completely preserved in the process. PMID:26757829

  11. High quality and large-scale manually operated monolayer graphene pasters

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    Wei, Yuke; Zhang, Yan; Liu, Zhenghao; Wang, Yue; Ke, Fen; Meng, Jie; Guo, Yanjun; Ma, Ping; Feng, Qingrong; Gan, Zizhao

    2014-07-01

    Graphene is a well-known material with various potential applications. Here we report the manufacture of high-quality and large-scale monolayer graphene pasters via polyvinyl butyral (PVB). These pasters have good self-supporting properties and overcome the drawback of weak mechanical strength of PMMA. Manual manipulations to monolayer graphene become realizable via graphene pasters. Graphene pasters can be quickly diverted onto any substrate with sufficient contact and greatly minimize the challenges in graphene transfer, measurements, and other applications. The improved transfer process via graphene pasters protects the integrity of monolayer graphene and introduces few cracks or tears into graphene. Large-scale monolayer graphene films diverted onto SiO2/Si by using graphene pasters maintain low resistivity and low Dirac point, while also exhibiting a higher magnetoresistance than traditional results. High magnetoresistance up to 600% and signs of saturation at high magnetic fields can be seen. Obvious negative magnetoresistance at low magnetic fields due to weak localization also can be observed. Graphene pasters can be used in many different domains and will promote future studies and applications of graphene.

  12. The microstructure and dissolution behavior of lipid-monolayer-coated, air-filled microbubble

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    Pu, Gang

    Suspensions of lipid-coated microbubbles are currently being developed for use as ultrasound contrast agents, drug delivery vehicles and blood substitutes. In our study, first, we examined the effect of lipid acyl chain length and the cooling rate on the microbubble surface domain morphology. The average domain size decreased with increasing cooling rate for all acyl chain lengths. The shape factor increased with chain length for the highest cooling rate. Second, we investigated the effect of microstructure on molecular oxygen permeation through condensed phospholipid monolayers. Oxygen permeability was shown to increase linearly with domain boundary density at a constant phospholipid acyl chain length and, accordingly, was shown to decrease exponentially with increasing chain length at a constant domain boundary density. Modification of the energy barrier theory to account for microstructural effects, in terms of the domain boundary density, provides a general equation to model passive transport through polycrystalline monolayer films. Last, we demonstrated that the phase conditions and microstructure of the shell were critical to determine the dissolution behaviors of the lipid-coated microbubble. For these two-phase coexistence bubbles, a transition from primary collapse, as loss of expanded phase due to vesiculation, to secondary collapse, as the rapid propagation of monolayer folds and simultaneous deformation, was observed. For very rigid monolayers, we observed substantial surface buckling with simultaneous nucleation and growth of folds.

  13. Effect of density and structure on dynamics within self-assembled monolayers

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    Stevens, Derrick; Scott, Mary; Bochinski, Jason; Clarke, Laura

    2009-03-01

    Previously, we have observed interacting dynamics within self-assembled alkylsiloxane monolayers, and characterized this motion via sensitive dielectric spectroscopy (along with more traditional techniques such as ellipsometry, contact angle, and force microscopy). In these monolayers, molecules are covalently bound to the surface and thus cannot spontaneously change density, as in an adsorbate system. We identified this relaxation as akin to the polyethylene-like glass transition observed in polymers with phase-segregated alkyl side chains [1]. As a next step, we deliberately manipulated the physical structure of the monolayers (via different film growth procedures and/or post-deposition heat treating) and the monolayer density (from ˜10% to full coverage), and observed the resultant changes in dynamics. This experimental system may prove a useful model for more complex materials, such as glassy polymers or traditional molecular glasses, where density cannot be explicitly tuned. As density increases, the steepness index increases, indicating a more complex or fragile relaxation. At low densities, the motion has an almost-Arrhenius dependence on temperature. [1] M.C. Scott, D.R. Stevens, J.R. Bochinski, L.I. Clarke, ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/nn800543j.

  14. Optical characterization of porous silicon monolayers decorated with hydrogel microspheres

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    Balderas-Valadez, Ruth F.; Weiler, Markus; Agarwal, Vivechana; Pacholski, Claudia

    2014-08-01

    The optical response of porous silicon (pSi) films, covered with a quasi-hexagonal array of hydrogel microspheres, to immersion in ethanol/water mixtures was investigated. For this study, pSi monolayers were fabricated by electrochemical etching, stabilized by thermal oxidation, and decorated with hydrogel microspheres using spin coating. Reflectance spectra of pSi samples with and without deposited hydrogel microspheres were taken at normal incidence. The employed hydrogel microspheres, composed of poly-N-isopropylacrylamide (polyNIPAM), are stimuli-responsive and change their size as well as their refractive index upon exposure to alcohol/water mixtures. Hence, distinct differences in the interference pattern of bare pSi films and pSi layers covered with polyNIPAM spheres could be observed upon their immersion in the respective solutions using reflective interferometric Fourier transform spectroscopy (RIFTS). Here, the amount of reflected light (fast Fourier transform (FFT) amplitude), which corresponds to the refractive index contrast and light scattering at the pSi film interfaces, showed distinct differences for the two fabricated samples. Whereas the FFT amplitude of the bare porous silicon film followed the changes in the refractive index of the surrounding medium, the FFT amplitude of the pSi/polyNIPAM structure depended on the swelling/shrinking of the attached hydrogel spheres and exhibited a minimum in ethanol-water mixtures with 20 wt% ethanol. At this value, the polyNIPAM microgel is collapsed to its minimum size. In contrast, the effective optical thickness, which reflects the effective refractive index of the porous layer, was not influenced by the attached hydrogel spheres.

  15. Computer simulations of the Adsorption of Xenon onto a C60 monolayer on Ag (111)

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    Gatica, Silvina; Cole, Milton; Diehl, Renee

    2007-03-01

    We performed Grand Canonical Monte Carlo simulations to study the adsorption of Xenon on a substrate composed of C60 molecules placed on top of a Ag(111) surface. The C60 molecules form a commensurate structure at a distance of 0.227 nm above the Ag surface. The interaction potential between the Xe atoms and the substrate has two contributions: from the C60 molecules and from the Ag atoms. In the simulations, the interaction with the Ag surface was computed using an ab initio van der Waals potential, varying as 1/d^3. The interaction between the Xe atoms and each C60 molecule was computed using a potential previously developed by Hernandez et.al. (E. S. Hernandez, M. W. Cole and M. Boninsegni, ``Wetting of spherical surfaces by quantum fluids'', J. Low Temp. Phys. 134, 309-314 (2004)), who integrated the Lennard Jones interaction over the surface of a spherical buckyball. The total potential has especially attractive 3-fold sites, positioned 0.4 nm above the point between each three buckyballs. The low coverage uptake populates those sites, and then continues forming a monolayer. The adsorption isotherms show several steps, typical of substrates that have distinct adsorption sites. We compare the results with the experimental data.

  16. Pattern formation in fatty acid-nanoparticle and lipid-nanoparticle mixed monolayers at water surface

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    Choudhuri, M.; Datta, A.; Iyengar, A. N. Sekar; Janaki, M. S.

    2015-06-01

    Dodecanethiol-capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are self-organized in two different amphiphilic monolayers one of which is a single-tailed fatty acid Stearic acid (StA) and the other a double-tailed lipid 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC). In the StA-AuNP film the AuNPs self-organize to form an interconnected network of nanoclusters on compression while in the DMPC-AuNP film the AuNPs aggregate to form random, isolated clusters in the film. The long time evolution of the films at constant surface pressure reveals ring structures in the former and diffusion limited aggregates in the latter that with time evolve into an irregular porous maze of AuNPs in the DMPC film. The difference in structure of the AuNP patterns in the two films can be attributed to a difference in the lipophilic interactions between the NPs and the amphiphilic molecules. The mean square intensity fluctuations f(ln) calculated along a typical line for the 2D structures in both the films at initial and final stages of long time evolution reflect the structural changes in the films over time.

  17. Phase diagram of the CF{sub 4} monolayer and bilayer on graphite

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    Thomas, Petros; Hess, George B.

    2014-05-21

    We report an experimental study of physisorbed monolayers and bilayers of CF{sub 4} on graphite using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy supplemented by ellipsometry. The symmetric C–F stretch mode ν{sub 3} near 1283 cm{sup −1} in the gas is strongly blue shifted in the film by dynamic dipole coupling. This blue shift provides a very sensitive measure of the inter-molecular spacing in the monolayer and, less directly, in the bilayer. We find that important corrections are necessary to the volumetric coverage scales used in previous heat capacity and x-ray diffraction studies of this system. This requires quantitative and some qualitative changes to the previously proposed phase diagram. We find evidence for a new phase transition in the middle of the hexagonal incommensurate region and construct new phase diagrams in both the variables coverage-temperature and chemical potential-temperature. We determine the compressibility and thermal expansion in the low-pressure hexagonal incommensurate phase and values for the entropy change in several phase transitions. Below about 55 K there is evidence of solution of up to 7% of an impurity, most likely CO, in our monolayer but not the bilayer film.

  18. Monolayer Co3 O4 Inverse Opals as Multifunctional Sensors for Volatile Organic Compounds.

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    Lee, Chul-Soon; Dai, Zhengfei; Jeong, Seong-Yong; Kwak, Chang-Hoon; Kim, Bo-Young; Kim, Do Hong; Jang, Ho Won; Park, Joon-Shik; Lee, Jong-Heun

    2016-05-17

    Monolayers of periodic porous Co3 O4 inverse opal (IO) thin films for gas-sensor applications were prepared by transferring cobalt-solution-dipped polystyrene (PS) monolayers onto sensor substrates and subsequent removal of the PS template by heat treatment. Monolayer Co3 O4 IO thin films having periodic pores (d≈500 nm) showed a high response of 112.9 to 5 ppm C2 H5 OH at 200 °C with low cross-responses to other interfering gases. Moreover, the selective detection of xylene and methyl benzenes (xylene+toluene) could be achieved simply by tuning the sensor temperature to 250 and 275 °C, respectively, so that multiple gases can be detected with a single chemiresistor. Unprecedentedly high ethanol response and temperature-modulated control of selectivity with respect to ethanol, xylene, and methyl benzenes were attributed to the highly chemiresistive IO nanoarchitecture and to the tuned catalytic promotion of different gas-sensing reactions, respectively. These well-ordered porous nanostructures could have potential in the field of high-performance gas sensors based on p-type oxide semiconductors. PMID:27125495

  19. Bovine and human insulin adsorption at lipid monolayers: a comparison

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    Mauri, Sergio; Pandey, Ravindra; Rzeznicka, Izabela; Lu, Hao; Bonn, Mischa; Weidner, Tobias

    2015-07-01

    Insulin is a widely used peptide in protein research and it is utilised as a model peptide to understand the mechanics of fibril formation, which is believed to be the cause of diseases such as Alzheimer and Creutzfeld-Jakob syndrome. Insulin has been used as a model system due to its biomedical relevance, small size and relatively simple tertiary structure. The adsorption of insu lin on a variety of surfaces has become the focus of numerous studies lately. These works have helped in elucidating the consequence of surface/protein hydrophilic/hydrophobic interaction in terms of protein refolding and aggregation. Unfortunately, such model surfaces differ significantly from physiological surfaces. Here we spectroscopically investigate the adsorption of insulin at lipid monolayers, to further our understanding of the interaction of insulin with biological surfaces. In particular we study the effect of minor mutations of insulin’s primary amino acid sequence on its interaction with 1,2-Dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoglycerol (DPPG) model lipid layers. We probe the structure of bovine and human insulin at the lipid/water interface using sum frequency generation spectroscopy (SFG). The SFG experiments are complemented with XPS analysis of Langmuir-Schaefer deposited lipid/insulin films. We find that bovine and human insulin, even though very similar in sequence, show a substantially different behavior when interacting with lipid films.

  20. Silicene: from monolayer to multilayer — A concise review

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    Li, Hui; Hui-Xia, Fu; Meng, Sheng

    2015-08-01

    Silicene, a newly isolated silicon allotrope with a two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb lattice structure, is predicted to have electronic properties similar to those of graphene, including the existence of signature Dirac fermions. Furthermore, the strong spin-orbit interaction of Si atoms potentially makes silicene an experimentally accessible 2D topological insulator. Since 2012, silicene films have been experimentally synthesized on Ag (111) and other substrates, motivating a burst of research on silicene. We and collaborators have employed STM investigations and first principles calculations to intensively study the structure and electronic properties of silicene films on Ag (111), including monolayer, bilayer, and multilayer silicenes, as well as hydrogenation of silicene. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11334011, 11222431, and 11322431), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2012CB921403, 2013CBA01600, and 2012CB921703), the “Strategic Priority Research Program” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Hundred Talents Program of Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  1. Nanotubes based on monolayer blue phosphorus

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    Montes, E.; Schwingenschlögl, U.

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate structural stability of monolayer zigzag and armchair blue phosphorus nanotubes by means of molecular dynamics simulations. The vibrational spectrum and electronic band structure are determined and analyzed as functions of the tube diameter and axial strain. The nanotubes are found to be semiconductors with a sensitive indirect band gap that allows flexible tuning.

  2. Growth of Continuous Monolayer Graphene with Millimeter-sized Domains Using Industrially Safe Conditions.

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    Wu, Xingyi; Zhong, Guofang; D'Arsié, Lorenzo; Sugime, Hisashi; Esconjauregui, Santiago; Robertson, Alex W; Robertson, John

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate the growth of continuous monolayer graphene films with millimeter-sized domains on Cu foils under intrinsically safe, atmospheric pressure growth conditions, suitable for application in roll-to-roll reactors. Previous attempts to grow large domains in graphene have been limited to isolated graphene single crystals rather than as part of an industrially useable continuous film. With both appropriate pre-treatment of the Cu and optimization of the CH4 supply, we show that it is possible to grow continuous films of monolayer graphene with millimeter scale domains within 80 min by chemical vapour deposition. The films are grown under industrially safe conditions, i.e., the flammable gases (H2 and CH4) are diluted to well below their lower explosive limit. The high quality, spatial uniformity, and low density of domain boundaries are demonstrated by charge carrier mobility measurements, scanning electron microscope, electron diffraction study, and Raman mapping. The hole mobility reaches as high as ~5,7002 m(2) V(-1) s(-1) in ambient conditions. The growth process of such high-quality graphene with a low H2 concentration and short growth times widens the possibility of industrial mass production. PMID:26883292

  3. Dynamic mechanical properties of a polyelectrolyte adsorbed insoluble lipid monolayer at the air-water interface.

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    Park, Chang Young; Kim, Mahn Won

    2015-04-23

    Polymers have been used to stabilize interfaces or to tune the mechanical properties of interfaces in various contexts, such as in oil emulsions or biological membranes. Although the structural properties of these systems are relatively well-studied, instrumental limitations continue to make it difficult to understand how the addition of polymer affects the dynamic mechanical properties of thin and soft films. We have solved this challenge by developing a new instrument, an optical-tweezer-based interface shear microrheometer (ISMR). With this technique, we observed that the interface shear modulus, G*, of a dioctadecyldimethylammonium chloride (DODAC) monolayer at the air-water interface significantly increased with adsorption of polystyrenesulfonate (PSS). In addition, the viscous film (DODAC monolayer) became a viscoelastic film with PSS adsorption. At a low salt concentration, 10 mM of NaCl in the subphase, the viscoelasticity of the DODAC/PSS composite was predominantly determined by a particular property of PSS, that is, it behaves as a Gaussian chain in a θ-solvent. At a high salt concentration, 316 mM of NaCl, the thin film behaved as a polymer melt excluding water molecules. PMID:25826703

  4. Growth of Continuous Monolayer Graphene with Millimeter-sized Domains Using Industrially Safe Conditions

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    Wu, Xingyi; Zhong, Guofang; D'Arsié, Lorenzo; Sugime, Hisashi; Esconjauregui, Santiago; Robertson, Alex W.; Robertson, John

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate the growth of continuous monolayer graphene films with millimeter-sized domains on Cu foils under intrinsically safe, atmospheric pressure growth conditions, suitable for application in roll-to-roll reactors. Previous attempts to grow large domains in graphene have been limited to isolated graphene single crystals rather than as part of an industrially useable continuous film. With both appropriate pre-treatment of the Cu and optimization of the CH4 supply, we show that it is possible to grow continuous films of monolayer graphene with millimeter scale domains within 80 min by chemical vapour deposition. The films are grown under industrially safe conditions, i.e., the flammable gases (H2 and CH4) are diluted to well below their lower explosive limit. The high quality, spatial uniformity, and low density of domain boundaries are demonstrated by charge carrier mobility measurements, scanning electron microscope, electron diffraction study, and Raman mapping. The hole mobility reaches as high as ~5,700 cm2 V-1 s-1 in ambient conditions. The growth process of such high-quality graphene with a low H2 concentration and short growth times widens the possibility of industrial mass production.

  5. Growth of Continuous Monolayer Graphene with Millimeter-sized Domains Using Industrially Safe Conditions

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    Wu, Xingyi; Zhong, Guofang; D'Arsié, Lorenzo; Sugime, Hisashi; Esconjauregui, Santiago; Robertson, Alex W.; Robertson, John

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate the growth of continuous monolayer graphene films with millimeter-sized domains on Cu foils under intrinsically safe, atmospheric pressure growth conditions, suitable for application in roll-to-roll reactors. Previous attempts to grow large domains in graphene have been limited to isolated graphene single crystals rather than as part of an industrially useable continuous film. With both appropriate pre-treatment of the Cu and optimization of the CH4 supply, we show that it is possible to grow continuous films of monolayer graphene with millimeter scale domains within 80 min by chemical vapour deposition. The films are grown under industrially safe conditions, i.e., the flammable gases (H2 and CH4) are diluted to well below their lower explosive limit. The high quality, spatial uniformity, and low density of domain boundaries are demonstrated by charge carrier mobility measurements, scanning electron microscope, electron diffraction study, and Raman mapping. The hole mobility reaches as high as ~5,700 cm2 V−1 s−1 in ambient conditions. The growth process of such high-quality graphene with a low H2 concentration and short growth times widens the possibility of industrial mass production. PMID:26883292

  6. Nanodimentional Aggregates In Organic Monolayers Studied With Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) And Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM)

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    Ivanov, George R.; Burov, Julian

    2007-04-01

    Organic monolayers from a fluorescently labeled phospholipid (DPPE-NBD) were deposited on solid supports under special conditions that form stable nanometer wide bilayers cylinders that protrude from the monolayer. This molecule was frequently used in sensor applications due to its sensitivity to environment changes. The proposed configuration should provide both fast response times (ultra thin film) and increased sensitivity (greatly increased surface area). AFM can clearly distinguish between the different phases. The height difference between the solid-expanded and the liquid-expanded phase was measured to be 1.4 nm while the bilayer thickness was 5.6 nm. The solid domains show a 20 % decrease in fluorescence lifetime in comparison to the monolayer as measured by FLIM. This difference in lifetimes is explained in the model of fluorescence self quenching in the solid phase due to the molecules being closer to each other.

  7. Study of structural order in porphyrin-fullerene dyad ZnDHD6ee monolayers by electron diffraction and atomic force microscopy

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    D'yakova, Yu. A.; Suvorova, E. I.; Orekhov, Andrei S.; Orekhov, Anton S.; Alekseev, A. S.; Gainutdinov, R. V.; Klechkovskaya, V. V. Tereschenko, E. Yu.; Tkachenko, N. V.; Lemmetyinen, H.; Feigin, L. A.; Kovalchuk, M. V.

    2013-11-15

    The structure of porphyrin-fullerene dyad ZnDHD6ee monolayers formed on the surface of aqueous subphase in a Langmuir trough and transferred onto solid substrates has been studied. The data obtained are interpreted using simulation of the structure of isolated molecules and their packing in monolayer and modeling of diffraction patterns from molecular aggregates having different sizes and degrees of order. Experiments on the formation of condensed ZnDHD6ee monolayers are described. The structure of these monolayers on a water surface is analyzed using {pi}-A isotherms. The structure of the monolayers transferred onto solid substrates is investigated by electron diffraction and atomic force microscopy. The unit-cell parameters of two-dimensional domains, which are characteristic of molecular packing in monolayers and deposited films, are determined. Domains are found to be organized into a texture (the molecular axes are oriented by the [001] direction perpendicular to the substrate). The monolayers contain a limited number of small 3D domains.

  8. Self-Assembled Large-Scale Monolayer of Au Nanoparticles at the Air/Water Interface Used as a SERS Substrate.

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    Guo, Qinghua; Xu, Minmin; Yuan, Yaxian; Gu, Renao; Yao, Jianlin

    2016-05-10

    Self-assembly of metal nanoparticles has attracted considerable attention because of its unique applications in technologies such as plasmonics, surface-enhanced optics, sensors, and catalysts. However, fabrication of ordered nanoparticle structures remains a significant challenge. Thus, developing an efficient approach for the assembly of large-scale Au nanoparticles films for theoretical studies and for various applications is highly desired. In this paper, a facial approach for fabricating a monolayer film of Au nanoparticles was developed successfully. Using the surfactant polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), a large-scale monolayer film of well-ordered, uniform-sized Au nanoparticles was fabricated at the air/water interface. The film exhibited a two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal close-packed (HCP) structure having interparticle gaps smaller than 2 nm. These gaps generated numerous uniform "hot spots" for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity. The as-prepared monolayer film could be transferred to a solid substrate for use as a suitable SERS substrate with high activity, high uniformity, and high stability. The low spot-to-spot and substrate-to-substrate variations of intensity (<10%), the large surface enhancement factor (∼10(6)), and the high stability (∼45 days) make the substrate suitable for SERS measurements. Transfer of the monolayer film onto a glassy carbon electrode produced an Au electrode with clean, well-defined nanostructure suitable for electrochemical SERS measurements. The adsorption process of ionic liquids on the electrode with the monolayer film is similar to that on bulk metal electrodes. The present strategy provides an effective way for self-assembly of Au nanoparticles into well-defined nanostructures that may form optimal reproducible SERS substrates for quantitative analysis. It also provides an electrode with clean, well-defined nanostructure for electrochemical investigations. PMID:27101361

  9. The influence of the preparation conditions on structure and optical properties of solid films of graphene oxide

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    Seliverstova, E.; Ibrayev, N.; Dzhanabekova, R.; Gladkova, V.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we investigated the physico-chemical properties of graphene oxide monolayers at the interface water-air. Monolayers were formed by the spreading of dispersion of graphene oxide in acetone and THF. It was found than graphene monolayers are in the “liquid” state on the surface of subphase. Monolayers were transferred onto solid substrates according to Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. SEM images show that the films have an island structure. The films obtained from acetone solutions are more uniform, which makes them more promising in terms of their use as conductive coatings. Absorption spectrum of graphene LB films exhibits a broad band in the ultraviolet and visible region of the spectrum. The optical density of the film obtained from acetone solution is greater than the optical density of the film prepared from THF. In the visible region of the spectrum both films have high transparency.

  10. Self-assembly of large-scale crack-free gold nanoparticle films using a 'drain-to-deposit' strategy.

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    Yang, Guang; Hallinan, Daniel T

    2016-06-01

    Gold nanoparticles are widely studied due to the ease of controlled synthesis, facile surface modification, and interesting physical properties. However, a technique for depositing large-area, crack-free monolayers on solid substrates is lacking. Herein is presented a method for accomplishing this. Spherical gold nanoparticles were synthesized as an aqueous dispersion. Assembly into monolayers and ligand exchange occurred simultaneously at an organic/aqueous interface. Then the monolayer film was deposited onto arbitrary solid substrates by slowly pumping out the lower, aqueous phase. This allowed the monolayer film (and liquid-liquid interface) to descend without significant disturbance, eventually reaching substrates contained in the aqueous phase. The resulting macroscopic quality of the films was found to be superior to films transferred by Langmuir techniques. The surface plasmon resonance and Raman enhancement of the films were evaluated and found to be uniform across the surface of each film. PMID:27114471

  11. Spin Waves and the Origin of Commensurate Magnetism in Ba2CoGe2O7

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    Zheludev, Andrey I; Sato, T.; Masuda, Takatsugu; Uchinokura, K.; Shirane, G.; Roessli, B.

    2003-01-01

    The square-lattice antiferromagnet Ba{sub 2}CoGe{sub 2}O{sub 7} is studied by means of neutron diffraction and inelastic scattering. This material is isostructural to the well-known Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya helimagnet Ba{sub 2}CuGe{sub 2}O{sub 7} but exhibits commensurate long-range Neel order at low temperatures. Measurements of the spin wave dispersion relation reveal strong in-plane anisotropy that is the likely reason for the suppression of helimagnetism.

  12. Motion of the Jovian commensurability resonances and the character of the celestial mechanics in the asteroid zone - Implication for kinematics and structure

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    Torbett, M.; Smoluchowski, R.

    1982-01-01

    The motion of the Jovian commensurability resonances during the early evolution of the solar system induced by the dissipation of the accretion disk results in fundamental differences in the celestial mechanics of objects over which a resonance passes from that observed for a stationary resonance. Objects experiencing resonance passage acquire irreversible increases of average eccentricity to large values accounting for the present-day random velocities of the asteroids. Semi-major axes are similarly irreversibly decreased by amounts capable of clearing the Kirkwood gaps. The gap widths are in agreement with observation.

  13. Tidal evolution of the Uranian satellites. I - Passage of Ariel and Umbriel through the 5:3 mean-motion commensurability

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    Tittemore, William C.; Wisdom, Jack

    1988-01-01

    A significant chaotic zone is associated with the 5:3 mean-motion commensurability resonance through which Ariel and Umbriel would have passed, in the event that Uranus' specific dissipation function were less than 100,000; the standard theory for passage through orbital resonances would in this case be inapplicable, in view of significant changes in the probability and the mechanism of capture into the resonance. It is suggested that tidal evolution within the chaotic zone may have pushed eccentrocities to comparatively high values at which the probability of escape from resonance remained. Eccentricities sufficiently great to affect Ariel's thermal history have not been found.

  14. Application of the principal fractional meta-trigonometric functions for the solution of linear commensurate-order time-invariant fractional differential equations.

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    Lorenzo, C F; Hartley, T T; Malti, R

    2013-05-13

    A new and simplified method for the solution of linear constant coefficient fractional differential equations of any commensurate order is presented. The solutions are based on the R-function and on specialized Laplace transform pairs derived from the principal fractional meta-trigonometric functions. The new method simplifies the solution of such fractional differential equations and presents the solutions in the form of real functions as opposed to fractional complex exponential functions, and thus is directly applicable to real-world physics. PMID:23547228

  15. Structural Characterization of a pentacene monolayer on an amorphous SiO2 substrate with grazing incidence x-ray diffraction

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    Fritz, S

    2004-02-18

    Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction reveals that a pentacene monolayer, grown on an amorphous SiO{sub 2} substrate that is commonly used as a dielectric layer in organic thin film transistors (OTFTs), is crystalline. A preliminary energy-minimized model of the monolayer, based on the GIXD data, reveals that the pentacene molecules adopt a herringbone arrangement with their long axes tilted slightly from the substrate normal. Although this arrangement resembles the general packing features of the (001) layer in single crystals of bulk pentacene, the monolayer lattice parameters and crystal structure differ from those of the bulk. Because carrier transport in pentacene OTFTs is presumed to occur in the semiconductor layers near the dielectric interface, the discovery of a crystalline monolayer structure on amorphous SiO{sub 2} has important implications for transport in OTFTs.

  16. Anomalous Behaviour of Shear Viscosity in Langmuir Monolayers of Heneicosanoic Acid.

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    Ghaskadvi, R. S.; Dutta, P.; Ketterson, J. B.

    1996-03-01

    In 1942 Copeland, Harkins and Boyd(L. E. Copeland, W. D. Harkins and G. E. Boyd; J. Chem. Phys. 10, 357 (1942)) measured viscosity by squeezing Langmuir monolayers of long chain alcohols through a channel. They reported that in certain phases the viscosity anomalously dropped as the pressure increased. We have measured the complex shear modulus (G = G^' + iG^'') of heneicosanoic acid (C_2_1) monolayers using a torsion pendulum with sinusoidal shear. In the light of recently discussed strain amplitude dependence of shear modulus of these films,(R. S. Ghaskadvi, P. Dutta, J. B. Ketterson; Bull. Am. Phy. Soc. 40 (1995)) we have constrained ourselves to the low strain regime. We find that in the L2 phase both G^' (modulus) and G^'' (viscosity) first increase and then decrease as the pressure increases. The slope of G^'' appears to be discontinuous. This might be indicative of a phase transition not previously observed.

  17. Superhigh moduli and tension-induced phase transition of monolayer gamma-boron at finite temperatures.

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    Zhao, Junhua; Yang, Zhaoyao; Wei, Ning; Kou, Liangzhi

    2016-01-01

    Two dimensional (2D) gamma-boron (γ-B28) thin films have been firstly reported by the experiments of the chemical vapor deposition in the latest study. However, their mechanical properties are still not clear. Here we predict the superhigh moduli (785 ± 42 GPa at 300 K) and the tension-induced phase transition of monolayer γ-B28 along a zigzag direction for large deformations at finite temperatures using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The new phase can be kept stable after unloading process at these temperatures. The predicted mechanical properties are reasonable when compared with our results from density functional theory. This study provides physical insights into the origins of the new phase transition of monolayer γ-B28 at finite temperatures. PMID:26979283

  18. Strain-relief by single dislocation loops in calcite crystals grown on self-assembled monolayers.

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    Ihli, Johannes; Clark, Jesse N; Côté, Alexander S; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Schenk, Anna S; Kulak, Alexander N; Comyn, Timothy P; Chammas, Oliver; Harder, Ross J; Duffy, Dorothy M; Robinson, Ian K; Meldrum, Fiona C

    2016-01-01

    Most of our knowledge of dislocation-mediated stress relaxation during epitaxial crystal growth comes from the study of inorganic heterostructures. Here we use Bragg coherent diffraction imaging to investigate a contrasting system, the epitaxial growth of calcite (CaCO3) crystals on organic self-assembled monolayers, where these are widely used as a model for biomineralization processes. The calcite crystals are imaged to simultaneously visualize the crystal morphology and internal strain fields. Our data reveal that each crystal possesses a single dislocation loop that occupies a common position in every crystal. The loops exhibit entirely different geometries to misfit dislocations generated in conventional epitaxial thin films and are suggested to form in response to the stress field, arising from interfacial defects and the nanoscale roughness of the substrate. This work provides unique insight into how self-assembled monolayers control the growth of inorganic crystals and demonstrates important differences as compared with inorganic substrates. PMID:27302863

  19. Reversible modification of the structural and electronic properties of a boron nitride monolayer by CO intercalation.

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    Ng, May Ling; Shavorskiy, Andrey; Rameshan, Christoph; Mikkelsen, Anders; Lundgren, Edvin; Preobrajenski, Alexei; Bluhm, Hendrik

    2015-04-01

    We demonstrate the reversible intercalation of CO between a hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) monolayer and a Rh(111) substrate above a threshold CO pressure of 0.01 mbar at room temperature. The intercalation of CO results in the flattening of the originally corrugated h-BN nanomesh and an electronic decoupling of the BN layer from the Rh substrate. The intercalated CO molecules assume a coverage and adsorption site distribution comparable to that on the free Rh(111) surface at similar conditions. The pristine h-BN nanomesh is reinstated upon heating to above 625 K. These observations may open up opportunities for a reversible tuning of the electronic and structural properties of monolayer BN films. PMID:25712198

  20. Infrared spectroscopy of organic semiconductors modified by self-assembled monolayers

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    Khatib, O.; Lee, B.; Podzorov, V.; Yuen, J.; Heeger, A. J.; Li, Z. Q.; di Ventra, M.; Basov, D. N.

    2009-03-01

    Recently, self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) were used to modify electronic surface properties of organic single crystals, leading to several orders of magnitude increase in the electrical conductivity^1. Motivated by this discovery, the same technique was applied to polymers. Here we present a thorough spectroscopic investigation of organic semiconductors based on poly(3-hexlthiophene) (P3HT) that have been treated with a fluorinated trichlorosilane SAM. Infrared spectroscopy offers access to details of charge injection, electrostatic doping, and the electronic structure that are not always available from transport measurements, which can be dominated by defects and contact effects. In polymer films, the SAM molecules penetrate into the bulk, leading to a rich spectrum of electronic excitations in the mid-infrared energy range. ^1 M. F. Calhoun, J. Sanchez, D. Olaya, M. E. Gershenson, V. Podzorov, Electronic functionalization of the surface of organic semiconductors with self-assembled monolayers, Nature Mater. 7, 84--89 (2008)

  1. Pit Formation during the Self-Assembly of Dithiol Monolayers on Au(111)

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    Macdairmid, A. R.; Cappello, M. L.; Keeler, W. J.; Banks, J. T.; Gallagher, M. C.

    2000-03-01

    The formation of pits one gold atom deep during the growth of alkanethiol monolayers on Au(111), has been observed previously by others. Explanations for pit formation include etching of the substrate, or mass transport of gold atom + thiol molecule on the surface, due to changes in surface energy^1. We have investigated the structure of dithiothreitol (DTT) SAMs on Au(111). Ex situ STM measurements indicate similar pitting occurs during formation of the dithiol monolayer. The degree of pitting depends on exposure time, sample temperature during formation, and subsequent annealing of the sample. Pitting is enhanced considerasbly when DTT is coordinated with Ti, in fact DTT/Ti films exhibit considerable pit motion during STM imaging. ^1 F. Teran et al. Electrochimica Acta 44, 1053 (1998).

  2. Superhigh moduli and tension-induced phase transition of monolayer gamma-boron at finite temperatures

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    Zhao, Junhua; Yang, Zhaoyao; Wei, Ning; Kou, Liangzhi

    2016-01-01

    Two dimensional (2D) gamma-boron (γ-B28) thin films have been firstly reported by the experiments of the chemical vapor deposition in the latest study. However, their mechanical properties are still not clear. Here we predict the superhigh moduli (785 ± 42 GPa at 300 K) and the tension-induced phase transition of monolayer γ-B28 along a zigzag direction for large deformations at finite temperatures using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The new phase can be kept stable after unloading process at these temperatures. The predicted mechanical properties are reasonable when compared with our results from density functional theory. This study provides physical insights into the origins of the new phase transition of monolayer γ-B28 at finite temperatures. PMID:26979283

  3. Controlling surface functionality through generation of thiol groups in a self-assembled monolayer.

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    Lud, S. Q.; Neppl, S.; Richter, G.; Bruno, P.; Gruen, D. M.; Jordan, R.; Feulner, P.; Stutzmann, M.; Garrido, J. A.; Materials Science Division; Technische Univ. Munchen

    2010-01-01

    A lithographic method to generate reactive thiol groups on functionalized synthetic diamond for biosensor and molecular electronic applications is developed. We demonstrate that ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) thin films covalently functionalized with surface-generated thiol groups allow controlled thiol-disulfide exchange surface hybridization processes. The generation of the thiol functional head groups was obtained by irradiating phenylsulfonic acid (PSA) monolayers on UNCD surfaces. The conversion of the functional headgroup of the self-assembled monolayer was verified by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), and fluorescence microscopy. Our findings indicate the selective generation of reactive thiol surface groups. Furthermore, we demonstrate the grafting of yeast cytochrome c to the thiol-modified diamond surface and the electron transfer between protein and electrode.

  4. Superhigh moduli and tension-induced phase transition of monolayer gamma-boron at finite temperatures

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    Zhao, Junhua; Yang, Zhaoyao; Wei, Ning; Kou, Liangzhi

    2016-03-01

    Two dimensional (2D) gamma-boron (γ-B28) thin films have been firstly reported by the experiments of the chemical vapor deposition in the latest study. However, their mechanical properties are still not clear. Here we predict the superhigh moduli (785 ± 42 GPa at 300 K) and the tension-induced phase transition of monolayer γ-B28 along a zigzag direction for large deformations at finite temperatures using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The new phase can be kept stable after unloading process at these temperatures. The predicted mechanical properties are reasonable when compared with our results from density functional theory. This study provides physical insights into the origins of the new phase transition of monolayer γ-B28 at finite temperatures.

  5. Strain-relief by single dislocation loops in calcite crystals grown on self-assembled monolayers

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    Ihli, Johannes; Clark, Jesse N.; Côté, Alexander S.; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Schenk, Anna S.; Kulak, Alexander N.; Comyn, Timothy P.; Chammas, Oliver; Harder, Ross J.; Duffy, Dorothy M.; Robinson, Ian K.; Meldrum, Fiona C.

    2016-06-01

    Most of our knowledge of dislocation-mediated stress relaxation during epitaxial crystal growth comes from the study of inorganic heterostructures. Here we use Bragg coherent diffraction imaging to investigate a contrasting system, the epitaxial growth of calcite (CaCO3) crystals on organic self-assembled monolayers, where these are widely used as a model for biomineralization processes. The calcite crystals are imaged to simultaneously visualize the crystal morphology and internal strain fields. Our data reveal that each crystal possesses a single dislocation loop that occupies a common position in every crystal. The loops exhibit entirely different geometries to misfit dislocations generated in conventional epitaxial thin films and are suggested to form in response to the stress field, arising from interfacial defects and the nanoscale roughness of the substrate. This work provides unique insight into how self-assembled monolayers control the growth of inorganic crystals and demonstrates important differences as compared with inorganic substrates.

  6. Strain-relief by single dislocation loops in calcite crystals grown on self-assembled monolayers

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    Ihli, Johannes; Clark, Jesse N.; Côté, Alexander S.; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Schenk, Anna S.; Kulak, Alexander N.; Comyn, Timothy P.; Chammas, Oliver; Harder, Ross J.; Duffy, Dorothy M.; Robinson, Ian K.; Meldrum, Fiona C.

    2016-01-01

    Most of our knowledge of dislocation-mediated stress relaxation during epitaxial crystal growth comes from the study of inorganic heterostructures. Here we use Bragg coherent diffraction imaging to investigate a contrasting system, the epitaxial growth of calcite (CaCO3) crystals on organic self-assembled monolayers, where these are widely used as a model for biomineralization processes. The calcite crystals are imaged to simultaneously visualize the crystal morphology and internal strain fields. Our data reveal that each crystal possesses a single dislocation loop that occupies a common position in every crystal. The loops exhibit entirely different geometries to misfit dislocations generated in conventional epitaxial thin films and are suggested to form in response to the stress field, arising from interfacial defects and the nanoscale roughness of the substrate. This work provides unique insight into how self-assembled monolayers control the growth of inorganic crystals and demonstrates important differences as compared with inorganic substrates. PMID:27302863

  7. Disorder-derived, strong tunneling attenuation in bis-phosphonate monolayers

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    Pathak, Anshuma; Bora, Achyut; Liao, Kung-Ching; Schmolke, Hannah; Jung, Antje; Klages, Claus-Peter; Schwartz, Jeffrey; Tornow, Marc

    2016-03-01

    Monolayers of alkyl bisphosphonic acids (bisPAs) of various carbon chain lengths (C4, C8, C10, C12) were grown on aluminum oxide (AlO x ) surfaces from solution. The structural and electrical properties of these self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) were compared with those of alkyl monophosphonic acids (monoPAs). Through contact angle (CA) and Kelvin-probe (KP) measurements, ellipsometry, and infrared (IR) and x-ray photoelectron (XPS) spectroscopies, it was found that bisPAs form monolayers that are relatively disordered compared to their monoPA analogs. Current-voltage (J-V) measurements made with a hanging Hg drop top contact show tunneling to be the prevailing transport mechanism. However, while the monoPAs have an observed decay constant within the typical range for dense monolayers, β mono  =  0.85  ±  0.03 per carbon atom, a surprisingly high value, β bis  =  1.40  ±  0.05 per carbon atom, was measured for the bisPAs. We attribute this to a strong contribution of ‘through-space’ tunneling, which derives from conformational disorder in the monolayer due to strong interactions of the distal phosphonic acid groups; they likely form a hydrogen-bonding network that largely determines the molecular layer structure. Since bisPA SAMs attenuate tunnel currents more effectively than do the corresponding monoPA SAMs, they may find future application as gate dielectric modification in organic thin film devices.

  8. Disorder-derived, strong tunneling attenuation in bis-phosphonate monolayers.

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    Pathak, Anshuma; Bora, Achyut; Liao, Kung-Ching; Schmolke, Hannah; Jung, Antje; Klages, Claus-Peter; Schwartz, Jeffrey; Tornow, Marc

    2016-03-01

    Monolayers of alkyl bisphosphonic acids (bisPAs) of various carbon chain lengths (C4, C8, C10, C12) were grown on aluminum oxide (AlO(x)) surfaces from solution. The structural and electrical properties of these self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) were compared with those of alkyl monophosphonic acids (monoPAs). Through contact angle (CA) and Kelvin-probe (KP) measurements, ellipsometry, and infrared (IR) and x-ray photoelectron (XPS) spectroscopies, it was found that bisPAs form monolayers that are relatively disordered compared to their monoPA analogs. Current-voltage (J-V) measurements made with a hanging Hg drop top contact show tunneling to be the prevailing transport mechanism. However, while the monoPAs have an observed decay constant within the typical range for dense monolayers, β(mono)  =  0.85  ±  0.03 per carbon atom, a surprisingly high value, β(bis) =  1.40  ±  0.05 per carbon atom, was measured for the bisPAs. We attribute this to a strong contribution of 'through-space' tunneling, which derives from conformational disorder in the monolayer due to strong interactions of the distal phosphonic acid groups; they likely form a hydrogen-bonding network that largely determines the molecular layer structure. Since bisPA SAMs attenuate tunnel currents more effectively than do the corresponding monoPA SAMs, they may find future application as gate dielectric modification in organic thin film devices. PMID:26871412

  9. Langmuir-Schaefer films of a poly(o-anisidine) conducting polymer for sensors and displays

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    Paddeu, Sergio; Ram, Manoj Kumar; Carrara, Sandro; Nicolini, Claudio

    1998-09-01

    Langmuir-Schaefer (LS) films of poly(o-anisidine) (POAS) were fabricated and characterized by means of Brewster-angle microscopy, ellipsometry and electrochemical techniques. The studied optical, cyclic voltammetric and ellipsometric properties of films underlined a regular deposition up to at least 40 monolayers of POAS conducting polymer. The development of surface irregularities beyond 40 monolayers in LS films showed an electrochemical kinetic similar to electrodeposited films. More importantly, the electrochemical kinetic in a small number of monolayers was indicative of the fast transfer process of the electrons. The nature of anions caused meaningful changes in the redox properties of POAS LS films. The electrochromic switching response time and diffusion coefficient of the LS films were estimated through electrochemical surveying. Later, POAS LS films were used as a sensing element for a survey of 0.1 ppm of acid in water through conductimetric measurement.

  10. Surface plasmon resonance phase imaging measurements of patterned monolayers and DNA adsorption onto microarrays

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    Halpern, Aaron R.; Chen, Yulin; Corn, Robert M.; Kim, Donghyun

    2011-01-01

    The optical technique of surface plasmon resonance phase imaging (SPR-PI) is implemented in a linear microarray format for real-time measurements of surface bioaffinity adsorption processes. SPR-PI measures the phase shift of p-polarized light incident at the SPR angle reflected from a gold thin film in an ATR Kretschmann geometry by creating an interference fringe image on the interface with a polarizer-quartz wedge depolarizer combination. The position of the fringe pattern in this image changes upon the adsorption of biomolecules to the gold thin film. By using a linear array of 500 μm biosensor element lines that are perpendicular to the interference fringe image, multiple bioaffinity adsorption measurements can be performed in real time. Two experiments were performed to characterize the sensitivity of the SPR-PI measurement technique; first, a ten line pattern of a self-assembled monolayer of 11-mercaptoundecamine (MUAM) was created via photopatterning to verify that multiple phase shifts could be measured simultaneously. A phase shift difference (Δφ) of Δφ = 182.08 ± 0.03° was observed for the 1.8-nm MUAM monolayer; this value agrees with the phase shift difference calculated from a combination of Fresnel equations and Jones matrices for the depolarizer. In a second demonstration experiment, the feasibility of SPR-PI for in situ bioaffinity adsorption measurements was confirmed by detecting the hybridization and adsorption of single stranded DNA (ssDNA) onto a six component DNA line microarray patterned monolayer. Adsorption of a full DNA monolayer produced a phase shift difference of Δφ = 28.80 ± 0.03° at the SPR angle of incidence and the adsorption of the ssDNA was monitored in real time with the SPR-PI. These initial results suggest that SPR-PI should have a detection limit roughly 100 times lower than traditional intensity-based SPR imaging measurements. PMID:21355546

  11. Monolayer PtSe 2 , a New Semiconducting Transition-Metal-Dichalcogenide, Epitaxially Grown by Direct Selenization of Pt

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    Wang, Yeliang; Li, Linfei; Yao, Wei; Song, Shiru; Sun, J. T.; Pan, Jinbo; Ren, Xiao; Li, Chen; Okunishi, Eiji; Wang, Yu-Qi; et al

    2015-05-21

    For single-layer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) receive significant attention due to their intriguing physical properties for both fundamental research and potential applications in electronics, optoelectronics, spintronics, catalysis, and so on. Here, we demonstrate the epitaxial growth of high-quality single-crystal, monolayer platinum diselenide (PtSe2), a new member of the layered TMDs family, by a single step of direct selenization of a Pt(111) substrate. We found that a combination of atomic-resolution experimental characterizations and first-principle theoretic calculations reveals the atomic structure of the monolayer PtSe2/Pt(111). Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements confirm for the first time the semiconducting electronic structure of monolayer PtSe2 (in contrastmore » to its semimetallic bulk counterpart). The photocatalytic activity of monolayer PtSe2 film is evaluated by a methylene-blue photodegradation experiment, demonstrating its practical application as a promising photocatalyst. Moreover, circular polarization calculations predict that monolayer PtSe2 has also potential applications in valleytronics.« less

  12. Insertion Mechanism of a Poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(butylene oxide) Block Copolymer into a DPPC Monolayer

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    Leiske, Danielle L.; Meckes, Brian; Miller, Chad E.; Wu, Cynthia; Walker, Travis W.; Lin, Binhua; Meron, Mati; Ketelson, Howard A.; Toney, Michael F.; Fuller, Gerald G.

    2012-02-06

    Interactions between amphiphilic block copolymers and lipids are of medical interest for applications such as drug delivery and the restoration of damaged cell membranes. A series of monodisperse poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(butylene oxide) (EOBO) block copolymers were obtained with two ratios of hydrophilic/hydrophobic block lengths. We have explored the surface activity of EOBO at a clean interface and under 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) monolayers as a simple cell membrane model. At the same subphase concentration, EOBO achieved higher equilibrium surface pressures under DPPC compared to a bare interface, and the surface activity was improved with longer poly(butylene oxide) blocks. Further investigation of the DPPC/EOBO monolayers showed that combined films exhibited similar surface rheology compared to pure DPPC at the same surface pressures. DPPC/EOBO phase separation was observed in fluorescently doped monolayers, and within the liquid-expanded liquid-condensed coexistence region for DPPC, EOBO did not drastically alter the liquid-condensed domain shapes. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) and X-ray reflectivity (XRR) quantitatively confirmed that the lattice spacings and tilt of DPPC in lipid-rich regions of the monolayer were nearly equivalent to those of a pure DPPC monolayer at the same surface pressures.

  13. Monolayer PtSe₂, a New Semiconducting Transition-Metal-Dichalcogenide, Epitaxially Grown by Direct Selenization of Pt.

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    Wang, Yeliang; Li, Linfei; Yao, Wei; Song, Shiru; Sun, J T; Pan, Jinbo; Ren, Xiao; Li, Chen; Okunishi, Eiji; Wang, Yu-Qi; Wang, Eryin; Shao, Yan; Zhang, Y Y; Yang, Hai-tao; Schwier, Eike F; Iwasawa, Hideaki; Shimada, Kenya; Taniguchi, Masaki; Cheng, Zhaohua; Zhou, Shuyun; Du, Shixuan; Pennycook, Stephen J; Pantelides, Sokrates T; Gao, Hong-Jun

    2015-06-10

    Single-layer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) receive significant attention due to their intriguing physical properties for both fundamental research and potential applications in electronics, optoelectronics, spintronics, catalysis, and so on. Here, we demonstrate the epitaxial growth of high-quality single-crystal, monolayer platinum diselenide (PtSe2), a new member of the layered TMDs family, by a single step of direct selenization of a Pt(111) substrate. A combination of atomic-resolution experimental characterizations and first-principle theoretic calculations reveals the atomic structure of the monolayer PtSe2/Pt(111). Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements confirm for the first time the semiconducting electronic structure of monolayer PtSe2 (in contrast to its semimetallic bulk counterpart). The photocatalytic activity of monolayer PtSe2 film is evaluated by a methylene-blue photodegradation experiment, demonstrating its practical application as a promising photocatalyst. Moreover, circular polarization calculations predict that monolayer PtSe2 has also potential applications in valleytronics. PMID:25996311

  14. Influence of temperature on microdomain organization of mixed cationic-zwitterionic lipidic monolayers at the air-water interface.

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    Bordi, F; Cametti, C; Di Venanzio, C; Sennato, S; Zuzzi, S

    2008-02-15

    The thermodynamic behavior of mixed DOTAP-DPPC monolayers at the air-water interface has been investigated in the temperature range from 15 to 45 degrees C, covering the temperature interval where the thermotropic phase transition of DPPC, from solid-like to liquid-like, takes place. Based on the regular solution theory, the miscibility of the two lipids in the mixed monolayer was evaluated in terms of the excess Gibbs free energy of mixing DeltaG(ex), activity coefficients f(1) and f(2) and interaction parameter omega between the two lipids. The mixed DOTAP-DPPC film was found to have positive deviations from ideality at low DOTAP mole fractions, indicating a phase-separated binary mixture. This effect depends on the temperature and is largely conditioned by the structural chain conformation of the DPPC lipid monolayer. The thermodynamic parameters associated to the stability and the miscibility of these two lipids in a monolayer structure have been discussed in the light of the phase diagram of the DOTAP-DPPC aqueous mixtures obtained from differential scanning calorimetry measurements. The correlation between the temperature behavior of DOTAP-DPPC monolayers and their bulk aqueous mixtures has been briefly discussed. PMID:17936597

  15. Interaction of the Antimicrobial Peptides Rhesus θ-Defensin and Porcine Protegrin-1 with Anionic Phospholipid Monolayers.

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    Knyght, Ivana; Clifton, Luke; Saaka, Yussif; Lawrence, M Jayne; Barlow, David J

    2016-07-26

    A combination of Langmuir isotherm, Brewster angle microscopy (BAM), and neutron reflectivity studies have been performed to gain insight into the effects on model bacterial cell membranes of the antimicrobial peptides, Rhesus θ-defensin 1 (RTD-1), and porcine protegrin 1 (PG-1). The peptides were interacted with monolayers spread at the air-water interface and prepared from a 3:1 molar mixture of phosphatidylethanolamine and phosphatidylglycerol used to approximate the cell membranes of Gram positive bacteria. The Langmuir film balance measurements show that both peptides perturb the lipid monolayers causing an increase in surface pressure, and the BAM studies show that each results in the formation of small domains within the lipid films, around 5 μm diameter. The overall change in monolayer surface pressure caused by PG-1, however, is a little more pronounced than that due to RTD-1 (+8.5 mN·m(-1) vs +5.5 mN·m(-1)), and the rate of its initial interaction with the monolayer is a little more rapid than that for RTD-1. The neutron reflectivity studies also show differences for PG-1 and RTD-1, with the model fits to these data showing that the more amphiphilic PG-1 becomes fully embedded within the lipid film-causing an extension of the lipid acyl chains but leaving the thickness of the lipid headgroup layer unaffected-while RTD-1 is seen to insert less deeply-causing the same extension of the lipid acyl chains as PG-1 but also causing a significant increase in thickness of the lipid headgroup layer. The various differing effects of the two peptides on anionic lipid monolayers are discussed in the context of their differing hemolytic activities, and their proposed differing propensities to form transmembrane pores. PMID:27357217

  16. Emergence of chirality in hexagonally packed monolayers of hexapentyloxytriphenylene on Au(111): a joint experimental and theoretical study.

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    Sleczkowski, Piotr; Katsonis, Nathalie; Kapitanchuk, Oleksiy; Marchenko, Alexandr; Mathevet, Fabrice; Croset, Bernard; Lacaze, Emmanuelle

    2014-11-11

    We investigate the expression of chirality in a monolayer formed spontaneously by 2,3,6,7,10,11-pentyloxytriphenylene (H5T) on Au(111). We resolve its interface morphology by combining scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) with theoretical calculations of intermolecular and interfacial interaction potentials. We observe two commensurate structures. While both of them belong to a hexagonal space group, analogical to the triangular symmetry of the molecule and the hexagonal symmetry of the substrate surface, they surprisingly reveal a 2D chiral character. The corresponding breaking of symmetry arises for two reasons. First it is due to the establishment of a large molecular density on the substrate, which leads to a rotation of the molecules with respect to the molecular network crystallographic axes to avoid steric repulsion between neighboring alkoxy chains. Second it is due to the molecule-substrate interactions, leading to commensurable large crystallographic cells associated with the large size of the molecule. As a consequence, molecular networks disoriented with respect to the high symmetry directions of the substrate are induced. The high simplicity of the intermolecular and molecule-substrate van der Waals interactions leading to these observations suggests a generic character for this kind of symmetry breaking. We demonstrate that, for similar molecular densities, only two kinds of molecular networks are stabilized by the molecule-substrate interactions. The most stable network favors the interfacial interactions between terminal alkoxy tails and Au(111). The metastable one favors a specific orientation of the triphenylene core with its symmetry axes collinear to the Au⟨110⟩. This specific orientation of the triphenylene cores with respect to Au(111) appears associated with an energy advantage larger by at least 0.26 eV with respect to the disoriented core. PMID:25317696

  17. Durability of self-assembled monolayers on aluminum oxide surface for determining surface wettability

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    Lee, Jaejun; Bong, Jihye; Ha, Young-Geun; Park, Sangyoon; Ju, Sanghyun

    2015-03-01

    The durable non-wettability of functionalized aluminum oxide (Al2O3) thin films coated with two different self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), phosphonic acid (HDF-PA) and trichlorosilane (HDF-S), was investigated by a water flow test method. After exposing the surface to 5 L of water droplets, the contact angle of HDF-S coated Al2O3 thin films remained at the initial value of ∼102.7°, while the contact angle of HDF-PA coated Al2O3 thin films decreased from an initial value of ∼99.9° to a value of ∼69.3°. Thermal annealing effect at various temperature post formation of the self-assembled HDF-PA on the Al2O3 were investigated and shown to enhance the durability of SAMs with a constant contact angle (∼100°) annealed at 100-150 °C.

  18. Ligand Replacement Approach to Raman-Responded Molecularly Imprinted Monolayer for Rapid Determination of Penicilloic Acid in Penicillin.

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    Zhang, Liying; Jin, Yang; Huang, Xiaoyan; Zhou, Yujie; Du, Shuhu; Zhang, Zhongping

    2015-12-01

    Penicilloic acid (PA) is a degraded byproduct of penicillin and often causes fatal allergies to humans, but its rapid detection in penicillin drugs remains a challenge due to its similarity to the mother structure of penicillin. Here, we reported a ligand-replaced molecularly imprinted monolayer strategy on a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate for the specific recognition and rapid detection of Raman-inactive PA in penicillin. The bis(phenylenediamine)-Cu(2+)-PA complex was first synthesized and stabilized onto the surface of silver nanoparticle film that was fabricated by a bromide ion-added silver mirror reaction. A molecularly imprinted monolayer was formed by the further modification of alkanethiol around the stabilized complex on the Ag film substrate, and the imprinted recognition site was then created by the replacement of the complex template with Raman-active probe molecule p-aminothiophenol. When PA rebound into the imprinted site in the alkanethiol monolayer, the SERS signal of p-aminothiophenol exhibited remarkable enhancement with a detection limit of 0.10 nM. The imprinted monolayer can efficiently exclude the interference of penicillin and thus provides a selective determination of 0.10‰ (w/w) PA in penicillin, which is about 1 order of magnitude lower than the prescribed residual amount of 1.0‰. The strategy reported here is simple, rapid and inexpensive compared to the traditional chromatography-based methods. PMID:26545037

  19. Structures of incommensurate and commensurate composite crystals NaxCuO2 (x=1.58, 1.6, 1.62).

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    van Smaalen, Sander; Dinnebier, Robert; Sofin, Mikhail; Jansen, Martin

    2007-02-01

    NaxCuO2 (x approximately 1.6) has been synthesized for different compositions x, resulting in both commensurate and incommensurate composite crystals. The crystal structures are reported for two incommensurate compounds (x=1.58 and 1.62) determined by Rietveld refinements against X-ray powder diffraction data. The incommensurate compounds and commensurate Na8Cu5O10 (x=1.6) are found to possess similar structures, with valence fluctuations of Cu2+/Cu3+ as the origin of the modulations of the CuO2 subsystems; the displacive modulations of Na being defined by the closest Na-O contacts between the subsystems. A comparison of the structure models obtained from single-crystal X-ray diffraction, synchrotron-radiation X-ray powder diffraction and X-ray powder diffraction with Cu Kalpha1 radiation indicates that single-crystal X-ray diffraction is by far the most accurate method, while powder diffraction with radiation from an X-ray tube provides the least accurate structure model. PMID:17235190

  20. O the Transition from - to Three-Dimensional Behavior in Adsorbed Films

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    Day, Peter Kenneth

    1993-01-01

    Argon and krypton films adsorbed on graphite foam have been studied in detail using vapor pressure and high resolution, heat capacity measurements. Heat capacity features near the bulk triple point temperature, previously associated with the surface melting of the uniform film, are shown to be due to the melting of bulk material condensed in pores in the substrate. The melting curve of the capillary condensate agrees with the prediction of a modified Clausius -Claperon equation. The second and third layers in argon and the second layer in krypton have a triple point at which two-dimensional solid, liquid, and gas phases coexist atop a solid lower layer. Commensurate-incommensurate transitions are found in the first two layers of argon and in the second layer of krypton, so that monolayer argon melts from a registered phase, but the second layers of both systems melt from incommensurate bilayer phases. The melting of the second and third layers in both systems are likely to be first order, but the data are not conclusive. At coverages starting with 3{1over 2} layers, heat capacity features that are due to reentrant layering-transitions are seen in both systems, confirming the result of recent ellipsometry studies. Further heat capacity peaks suggest phase transitions that join the newly observed reentrant layering-transitions with the well studied layering-transitions at low temperature. These heat capacity peaks may be related to the recently proposed preroughening transition. A mean field theory is developed that reproduced the reentrant layering behavior for ratios of nearest and next nearest neighbor interaction energies greater than a critical value. The mean field theory gives an explanation for the appearance of reentrant layering -transitions at different film thicknesses depending on the substrate-adsorbate interaction parameter. Multilayer phase diagrams are drawn from the data that suggest a crossover from two-dimensional behavior in the second layer to

  1. Photoluminescence study of the substitution of Cd by Zn during the growth by atomic layer epitaxy of alternate CdSe and ZnSe monolayers

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    Hernández-Calderón, I.; Salcedo-Reyes, J. C.

    2014-05-15

    We present a study of the substitution of Cd atoms by Zn atoms during the growth of alternate ZnSe and CdSe compound monolayers (ML) by atomic layer epitaxy (ALE) as a function of substrate temperature. Samples contained two quantum wells (QWs), each one made of alternate CdSe and ZnSe monolayers with total thickness of 12 ML but different growth parameters. The QWs were studied by low temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. We show that the Cd content of underlying CdSe layers is affected by the exposure of the quantum well film to the Zn flux during the growth of ZnSe monolayers. The amount of Cd of the quantum well film decreases with higher exposures to the Zn flux. A brief discussion about the difficulties to grow the Zn{sub 0.5}Cd{sub 0.5}Se ordered alloy (CuAu-I type) by ALE is presented.

  2. Multi-terminal Monolayer WSe2 devices

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    Zhao, Wenjin; Palomaki, Tauno; Finney, Joe; Fei, Zaiyao; Nguyen, Paul; McKay, Frank; Cobden, David

    Two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMD) semiconductors are promising materials for next-generation electronic and optoelectronic devices. WSe2 in particular has shown excellent optical properties, but it has proven difficult to make reliable electrical contacts to this material. We use a new chemical vapor deposition technique to grow monolayer single crystal WSe2 reliably on a large scale with edges up to 15 microns long. We then fabricate these crystals into multi-terminal devices encapsulated in boron nitride using dry transfer techniques. We achieve sufficiently good electrical contacts reproducibly to allow comprehensive study of the intrinsic optical and electrical properties of gated WSe2 monolayers as a function of temperature and magnetic field.

  3. Trion dynamics in Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers

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    Singh, Akshay; Tran, Kha; Wu, Sanweng; Ross, Jason; Moody, Galan; Xu, Xiaodong; Li, Elaine

    2015-03-01

    Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMD's) in the monolayer limit, exhibit interesting phenomena including increased photoluminescence, spin-valley coupling and many-body effects. Excitons (bound electron-hole pairs) and trions (charged excitons) in these materials have unusually large binding energy and dominate the optical response near the band gap. In particular, trions can drift under application of an electric field and have higher spin lifetimes increasing applications in quantum spin models. We study the temporal dynamics of excitons and trions including their formation and lifetimes using time resolved two-color pump-probe spectroscopy on a monolayer TMD (MoSe2). Trions are observed to have vastly different temporal dynamics with much slower decay than excitons. We also observe rapid formation of trions when resonantly pumped while a slow rise (in temporal response) is seen for other excitation energies. We suggest that localization of trions needs to be taken into account to explain these observations.

  4. Fracture Characteristics of Monolayer CVD-Graphene

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    Hwangbo, Yun; Lee, Choong-Kwang; Kim, Sang-Min; Kim, Jae-Hyun; Kim, Kwang-Seop; Jang, Bongkyun; Lee, Hak-Joo; Lee, Seoung-Ki; Kim, Seong-Su; Ahn, Jong-Hyun; Lee, Seung-Mo

    2014-01-01

    We have observed and analyzed the fracture characteristics of the monolayer CVD-graphene using pressure bulge testing setup. The monolayer CVD-graphene has appeared to undergo environmentally assisted subcritical crack growth in room condition, i.e. stress corrosion cracking arising from the adsorption of water vapor on the graphene and the subsequent chemical reactions. The crack propagation in graphene has appeared to be able to be reasonably tamed by adjusting applied humidity and stress. The fracture toughness, describing the ability of a material containing inherent flaws to resist catastrophic failure, of the CVD-graphene has turned out to be exceptionally high, as compared to other carbon based 3D materials. These results imply that the CVD-graphene could be an ideal candidate as a structural material notwithstanding environmental susceptibility. In addition, the measurements reported here suggest that specific non-continuum fracture behaviors occurring in 2D monoatomic structures can be macroscopically well visualized and characterized. PMID:24657996

  5. Transport measurement of Li doped monolayer graphene

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    Khademi, Ali; Sajadi, Ebrahim; Dosanjh, Pinder; Folk, Joshua; Stöhr, Alexander; Forti, Stiven; Starke, Ulrich

    Lithium adatoms on monolayer graphene have been predicted to induce superconductivity with a critical temperature near 8 K, and recent experimental evidence by ARPES indicates a critical temperature nearly that high. Encouraged by these results, we investigated the effects of lithium deposited at cryogenic temperatures on the electronic transport properties of epitaxial and CVD monolayer graphene down to 3 K. The change of charge carrier density due to Li deposition was monitored both by the gate voltage shift of the Dirac point and by Hall measurements, in low and high doping regimes. In the high doping regime, a saturation density of 2×1013 cm-2 was observed independent of sample type, initial carrier density and deposition conditions. No signatures of superconductivity were observed down to 3 K.

  6. Molecular recognition in gels, monolayers, and solids

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    Prime, Kevin L.; Chu, Yen-Ho; Schmid, Walther; Seto, Christopher T.; Chen, James K.

    1991-12-01

    This paper describes work in four areas: affinity electrophoresis of carbonic anhydrase in cross-linked polyacrylamide derived gels containing immobilized derivatives of aryl sulfonamides; inhibition of the hemagglutination of erythrocytes induced by influenza virus using water-soluble polyacrylamides bearing sialic acid groups; the application of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of alkyl thiolates on gold to the study of protein adsorption on organic surfaces; and the use of networks of hydrogen bonds to generate new classes of non-covalently assembled organic materials, both in solution and in crystals. This paper summarizes research in two areas of molecular recognition: affinity polymers and molecular self assembly. We illustrate these areas by examples drawn from affinity gel electrophoresis, soluble synthetic macromolecular inhibitors of binding of influenza virus to erythrocytes protein adsorption on self assembled monolayers and self assembling hydrogen bonded molecular aggregates.

  7. Piezoelectric monolayers as nonlinear energy harvesters.

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    López-Suárez, Miquel; Pruneda, Miguel; Abadal, Gabriel; Rurali, Riccardo

    2014-05-01

    We study the dynamics of h-BN monolayers by first performing ab-initio calculations of the deformation potential energy and then solving numerically a Langevine-type equation to explore their use in nonlinear vibration energy harvesting devices. An applied compressive strain is used to drive the system into a nonlinear bistable regime, where quasi-harmonic vibrations are combined with low-frequency swings between the minima of a double-well potential. Due to its intrinsic piezoelectric response, the nonlinear mechanical harvester naturally provides an electrical power that is readily available or can be stored by simply contacting the monolayer at its ends. Engineering the induced nonlinearity, a 20 nm2 device is predicted to harvest an electrical power of up to 0.18 pW for a noisy vibration of 5 pN. PMID:24722065

  8. Single photon ionisation of self assembled monolayers

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    King, B. V.; Savina, M. R.; Tripa, C. E.; Calaway, W. F.; Veryovkin, I. V.; Moore, J. F.; Pellin, M. J.

    2002-05-01

    Self assembled monolayers formed from benzenethiol, diphenylsulphide and diphenyldisulphide have been analysed using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), sputter neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS) and laser desorption photoionisation mass spectrometry (LDPI). The peak corresponding to the parent ion was much stronger in LDPI than with SIMS or SNMS analysis and fragmentation was lower. A useful yield of order 0.5% was obtained for LDPI from diphenyldisulphide.

  9. Exploring atomic defects in molybdenum disulphide monolayers

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    Hong, Jinhua; Hu, Zhixin; Probert, Matt; Li, Kun; Lv, Danhui; Yang, Xinan; Gu, Lin; Mao, Nannan; Feng, Qingliang; Xie, Liming; Zhang, Jin; Wu, Dianzhong; Zhang, Zhiyong; Jin, Chuanhong; Ji, Wei; Zhang, Xixiang; Yuan, Jun; Zhang, Ze

    2015-01-01

    Defects usually play an important role in tailoring various properties of two-dimensional materials. Defects in two-dimensional monolayer molybdenum disulphide may be responsible for large variation of electric and optical properties. Here we present a comprehensive joint experiment–theory investigation of point defects in monolayer molybdenum disulphide prepared by mechanical exfoliation, physical and chemical vapour deposition. Defect species are systematically identified and their concentrations determined by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, and also studied by ab-initio calculation. Defect density up to 3.5 × 1013 cm−2 is found and the dominant category of defects changes from sulphur vacancy in mechanical exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition samples to molybdenum antisite in physical vapour deposition samples. Influence of defects on electronic structure and charge-carrier mobility are predicted by calculation and observed by electric transport measurement. In light of these results, the growth of ultra-high-quality monolayer molybdenum disulphide appears a primary task for the community pursuing high-performance electronic devices. PMID:25695374

  10. Atomistic simulations of langmuir monolayer collapse.

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    Lorenz, Christian D; Travesset, Alex

    2006-11-21

    Monolayers at the vapor/water interface collapse by exploring the third dimension at sufficient lateral compression, either by forming three-dimensional structures or by solubilization into the aqueous solution. In this paper, we provide an atomistic description of collapse from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. More specifically, we investigate monolayers of arachidic acids spread on pure water and in an aqueous solution with Ca2+ ions in the subphase. In both cases, it is found that the collapsed systems generally lead to the formation of multilayer structures, which in the system with Ca2+ ions, proceeds by an intermediate regime where the monolayer exhibits significant roughness (of the order of 4 A). If no roughness is present, the system forms collapsed structures into the aqueous solution. The computational cost of atomic MD limits our simulations to relatively small system sizes, fast compression rates, and temporal scales on the order of a nanosecond. We discuss the issues caused by these limitations and present a detailed discussion of how the collapse regime proceeds at long time scales. We conclude with a summary of the implications of our results for further theoretical and experimental studies. PMID:17106994

  11. Intrinsic structural defects in monolayer molybdenum disulfide

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    Zhou, Wu; Idrobo Tapia, Juan C

    2013-01-01

    Monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a two-dimensional direct band gap semiconductor with distinctive mechanical, electronic, optical and chemical properties that can be utilized for novel nanoelectronics and optoelectronics devices. The performance of these electronic devices strongly depends on the quality and defect morphology of the MoS2 layers. Yet, little is known about the atomic structure of defects present in monolayer MoS2 and their influences on the material properties. Here we provide a systematic study of various intrinsic structural defects, including point defects, grain boundaries, and edges, in chemical vapor phase grown monolayer MoS2 via direct atomic resolution imaging, and explore their energy landscape and electronic properties using first-principles calculations. We discover that one-dimensional metallic wires can be created via two different types of 60 grain boundaries consisting of distinct 4-fold ring chains. A new type of edge reconstruction, representing a transition state during growth, was also identified, providing insights into the material growth mechanism. The atomic scale study of structural defects presented here brings new opportunities to tailor the properties of MoS2 via controlled synthesis and defect engineering.

  12. Investigation on gallium ions impacting monolayer graphene

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    Wu, Xin; Zhao, Haiyan Yan, Dong; Pei, Jiayun

    2015-06-15

    In this paper, the physical phenomena of gallium (Ga{sup +}) ion impacting monolayer graphene in the nanosculpting process are investigated experimentally, and the mechanisms are explained by using Monte Carlo (MC) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Firstly, the MC method is employed to clarify the phenomena happened to the monolayer graphene target under Ga{sup +} ion irradiation. It is found that substrate has strong influence on the damage mode of graphene. The mean sputtering yield of graphene under 30 keV Ga{sup +} ion irradiation is 1.77 and the least ion dose to completely remove carbon atoms in graphene is 21.6 ion/nm{sup 2}. Afterwards, the focused ion beam over 21.6 ion/nm{sup 2} is used for the irradiation on a monolayer graphene supported by SiO2 experimentally, resulting in the nanostructures, i.e., nanodot and nanowire array on the graphene. The performances of the nanostructures are characterized by atomic force microscopy and Raman spectrum. A plasma plume shielding model is put forward to explain the nanosculpting results of graphene under different irradiation parameters. In addition, two damage mechanisms are found existing in the fabrication process of the nanostructures by using empirical MD simulations. The results can help us open the possibilities for better control of nanocarbon devices.

  13. Exploring atomic defects in molybdenum disulphide monolayers.

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    Hong, Jinhua; Hu, Zhixin; Probert, Matt; Li, Kun; Lv, Danhui; Yang, Xinan; Gu, Lin; Mao, Nannan; Feng, Qingliang; Xie, Liming; Zhang, Jin; Wu, Dianzhong; Zhang, Zhiyong; Jin, Chuanhong; Ji, Wei; Zhang, Xixiang; Yuan, Jun; Zhang, Ze

    2015-01-01

    Defects usually play an important role in tailoring various properties of two-dimensional materials. Defects in two-dimensional monolayer molybdenum disulphide may be responsible for large variation of electric and optical properties. Here we present a comprehensive joint experiment-theory investigation of point defects in monolayer molybdenum disulphide prepared by mechanical exfoliation, physical and chemical vapour deposition. Defect species are systematically identified and their concentrations determined by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, and also studied by ab-initio calculation. Defect density up to 3.5 × 10(13) cm(-2) is found and the dominant category of defects changes from sulphur vacancy in mechanical exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition samples to molybdenum antisite in physical vapour deposition samples. Influence of defects on electronic structure and charge-carrier mobility are predicted by calculation and observed by electric transport measurement. In light of these results, the growth of ultra-high-quality monolayer molybdenum disulphide appears a primary task for the community pursuing high-performance electronic devices. PMID:25695374

  14. Biocompatible Ferromagnetic Cr-Trihalide Monolayers

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    Sun, Qiang

    Cr with an electronic configuration of 3d54s1 possesses the largest atomic magnetic moment (6µB) of all elements in the 3d transition metal series. Furthermore, the trivalent chromium (Cr3+) is biocompatible and is widely found in food and supplements. Here using first principles calculations combined with Monte Carlo simulations based on Ising model, we systematically study a class of 2D ferromagnetic monolayers CrX3 (X = Cl, Br, I). The feasibility of exfoliation from their layered bulk phase is confirmed by the small cleavage energy and high in-plane stiffness. Spin-polarized calculations, combined with self consistently determined Hubbard U that accounts for strong correlation energy, demonstrate that CrX3 (X =Cl, Br, I) monolayers are ferromagnetic and Cr is trivalent and carries a magnetic moment of 3µB, the resulting Cr3+ ions are biocompatible. The corresponding Curie temperatures for CrCl3 CrBr3 CrI3 are are found to 66, 86, and 107 K, respectively, which can be increased to 323, 314, 293 K by hole doping. The biocompatibility and ferromagnetism render these Cr-containing trichalcogenide monolayers unique for applications.

  15. Robust ferromagnetism in monolayer chromium nitride

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    Zhang, Shunhong; Li, Yawei; Zhao, Tianshan; Wang, Qian

    2014-01-01

    Design and synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) materials with robust ferromagnetism and biocompatibility is highly desirable due to their potential applications in spintronics and biodevices. However, the hotly pursued 2D sheets including pristine graphene, monolayer BN, and layered transition metal dichalcogenides are nonmagnetic or weakly magnetic. Using biomimetic particle swarm optimization (PSO) technique combined with ab initio calculations we predict the existence of a 2D structure, a monolayer of rocksalt-structured CrN (100) surface, which is both ferromagnetic and biocompatible. Its dynamic, thermal and magnetic stabilities are confirmed by carrying out a variety of state-of-the-art theoretical calculations. Analyses of its band structure and density of states reveal that this material is half-metallic, and the origin of the ferromagnetism is due to p-d exchange interaction between the Cr and N atoms. We demonstrate that the displayed ferromagnetism is robust against thermal and mechanical perturbations. The corresponding Curie temperature is about 675 K which is higher than that of most previously studied 2D monolayers. PMID:24912562

  16. Investigation of Mixed Surfactant Films at Water Surface Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Habartová, Alena; Roeselová, Martina; Cwiklik, Lukasz

    2015-10-27

    Multicomponent Langmuir monolayers are important models of organic coatings of naturally occurring water-vapor interfaces such as the surfaces of oceans or aerosol particles. We investigated mixed monolayers comprised of palmitic acid, C15H31COOH (PA) and 1-bromoalkanes of different chain length (C5, C10, and C16) at the air-water interface employing classical molecular dynamics simulations. Different composition ratios and lateral compression of the monolayers were considered. The structural parameters, such as density profiles, and deuterium order parameter, evaluated as functions of composition and the lateral film packing, provide microscopic information about organization and dynamics of the mixed monolayers. Simulations demonstrate that stable and well mixed monolayers are formed by the mixtures of PA and BrC16H33 (BrCl6), whereas the two considered shorter bromoalkanes, BrC5H11 (BrC5) and BrC10H21 (BrC10), do not form stable films. This is in accord with earlier experimental studies. Under high lateral pressures, in PA/BrC10 mixed systems molecules of the bromoalkane readily flip in the monolayer and subsequently leave the film, while the molecules of the longer BrC16 are expelled from the PA film but no flipping occurs. These results suggest that the film collapse under pressure is preceded by squeezing-out of bromoalkanes from the PA monolayer. PMID:26439598

  17. STM study of morphology and electron transport features in cytochrome c and nanocluster molecule monolayers.

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    Khomutov, G B; Belovolova, L V; Gubin, S P; Khanin, V V; Obydenov, A Yu; Sergeev-Cherenkov, A N; Soldatov, E S; Trifonov, A S

    2002-01-01

    The morphology and electron tunneling through single cytochrome c and nanocluster Pt(5)(CO)(7)[P(C(6)H(5))](4) molecules organized as monolayer Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films on graphite substrate have been studied experimentally using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy techniques with sub-nanometer spatial resolution in a double barrier tunnel junction configuration STM tip-monomolecular film-conducting substrate at ambient conditions. STM images of the films revealed globular structures with characteristic diameters (approximately 3.5 nm for the protein molecule and approximately 1.2 nm for the nanocluster). The spectroscopic study by recording the tunneling current-bias voltage (I-V) curves revealed tunneling I-V characteristics with features as steps of different width and heights that are dependent on the STM tip position over the molecule in the monolayer, giving evidence for sequential discrete electron-tunneling effects with the combination of the single electron Coulomb-charging energy and the electronic energy level separation (molecular spectrum) in such immobilized metalloprotein and nanocluster structures that can be of interest for the development of bioelectronic and hybrid functional nanosystems. PMID:11786369

  18. Spontaneous phase separation during self-assembly in bi-dispersed spherical iron oxide nanoparticle monolayers

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    Stanley, Jacob; Boucheron, Leandra; Shpyrko, Oleg E-mail: oshpyrko@physics.ucsd.edu; Lin, Binhua E-mail: oshpyrko@physics.ucsd.edu; Meron, Mati

    2015-04-20

    Recent developments in the synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles have resulted in the ability to fabricate roughly spherical particles with extremely high size uniformity (low polydispersity). These particles can form self-assembled monolayer films at an air-water interface. When the polydispersity of the particles is low, these monolayers can be well-ordered over a length scale dozens of times the particle size. The van der Waals force between the particles is what drives this self-assembly. Through the use of Grazing Incidence X-Ray Diffraction we demonstrate that, when these films are formed at the liquid surface from bi-dispersed solutions containing 10 and 20 nm spherical particles suspended in chloroform, the particles phase separate into well-ordered patches during the self-assembly process. Furthermore, the domain sizes of these phase separated regions are at most 2–3 times smaller than that of a film comprising only mono-dispersed particles and their degree of disorder is comparable. This is shown for multiple solutions with differing ratios of 10 and 20 nm particles.

  19. Growth and spectroscopic characterization of monolayer and few-layer hexagonal boron nitride on metal substrates.

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    Feigelson, Boris N; Bermudez, Victor M; Hite, Jennifer K; Robinson, Zachary R; Wheeler, Virginia D; Sridhara, Karthik; Hernández, Sandra C

    2015-02-28

    Atomically thin two dimensional hexagonal boron nitride (2D h-BN) is one of the key materials in the development of new van der Waals heterostructures due to its outstanding properties including an atomically smooth surface, high thermal conductivity, high mechanical strength, chemical inertness and high electrical resistance. The development of 2D h-BN growth is still in the early stages and largely depends on rapid and accurate characterization of the grown monolayer or few layers h-BN films. This paper demonstrates a new approach to characterizing monolayer h-BN films directly on metal substrates by grazing-incidence infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS). Using h-BN films grown by atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition on Cu and Ni substrates, two new sub-bands are found for the A2u out-of-plane stretching mode. It is shown, using both experimental and computational methods, that the lower-energy sub-band is related to 2D h-BN coupled with substrate, while the higher energy sub-band is related to decoupled (or free-standing) 2D h-BN. It is further shown that this newly-observed fine structure in the A2u mode can be used to assess, quickly and easily, the homogeneity of the h-BN-metal interface and the effects of metal surface contamination on adhesion of the layer. PMID:25640166

  20. Growth and spectroscopic characterization of monolayer and few-layer hexagonal boron nitride on metal substrates

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    Feigelson, Boris N.; Bermudez, Victor M.; Hite, Jennifer K.; Robinson, Zachary R.; Wheeler, Virginia D.; Sridhara, Karthik; Hernández, Sandra C.

    2015-02-01

    Atomically thin two dimensional hexagonal boron nitride (2D h-BN) is one of the key materials in the development of new van der Waals heterostructures due to its outstanding properties including an atomically smooth surface, high thermal conductivity, high mechanical strength, chemical inertness and high electrical resistance. The development of 2D h-BN growth is still in the early stages and largely depends on rapid and accurate characterization of the grown monolayer or few layers h-BN films. This paper demonstrates a new approach to characterizing monolayer h-BN films directly on metal substrates by grazing-incidence infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS). Using h-BN films grown by atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition on Cu and Ni substrates, two new sub-bands are found for the A2u out-of-plane stretching mode. It is shown, using both experimental and computational methods, that the lower-energy sub-band is related to 2D h-BN coupled with substrate, while the higher energy sub-band is related to decoupled (or free-standing) 2D h-BN. It is further shown that this newly-observed fine structure in the A2u mode can be used to assess, quickly and easily, the homogeneity of the h-BN-metal interface and the effects of metal surface contamination on adhesion of the layer.