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Sample records for adsorbed molecular monolayers

  1. Surface-enhanced nonlinear optical effects and detection of adsorbed molecular monolayers

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    Shen, Y.R.; Chen, C.K.; Heinz, T.F.; Ricard, D.

    1981-01-01

    The observation of a number of surface-enhanced nonlinear optical effects is discussed. The feasibility of using second-harmonic generation to detect the adsorption of molecular monolayers on a metal surface in an electrolytic solution is shown.

  2. Progress in our understanding of structure bonding and reactivity of metal surfaces and adsorbed monolayers at the molecular level: A 25 year perspective

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    Somorjai, G. A.

    1995-12-01

    Over fifty techniques have been developed during the past 25 years that permit molecular level investigation of structure and bonding of the surface monolayer. Among them, low-energy electron diffraction surface crystallography and vibrational spectroscopies using photons and electrons have contributed the lion's share of quantitative experimental data. (Most of these investigations have utilized small area (~1 cm 2) external surfaces, although microporous large internal surface area samples were also scrutinized.) From these studies, the physical picture of the surface which emerges is one of a separate phase with distinct structure, composition, and bonding that is distinguishable from the solid bulk. The new surface phenomena which were discovered include clean surface reconstruction, adsorbate-induced restructuring, ordering and reactivity of surface defects (steps and kinks), cluster-like bonding, the large mobility of adsorbates, and the coadsorption bond. Techniques were also developed that permit in situ molecular level study of surfaces during reactions at high pressures and temperatures with good time resolution (10 -12-10 -3 sec). Molecular surface science has had a great impact in major applications involving surface phenomena-selective adsorption, heterogeneous catalysis, coatings, microelectronics, electrochemistry, and tribology-and spawned new surface technologies. The demands of these applications focus attention on the behavior of the buried interface, both solid-liquid and solid-solid.

  3. Molecular Adsorber Coating

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    Straka, Sharon; Peters, Wanda; Hasegawa, Mark; Hedgeland, Randy; Petro, John; Novo-Gradac, Kevin; Wong, Alfred; Triolo, Jack; Miller, Cory

    2011-01-01

    A document discusses a zeolite-based sprayable molecular adsorber coating that has been developed to alleviate the size and weight issues of current ceramic puck-based technology, while providing a configuration that more projects can use to protect against degradation from outgassed materials within a spacecraft, particularly contamination-sensitive instruments. This coating system demonstrates five times the adsorption capacity of previously developed adsorber coating slurries. The molecular adsorber formulation was developed and refined, and a procedure for spray application was developed. Samples were spray-coated and tested for capacity, thermal optical/radiative properties, coating adhesion, and thermal cycling. Work performed during this study indicates that the molecular adsorber formulation can be applied to aluminum, stainless steel, or other metal substrates that can accept silicate-based coatings. The coating can also function as a thermal- control coating. This adsorber will dramatically reduce the mass and volume restrictions, and is less expensive than the currently used molecular adsorber puck design.

  4. 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

  5. DETECTION OF MOLECULAR MONOLAYERS BY OPTICAL. SECOND HARMONIC GENERATION

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    Chen, C. K.; Heinz, T. F.; Ricard, D.; Shen, Y. R.

    1980-12-01

    Second harmonic generation is shown to be sensitive enough to detect molecular monolayers adsorbed on a silver surface. Adsorption of AgCl and pyridine on silver during and after an electrolytic cycle can be easily observed,

  6. Volumetric Interpretation of Protein Adsorption: Capacity Scaling with Adsorbate Molecular Weight and Adsorbent Surface Energy

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    Parhi, Purnendu; Golas, Avantika; Barnthip, Naris; Noh, Hyeran; Vogler, Erwin A.

    2009-01-01

    Silanized-glass-particle adsorbent capacities are extracted from adsorption isotherms of human serum albumin (HSA, 66 kDa), immunoglobulin G (IgG, 160 kDa), fibrinogen (Fib, 341 kDa), and immunoglobulin M (IgM, 1000 kDa) for adsorbent surface energies sampling the observable range of water wettability. Adsorbent capacity expressed as either mass-or-moles per-unit-adsorbent-area increases with protein molecular weight (MW) in a manner that is quantitatively inconsistent with the idea that proteins adsorb as a monolayer at the solution-material interface in any physically-realizable configuration or state of denaturation. Capacity decreases monotonically with increasing adsorbent hydrophilicity to the limit-of-detection (LOD) near τo = 30 dyne/cm (θ~65o) for all protein/surface combinations studied (where τo≡γlvocosθ is the water adhesion tension, γlvo is the interfacial tension of pure-buffer solution, and θ is the buffer advancing contact angle). Experimental evidence thus shows that adsorbent capacity depends on both adsorbent surface energy and adsorbate size. Comparison of theory to experiment implies that proteins do not adsorb onto a two-dimensional (2D) interfacial plane as frequently depicted in the literature but rather partition from solution into a three-dimensional (3D) interphase region that separates the physical surface from bulk solution. This interphase has a finite volume related to the dimensions of hydrated protein in the adsorbed state (defining “layer” thickness). The interphase can be comprised of a number of adsorbed-protein layers depending on the solution concentration in which adsorbent is immersed, molecular volume of the adsorbing protein (proportional to MW), and adsorbent hydrophilicity. Multilayer adsorption accounts for adsorbent capacity over-and-above monolayer and is inconsistent with the idea that protein adsorbs to surfaces primarily through protein/surface interactions because proteins within second (or higher

  7. Mechanism of charge transfer and its impacts on Fermi-level pinning for gas molecules adsorbed on monolayer WS2.

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    Zhou, Changjie; Yang, Weihuang; Zhu, Huili

    2015-06-01

    Density functional theory calculations were performed to assess changes in the geometric and electronic structures of monolayer WS2 upon adsorption of various gas molecules (H2, O2, H2O, NH3, NO, NO2, and CO). The most stable configuration of the adsorbed molecules, the adsorption energy, and the degree of charge transfer between adsorbate and substrate were determined. All evaluated molecules were physisorbed on monolayer WS2 with a low degree of charge transfer and accept charge from the monolayer, except for NH3, which is a charge donor. Band structure calculations showed that the valence and conduction bands of monolayer WS2 are not significantly altered upon adsorption of H2, H2O, NH3, and CO, whereas the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals of O2, NO, and NO2 are pinned around the Fermi-level when these molecules are adsorbed on monolayer WS2. The phenomenon of Fermi-level pinning was discussed in light of the traditional and orbital mixing charge transfer theories. The impacts of the charge transfer mechanism on Fermi-level pinning were confirmed for the gas molecules adsorbed on monolayer WS2. The proposed mechanism governing Fermi-level pinning is applicable to the systems of adsorbates on recently developed two-dimensional materials, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides. PMID:26049513

  8. Mechanism of charge transfer and its impacts on Fermi-level pinning for gas molecules adsorbed on monolayer WS{sub 2}

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    Zhou, Changjie; Zhu, Huili; Yang, Weihuang

    2015-06-07

    Density functional theory calculations were performed to assess changes in the geometric and electronic structures of monolayer WS{sub 2} upon adsorption of various gas molecules (H{sub 2}, O{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O, NH{sub 3}, NO, NO{sub 2}, and CO). The most stable configuration of the adsorbed molecules, the adsorption energy, and the degree of charge transfer between adsorbate and substrate were determined. All evaluated molecules were physisorbed on monolayer WS{sub 2} with a low degree of charge transfer and accept charge from the monolayer, except for NH{sub 3}, which is a charge donor. Band structure calculations showed that the valence and conduction bands of monolayer WS{sub 2} are not significantly altered upon adsorption of H{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O, NH{sub 3}, and CO, whereas the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals of O{sub 2}, NO, and NO{sub 2} are pinned around the Fermi-level when these molecules are adsorbed on monolayer WS{sub 2}. The phenomenon of Fermi-level pinning was discussed in light of the traditional and orbital mixing charge transfer theories. The impacts of the charge transfer mechanism on Fermi-level pinning were confirmed for the gas molecules adsorbed on monolayer WS{sub 2}. The proposed mechanism governing Fermi-level pinning is applicable to the systems of adsorbates on recently developed two-dimensional materials, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides.

  9. Black Molecular Adsorber Coatings for Spaceflight Applications

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    Abraham, Nithin Susan; Hasegawa, Mark Makoto; Straka, Sharon A.

    2014-01-01

    The molecular adsorber coating is a new technology that was developed to mitigate the risk of on-orbit molecular contamination on spaceflight missions. The application of this coating would be ideal near highly sensitive, interior surfaces and instruments that are negatively impacted by outgassed molecules from materials, such as plastics, adhesives, lubricants, epoxies, and other similar compounds. This current, sprayable paint technology is comprised of inorganic white materials made from highly porous zeolite. In addition to good adhesion performance, thermal stability, and adsorptive capability, the molecular adsorber coating offers favorable thermal control characteristics. However, low reflectivity properties, which are typically offered by black thermal control coatings, are desired for some spaceflight applications. For example, black coatings are used on interior surfaces, in particular, on instrument baffles for optical stray light control. Similarly, they are also used within light paths between optical systems, such as telescopes, to absorb light. Recent efforts have been made to transform the white molecular adsorber coating into a black coating with similar adsorptive properties. This result is achieved by optimizing the current formulation with black pigments, while still maintaining its adsorption capability for outgassing control. Different binder to pigment ratios, coating thicknesses, and spray application techniques were explored to develop a black version of the molecular adsorber coating. During the development process, coating performance and adsorption characteristics were studied. The preliminary work performed on black molecular adsorber coatings thus far is very promising. Continued development and testing is necessary for its use on future contamination sensitive spaceflight missions.

  10. Electronic and magnetic properties of nonmetal atoms adsorbed ReS{sub 2} monolayers

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    Zhang, Xiaoou; Li, Qingfang

    2015-08-14

    The stable configurations and electronic and magnetic properties of nonmetal atoms (H, N, P, O, S, F, and Cl) adsorbed ReS{sub 2} monolayers have been investigated by first-principles calculations. It is found that H, O, S, F, and Cl prefer to occupy the peak sites of S atoms, while both N and P atoms favor the valley sites of S atoms. The ReS{sub 2} sheet exhibits a good adsorption capability to nonmetal atoms. The reconstruction of the surface is pronounced in N- and P-adsorbed ReS{sub 2} monolayers. In H-adsorbed case, the Fermi level is pulled into the conduction band, which results in the semiconductor-metal transition. The same magnetic moment of 1μ{sub B} is found in the N-, P-, F-, and Cl-adsorbed ReS{sub 2} monolayers, while the mechanisms of forming magnetic moment for N (P)- and F (Cl)-adsorbed cases are different. In addition, the spatial extensions of spin density in P-, F-, and Cl-adsorbed cases are larger than that in N-adsorbed case, which is more suitable to achieve long-range magnetic coupling interaction at low defect concentrations. Our results provide insight for achieving metal-free magnetism and a tunable band gap for various electronic and spintronic devices based on ReS{sub 2}.

  11. Development and Testing of Molecular Adsorber Coatings

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    Abraham, Nithin; Hasegawa, Mark; Straka, Sharon

    2012-01-01

    The effect of on-orbit molecular contamination has the potential to degrade the performance of spaceflight hardware and diminish the lifetime of the spacecraft. For example, sensitive surfaces, such as optical surfaces, electronics, detectors, and thermal control surfaces, are vulnerable to the damaging effects of contamination from outgassed materials. The current solution to protect these surfaces is through the use of zeolite coated ceramic adsorber pucks. However, these pucks and its additional complex mounting hardware requirements result in several disadvantages, such as size, weight, and cost related concerns, that impact the spacecraft design and the integration and test schedule. As a result, a new innovative molecular adsorber coating was developed as a sprayable alternative to mitigate the risk of on-orbit molecular contamination. In this study, the formulation for molecular adsorber coatings was optimized using various binders, pigment treatment methods, binder to pigment ratios, thicknesses, and spray application techniques. The formulations that passed coating adhesion and vacuum thermal cycling tests were further tested for its adsorptive capacity. Accelerated molecular capacitance tests were performed in an innovatively designed multi-unit system containing idealized contaminant sources. This novel system significantly increased the productivity of the testing phase for the various formulations that were developed. Work performed during the development and testing phases has demonstrated successful application of molecular adsorber coatings onto metallic substrates, as well as, very promising results for the adhesion performance and the molecular capacitance of the coating. Continued testing will assist in the qualification of molecular adsorber coatings for use on future contamination sensitive spaceflight missions.

  12. 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.

  13. Angular Resolved X-Ray Absorption Near Edge Structure Investigation of Adsorbed Alkanethiol Monolayers on III-V(110) Surfaces

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    Chassé, T.; Zerulla, D.; Hallmeier, K. H.

    The structure of alkanethiol monolayers on III-V(110) surfaces was studied by analyzing the X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) of the carbon K edge. Pronounced absorption maxima were observed for special orientations of the polarization vector of the radiation as revealed from angular-dependent measurements, suggesting a rather well-defined molecular axis of the alkyl chains. From quantitative evaluations of these angular dependences the chains were found to be tilted from the normal towards the [001] direction of the (110) surfaces by 34° and 15° in the case of hexadecanethiol (HDT) adsorption on InP and GaP, respectively. The similarities as well as the differences in tilt angles between the substrates are dicussed in terms of constraints imposed by the surface structure and lattice constants as well as the space requirements of the van der Waals spheres of the adsorbed thiols. A unique feature observed on these monolayers is the nearly complete alignment of the alkyl chains with respect to the azimuthal orientation. We suggest that this adsorbate system represents the case of a single domain orientation within the organic monolayer.

  14. Optical spectroscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy studies of molecular adsorbates and anisotropic ultrathin films. Final report

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    Hemminger, J.C.

    1998-09-01

    The bonding, chemistry and ordering of molecular adsorbates on well defined single crystal surfaces and in ultrathin films was to be studied in an effort to develop sufficient fundamental understanding to allow the controlled preparation of anisotropic ultrathin films of organic monolayers. In this research the authors combine the use of optical probes (Raman spectroscopy, laser induced thermal desorption with Fourier transform mass spectrometry detection) with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and conventional methods of UHV surface science (Auger electron spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, low energy electron diffraction, and thermal desorption spectroscopy). The conventional surface probes provide well tested methods for the preparation and characterization of single crystal substrates. The optical probes used in the experiments provide powerful methods for the molecular identification of adsorbates in monolayers and ultrathin films. Scanning tunneling microscopy provides one with the ability to determine the detailed molecular level ordering of the molecular adsorbates. The emphasis of this research is on more complex molecular absorbates some of which are monomer precursors to ultrathin polymer films. Enhanced methods of Raman spectroscopy have been developed for the study of monolayer adsorbates on surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum environments. This report gives an overview of recent research results, including the construction of UHV variable temperature STM, analysis of STM images, growth and chemistry of intermetallic single crystal ultrathin films, and electron beam induced chemistry of tetracyanoquinodimethane.

  15. 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.

  16. Vibrational Spectra of Vinyltriethoxysilane (vtes) Monolayers Adsorbed on Germania and Alumina

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    Craig, Ronald; Mallik, Robert R.

    1997-05-01

    VTES is used as a coupling agent to improve the adhesion of various coatings especially to glass, but also to minerals, metal oxides and other substrates. It has been studied extensively in this context by Infrared, Raman, and other spectroscopic methods; however, few of these methods have the sensitivity to probe effectively the first adsorbed monolayer on the above substrates. Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscopy (IETS), however, is intrinsically capable of detecting fractional monolayer coverage, but, until recently, studies have been limited primarily to the adsorption of monolayers on aluminum oxide which forms the insulating barrier in most metal/insulator/metal IET junctions. IETS has not been used to investigate adorbates on other barriers because it is difficult to make the barriers suitably thin and physically continuous. We are now able to fabricate viable IETS barriers by radio-frequency sputtering, and we present spectra of VTES adsorbed on thermally grown alumina, and sputtered germania films. Germania is chosen as a model for glass to avoid any ambiguity in assigning Si-O related vibrational modes to either the adsorband or adsorbate.

  17. 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.

  18. Effect of phosphonate monolayer adsorbate on the microwave photoresponse of TiO2 nanotube membranes mounted on a planar double ring resonator

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    Zarifi, Mohammad H.; Farsinezhad, Samira; Wiltshire, Benjamin D.; Abdorrazaghi, Mohammad; Mahdi, Najia; Kar, Piyush; Daneshmand, Mojgan; Shankar, Karthik

    2016-09-01

    In this study, the effects of a phosphonate molecular monolayer adsorbed on the surface of a free-standing self-organized TiO2 nanotube membrane, on the microwave photoresponse of the membrane are presented. This phenomenon is monitored using planar microwave sensors. A double ring resonator is utilized to monitor the permittivity and conductivity variation on the monolayer coated membrane and the sensor environment separately. It is shown that the rise time and subsequent decay of the amplitude (A), resonance frequency (f 0) and quality factor (Q) of the resonator depend on the existence and the type of the monolayer coating the membrane. Three different monolayers of n-decylphosphonic acid (DPA), 1H, 1H‧, 2H, 2H‧-perfluorodecyl phosphonic acid (PFDPA) and 16-phosphonohexadecanoic acid adsorbed on the titania nanotube membrane are investigated while monitoring their microwave properties during the illumination time period and in the relaxation period, which demonstrate different behavior in comparison to each other and to the bare nanotube membrane layer. The effect of humidity on the TiO2 nanotube membrane with and without different monolayers is also studied and the results demonstrate distinguishable microwave responses. While each of the monolayer-coated membranes exhibited an attenuation of the photo-induced change in A, f 0 and Q with respect to the bare membrane, PFDPA-coated membranes showed the smallest relative change in the monitored microwave parameters upon ultraviolet illumination and upon the introduction of different levels of humidity. These effects are explained on the basis of surface trap passivation by the monolayers as well as the hydrophobicity of the monolayers. Our work also shows how the interactions of self-assembled monolayers with charge carriers and surface states on metal oxides may be used to indirectly sense their presence through measurement of the microwave response.

  19. Effect of phosphonate monolayer adsorbate on the microwave photoresponse of TiO2 nanotube membranes mounted on a planar double ring resonator.

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    Zarifi, Mohammad H; Farsinezhad, Samira; Wiltshire, Benjamin D; Abdorrazaghi, Mohammad; Najia Mahdi; Kar, Piyush; Daneshmand, Mojgan; Shankar, Karthik

    2016-09-16

    In this study, the effects of a phosphonate molecular monolayer adsorbed on the surface of a free-standing self-organized TiO2 nanotube membrane, on the microwave photoresponse of the membrane are presented. This phenomenon is monitored using planar microwave sensors. A double ring resonator is utilized to monitor the permittivity and conductivity variation on the monolayer coated membrane and the sensor environment separately. It is shown that the rise time and subsequent decay of the amplitude (A), resonance frequency (f 0) and quality factor (Q) of the resonator depend on the existence and the type of the monolayer coating the membrane. Three different monolayers of n-decylphosphonic acid (DPA), 1H, 1H', 2H, 2H'-perfluorodecyl phosphonic acid (PFDPA) and 16-phosphonohexadecanoic acid adsorbed on the titania nanotube membrane are investigated while monitoring their microwave properties during the illumination time period and in the relaxation period, which demonstrate different behavior in comparison to each other and to the bare nanotube membrane layer. The effect of humidity on the TiO2 nanotube membrane with and without different monolayers is also studied and the results demonstrate distinguishable microwave responses. While each of the monolayer-coated membranes exhibited an attenuation of the photo-induced change in A, f 0 and Q with respect to the bare membrane, PFDPA-coated membranes showed the smallest relative change in the monitored microwave parameters upon ultraviolet illumination and upon the introduction of different levels of humidity. These effects are explained on the basis of surface trap passivation by the monolayers as well as the hydrophobicity of the monolayers. Our work also shows how the interactions of self-assembled monolayers with charge carriers and surface states on metal oxides may be used to indirectly sense their presence through measurement of the microwave response. PMID:27487465

  20. 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

  1. Transverse thermal depinning and nonlinear sliding friction of an adsorbed monolayer.

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    Granato, E; Ying, S C

    2000-12-18

    We study the response of an adsorbed monolayer under a driving force as a model of sliding friction phenomena between two crystalline surfaces with a boundary lubrication layer. Using Langevin-dynamics simulation, we determine the nonlinear response in the direction transverse to a high symmetry direction along which the layer is already sliding. We find that below a finite transition temperature there exist a critical depinning force and hysteresis effects in the transverse response in the dynamical state when the adlayer is sliding smoothly along the longitudinal direction. PMID:11135998

  2. Low-density phases of 3He monolayers adsorbed on graphite

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    Ruggeri, Michele; Vitali, Ettore; Galli, Davide Emilio; Boninsegni, Massimo; Moroni, Saverio

    2016-03-01

    Quantum Monte Carlo simulations at zero temperature of a 3He monolayer adsorbed on graphite, either clean or preplated with 4He, unexpectedly point to a gas-liquid phase transition at a very low areal density of the order of 0.01 Å-2 . This result stems from an essentially unbiased calculation of the ground-state energy for an infinite, defect-free substrate, which interacts with He atoms via a realistic potential, whereas the interaction between two He atoms includes two- and three-body terms. The sensitivity of the gas-liquid coexistence region on the model Hamiltonian employed is discussed.

  3. Neutron Reflection Study of Bovine β-Casein Adsorbed on OTS Self- Assembled Monolayers

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    Fragneto, Giovanna; Thomas, Robert K.; Rennie, Adrian R.; Penfold, Jeffrey

    1995-02-01

    Specular neutron reflection has been used to determine the structure and composition of bovine β-casein adsorbed on a solid surface from an aqueous phosphate-buffered solution at pH 7. The protein was adsorbed on a hydrophobic monolayer self-assembled from deuterated octadecyltrichlorosilane solution on a silicon (111) surface. A two-layer structure formed consisting of one dense layer of thickness 23 ± 1 angstroms and a surface coverage of 1.9 milligrams per square meter adjacent to the surface and an external layer protruding into the solution of thickness 35 ± 1 angstroms and 12 percent protein volume fraction. The structure of the (β-casein) layer is explained in terms of the charge distribution in the protein.

  4. NASA Applications of Molecular Adsorber Coatings

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    Abraham, Nithin S.

    2015-01-01

    The Molecular Adsorber Coating (MAC) is a new, innovative technology that was developed to reduce the risk of molecular contamination on spaceflight applications. Outgassing from materials, such as plastics, adhesives, lubricants, silicones, epoxies, and potting compounds, pose a significant threat to the spacecraft and the lifetime of missions. As a coating made of highly porous inorganic materials, MAC offers impressive adsorptive capabilities that help capture and trap contaminants. Past research efforts have demonstrated the coating's promising adhesion performance, optical properties, acoustic durability, and thermal stability. These results advocate its use near or on surfaces that are targeted by outgassed materials, such as internal optics, electronics, detectors, baffles, sensitive instruments, thermal control coatings, and vacuum chamber test environments. The MAC technology has significantly progressed in development over the recent years. This presentation summarizes the many NASA spaceflight applications of MAC and how the coatings technology has been integrated as a mitigation tool for outgassed contaminants. For example, this sprayable paint technology has been beneficial for use in various vacuum chambers for contamination control and hardware bake-outs. The coating has also been used in small instrument cavities within spaceflight instrument for NASA missions.

  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. The structure of PMDA-PDA polyimide monolayers adsorbed on gold surfaces

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    Keil, M.; Paggel, J. J.; Schedel-Niedrig, Th.; Yokoyama, S.; Sotobayashi, H.; Bradshaw, A. M.

    1995-11-01

    Monolayers of the rod-like PMDA-PDA polyimide adsorbed on flame-annealed polycrystalline gold films have been studied with scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The polyimide layer was deposited using the Langmuir-Blodgett preparation technique of Imai and Kakimoto. STM measurements in air showed that the polyimide chains were aligned along the <211> directions of the {111}-oriented single crystal regions of the surface. Although {111}-oriented areas were barely identifiable in the corresponding UHV experiments, aligned polymer chains were also observed over large areas of the surface. X-ray absorption measurements on the latter samples at the nitrogen K-edge showed a preferential orientation of the aromatic ring planes.

  7. 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)

  8. 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

  9. Photoinduced Reconfiguration Cycle in a Molecular Adsorbate Layer Studied by Femtosecond Inner-Shell Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Dachraoui, H.; Michelswirth, M.; Bartz, P.; Pfeiffer, W.; Heinzmann, U.; Siffalovic, P.; Schaefer, C.; Schnatwinkel, B.; Mattay, J.; Drescher, M.

    2011-03-11

    A time-resolved study of core-level chemical shifts in a monolayer of aromatic molecules reveals complex photoinduced reaction dynamics. The combination of electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis and ultrashort pulse excitation in the extreme ultraviolet allows performing time-correlated 4d-core-level spectroscopy of iodine atoms that probe the local chemical environment in the adsorbate molecule. The selectivity of the method unveils metastable molecular configurations that appear about 50 ps after the excitation and are efficiently quenched back to the ground state.

  10. Equilibrium molecular theory of two-dimensional adsorbate drops on surfaces of heterogeneous adsorbents

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    Tovbin, Yu. K.

    2016-08-01

    A molecular statistical theory for calculating the linear tension of small multicomponent droplets in two-dimensional adsorption systems is developed. The theory describes discrete distributions of molecules in space (on a scale comparable to molecular size) and continuous distributions of molecules (at short distances inside cells) in their translational and vibrational motions. Pair intermolecular interaction potentials (the Mie type potential) in several coordination spheres are considered. For simplicity, it is assumed that distinctions in the sizes of mixture components are slight and comparable to the sizes of adsorbent adsorption centers. Expressions for the pressure tensor components inside small droplets on the heterogeneous surface of an adsorbent are obtained, allowing calculations of the thermodynamic characteristics of a vapor-fluid interface, including linear tension. Problems in refining the molecular theory are discussed: describing the properties of small droplets using a coordination model of their structure, considering the effect an adsorbate has on the state of a near-surface adsorbent region, and the surface heterogeneity factor in the conditions for the formation of droplets.

  11. Melting of hexane monolayers adsorbed on graphite: the role of domains and defect formation.

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    Wexler, C; Firlej, L; Kuchta, B; Roth, M W

    2009-06-16

    We present the first large-scale molecular dynamics simulations of hexane on graphite that completely reproduce all experimental features of the melting transition. The canonical ensemble simulations required and used the most realistic model of the system: (i) a fully atomistic representation of hexane; (ii) an explicit site-by-site interaction with carbon atoms in graphite; (iii) the CHARMM force field with carefully chosen adjustable parameters of nonbonded interaction, and (iv) numerous >or=100 ns runs, requiring a total computation time of ca. 10 CPU years. The exhaustive studies have allowed us to determine the mechanism of the transition: proliferation of small domains through molecular reorientation within lamellae and without perturbation of the overall adsorbed film structure. At temperatures greater than that of melting, the system exhibits dynamically reorienting domains whose orientations reflect the graphite substrate's symmetry and whose size decrease with increasing temperature. PMID:19425600

  12. From adsorption to condensation: the role of adsorbed molecular clusters.

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    Yaghoubian, Sima; Zandavi, Seyed Hadi; Ward, C A

    2016-08-01

    The adsorption of heptane vapour on a smooth silicon substrate with a lower temperature than the vapour is examined analytically and experimentally. An expression for the amount adsorbed under steady state conditions is derived from the molecular cluster model of the adsorbate that is similar to the one used to derive the equilibrium Zeta adsorption isotherm. The amount adsorbed in each of a series of steady experiments is measured using a UV-vis interferometer, and gives strong support to the amount predicted to be adsorbed. The cluster distribution is used to predict the subcooling temperature required for the adsorbed vapour to make a disorder-order phase transition to become an adsorbed liquid, and the subcooling temperature is found to be 2.7 ± 0.4 K. The continuum approach for predicting the thickness of the adsorbed liquid film originally developed by Nusselt is compared with that measured and is found to over-predict the thickness by three-orders of magnitude. PMID:27426944

  13. Method of recovering adsorbed liquid compounds from molecular sieve columns

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    Burkholder, Harvey R.; Fanslow, Glenn E.

    1983-01-01

    Molecularly adsorbed volatile liquid compounds are recovered from molecular sieve adsorbent columns by directionally applying microwave energy to the bed of the adsorbent to produce a mixed liquid-gas effluent. The gas portion of the effluent generates pressure within the bed to promote the discharge of the effluent from the column bottoms. Preferably the discharged liquid-gas effluent is collected in two to three separate fractions, the second or intermediate fraction having a substantially higher concentration of the desorbed compound than the first or third fractions. The desorption does not need to be assisted by passing a carrier gas through the bed or by applying reduced pressure to the outlet from the bed.

  14. Method of recovering adsorbed liquid compounds from molecular sieve columns

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    Burkholder, H.R.; Fanslow, G.E.

    1983-12-20

    Molecularly adsorbed volatile liquid compounds are recovered from molecular sieve adsorbent columns by directionally applying microwave energy to the bed of the adsorbent to produce a mixed liquid-gas effluent. The gas portion of the effluent generates pressure within the bed to promote the discharge of the effluent from the column bottoms. Preferably the discharged liquid-gas effluent is collected in two to three separate fractions, the second or intermediate fraction having a substantially higher concentration of the desorbed compound than the first or third fractions. The desorption does not need to be assisted by passing a carrier gas through the bed or by applying reduced pressure to the outlet from the bed. 8 figs.

  15. Lotus Dust Mitigation Coating and Molecular Adsorber Coating

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    O'Connor, Kenneth M.; Abraham, Nithin S.

    2015-01-01

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has developed two unique coating formulations that will keep surfaces clean and sanitary and contain contaminants.The Lotus Dust Mitigation Coating, modeled after the self-cleaning, water-repellant lotus leaf, disallows buildup of dust, dirt, water, and more on surfaces. This coating, has been successfully tested on painted, aluminum, glass, silica, and some composite surfaces, could aid in keeping medical assets clean.The Molecular Adsorber Coating is a zeolite-based, sprayable molecular adsorber coating, designed to prevent outgassing in materials in vacuums. The coating works well to adsorb volatiles and contaminates in manufacturing and processing, such as in pharmaceutical production. The addition of a biocide would also aid in controlling bacteria levels.

  16. EPR studies on the organization of self-assembled spin-labeled organic monolayers adsorbed on GaAs.

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    Ruthstein, Sharon; Artzi, Reit; Goldfarb, Daniella; Naaman, Ron

    2005-02-01

    Characterizing the structure and dynamic properties of a single monolayer is a challenge due to the minute amount of material that is probed. Here, EPR spectroscopy is used for investigating the spatial and temporal organization of self-assembled monolayers of 5- and 16-doxyl stearic acid (5 DSA and 16 DSA, respectively) adsorbed on a GaAs substrate. The results are complemented with FTIR and ellipsometery measurements, which provide the evidence for the formation of monolayers. Moreover, a comparison with the FTIR spectrum of a monolayer of stearic acid shows that the monolayers of the spin labeled molecules are less packed due to the hindrance introduced by the labeling group. The EPR spectra provide a new insight on the ordering in the layer and more interestingly, it reveals the time dependence of the organization. For 5DSA, with the spin-label group situated close to the substrate, the EPR spectrum immediately after adsorption is poorly resolved and dominated by the spin-exchange interaction between neighboring molecules. As time increases (up to 1 week) the resolution of the 14N hyperfine coupling increases, revealing a better organized monolayer where the molecules are more homogenously spaced. Moreover, the spectrum of the layer, after reaching equilibrium, shows that there is no motional freedom near the GaAs surface. Orientation dependence measurements on the equilibrated sample show the presence of a preferred orientation of the molecules, although with a wide distribution. The spectrum of the 16DSA monolayer, where the nitroxide spin label is situated at the end of the chain, far from the surface, also showed a poorly resolved spectrum at short times, but unlike 5DSA, it did not exhibit any time dependence. Through EPR line-shape simulations and by comparison with FTIR results, the differences between 5DSA and 16DSA were attributed to difference in coverage caused by the bulky spin label near the surface in the case of 5DSA. PMID:19785139

  17. Stability and electronic properties of SiC nanowire adsorbed on MoS2 monolayer

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    Sharma, Munish; Pooja, Kumar, Ashok; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2015-06-01

    Structural stability and electronic properties of silicon carbide (SiC) nano-wire on MoS2 monolayer are investigated within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). The preferred binding site for the SiC nano-wire is predicted to be hollow site of monolayer. In the electronic band structure the states in valence band near Fermi level are mainly due to nano-wire leading to reduction of band gap relative to monolayer. These results provide a platform for their applications in optoelectronic devices.

  18. 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.

  19. Development of the Molecular Adsorber Coating for Spacecraft and Instrument Interiors

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    Abraham, Nithin

    2011-01-01

    On-orbit Molecular Contamination occurs when materials outgas and deposit onto very sensitive interior surfaces of the spacecraft and instruments. The current solution, Molecular Adsorber Pucks, has disadvantages, which are reviewed. A new innovative solution, Molecular Adsorber Coating (MAC), is currently being formulated, optimized, and tested. It is a sprayable alternative composed of Zeolite-based coating with adsorbing properties.

  20. 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.

  1. Self assembled monolayers on silicon for molecular electronics.

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    Aswal, D K; Lenfant, S; Guerin, D; Yakhmi, J V; Vuillaume, D

    2006-05-24

    We present an overview of various aspects of the self-assembly of organic monolayers on silicon substrates for molecular electronics applications. Different chemical strategies employed for grafting the self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of alkanes having different chain lengths on native oxide of Si or on bare Si have been reviewed. The utility of different characterization techniques in determination of the thickness, molecular ordering and orientation, surface coverage, growth kinetics and chemical composition of the SAMs has been discussed by choosing appropriate examples. The metal counterelectrodes are an integral part of SAMs for measuring their electrical properties as well as using them for molecular electronic devices. A brief discussion on the variety of options available for the deposition of metal counterelectrodes, that is, soft metal contacts, vapor deposition and soft lithography, has been presented. Various theoretical models, namely, tunneling (direct and Fowler-Nordheim), thermionic emission, Poole-Frenkel emission and hopping conduction, used for explaining the electronic transport in dielectric SAMs have been outlined and, some experimental data on alkane SAMs have been analyzed using these models. It has been found that short alkyl chains show excellent agreement with tunneling models; while more experimental data on long alkyl chains are required to understand their transport mechanism(s). Finally, the concepts and realization of various molecular electronic components, that is, diodes, resonant tunnel diodes, memories and transistors, based on appropriate architecture of SAMs comprising of alkyl chains (sigma- molecule) and conjugated molecules (pi-molecule) have been presented. PMID:17761249

  2. Molecular switches from benzene derivatives adsorbed on metal surfaces

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    Liu, Wei; Filimonov, Sergey N.; Carrasco, Javier; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2013-01-01

    Transient precursor states are often experimentally observed for molecules adsorbing on surfaces. However, such precursor states are typically rather short-lived, quickly yielding to more stable adsorption configurations. Here we employ first-principles calculations to systematically explore the interaction mechanism for benzene derivatives on metal surfaces, enabling us to selectively tune the stability and the barrier between two metastable adsorption states. In particular, in the case of the tetrachloropyrazine molecule, two equally stable adsorption states are identified with a moderate and conceivably reversible barrier between them. We address the feasibility of experimentally detecting the predicted bistable behaviour and discuss its potential usefulness in a molecular switch. PMID:24157660

  3. Development and application of thin-layer spectroelectrochemical techniques for the study of organosulfur monolayers adsorbed at gold

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    Simmons, N.

    1997-10-08

    A main research interest is the characterization of monolayers formed by the spontaneous adsorption of organosulfur compounds at gold. This dissertation describes the development and application of long optical pathlength thin-layer spectroelectrochemistry in an attempt to address key issues regarding the reactivity of surface-immobilized molecules. The first section of this introductory chapter briefly describes the general approach to the preparation and characterization of these films. The last section provides an overview of the main principles and advantages of thin-layer spectroelectrochemistry for studying surface-adsorbed species. The body of this dissertation is divided into four chapters. Chapter 2 consists of a paper describing the design, construction, and characterization of a cuvette-based LOPTLC. Chapter 3 is a paper which examines the reductive desorption process using thin-layer spectroelectrochemistry to monitor and identify the desorption product. Chapter 4 is a paper describing the characterization of monolayers functionalized with a catechol terminal group which serves as a redox transformable coordination site for metal ion binding. Chapter 5 discusses the application of thin-layer spectroelectrochemistry to acid-base reactivity studies of surface-immobilized molecules. The final section provides some general conclusions and a prospectus for future studies. These chapters have been processed separately for inclusion on the data base. This report contains the introduction, references, and general conclusions. 78 refs.

  4. pH-dependent conformational changes of diphtheria toxin adsorbed to lipid monolayers by neutron and X-ray reflection

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    Kent, Michael; Yim, Hyun; Satija, Sushil; Kuzmenko, Ivan

    2006-03-01

    Several important bacterial toxins, such as diphtheria, tetanus, and botulinum, invade cells through a process of high affinity binding, internalization via endosome formation, and subsequent membrane penetration of the catalytic domain activated by a pH drop in the endosome. These toxins are composed of three domains: a binding domain, a translocation domain, and an enzyme. The translocation process is not well understood with regard to the detailed conformational changes that occur at each step, To address this, we performed neutron reflectivity measurements for diphtheria toxin bound to lipid monolayers as a function of pH. While the final membrane inserted conformation will not be reproduced with the present monolayer system, important insights can still be gained into several intermediate stages. In particular, we show that no adsorption occurs at pH = 7.6, but strong adsorption occurs over at a pH range from 6.5 to 6.0. Following binding, at least two stages of conformational change occur, as the thickness increases from pH 6.3 to 5.3 and then decreases from pH 5.3 to 4.5. In addition, the dimension of the adsorbed layer substantially exceeds that of the largest dimension in the crystal structure of monomeric diphtheria, suggesting that the toxin may be present as multimers.

  5. Nonequilibrium Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Organic Friction Modifiers Adsorbed on Iron Oxide Surfaces.

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    Ewen, James P; Gattinoni, Chiara; Morgan, Neal; Spikes, Hugh A; Dini, Daniele

    2016-05-10

    For the successful development and application of lubricants, a full understanding of the nanoscale behavior of complex tribological systems is required, but this is difficult to obtain experimentally. In this study, we use nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) simulations to examine the atomistic structure and friction properties of commercially relevant organic friction modifier (OFM) monolayers adsorbed on iron oxide surfaces and lubricated by a thin, separating layer of hexadecane. Specifically, acid, amide, and glyceride OFMs, with saturated and Z-unsaturated hydrocarbon tail groups, are simulated at various surface coverages and sliding velocities. At low and medium coverage, the OFMs form liquidlike and amorphous monolayers, respectively, which are significantly interdigitated with the hexadecane lubricant, resulting in relatively high friction coefficients. At high coverage, solidlike monolayers are formed for all of the OFMs, which, during sliding, results in slip planes between well-defined OFM and hexadecane layers, yielding a marked reduction in the friction coefficient. When present at equal surface coverage, OFMs with saturated and Z-unsaturated tail groups are found to yield similar structure and friction behavior. OFMs with glyceride head groups yield significantly lower friction coefficients than amide and particularly carboxylic acid head groups. For all of the OFMs and coverages simulated, the friction coefficient is found to increase linearly with the logarithm of sliding velocity; however, the gradient of this increase depends on the coverage. The structure and friction details obtained from these simulations agree well with experimental results and also shed light on the relative tribological performance of these OFMs through nanoscale structural variations. This has important implications in terms of the applicability of NEMD to aid the development of new formulations to control friction. PMID:27064962

  6. Drug-Membrane Interactions Studied in Phospholipid Monolayers Adsorbed on Non-porous Alkylated Microspheres

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    LUKACOVA, VIERA; PENG, MING; FANUCCI, GAIL; TANDLICH, ROMAN; HINDERLITER, ANNE; MAITY, BIKASH; MANIVANNAN, ETHIRAJAN; COOK, GREGORY R.; BALAZ, STEFAN

    2008-01-01

    Characterization of interactions with phospholipids is an integral part of the in vitro profiling of drug candidates because of the roles the interactions play in tissue accumulation and passive diffusion. Currently used test systems may inadequately emulate the bilayer core solvation properties (immobilized artificial membranes - IAM), suffer from potentially slow transport of some chemicals (liposomes in free or immobilized forms), and require a tedious separation (if used for free liposomes). Here we introduce a well-defined system overcoming these drawbacks: nonporous octadecylsilica particles coated with a self-assembled phospholipid monolayer. The coating mimics the structure of the headgroup region, as well as the thickness and properties of the hydrocarbon core more closely than IAM. The monolayer has a similar transition temperature pattern as the corresponding bilayer. The particles can be separated by filtration or a mild centrifugation. The partitioning equilibria of 81 tested chemicals were dissected into the headgroup and core contributions, the latter using the alkane/water partition coefficients. The deconvolution allowed a successful prediction of the bilayer/water partition coefficients with the standard deviation of 0.26 log units. The plate-friendly assay is suitable for high-throughput profiling of drug candidates without sacrificing the quality of analysis or details of the drug-phospholipid interactions. PMID:17218665

  7. 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

  8. Implicit-Solvent Coarse-Grained Simulation with a Fluctuating Interface Reveals a Molecular Mechanism for Peptoid Monolayer Buckling.

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    Haxton, Thomas K; Zuckermann, Ronald N; Whitelam, Stephen

    2016-01-12

    Peptoid polymers form extended two-dimensional nanostructures via an interface-mediated assembly process: the amphiphilic peptoids first adsorb to an air-water interface as a monolayer, then buckle and collapse into free-floating bilayer nanosheets when the interface is compressed. Here, we investigate the molecular mechanism of monolayer buckling by developing a method for incorporating interface fluctuations into an implicit-solvent coarse-grained model. Representing the interface with a triangular mesh controlled by surface tension and surfactant adsorption, we predict the direction of buckling for peptoids with a segregated arrangement of charged side chains and predict that peptoids with with an alternating charge pattern should buckle less easily than peptoids with a segregated charge pattern. PMID:26647143

  9. Elastic response of a protein monolayer adsorbed at decorated water surface

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    Singh, Amarjeet; Konovalov, Oleg

    2015-05-01

    Under the in-plane isothermal compression the self-assembled protein monolayer expand in the direction perpendicular to the applied force as a function of applied compression. The structure finally buckle beyond a critical compression, which finally returns to the initial structure when the compression force was removed, behaving like an elastic body. We modelled the layer as homogeneous elastic medium and calculated elastic constants. Young's modulus of the protein layer is 2 orders of magnitude smaller than the bulk lysozyme crystals. It is of fundamental significance to be able to predict the elastic properties of the proteins at air-water interface since protein remains in their natural environment unlike protein crystals.

  10. A Binder-Free Ag Paste Using a Chemically Adsorbed Monolayer

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    Onishi, Shogo; Ohkubo, Yuji; Soejima, Kazuhiro; Ogawa, Kazufumi

    2009-06-01

    We developed a binder-free Ag paste using reactive chemically absorbed monolayers (CAMs), such as epoxy-terminated CAMs. Ag paste was prepared by forming an epoxy-terminated CAM with 2-(3,4-epoxycyclohexyl)-ethyltrimethoxysilane (ECHxES) on the surface of Ag particles, followed by adding 2-methyl-imidazole (2-MeIm) as a cross-linker into a suspension of dispersed Ag particles modified with ECHxES. To increase electrical conductivity, a mixture of large (average diameter D = 1.0 µm) and small (D = 0.5 µm) Ag particles was used. When the ratio in the mixture of large: small was 7:3, the best conductivity, 4.0 ×104 S/cm, was obtained. To prepare rigid wires from Ag paste, a cross-linker of a copper imidazole complex, instead of 2-MeIm, was added to the mixture of the Ag particles covered with ECHxES CAMs. The best pencil hardness and the best electrical conductivity obtained with the Ag paste wire were F and 2.5 ×105 S/cm, respectively, which exceeded the values of commercially available Ag pastes.

  11. Molecular Factors in Dendritic Cell Responses to Adsorbed Glycoconjugates

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    Hotaling, Nathan A.; Cummings, Richard D.; Ratner, Daniel M.; Babensee, Julia E.

    2014-01-01

    Carbohydrates and glycoconjugates have been shown to exert pro-inflammatory effects on the dendritic cell (DC), supporting pathogen-induced innate immunity and antigen processing, as well as immunosuppressive effects in the tolerance to self-proteins. Additionally, the innate inflammatory response to implanted biomaterials has been hypothesized to be mediated by inflammatory cells interacting with adsorbed proteins, many of which are glycosylated. However, the molecular factors relevant for surface displayed glycoconjugate modulation of DC phenotype are unknown. Thus, in this study, a model system was developed to establish the role of glycan composition, density, and carrier cationization state on DC response. Thiol modified glycans were covalently bound to a model protein carrier, maleimide functionalized bovine serum albumin (BSA), and the number of glycans per BSA modulated. Additionally, the carrier isoelectric point was scaled from a pI of ~4.0 to ~10.0 using ethylenediamine (EDA). The DC response to the neoglycoconjugates adsorbed to wells of a 384 well plate was determined via a high throughput assay. The underlying trends in DC phenotype in relation to conjugate properties were elucidated via multivariate general linear models. It was found that glycoconjugates with more than 20 glycans per carrier had the greatest impact on the pro-inflammatory response from DCs, followed by conjugates having an isoelectric point above 9.5. Surfaces displaying terminal α1–2 linked mannose structures were able to increase the inflammatory DC response to a greater extent than did any other terminal glycan structure. The results herein can be applied to inform the design of the next generation of combination products and biomaterials for use in future vaccines and implanted materials. PMID:24746228

  12. Modulation of the molecular spintronic properties of adsorbed copper corroles

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    Wu, Fan; Liu, Jie; Mishra, Puneet; Komeda, Tadahiro; Mack, John; Chang, Yi; Kobayashi, Nagao; Shen, Zhen

    2015-01-01

    The ability to modulate the spin states of adsorbed molecules is in high demand for molecular spintronics applications. Here, we demonstrate that the spin state of a corrole complex can be tuned by expanding its fused ring as a result of the modification to the d–π interaction between the metal and ligand. A bicyclo[2.2.2]octadiene-fused copper corrole can readily be converted into a tetrabenzocorrole radical on an Au(111) substrate during the sublimation process. In the scanning tunnelling spectroscopy spectrum, a sharp Kondo resonance appears near the Fermi level on the corrole ligand of the tetrabenzocorrole molecule. In contrast, a non-fused-ring-expanded copper corrole molecule, copper 5,10,15-triphenylcorrole, shows no such Kondo feature. Mapping of the Kondo resonance demonstrates that the spin distribution of the tetrabenzocorrole molecule can be further modified by the rotation of the meso-aryl groups, in a manner that could lead to applications in molecular spintronics. PMID:26112968

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Gold atom and dimer adsorbed on perfect and defective graphene and boron nitride monolayer: A first-principles study

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    Li, Guihua; Li, Feng; Wang, Xiaopeng; Zhao, Mingwen; Liu, Xiangdong

    2014-05-01

    Energetic and structural properties of gold atom (Au) and gold dimer (Au dimer) adsorbed on pristine and defective graphene (Gra) and boron nitride monolayer (BN) are investigated using density functional theory. Substitutional doping models in the neutral charge state are considered by replacing the C site in graphene with B or N atom impurities (Gra-CB and Gra-CN) or by doping the B or N sites in the BN sheet by a C atom (BN-BC and BN-NC). It is shown that while the binding of Au/Au-dimer to a pristine support is weak, stronger binding could be achieved by introducing a defect in the surface indicating that defects can trap metal atoms. It is found that Gra-CB and BN-NC support Au/Au-dimer well and BN-NC is more preferable from aspect of adsorption energy. Interaction between Au/Au-dimer and the BN-NC substrates is explained by assigning appropriate partial charge densities of the valence band maximum (VBM) and conduction band minimum (CBM) at the Г point and projected densities of states (PDOS). The results demonstrate that both pristine and defective BN surfaces can no longer be treated as inert supports for Au/Au-dimer.

  16. Quantitative Interpretation of the Low-Bias Conductance of Au-Mesitylene-Au Molecular Junctions Formed from Mesitylene Monolayers.

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    Wang, Hao; Jiang, Zhuoling; Wang, Yongfeng; Sanvito, Stefano; Hou, Shimin

    2016-07-18

    The atomic structure and electronic transport properties of Au-mesitylene-Au molecular junctions formed from a mesitylene monolayer without any anchoring groups are investigated by employing the non-equilibrium Green's function formalism combined with density functional theory. The intermolecular and adsorbate-substrate interactions are described by the non-local optB88 van der Waals functional. Two types of Au-mesitylene-Au molecular junctions are constructed, in which either an isolated mesitylene molecule or a mesitylene molecule embedded into a monolayer lying flat on one electrode surface is in contact with an atomic protrusion of the other electrode surface. The calculated low-bias conductance values of these two junctions are both in quantitative agreement with the reported experimental values [S. Afsari, Z. Li, and E. Borguet, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 9771; Angew. Chem. 2014, 126, 9929]. This indicates that the measured conductance is intrinsic at the single-molecule Au-mesitylene-Au junction and that the intermolecular interactions in the mesitylene monolayer have little effect. PMID:27116017

  17. Patterning a hydrogen-bonded molecular monolayer with a hand-controlled scanning probe microscope.

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    Green, Matthew F B; Esat, Taner; Wagner, Christian; Leinen, Philipp; Grötsch, Alexander; Tautz, F Stefan; Temirov, Ruslan

    2014-01-01

    One of the paramount goals in nanotechnology is molecular-scale functional design, which includes arranging molecules into complex structures at will. The first steps towards this goal were made through the invention of the scanning probe microscope (SPM), which put single-atom and single-molecule manipulation into practice for the first time. Extending the controlled manipulation to larger molecules is expected to multiply the potential of engineered nanostructures. Here we report an enhancement of the SPM technique that makes the manipulation of large molecular adsorbates much more effective. By using a commercial motion tracking system, we couple the movements of an operator's hand to the sub-angstrom precise positioning of an SPM tip. Literally moving the tip by hand we write a nanoscale structure in a monolayer of large molecules, thereby showing that our method allows for the successful execution of complex manipulation protocols even when the potential energy surface that governs the interaction behaviour of the manipulated nanoscale object(s) is largely unknown. PMID:25383304

  18. Patterning a hydrogen-bonded molecular monolayer with a hand-controlled scanning probe microscope

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    Green, Matthew F B; Esat, Taner; Wagner, Christian; Leinen, Philipp; Grötsch, Alexander; Tautz, F Stefan

    2014-01-01

    Summary One of the paramount goals in nanotechnology is molecular-scale functional design, which includes arranging molecules into complex structures at will. The first steps towards this goal were made through the invention of the scanning probe microscope (SPM), which put single-atom and single-molecule manipulation into practice for the first time. Extending the controlled manipulation to larger molecules is expected to multiply the potential of engineered nanostructures. Here we report an enhancement of the SPM technique that makes the manipulation of large molecular adsorbates much more effective. By using a commercial motion tracking system, we couple the movements of an operator's hand to the sub-angstrom precise positioning of an SPM tip. Literally moving the tip by hand we write a nanoscale structure in a monolayer of large molecules, thereby showing that our method allows for the successful execution of complex manipulation protocols even when the potential energy surface that governs the interaction behaviour of the manipulated nanoscale object(s) is largely unknown. PMID:25383304

  19. Reversible rectification in sub-monolayer molecular heterojunctions

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    Smerdon, Joe; Giebink, Chris; Bode, Matthias; Guisinger, Nathan; Guest, Jeffrey

    2011-03-01

    Pentacene and C60 are archetypal molecules for optically active acceptor-donor heterojunctions and have been used as the active materials in bilayer solar cells. We will discuss UHV STM and STS measurements on these bi-molecular films deposited sequentially to form heterojunctions on Cu(111). It is observed that rectification can be detected at the single-junction limit, and that the direction of rectification flips in accordance with the polarity of the heterojunction. The morphology of heterolayers will also be discussed. It is found that the density of a Pn monolayer can be affected by choice of growth conditions, and in turn can affect the overall morphology of the heterolayer and the rectification behavior of the heterojunctions. We will also briefly discuss progress towards probing the photophysical behavior of these systems. The correlation of atomic-scale structure and electronic behavior at the single-junction limit has important implications for applications of such heterojunctions, such as solar cells or OLEDs. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 and ``SISGR'' Contract No. DE-FG02-09ER16109.

  20. Molecular gated transistors: Role of self-assembled monolayers

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    Shaya, O.; Halpern, E.; Khamaisi, B.; Shaked, M.; Usherenko, Y.; Shalev, G.; Doron, A.; Levy, I.; Rosenwaks, Y.

    2010-07-01

    In order to understand the biosensing mechanism of field-effect based biosensors and optimize their performance, the effect of each of its molecular building block must be understood. In this work the gating effect of self-assembled linker molecules on field-effect transistor was studied in detail. We have combined Kelvin probe force microscopy, current-voltage measurements, capacitance-voltage measurements, equivalent circuit modeling and device simulations in order to trace the mechanism of silicon-on-insulator biological field-effect transistors. The measurements were conducted on the widely used linker molecules (3-aminopropyl)-trimethoxysilane (APTMS) and 11-aminoundecyl-triethoxysilane (AUTES), which were self-assembled on ozone activated silicon oxide surface covering the transistor channel. In a dry environment, the work function of the modified silicon oxide decreased by more than 1.5 eV, and the transistor threshold voltage increased by about 30 V following the self-assembly. A detailed analysis indicates that these changes are due to negative induced charges on the top dielectric layer, and an effective dipole due to the polar monolayer. However, the self-assembly did not change the silicon flat-band voltage when in contact with an electrolyte. This is attributed to electrostatic screening by the electrolyte.

  1. Selective adsorption and efficient regeneration via smart adsorbents possessing thermo-controlled molecular switches.

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    Jiang, Yao; Tan, Peng; Cheng, Lei; Shan, Shu-Feng; Liu, Xiao-Qin; Sun, Lin-Bing

    2016-04-21

    Adsorption and desorption are equally important in an adsorptive separation process, while conventional adsorbents with fixed pores benefit only one of them rather than both. Here, a new generation of adsorbents was fabricated by incorporating thermo-responsive polymers (TRPs) into pores. The TRPs act as molecular switches, making pore spaces and active sites responsive to adsorption/desorption conditions. The adsorbents can thus realize both selective adsorption and efficient desorption, which are extremely desirable for adsorptive separation. PMID:26883022

  2. Energy offsets within a molecular monolayer: the influence of the molecular environment

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    Willenbockel, M.; Stadtmüller, B.; Schönauer, K.; Bocquet, F. C.; Lüftner, D.; Reinisch, E. M.; Ules, T.; Koller, G.; Kumpf, C.; Soubatch, S.; Puschnig, P.; Ramsey, M. G.; Tautz, F. S.

    2013-03-01

    The compressed 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) herringbone monolayer structure on Ag(110) is used as a model system to investigate the role of molecule-molecule interactions at metal-organic interfaces. By means of the orbital tomography technique, we can not only distinguish the two inequivalent molecules in the unit cell but also resolve their different energy positions for the highest occupied and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals. Density functional theory calculations of a freestanding PTCDA layer identify the electrostatic interaction between neighboring molecules, rather than the adsorption site, as the main reason for the molecular level splitting observed experimentally.

  3. Molecular-dynamics simulation of methane adsorbed on MgO: Evidence for a Kosterlitz-Thouless transition

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    Alavi, Ali

    A realistic model of a monolayer molecular crystal of methane adsorbed on the (100) surface of MgO has been studied by means of molecular dynamics. The model treates the atomicity of the MgO substrate explicitly. Large corrugations in energy are found for both the translational and rotational motion of methane across the substrate. The preferred configurations of adsorption is over an Mg2+ ion in a tripod-down orientation. The orientationally ordered low-energy states of the monolayer have been found. Finite-size-scaling calculations on systems of different sizes indicate, however, that the ordered state exhibits only quasi-long-range order. The disclinations in the ordered phase exist in low concentrations and in bound pairs. Evidence is presented for a Kosterlitz-Thouless-type unbinding transition occurring at Tc ≈ 27 K. No evidence is found for a first-order transition. The specific heat exhibits an anomaly at T ≈ 32 K. The disclination density in the region of the transition is reported; below Tc, this density can be fitted to an Arrhenius-type law, yielding an estimate of the core enegy for a bound vortex-antivortex pair.

  4. Structure of CO2 monolayer on KCl(1 0 0)

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    Wu, Taiquan; Cao, Dan; Wang, Xinyan; Jiao, Zhiwei; Jiang, Zhouting; Chen, Miaogen; Luo, Honglei; Zhu, Ping

    2015-06-01

    The first-principle technique has been employed to determine the structure of carbon dioxide (CO2) dimers, molecular chains, monolayers and the CO2/KCl(1 0 0) system. Their potential structures have been proposed. CASTEP calculation shows that CO2 molecular chains and monolayers based on two stable dimers by the electric interaction are all self-assembly system. At the coverage of 1.00 ML, two stable structures have been proposed when CO2 monolayer on the KCl(1 0 0) surface. The best one is the monolayer adsorbed on the surface with the C atom in the bridge site, the angle α between the molecular bond and the surface is 24°. The better one is the monolayer horizontally adsorbed on the surface with the C atom in the top-Cl site. The structural parameters in the adsorption system are similar to those in the monolayer.

  5. Sum-frequency generation from molecular monolayers using 14 {mu}m radiation from the FELIX free-electron laser

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    Van der Ham, E.W.M.; Vrehen, Q.H.F.; Eliel, E.R.

    1995-12-31

    Sum-frequency generation (SFG) has developed into a widely applied tool for study of surfaces and interfaces where molecules are present. It combines the surface specificity of a second-order nonlinear optical technique with the power of a spectroscopic method, and it can be used under widely varying experimental conditions ranging from UHV to electrochemical cells. The important characteristic of SFG is that it allows one to study the average spatial orientation of a molecular bond in a monolayer of molecules at an interface. Until recently SFG measurements were confined to the frequency interval Y {mu} > 1700 cm{sup -1} because of a lack of suitable laser sources at wave-lengths {lambda} > 6 {mu}m. So for most molecules only a few vibrational modes and thus intramolecular bonds can be studied. We have developed a universal sum-frequency spectrometer around the FELIX free-electron law that covers the complete molecular fingerprint since we can generate any IR wavelength between 2.75 and 110 f{mu} at the FELIX facility. We have used this setup for a series of exploratory SFG experiments in a frequency range that was hitherto unexplored in the study of molecular monolayers. We have studied thiol monolayers chemisorbed on a variety of noble metals (Au, Ag, Pt) where we focussed on the C-S stretch vibration at {nu} = 702 cm{sup -1} ({lambda} = 14.3 {mu}m). We have found spectroscopic features revealing the presence of both the trane and gauche conformers of the adsorbed molecules. The present measurements open a whole new wavelength range for nonlinear optical studies of interfaces.

  6. 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.

  7. Self assembled molecular monolayers on high surface area materials as molecular getters

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    King, D.E.; Herdt, G.C.; Czanderna, A.W.

    1997-01-07

    The present invention relates to a gettering material that may be used as a filtration medium to remove pollutants from the environment. The gettering material comprises a high surface area material having a metal surface that chemically bonds n-alkanethiols in an organized manner thereby forming a molecular monolayer over the metal surface. The n-alkanethiols have a free functional group that interacts with the environment thereby binding specific pollutants that may be present. The gettering material may be exposed to streams of air in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems or streams of water to remove specific pollutants from either medium. 9 figs.

  8. Self assembled molecular monolayers on high surface area materials as molecular getters

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    King, David E.; Herdt, Gregory C.; Czanderna, Alvin W.

    1997-01-01

    The present invention relates to a gettering material that may be used as a filtration medium to remove pollutants from the environment. The gettering material comprises a high surface area material having a metal surface that chemically bonds n-alkanethiols in an organized manner thereby forming a molecular monolayer over the metal surface. The n-alkanethiols have a free functional group that interacts with the environment thereby binding specific pollutants that may be present. The gettering material may be exposed to streams of air in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems or streams of water to remove specific pollutants from either medium.

  9. Investigation of hydrogen bonds and temperature effects on the water monolayer adsorption on rutile TiO 2 (110) by first-principles molecular dynamics simulations

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    Sebbari, K.; Domain, C.; Roques, J.; Perron, H.; Simoni, E.; Catalette, H.

    2011-07-01

    Density Functional Theory (DFT), based on both static and Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics approaches, has been used to investigate the effect of hydrogen bonds and temperature on the water monolayer adsorption on the rutile TiO2 (110) face. It was demonstrated that the difference between some previous theoretical results and experimental data is due to too slim slab thickness model and/or too small surface area. According to the present static calculations, water monolayer adsorbs molecularly on the five-fold titanium atoms of an optimised five-layer slab thickness, due to the stabilising lateral hydrogen bonds between molecules. From the molecular dynamics simulations, two adsorption mechanisms were described as a function of temperature. Finally, it was pointed out that the dynamics of water adsorption is strongly influenced by the structural model used. When temperature increases, the monolayer dissociates gradually. However, because of the periodic boundary conditions, the 1 × 1 surface unit needs to be extended to at least 2 × 5 to get an accurate representation of the monolayer dissociation ratio. In these conditions, this ratio is around 20%, 25% and 33% at 270, 350 and 425 K, respectively.

  10. 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

  11. The Wide Field/Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC-2) molecular adsorber

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    Barengoltz, Jack; Moore, Sonya; Soules, David; Voecks, Gerald

    1995-01-01

    A device has been developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, for the adsorption of contaminants inside a space instrument during flight. The molecular adsorber was developed for use on the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, and it has been shown to perform at its design specifications in the WFPC-2. The basic principle of the molecular adsorber is a zeolite-coated ceramic honeycomb. The arrangement is efficient for adsorption and also provides the needed rigidity to retain the special zeolite coating during the launch vibrational environment. The adsorber, on other forms, is expected to be useful for all flight instruments sensitive to internal sources of contamination. Typically, some internal contamination is unavoidable. A common design solution is to increase the venting to the exterior. However, for truly sensitive instruments, the external contamination environment is more severe. The molecular adsorber acts as a one-way vent to solve this problem. Continued development is planned for this device.

  12. Molecular-Level Modifications Induced by Photo-Oxidation of Lipid Monolayers Interacting with Erythrosin.

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    Aoki, Pedro H B; Morato, Luis F C; Pavinatto, Felippe J; Nobre, Thatyane M; Constantino, Carlos J L; Oliveira, Osvaldo N

    2016-04-19

    Incorporation into cell membranes is key for the action of photosensitizers in photomedicine treatments, with hydroperoxidation as the prominent pathway of lipid oxidation. In this paper, we use Langmuir monolayers of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) and 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) as cell membrane models to investigate adsorption of the photosensitizer erythrosin and its effect on photoinduced lipid oxidation. From surface pressure isotherms and polarization-modulated infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS) data, erythrosin was found to adsorb mainly via electrostatic interaction with the choline in the head groups of both DOPC and DPPC. It caused larger monolayer expansion in DOPC, with possible penetration into the hydrophobic unsaturated chains, while penetration into the DPPC saturated chains was insignificant. Easier penetration is due to the less packed DOPC monolayer, in comparison to the more compact DPPC according to the monolayer compressibility data. Most importantly, light irradiation at 530 nm made the erythrosin-containing DOPC monolayer become less unstable, with a relative surface area increase of ca. 19%, in agreement with previous findings for bioadhesive giant vesicles. The relative area increase is consistent with hydroperoxidation, supporting the erythrosin penetration into the lipid chains, which favors singlet oxygen generation close to double bonds, an important requirement for photodynamic efficiency. PMID:27017835

  13. Characterization of molecular and atomic species adsorbed on ferroelectric and semiconductor surfaces

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    Bharath, Satyaveda Chavi

    In order to clarify the mechanisms behind the adsorption of atomic and molecular species adsorbed on ferroelectric surfaces, single crystalline lithium niobate (LiNbO3, LN), 'Z-cut' along the (0001) plane, has been prepared, characterized and subsequently exposed to molecular and atomic species. 4-n-octyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl (8CB) liquid crystal was chosen as a polar molecule for our model system for this study. Low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), atomic force microscopy (AFM), surface contact angles (CA), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the surface of LN as well as the nature of the liquid crystal films grown on the surface. Atomically flat LN surfaces were prepared as a support for monolayer thick, 8CB molecular domains. Also, for the purpose of gaining a fundamental understanding of low coverage interactions of metal atoms on ferroelectric surfaces, we choose to deposit gold onto the LN surface. These gold atomic layers were grown under UHV conditions and characterized. Understanding anchoring mechanisms and thin film organization for LC molecules and metal atoms on uniformly poled surfaces allows for a fuller appreciation of how molecular deposition of other polarizable molecules on patterned poled LN surfaces would occur as well as yielding greater insight on the atomic characteristics of metal on ferroelectric interfaces. Also, to reveal the mechanisms involved in the adsorption of organic aromatic molecules on high-index Si surfaces, thiophene (C4H 4S) and pyrrole (C4H5N) molecules were dosed on prepared Si(5 5 12)-2x1 surfaces as our experimental system. The Si(5 5 12) surface was prepared to produce a 2x1 reconstruction after which molecules were dosed at low exposure to observe the preferred adsorption sites on the surface. All surface preparation and experiments were performed in UHV and measurements of the surface before and after deposition were performed using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Fundamental

  14. Stability and electronic properties of SiC nanowire adsorbed on MoS{sub 2} monolayer

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    Sharma, Munish Pooja,; Ahluwalia, P. K.; Kumar, Ashok

    2015-06-24

    Structural stability and electronic properties of silicon carbide (SiC) nano-wire on MoS{sub 2} monolayer are investigated within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). The preferred binding site for the SiC nano-wire is predicted to be hollow site of monolayer. In the electronic band structure the states in valence band near Fermi level are mainly due to nano-wire leading to reduction of band gap relative to monolayer. These results provide a platform for their applications in optoelectronic devices.

  15. To-date spacecraft applications and demonstration testing results, and future product development for new molecular adsorber technologies

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    Thomson, Shaun; Hansen, Patricia; Straka, Sharon; Chen, Philip; Triolo, Jack; Bettini, Ron; Carosso, Paolo; Carosso, Nancy

    1997-01-01

    The use of molecular adsorbers, in order to aid in the reduction of the spacecraft contamination levels, is discussed. Molecular adsorbers are characterized by an extremely large surface area, molecularly-porous substructure, and processing charged sites capable of retaining molecular contaminant species. Molecular adsorbers were applied on two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, as well as on the tropical rainfall measuring mission. The use of molecular adsorbers carries the potential for low cost, easy fabrication and integration of reliable means for reducing the contamination level around spacecraft.

  16. 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.

  17. Electronic and transport properties of azobenzene monolayer junctions as molecular switches

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    Wang, Yan; Cheng, Hai-Ping

    2012-07-01

    We investigate from first principles the change in transport properties of a two-dimensional azobenzene monolayer sandwiched between two Au electrodes that undergoes molecular switching. We focus on transport differences between a chemisorbed and physisorbed top monolayer-electrode contact. The conductance of the monolayer junction with a chemisorbed top contact is higher in the trans configuration, in agreement with the previous theoretical predictions of one-dimensional single-molecule junctions. However, with a physisorbed top contact, the ON state, with larger conductance, is associated with the cis configuration due to a reduced effective tunneling pathway, which successfully explains recent experimental measurements on azobenzene monolayer junctions. A simple model is developed to explain electron transmission across subsystems in the molecular junction. We also discuss the effects of monolayer packing density, molecule tilt angle, and contact geometry on the calculated transmission functions. In particular, we find that a tip-like contact with chemisorption significantly affects the electric current through the cis monolayer, leading to highly asymmetric current-voltage characteristics as well as large negative differential resistance behavior.

  18. Synthesis of Triptycene-Based Molecular Rotors for Langmuir-Blodgett Monolayers.

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    Kaleta, Jiří; Kaletová, Eva; Císařová, Ivana; Teat, Simon J; Michl, Josef

    2015-10-16

    We describe syntheses of six triptycene-containing molecular rotors with several single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. These rod-shaped molecules carrying an axial rotator are designed to interleave on an aqueous surface into Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers containing a two-dimensional trigonal array of dipoles rotatable about an axis normal to the surface. Monolayer formation was verified with the simplest of the rotor structures. On an aqueous subphase containing divalent cations (Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Zn(2+), Sr(2+), or Cd(2+)), the LB isotherm yielded an area of 53 ± 3 Å(2)/molecule (monolayer of type A), compatible with the anticipated triangular packing of axes normal to the surface. On pure water, the area is 30 ± 3 Å(2)/molecule, and it is proposed that in this monolayer (type B), the molecular axes are tilted by 40-45° to a structure similar to those observed in single crystals of related triptycenes. After transfer to a gold surface, ellipsometry and PM IRRAS yield tilt angles of 29 ± 4° (monolayers of type A) and 38 ± 4° (type B). A full-scale examination of monolayers from all the rotors on a subphase and after transfer is underway and will be reported separately. PMID:26382886

  19. A molecular dynamics study of the packing structures in monolayers of partially fluorinated amphiphiles

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    Shin, Seokmin; Collazo, Nancy; Rice, Stuart A.

    1992-01-01

    We report the results of molecular dynamics simulations of liquid-supported monolayers of three partially fluorinated amphiphile molecules, namely CF3(CF2)9CH2COOH, CF3(CF2)6CH2(CF2)3COOH, and CF3(CF2)6(CH2)4COOH. These studies were undertaken to provide information on the interplay between molecular flexibility and the packing structure in a monolayer so as to better interpret the results of recent experiments. The qualitative aspects of the predictions of the simulations are consistent with the recent experimental data for monolayers of CF3(CF2)9CH2COOH [S. W. Barton, A. Goudot, O. Boulassa, F. Rondelez, B. Lin, F. Novak, A. Acero, and S. A. Rice, J. Chem. Phys. 96, xxx (1992)]. In particular, the observed breakup of the homogeneous ordered monolayer into ordered islands with the same collective tilt of the molecules is correctly predicted, and the fact that the collective tilt angle is small is correctly predicted. However, the experimental and theoretical values of the tilt angles are not in quantitative agreement, which we attribute to the inadequacy of the atom-atom potentials used in the simulations. In general, for monolayers of CF3(CF2)9CH2COOH we find that the collective tilt angle predicted is a sensitive function of the area per molecule and is smaller than in monolayers of alkane alcohols and alkane acids. The results of the simulations of monolayers of other partially fluorinated species suggest that the difference in size between the fluorocarbon segments and the smaller head groups or flexible ``spacer'' CH2 segments can generate subtle changes in the packing structure of a monolayer and the relative stabilities of the untilted and tilted structures.

  20. 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

  1. Smart Adsorbents with Photoregulated Molecular Gates for Both Selective Adsorption and Efficient Regeneration.

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    Cheng, Lei; Jiang, Yao; Yan, Ni; Shan, Shu-Feng; Liu, Xiao-Qin; Sun, Lin-Bing

    2016-09-01

    Selective adsorption and efficient regeneration are two crucial issues for adsorption processes; unfortunately, only one of them instead of both is favored by traditional adsorbents with fixed pore orifices. Herein, we fabricated a new generation of smart adsorbents through grafting photoresponsive molecules, namely, 4-(3-triethoxysilylpropyl-ureido)azobenzene (AB-TPI), onto pore orifices of the support mesoporous silica. The azobenzene (AB) derivatives serve as the molecular gates of mesopores and are reversibly opened and closed upon light irradiation. Irradiation with visible light (450 nm) causes AB molecules to isomerize from cis to trans configuration, and the molecular gates are closed. It is easy for smaller adsorbates to enter while difficult for the larger ones, and the selective adsorption is consequently facilitated. Upon irradiation with UV light (365 nm), the AB molecules are transformed from trans to cis isomers, promoting the desorption of adsorbates due to the opened molecular gates. The present smart adsorbents can consequently benefit not only selective adsorption but also efficient desorption, which are exceedingly desirable for adsorptive separation but impossible for traditional adsorbents with fixed pore orifices. PMID:27559985

  2. On-chip molecular electronic plasmon sources based on self-assembled monolayer tunnel junctions

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    Du, Wei; Wang, Tao; Chu, Hong-Son; Wu, Lin; Liu, Rongrong; Sun, Song; Phua, Wee Kee; Wang, Lejia; Tomczak, Nikodem; Nijhuis, Christian A.

    2016-04-01

    Molecular electronic control over plasmons offers a promising route for on-chip integrated molecular plasmonic devices for information processing and computing. To move beyond the currently available technologies and to miniaturize plasmonic devices, molecular electronic plasmon sources are required. Here, we report on-chip molecular electronic plasmon sources consisting of tunnel junctions based on self-assembled monolayers sandwiched between two metallic electrodes that excite localized plasmons, and surface plasmon polaritons, with tunnelling electrons. The plasmons originate from single, diffraction-limited spots within the junctions, follow power-law distributed photon statistics, and have well-defined polarization orientations. The structure of the self-assembled monolayer and the applied bias influence the observed polarization. We also show molecular electronic control of the plasmon intensity by changing the chemical structure of the molecules and by bias-selective excitation of plasmons using molecular diodes.

  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. 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.

  5. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of a Pulmonary Surfactant Protein B Peptide in a Lipid Monolayer

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    Freites, J. Alfredo; Choi, Yunsoo; Tobias, Douglas J.

    2003-01-01

    Pulmonary surfactant is a complex mixture of lipids and proteins that lines the air/liquid interface of the alveolar hypophase and confers mechanical stability to the alveoli during the breathing process. The desire to formulate synthetic mixtures for low-cost prophylactic and therapeutic applications has motivated the study of the specific roles and interactions of the different components. All-atom molecular dynamics simulations were carried out on a model system composed of a monolayer of palmitic acid (PA) and a surfactant protein B peptide, SP-B1–25. A detailed structural characterization as a function of the lipid monolayer specific area revealed that the peptide remains inserted in the monolayer up to values of specific area corresponding to an untilted condensed phase of the the pure palmitic acid monolayer. The system remains stable by altering the conformational order of both the anionic lipid monolayer and the peptide secondary structure. Two elements appear to be key for the constitution of this phase: an electrostatic interaction between the cationic peptide residues with the anionic headgroups, and an exclusion of the aromatic residues on the hydrophobic end of the peptide from the hydrophilic and aqueous regions. PMID:12668426

  6. Rotational Spectromicroscopy: Imaging the Orbital Interaction between Molecular Hydrogen and an Adsorbed Molecule

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    Li, Shaowei; Yuan, Dingwang; Yu, Arthur; Czap, Gregory; Wu, Ruqian; Ho, W.

    2015-05-01

    A hydrogen molecule can diffuse freely on the surface and be trapped above an adsorbed molecule within the junction of a scanning tunneling microscope. The trapped dihydrogen exhibits the properties of a free rotor. Here we show that the intermolecular interaction between dihydrogen and Mg-porphyrin (MgP) can be visualized by imaging j =0 to 2 rotational excitation of dihydrogen. The interaction leads to a weakened H-H bond and modest electron donation from the dihydrogen to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of MgP, a process similarly observed for the interaction between dihydrogen and an adsorbed Au atom.

  7. Rotational Spectromicroscopy: Imaging the Orbital Interaction between Molecular Hydrogen and an Adsorbed Molecule.

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    Li, Shaowei; Yuan, Dingwang; Yu, Arthur; Czap, Gregory; Wu, Ruqian; Ho, W

    2015-05-22

    A hydrogen molecule can diffuse freely on the surface and be trapped above an adsorbed molecule within the junction of a scanning tunneling microscope. The trapped dihydrogen exhibits the properties of a free rotor. Here we show that the intermolecular interaction between dihydrogen and Mg-porphyrin (MgP) can be visualized by imaging j=0 to 2 rotational excitation of dihydrogen. The interaction leads to a weakened H-H bond and modest electron donation from the dihydrogen to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of MgP, a process similarly observed for the interaction between dihydrogen and an adsorbed Au atom. PMID:26047242

  8. Water and Molecular Transport across Nanopores in Monolayer Graphene Membranes

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    Jang, Doojoon; O'Hern, Sean; Kidambi, Piran; Boutilier, Michael; Song, Yi; Idrobo, Juan-Carlos; Kong, Jing; Laoui, Tahar; Karnik, Rohit

    2015-11-01

    Graphene's atomic thickness and high tensile strength allow it to outstand as backbone material for next-generation high flux separation membrane. Molecular dynamics simulations predicted that a single-layer graphene membrane could exhibit high permeability and selectivity for water over ions/molecules, qualifying as novel water desalination membranes. However, experimental investigation of water and molecular transport across graphene nanopores had remained barely explored due to the presence of intrinsic defects and tears in graphene. We introduce two-step methods to seal leakage across centimeter scale single-layer graphene membranes create sub-nanometer pores using ion irradiation and oxidative etching. Pore creation parameters were varied to explore the effects of created pore structures on water and molecular transport driven by forward osmosis. The results demonstrate the potential of nanoporous graphene as a reliable platform for high flux nanofiltration membranes.

  9. Molecular ordering and phase transitions in alkanol monolayers at the water-hexane interface.

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    Tikhonov, Aleksey M; Pingali, Sai Venkatesh; Schlossman, Mark L

    2004-06-22

    The interface between bulk water and bulk hexane solutions of n-alkanols (H(CH(2))(m)OH, where m=20, 22, 24, or 30) is studied with x-ray reflectivity, x-ray off-specular diffuse scattering, and interfacial tension measurements. The alkanols adsorb to the interface to form a monolayer. The highest density, lowest temperature monolayers contain alkanol molecules with progressive disordering of the chain from the -CH(2)OH to the -CH(3) group. In the terminal half of the chain that includes the -CH(3) group the chain density is similar to that observed in bulk liquid alkanes just above their freezing temperature. The density in the alkanol headgroup region is 10% greater than either bulk water or the ordered headgroup region found in alkanol monolayers at the water-vapor interface. We conjecture that this higher density is a result of water penetration into the headgroup region of the disordered monolayer. A ratio of 1:3 water to alkanol molecules is consistent with our data. We also place an upper limit of one hexane to five or six alkanol molecules mixed into the alkyl chain region of the monolayer. In contrast, H(CH(2))(30)OH at the water-vapor interface forms a close-packed, ordered phase of nearly rigid rods. Interfacial tension measurements as a function of temperature reveal a phase transition at the water-hexane interface with a significant change in interfacial excess entropy. This transition is between a low temperature interface that is nearly fully covered with alkanols to a higher temperature interface with a much lower density of alkanols. The transition for the shorter alkanols appears to be first order whereas the transition for the longer alkanols appears to be weakly first order or second order. The x-ray data are consistent with the presence of monolayer domains at the interface and determine the domain coverage (fraction of interface covered by alkanol domains) as a function of temperature. This temperature dependence is consistent with a

  10. 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.

  11. David Adler Lectureship Award Talk: Friction and energy dissipation mechanisms in adsorbed molecules and molecularly thin films

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    Krim, Jacqueline

    2015-03-01

    Studies of the fundamental origins of friction have undergone rapid progress in recent years, with the development of new experimental and computational techniques for measuring and simulating friction at atomic length and time scales. The increased interest has sparked a variety of discussions and debates concerning the nature of the atomic-scale and quantum mechanisms that dominate the dissipative process by which mechanical energy is transformed into heat. Measurements of the sliding friction of physisorbed monolayers and bilayers can provide information on the relative contributions of these various dissipative mechanisms. Adsorbed films, whether intentionally applied or present as trace levels of physisorbed contaminants, moreover are ubiquitous at virtually all surfaces. As such, they impact a wide range of applications whose progress depends on precise control and/or knowledge of surface diffusion processes. Examples include nanoscale assembly, directed transport of Brownian particles, material flow through restricted geometries such as graphene membranes and molecular sieves, passivation and edge effects in carbon-based lubricants, and the stability of granular materials associated with frictional and frictionless contacts. Work supported by NSFDMR1310456.

  12. Molecular Orientation of Hydroquinone Adsorbed at a Platinum(111) Thin-Layer Electrode.

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    Ren; Hubbard

    1999-01-15

    Reported are new findings regarding the molecular orientation of hydroquinone (HQ) adsorbed on Pt surfaces. The packing density of hydroquinone adsorbed from 1 M HClO4 supporting electrolyte has been measured by use of a Pt(111) thin-layer electrode. The packing-density-vs-concentration profiles for hydroquinone, measured by a differential thin-layer electrode method at an ordered Pt(111) surface and at an electrochemically disordered Pt(111) surface, are identical within an experimental error of about 8%. The profiles from this study are similar to the ones obtained previously at an ordered Pt(111) surface by Auger spectroscopy, but they are significantly different from those reported previously for polycrystalline Pt thin-layer electrodes. A procedure based upon displacement of HQ by thiocyanate has been developed as an alternative method for determining the packing density of adsorbed HQ. Both methods afford information regarding the molecular state of HQ adsorbed at the Pt(111) surface. Copyright 1999 Academic Press. PMID:9885274

  13. Modulating Electrical Properties of InAs Nanowires via Molecular Monolayers.

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    Cheung, Ho-Yuen; Yip, SenPo; Han, Ning; Dong, Goufa; Fang, Ming; Yang, Zai-xing; Wang, Fengyun; Lin, Hao; Wong, Chun-Yuen; Ho, Johnny C

    2015-07-28

    In recent years, InAs nanowires have been demonstrated with the excellent electron mobility as well as highly efficient near-infrared and visible photoresponse at room temperature. However, due to the presence of a large amount of surface states that originate from the unstable native oxide, the fabricated nanowire transistors are always operated in the depletion mode with degraded electron mobility, which is not energy-efficient. In this work, instead of the conventional inorganic sulfur or alkanethiol surface passivation, we employ aromatic thiolate (ArS(-))-based molecular monolayers with controllable molecular design and electron density for the surface modification of InAs nanowires (i.e., device channels) by simple wet chemistry. More importantly, besides reliably improving the device performances by enhancing the electron mobility and the current on-off ratio through surface state passivation, the device threshold voltage (VTh) can also be modulated by varying the para-substituent of the monolayers such that the molecule bearing electron-withdrawing groups would significantly shift the VTh towards the positive region for the enhancement mode device operation, in which the effect has been quantified by density functional theory calculations. These findings reveal explicitly the efficient modulation of the InAs nanowires' electronic transport properties via ArS(-)-based molecular monolayers, which further elucidates the technological potency of this ArS(-) surface treatment for future nanoelectronic device fabrication and circuit integration. PMID:26083845

  14. 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

  15. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Air Exposure Effects on Molecular Beam Epitaxy Grown WSe2 Monolayers and Bilayers.

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    Park, Jun Hong; Vishwanath, Suresh; Liu, Xinyu; Zhou, Huawei; Eichfeld, Sarah M; Fullerton-Shirey, Susan K; Robinson, Joshua A; Feenstra, Randall M; Furdyna, Jacek; Jena, Debdeep; Xing, Huili Grace; Kummel, Andrew C

    2016-04-26

    The effect of air exposure on 2H-WSe2/HOPG is determined via scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). WSe2 was grown by molecular beam epitaxy on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), and afterward, a Se adlayer was deposited in situ on WSe2/HOPG to prevent unintentional oxidation during transferring from the growth chamber to the STM chamber. After annealing at 773 K to remove the Se adlayer, STM images show that WSe2 layers nucleate at both step edges and terraces of the HOPG. Exposure to air for 1 week and 9 weeks caused air-induced adsorbates to be deposited on the WSe2 surface; however, the band gap of the terraces remained unaffected and nearly identical to those on decapped WSe2. The air-induced adsorbates can be removed by annealing at 523 K. In contrast to WSe2 terraces, air exposure caused the edges of the WSe2 to oxidize and form protrusions, resulting in a larger band gap in the scanning tunneling spectra compared to the terraces of air-exposed WSe2 monolayers. The preferential oxidation at the WSe2 edges compared to the terraces is likely the result of dangling edge bonds. In the absence of air exposure, the dangling edge bonds had a smaller band gap compared to the terraces and a shift of about 0.73 eV in the Fermi level toward the valence band. However, after air exposure, the band gap of the oxidized WSe2 edges became about 1.08 eV larger than that of the WSe2 terraces, resulting in the electronic passivation of the WSe2. PMID:26991824

  16. Application of the Molecular Adsorber Coating Technology on the Ionospheric Connection Explorer Program

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    Abraham, Nithin S.; Hasegawa, Mark M.; Secunda, Mark S.

    2016-01-01

    The Molecular Adsorber Coating (MAC) is a zeolite based highly porous coating technology that was developed by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to capture outgassed contaminants, such as plastics, adhesives, lubricants, silicones, epoxies, potting compounds, and other similar materials. This paper describes the use of the MAC technology to address molecular contamination concerns on NASAs Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) program led by the University of California (UC) Berkeleys Space Sciences Laboratory. The sprayable paint technology was applied onto plates that were installed within the instrument cavity of ICONs Far Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (FUV). However, due to the instruments particulate sensitivity, the coating surface was vibrationally cleaned through simulated acoustics to reduce the risk of particle fall-out contamination. This paper summarizes the coating application efforts on the FUV adsorber plates, the simulated laboratory acoustic level cleaning test methods, particulation characteristics, and future plans for the MAC technology.

  17. Molecular monolayers for attaching electroactive molecules to vertically aligned carbon nanofibers

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    Landis, Elizabeth C.

    Integrating molecular monolayers with nanoscale carbon materials is attractive for a variety of applications including electroanalysis, sensing, and electrocatalysis due to the high stability and high surface area of nanoscale carbon. Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers are particularly interesting because their molecular structure indicates that they may have relatively reactive surfaces compared to other types of nanoscale carbon. This work explores the use of vertically aligned carbon nanofibers as a platform for electrocatalysis. We determined the morphology and binding locations of molecular layers on the nanofiber surface, then describe two methods for covalently binding electroactive molecules to the surface. The electron transfer process through the molecular layers was studied with emphasis on understanding the effects of the molecular linkage between the electroactive molecule and the surface and understanding the role of solvent and electrolyte in the electron transfer process. We determined that the electron transfer mechanism through monolayers on vertically aligned carbon nanofibers is controlled by the morphology of the molecular layers on the surface. Several potential catalysts were attached to the surface to evaluate the carbon nanofibers as scaffolds for electrocatalytic reactions.

  18. Molecular adsorbates as probes of the local properties of doped graphene

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    Pham, Van Dong; Joucken, Frédéric; Repain, Vincent; Chacon, Cyril; Bellec, Amandine; Girard, Yann; Rousset, Sylvie; Sporken, Robert; Santos, Maria Cristina dos; Lagoute, Jérôme

    2016-01-01

    Graphene-based sensors are among the most promising of graphene’s applications. The ability to signal the presence of molecular species adsorbed on this atomically thin substrate has been explored from electric measurements to light scattering. Here we show that the adsorbed molecules can be used to sense graphene properties. The interaction of porphyrin molecules with nitrogen-doped graphene has been investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy and ab initio calculations. Molecular manipulation was used to reveal the surface below the adsorbed molecules allowing to achieve an atomic-scale measure of the interaction of molecules with doped graphene. The adsorbate’s frontier electronic states are downshifted in energy as the molecule approaches the doping site, with largest effect when the molecule sits over the nitrogen dopant. Theoretical calculations showed that, due to graphene’s high polarizability, the adsorption of porphyrin induces a charge rearrangement on the substrate similar to the image charges on a metal. This charge polarization is enhanced around nitrogen site, leading to an increased interaction of molecules with their image charges on graphene. Consequently, the molecular states are stabilized and shift to lower energies. These findings reveal the local variation of polarizability induced by nitrogen dopant opening new routes towards the electronic tuning of graphene. PMID:27097555

  19. Molecular adsorbates as probes of the local properties of doped graphene

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    Pham, Van Dong; Joucken, Frédéric; Repain, Vincent; Chacon, Cyril; Bellec, Amandine; Girard, Yann; Rousset, Sylvie; Sporken, Robert; Santos, Maria Cristina Dos; Lagoute, Jérôme

    2016-04-01

    Graphene-based sensors are among the most promising of graphene’s applications. The ability to signal the presence of molecular species adsorbed on this atomically thin substrate has been explored from electric measurements to light scattering. Here we show that the adsorbed molecules can be used to sense graphene properties. The interaction of porphyrin molecules with nitrogen-doped graphene has been investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy and ab initio calculations. Molecular manipulation was used to reveal the surface below the adsorbed molecules allowing to achieve an atomic-scale measure of the interaction of molecules with doped graphene. The adsorbate’s frontier electronic states are downshifted in energy as the molecule approaches the doping site, with largest effect when the molecule sits over the nitrogen dopant. Theoretical calculations showed that, due to graphene’s high polarizability, the adsorption of porphyrin induces a charge rearrangement on the substrate similar to the image charges on a metal. This charge polarization is enhanced around nitrogen site, leading to an increased interaction of molecules with their image charges on graphene. Consequently, the molecular states are stabilized and shift to lower energies. These findings reveal the local variation of polarizability induced by nitrogen dopant opening new routes towards the electronic tuning of graphene.

  20. New adsorbents based on principles of chemical complexation: Monolayer-dispersed nickel(II) for acetylene separation by {pi}-complexation

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    Yang, R.T.; Foldes, R.

    1996-04-01

    A sorbent was prepared by dispersing a monolayer of Ni{sup 2+} ions (by spreading a monolayer of NiCl{sub 2} {center_dot} 6H{sub 2}O) on a high-surface-area {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. This sorbent showed high selectivities for acetylene (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}) over other hydrocarbons, by forming a weak {pi}-complexation bond between Ni{sup 2+} and C{sub 2}H{sub 2}. For example, at 60 C, the equilibrium amounts of hydrocarbons adsorbed at 1 atm were (in mmol/g) C{sub 2}H{sub 2} = 1.56, C{sub 2}H{sub 6} = 0.043, C{sub 2}H{sub 4} = 0.061, C{sub 3}H{sub 6} = 0.42, and C{sub 3}H{sub 8} = 0.30. The bond energy for the Ni{sup 2+}-C{sub 2}H{sub 2} complex was approximately 9.3 kcal/mol, and the adsorption was reversible. The stoichiometry of the complex was Ni{sup 2+}(C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sub n} where n = 1--3 at 25 C and subatmospheric pressure. The {pi}-complexation bond was formed by the donation of the C{sub 2}H{sub 2} {pi}-electrons to the vacant hybridized dsp{sup 2} orbitals of Ni{sup 2+} and the back-donation of electrons from the filled d (or dp-hybrid) orbitals of Ni{sup 2+} into the antibonding orbitals of C{sub 2}H{sub 2}. This work demonstrates that new sorbents can be designed and prepared by exploiting the weak, reversible {pi}-complexation bonds, and, consequently, conventional separation/purification processes can be replaced by more efficient adsorption processes.

  1. Helfrich's concept of intrinsic force and its molecular origin in bilayers and monolayers.

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    Nandi, Nilashis; Vollhardt, Dieter

    2014-06-01

    Bilayers and monolayers are excellent models of biological membranes. The constituents of the biological membranes such as lipids, cholesterols and proteins are chiral. Chiral molecules are abundant in nature (protein, nucleic acid and lipid). It is obvious that relationship between chirality and morphology (as well as function) of biological membrane is of interest for its fundamental importance and has technological implication regarding various membrane functions. The recent years have witnessed that a number of experimental studies in biomimetic systems have shown fascinating morphologies where chirality of the constituent molecule has decisive influence. Significant progress is made towards the understanding of these systems from the theoretical and computational studies. Helfrich's concept of intrinsic force arising from chirality is a milestone in understanding the biomimetic system such as bilayer and the related concepts, further progresses in molecular understanding made in recent years and experimental studies revealing the influence of chirality on morphology are the focus of the present review. Helfrich's concept of intrinsic force arising due to chirality is useful in understanding two-dimensional bilayers and one-dimensional monolayers and related mimetic systems. Various experimental techniques are used, which can probe the molecular architecture of these mimetic systems at different length scales and both macroscopic (thermodynamic) as well as microscopic (molecular) theories are developed. These studies are aimed to understand the role of chirality in the molecular interaction when the corresponding molecule is present in an aggregate. When one looks into the variety of morphologies exhibited by three-dimensional bilayer and two-dimensional monolayer, the later types of systems are more exotic in the sense that they show more diversity and interesting chiral discrimination. Helfrich's concept of intrinsic force may be considered useful in both

  2. Conductivity Measurements of Pyrrole Molecules Incorporated into Chemically Adsorbed Monolayer by Conducting Probe Technique in Atomic Force Microscope

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    Yamamoto, Shin‑ichi; Ogawa, Kazufumi

    2006-03-01

    A monomolecular layer containing pyrrolyl groups at the surface was prepared between two parallel Pt electrodes on a glass substrate by a chemical adsorption technique using N-[11-(trichlorosilyl)undecyl] pyrrole (PNN). Then, the pyrrolyl was polymerized with pure water by applying a DC voltage of 10 V between the two Pt electrodes. It was confirmed using an optical microscope that many electric paths were formed between the two Pt electrodes by a decoration technique using electrochemical polymerization in an aqueous medium containing pyrrole after the polymerization. Next, a conductive probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM) was used to examine an electrical polymerized path through the surface of the polypyrrolyl group in a chemically adsorbed monomolecular layer. The resistance of one electric path in the monomolecular layer was measured using an AFM with an attached Au-covered tip at room temperature. With a measurement volume of about 0.2 nm (the thickness of the electric path in the monomolecular layer) × 200 μm (the average width of the electric path) × 100 μm (the distance between the Pt electrode and the Au-covered AFM tip), the resistance at room temperature of one electric path was 4 k Ω under ambient conditions. From the results in the atmosphere, the conductivity of a super long conjugated polypyrrolyl group without any dopant in a lateral direction was ohmically estimated to be at least 6.0 × 105 S/m.

  3. Contributions of the substrate electric field to the molecular adsorbate optical nonlinearities

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    Zouari, M.; Villaeys, A.A.

    2005-10-15

    The nonlinear optical response of an adsorbate, whose structure is altered by the inhomogeneous electrostatic field of the substrate, has been evaluated with a particular emphasis on the sum-frequency generation process. In the limiting case of an homogeneous electrostatic field, besides the contributions associated with the induced dipole moments, we have additional contributions which only exist if the adsorbed molecule has permanent dipole moments. Also, the Franck-Condon factors of the unperturbed molecule weight the internal couplings induced by the electrostatic field. For the more general inhomogeneous electrostatic field case, while the main observations remain valid, the Franck-Condon factors are modified by the molecular structure changes induced by the electrostatic field. In addition, we have a strong redistribution of the vibronic couplings resulting from the analytical Q dependence of the partial charge distribution which is a signature of the field inhomogeneities.

  4. Correlating structural, mechanical, and charge transport properties of molecular monolayers and surfaces

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    Qi, Yabing

    In this dissertation I present experimental studies of the correlation between the structural, mechanical, and electrical properties of organic monolayers, graphite, and GaAs using conductance-atomic force microscopy (C-AFM). I studied three kinds of molecular monolayers. The first kind is alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), a saturated molecular film representing the "resistor" type element in electronics; the second kind is trans-stilbene based SAMs, a molecular system which has been proposed for molecular switches; the third kind is oligothiophene Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers, a prototype molecular system with conjugated groups which has shown potential for low cost optoelectronic devices. In alkanethiol SAMs on Au(111), a correlation between charge transport and molecular tilt changes caused by pressure has been found. The junction I-V characteristics are sensitive to the load applied by the tip, which causes film thickness and current to change in a step-wise manner. We found that the tunneling decay constant beta through molecules of fixed chain length is significantly smaller than that for the case where the distance between electrodes is changed by using alkanethiol molecules of different lengths. We propose that changes in S-Au binding structure occur due to the steric forces acting between close packed molecules under pressure, which displace the S from hollow sites to bridge sites and possibly others. Such changes can produce much larger changes in the tunneling characteristics. The second kind of monolayer I studied is o-(trans-4-stilbene)alkylthiol SSAMs on Au(111). Heating in a nitrogen gas atmosphere at 120° C for 1 h caused the morphology of the sample surface to change from a uniform molecular film consisting of small grains 10 ~ 20 nm in size to a heterogeneous surface consisting of well-packed and flat islands 100 ~ 200 nm in size and disordered structures. The flat islands exhibit substantial reduction (50%) in friction

  5. First-Principles Surface Stress Calculations and Multiscale Deformation Analysis of a Self-Assembled Monolayer Adsorbed on a Micro-Cantilever

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    Shih, Yu-Ching; Chen, Chuin-Shan; Wu, Kuang-Chong

    2014-01-01

    Micro-cantilever sensors are widely used to detect biomolecules, chemical gases, and ionic species. However, the theoretical descriptions and predictive modeling of these devices are not well developed, and lag behind advances in fabrication and applications. In this paper, we present a novel multiscale simulation framework for nanomechanical sensors. This framework, combining density functional theory (DFT) calculations and finite element method (FEM) analysis, is capable of analyzing molecular adsorption-induced deformation and stress fields in the sensors from the molecular scale to the device scale. Adsorption of alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on the Au(111) surface of the micro-cantilever sensor is studied in detail to demonstrate the applicability of this framework. DFT calculations are employed to investigate the molecular adsorption-induced surface stress upon the gold surface. The 3D shell elements with initial stresses obtained from the DFT calculations serve as SAM domains in the adsorption layer, while FEM is employed to analyze the deformation and stress of the sensor devices. We find that the micro-cantilever tip deflection has a linear relationship with the coverage of the SAM domains. With full coverage, the tip deflection decreases as the molecular chain length increases. The multiscale simulation framework provides a quantitative analysis of the displacement and stress fields, and can be used to predict the response of nanomechanical sensors subjected to complex molecular adsorption. PMID:24763217

  6. Spectral Inspections on Molecular Configurations of Nile Blue A Adsorbed on the Elementary Clay Sheets.

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    Huang, Mei; He, Shuai; Liu, Wenhong; Yao, Yunjin; Miao, Shiding

    2015-10-22

    Studies on the configuration of dye molecules are of great importance in revealing origins of the electronic bands as well as understanding their transitions. In this work, we utilized dye molecules named Nile blue A, which are a type of oxazine dyes, to study the molecular configurations when they are transferred from solutions to a solid surface. The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique was employed to construct such an interface where the interaction between the dye molecules and solid supports can be pursued. Hybrid films were prepared via the LB depositions, and the dye molecules were assembled on the elementary clay sheets (laponite, saponite). The configuration of Nb reflected by the molecular orientation, packing density, phase behavior, and variances of the surface tension has been derived. The ex situ spectroscopy characterizations such as UV-vis absorption, fluorescence emission, and excitation spectra were carried out on these LB films to reveal the fact that the adsorbed Nb molecules are mainly assembled in two types of configurations. Adsorbed state I was found to be achieved at high concentrations (1-10 ppm) of clay dispersions and low surface pressure (∼5 mN/m). In this state the anionic oxazine rings of Nb are adsorbed on clay sheets sharing a large lift-off area. This configuration gives allowable fluorescence (λ = 550 nm). Lower clay concentration (<1 ppm) and high surface pressure (10-30 mN/m) yield the adsorbed state II in which the oxazine chromophores were arranged in a side-by-side style, and the dye molecules stand perpendicularly to the clay sheets. This conformation exhibits no photoluminescence. PMID:26436823

  7. Amino-terminated biphenylthiol self-assembled monolayers as highly reactive molecular templates

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    Meyerbroeker, N.; Waske, P.; Zharnikov, M.

    2015-03-14

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with amino tail groups are of interest due to their ability of coupling further compounds. Such groups can be, in particular, created by electron irradiation of nitro- or nitrile-substituted aromatic SAMs, which provide a basis for chemical nanolithography and the fabrication of functionalized nanomembranes. An estimate of reactivity of the created amino groups requires a reference system of homogeneous, amino-terminated aromatic SAMs, which can also be used as a highly reactive molecular template. Here, we describe the synthesis of 4′-aminobiphenyl-4-thiol (ABPT) and SAMs prepared from this precursor on Au(111). The monolayers were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, which revealed that they are well defined, chemically uniform, densely packed, and highly ordered. To examine the influence of electron irradiation on the reactivity of the terminal amino groups, ABPT SAMs were exposed to low energy (50 eV) electrons up to a dose of 40 mC/cm{sup 2} and, subsequently, immersed in either trifluoroacetic, pentafluoropropionic, or heptafluorobutyric anhydride. Analysing the amount of the attached anhydride species made it possible to determine the percentage of reactive amino groups as well as the effect of steric hindrance upon the coupling reaction. The above results are compared with those obtained for the well-established nitro-substituted biphenylthiol monolayers.

  8. Structure of Cholesterol/Ceramide Monolayer Mixtures: Implications to the Molecular Organization of Lipid Rafts

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    Scheffer, Luana; Solomonov, Inna; Weygand, Markus Jan; Kjaer, Kristian; Leiserowitz, Leslie; Addadi, Lia

    2005-01-01

    The structure of monolayers of cholesterol/ceramide mixtures was investigated using grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, immunofluorescence, and atomic force microscopy techniques. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction measurements showed the existence of a crystalline mixed phase of the two components within a range of compositions of cholesterol/ceramide between 100:0 and 67:33. The mixed phase coexists with the ceramide crystalline phase in the range of compositions between 50:50 and 30:70; between 30:70 and 0:100 only the highly crystalline phase of ceramide was detected. The latter was determined and modeled. Immunolabeling was performed with an antibody specific to the cholesterol monohydrate crystalline arrangement. The antibody recognizes crystalline cholesterol monolayers, but does not interact with crystalline ceramide. Immunofluorescence and atomic force microscopy data show that in uncompressed ceramide monolayers, the highly crystalline phase coexists with a disordered loosely packed phase. In contrast, no disordered phase coexists with the new crystalline mixed phase. We conclude that the new mixed phase represents a stable homogeneous arrangement of cholesterol with ceramide. As ceramide incorporates the lipid backbone common to all sphingolipids, this arrangement may be relevant to the understanding of the molecular organization of lipid rafts. PMID:15722431

  9. 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.

  10. Room-temperature molecular-resolution characterization of self-assembled organic monolayers on epitaxial graphene.

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    Wang, Qing Hua; Hersam, Mark C

    2009-06-01

    Graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms, is a promising material for next-generation technology because of its advantageous electronic properties, such as extremely high carrier mobilities. However, chemical functionalization schemes are needed to integrate graphene with the diverse range of materials required for device applications. In this paper, we report self-assembled monolayers of the molecular semiconductor perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) formed on epitaxial graphene grown on the SiC(0001) surface. The molecules possess long-range order with a herringbone arrangement, as shown by ultra-high vacuum scanning tunnelling microscopy at room temperature. The molecular ordering is unperturbed by defects in the epitaxial graphene or atomic steps in the underlying SiC surface. Scanning tunnelling spectra of the PTCDA monolayer show distinct features that are not observed on pristine graphene. The demonstration of robust, uniform organic functionalization of epitaxial graphene presents opportunities for graphene-based molecular electronics and sensors. PMID:21378849

  11. Molecular dynamics simulations of ferrocene-terminated self-assembled monolayers.

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    Goujon, F; Bonal, C; Limoges, B; Malfreyt, P

    2010-05-20

    The present work describes our studies of the Fc(CH(2))(12)S-/C(10)S-Au monolayers to provide a more detailed molecular description. Molecular dynamics simulations of these mixed monolayers are carried out in conditions close to the electrochemical ones. For this purpose, a supporting electrolyte is added (NaClO(4) 1 M) and the electron transfer process is modeled through molecular simulations of ferrocene both in its neutral (initial state) and oxidized form (final state). The heterogeneity of the surface, that is, "clustered " or "isolated" ferrocene moieties, has been considered for the ferrocenylalkylthiolates using the same grafting densities. The structural properties (density profiles and angular distributions) are described in terms of redox induced orientation changes by comparison between the initial and final states. It is established that this orientation change due to the oxidation of the ferrocene to the ferrocenium is mainly observed in the random system, and it is less pronounced in the cluster system. Finally, the energy contributions underline the role played by the supporting electrolyte. PMID:20411913

  12. Tuning the molecular order of C60 functionalized phosphonic acid monolayers.

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    Rumpel, Armin; Novak, Michael; Walter, Johannes; Braunschweig, Björn; Halik, Marcus; Peukert, Wolfgang

    2011-12-20

    Mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAM) of alkyl phosphonic acids and C(60) functionalized octadecyl phosphonic acids (C(60)C(18)-PA) are deposited on alumina substrates from solution and are shown to form well-ordered structures with an insulating layer of alkyl chains and a semiconducting layer that comprises mainly C(60). Such an ordered structure is a necessity for the application of SAMs in organic transistors but is difficult to obtain since C(60)C(18)-PA without additional support do self-assemble in dense packaging but not in a well-ordered fashion. To avoid disordering of the SAM and to gain a better control of the interfacial properties we have investigated the stabilizing effects of fluorinated dodecyl phosphonic acids (FC(12)-PA) on the C(60)C(18)-PA monolayer. Vibrational sum-frequency (SFG) spectroscopy, ellipsometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrical measurements were applied to study the mixed monolayers. Here, we make use of the differently labeled PA to determine surface coverages and molecular properties of the two species independently. Adsorption of FC(12)-PA gives rise to vibrational bands at 1344 cm(-1) and 1376 cm(-1) in SFG spectra, while a pronounced vibrational band centered at 1465 cm(-1) is attributable to C(60) vibrations. The coexistence of the bands is indicative for the presence of a mixed monolayer that is composed of both molecular species. Furthermore, a pronounced maximum in SFG intensity of the C(60) band is observed for SAMs, which are deposited from solutions with ~75% C(60)C(18)-PA and ~25% FC(12)-PA. The intensity maximum originates from successful stabilization of C(60) modified C(60)C(18)-PA by FC(12)-PA and a significantly improved molecular order. Conclusions from SFG spectra are corroborated by electric measurements that show best performance at these concentrations. Our results provide new information on the morphology and composition of C(60) modified SAMs and establish a route to fabricate well

  13. Molecular-beam epitaxy of monolayer MoSe2: growth characteristics and domain boundary formation

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    Jiao, L.; Liu, H. J.; Chen, J. L.; Yi, Y.; Chen, W. G.; Cai, Y.; Wang, J. N.; Dai, X. Q.; Wang, N.; Ho, W. K.; Xie, M. H.

    2015-05-01

    Monolayer (ML) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are of great research interest due to their potential use in ultrathin electronic and optoelectronic applications. They show promise in new concept devices in spintronics and valleytronics. Here we present a growth study by molecular-beam epitaxy of ML and sub-ML MoSe2, an important member of TMDs, revealing its unique growth characteristics as well as the formation processes of domain boundary (DB) defects. A dramatic effect of growth temperature and post-growth annealing on DB formation is uncovered.

  14. Atomic and molecular oxygen adsorbed on (111) transition metal surfaces: Cu and Ni

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    López-Moreno, S.; Romero, A. H.

    2015-04-21

    Density functional theory is used to investigate the reaction of oxygen with clean copper and nickel [111]-surfaces. We study several alternative adsorption sites for atomic and molecular oxygen on both surfaces. The minimal energy geometries and adsorption energies are in good agreement with previous theoretical studies and experimental data. From all considered adsorption sites, we found a new O{sub 2} molecular precursor with two possible dissociation paths on the Cu(111) surface. Cross barrier energies for the molecular oxygen dissociation have been calculated by using the climbing image nudge elastic band method, and direct comparison with experimental results is performed. Finally, the structural changes and adsorption energies of oxygen adsorbed on surface when there is a vacancy nearby the adsorption site are also considered.

  15. Atomic and molecular oxygen adsorbed on (111) transition metal surfaces: Cu and Ni

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    López-Moreno, S.; Romero, A. H.

    2015-04-01

    Density functional theory is used to investigate the reaction of oxygen with clean copper and nickel [111]-surfaces. We study several alternative adsorption sites for atomic and molecular oxygen on both surfaces. The minimal energy geometries and adsorption energies are in good agreement with previous theoretical studies and experimental data. From all considered adsorption sites, we found a new O2 molecular precursor with two possible dissociation paths on the Cu(111) surface. Cross barrier energies for the molecular oxygen dissociation have been calculated by using the climbing image nudge elastic band method, and direct comparison with experimental results is performed. Finally, the structural changes and adsorption energies of oxygen adsorbed on surface when there is a vacancy nearby the adsorption site are also considered.

  16. Atomic and molecular oxygen adsorbed on (111) transition metal surfaces: Cu and Ni.

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    López-Moreno, S; Romero, A H

    2015-04-21

    Density functional theory is used to investigate the reaction of oxygen with clean copper and nickel [111]-surfaces. We study several alternative adsorption sites for atomic and molecular oxygen on both surfaces. The minimal energy geometries and adsorption energies are in good agreement with previous theoretical studies and experimental data. From all considered adsorption sites, we found a new O2 molecular precursor with two possible dissociation paths on the Cu(111) surface. Cross barrier energies for the molecular oxygen dissociation have been calculated by using the climbing image nudge elastic band method, and direct comparison with experimental results is performed. Finally, the structural changes and adsorption energies of oxygen adsorbed on surface when there is a vacancy nearby the adsorption site are also considered. PMID:25903900

  17. Adsorbate shape selectivity: Separation of the HF/134a azeotrope over carbogenic molecular sieve

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    Hong, A.; Mariwala, R.K.; Kane, M.S.; Foley, H.C.

    1995-03-01

    Experimental evidence is provided for adsorptive shape selectivity in the separation of the azeotrope between HF and 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (134a) over pyrolyzed poly(furfuryl alcohol)-derived carbogenic molecular sieve (PPFA-CMS). The separation can be accomplished over coconut charcoal or Carbosieve G on the basis of the differences in the extent of equilibrium adsorption of HF and 134a. On these adsorbents 134a is more strongly bound than HF, thus it elutes much more slowly from the bed. The heat of adsorption for 134a in the vicinity of 200 C on Carbosieve G is {approximately}8.8 kcal/mol. In contrast, when the same azeotropic mixture is separated over PPFA-CMS prepared at 500 C, 134a is not adsorbed. As a result 134a elutes from the bed first, followed by HF. The reversal is brought about by the narrower pore size and pore size distribution of the PPFA-CMS versus that for Carbosieve G. Thus the separation over PPFA-CMS is an example of adsorbate shape selectivity and represents a limiting case of kinetic separation.

  18. Electronic Friction-Based Vibrational Lifetimes of Molecular Adsorbates: Beyond the Independent-Atom Approximation.

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    Rittmeyer, Simon P; Meyer, Jörg; Juaristi, J Iñaki; Reuter, Karsten

    2015-07-24

    We assess the accuracy of vibrational damping rates of diatomic adsorbates on metal surfaces as calculated within the local-density friction approximation (LDFA). An atoms-in-molecules (AIM) type charge partitioning scheme accounts for intramolecular contributions and overcomes the systematic underestimation of the nonadiabatic losses obtained within the prevalent independent-atom approximation. The quantitative agreement obtained with theoretical and experimental benchmark data suggests the LDFA-AIM scheme as an efficient and reliable approach to account for electronic dissipation in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of surface chemical reactions. PMID:26252696

  19. 13C NMR spectroscopy of methane adsorbed in SAPO-11 molecular sieve

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    Koskela, Tuomas; Ylihautala, Mika; Vaara, Juha; Jokisaari, Jukka

    1996-10-01

    Static 13C and 13C-{ 1H} NMR spectra of carbon-13 enriched methane ( 13CH 4) adsorbed into SAPO-11 molecular sieve were recorded at variable temperatures. Moreover, the corresponding MAS NMR spectra were measured. These experiments reveal a temperature-dependent, anisotropic and asymmetric 13C nuclear shielding tensor. Ab initio model calculations of methane in the field of a positive point charge suggest that the deformation of the shielding tensor may be related to the interaction between the methane molecule and the charge-compensating protons. A comparison with existing Xe data is made.

  20. Molecular Ordering of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) on Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    Yimer, Yeneneh; Tsige, Mesfin

    2014-03-01

    The molecular ordering of semiconducting polymers such as Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) at surfaces and interfaces has significant influence on the performance of organic solar cell devices. The charge-carrier transport and the charge collection at the electrodes strongly depend on the molecular ordering of P3HT at interfaces. Molecular ordering of P3HT can be tuned by varying the substrate surface chemistry and film processing conditions. Using all-atom molecular dynamics simulations and validated force field parameters, we have investigated the molecular ordering of P3HT on self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of n-alkanethiols with varying end-functional groups and spacer length. In this study we elucidate the dependence of the molecular ordering of P3HT (edge-on or face-on conformation) on the surface chemistry of SAMs. Moreover, we investigated the effect of solvent on the molecular ordering of P3HT on SAMs surfaces. Understanding the correlation between P3HT morphology and surface chemistry will help in designing P3HT-based solar devices with better efficiency. This work is supported by the NSF (DMR0847580).

  1. Metamaterial Absorbers for Infrared Detection of Molecular Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    Ishikawa, Atsushi; Tanaka, Takuo

    2015-07-01

    The emerging field of plasmonic metamaterials has introduced new degree of freedom to manipulate optical field from nano to macroscopic scale, offering an attractive platform for sensing applications. So far, metamaterial sensor concepts, however, have focused on hot-spot engineering to improve the near-field enhancement, rather than fully exploiting tailored material properties. Here, we present a novel spectroscopic technique based on the metamaterial infrared (IR) absorber allowing for a low-background detection scheme as well as significant plasmonic enhancement. Specifically, we experimentally demonstrate the resonant coupling of plasmonic modes of a metamaterial absorber and IR vibrational modes of a molecular self-assembled monolayer. The metamaterial consisting of an array of Au/MgF2/Au structures exhibits an anomalous absorption at ~3000 cm-1, which spectrally overlaps with C-H stretching vibrational modes. Symmetric/asymmetric C-H stretching modes of a 16-Mercaptohexadecanoic acid monolayer are clearly observed as Fano-like anti-resonance peaks within a broad plasmonic absorption of the metamaterial. Spectral analysis using Fano line-shape fitting reveals the underlying resonant interference in plasmon-molecular coupled systems. Our metamaterial approach achieves the attomole sensitivity with a large signal-to-noise ratio in the far-field measurement, thus may open up new avenues for realizing ultrasensitive IR inspection technologies.

  2. Metamaterial Absorbers for Infrared Detection of Molecular Self-Assembled Monolayers.

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    Ishikawa, Atsushi; Tanaka, Takuo

    2015-01-01

    The emerging field of plasmonic metamaterials has introduced new degree of freedom to manipulate optical field from nano to macroscopic scale, offering an attractive platform for sensing applications. So far, metamaterial sensor concepts, however, have focused on hot-spot engineering to improve the near-field enhancement, rather than fully exploiting tailored material properties. Here, we present a novel spectroscopic technique based on the metamaterial infrared (IR) absorber allowing for a low-background detection scheme as well as significant plasmonic enhancement. Specifically, we experimentally demonstrate the resonant coupling of plasmonic modes of a metamaterial absorber and IR vibrational modes of a molecular self-assembled monolayer. The metamaterial consisting of an array of Au/MgF2/Au structures exhibits an anomalous absorption at ~ 3000 cm(-1), which spectrally overlaps with C-H stretching vibrational modes. Symmetric/asymmetric C-H stretching modes of a 16-Mercaptohexadecanoic acid monolayer are clearly observed as Fano-like anti-resonance peaks within a broad plasmonic absorption of the metamaterial. Spectral analysis using Fano line-shape fitting reveals the underlying resonant interference in plasmon-molecular coupled systems. Our metamaterial approach achieves the attomole sensitivity with a large signal-to-noise ratio in the far-field measurement, thus may open up new avenues for realizing ultrasensitive IR inspection technologies. PMID:26229011

  3. Metamaterial Absorbers for Infrared Detection of Molecular Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    Ishikawa, Atsushi; Tanaka, Takuo

    2015-01-01

    The emerging field of plasmonic metamaterials has introduced new degree of freedom to manipulate optical field from nano to macroscopic scale, offering an attractive platform for sensing applications. So far, metamaterial sensor concepts, however, have focused on hot-spot engineering to improve the near-field enhancement, rather than fully exploiting tailored material properties. Here, we present a novel spectroscopic technique based on the metamaterial infrared (IR) absorber allowing for a low-background detection scheme as well as significant plasmonic enhancement. Specifically, we experimentally demonstrate the resonant coupling of plasmonic modes of a metamaterial absorber and IR vibrational modes of a molecular self-assembled monolayer. The metamaterial consisting of an array of Au/MgF2/Au structures exhibits an anomalous absorption at ~3000 cm−1, which spectrally overlaps with C-H stretching vibrational modes. Symmetric/asymmetric C-H stretching modes of a 16-Mercaptohexadecanoic acid monolayer are clearly observed as Fano-like anti-resonance peaks within a broad plasmonic absorption of the metamaterial. Spectral analysis using Fano line-shape fitting reveals the underlying resonant interference in plasmon-molecular coupled systems. Our metamaterial approach achieves the attomole sensitivity with a large signal-to-noise ratio in the far-field measurement, thus may open up new avenues for realizing ultrasensitive IR inspection technologies. PMID:26229011

  4. Study of lnter-Molecular Dynamics within Alkylsiloxane Self-Assembled Monolayer and Elastomer Systems

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    Roman, Michael

    In this work, molecular motion, and in particular, glassy relaxations are studied in two novel experimental systems. Both experimental systems offer a significant degree of control over molecule-molecule, or group-group (where group refers to a portion of a molecule), interactions by controlling density and the type of inter-molecular interaction. Both systems have rigid elements that decrease the tendency of bulk materials to spontaneously change their density with temperature. Thus, density can be maintained and controlled and the effect of density and temperature can be (at least in part) de-convolved. The goal of this work is to experimentally observe the transition from simple, local relaxations to glassy dynamics as density is increased and to understand how this transition differs as the inter-molecular interactions are altered. In both approaches, the system is fabricated from individual parts where the nature, spacing, and particular arrangement of the parts can be controlled and the resultant changes in molecular motion can be observed. Building up a custom system from parts enables fundamental investigation into the glass transition (as discussed above) and also makes possible the development of materials that have engineered responses as a function of temperature. As a short-hand, we refer to the two systems as the monolayer or SAM (short for Self-Assembled Monolayer) and elastomer approaches. In Chapters 4-7 we discuss results from the monolayer approach. Chapter 8 summarizes results from the elastomer approach. In particular, Chapter 4 introduces you to dielectric spectroscopy and briefly summarizes the previous work by former students in the Clarke group which identified the local and glass relaxations in silane monolayers of substituted alkyl chains as analogous to the local and glassy relaxations in polymeric systems containing phase segregated alkyl chains, and similar to the local and glass modes in poly(ethylene). The remainder of Chapter 4

  5. 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.

  6. Zwitterionic lipid assemblies: Molecular dynamics studies of monolayers, bilayers, and vesicles using a new coarse grain force field

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    Shinoda, Wataru; DeVane, Russell; Klein, Michael L.

    2010-01-01

    A new coarse-grained (CG) intermolecular force field is presented for a series of zwitterionic lipids. The model is an extension of our previous work on nonionic surfactants and is designed to reproduce experimental surface/interfacial properties as well as distribution functions from all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Using simple functional forms, the force field parameters are optimized for multiple lipid molecules, simultaneously. The resulting CG lipid bilayers have reasonable molecular areas, chain order parameters, and elastic properties. The computed surface pressure vs. area (π-A) curve for a DPPC monolayer demonstrates a significant improvement over the previous CG models. The DPPC monolayer has a longer persistence length than a PEG lipid monolayer, exhibiting a long-lived curved monolayer surface under negative tension. The bud ejected from an oversaturated DPPC monolayer has a large bicelle-like structure, which is different from the micellar bud formed from an oversaturated PEG lipid monolayer. We have successfully observed vesicle formation during CG-MD simulations, starting from an aggregate of DMPC molecules. Depending on the aggregate size, the lipid assembly spontaneously transforms into a closed vesicle or a bicelle. None of the various intermediate structures between these extremes seem to be stable. An attempt to observe fusion of two vesicles through the application of an external adhesion force was not successful. The present CG force field also supports stable multi-lamellar DMPC vesicles. PMID:20438090

  7. Density-functional theory with screened van der Waals interactions applied to atomic and molecular adsorbates on close-packed and non-close-packed surfaces

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    Ruiz, Victor G.; Liu, Wei; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2016-01-01

    Modeling the adsorption of atoms and molecules on surfaces requires efficient electronic-structure methods that are able to capture both covalent and noncovalent interactions in a reliable manner. In order to tackle this problem, we have developed a method within density-functional theory (DFT) to model screened van der Waals interactions (vdW) for atoms and molecules on surfaces (the so-called DFT+vdWsurf method). The relatively high accuracy of the DFT+vdWsurf method in the calculation of both adsorption distances and energies, as well as the high degree of its reliability across a wide range of adsorbates, indicates the importance of the collective electronic effects within the extended substrate for the calculation of the vdW energy tail. We examine in detail the theoretical background of the method and assess its performance for adsorption phenomena including the physisorption of Xe on selected close-packed transition metal surfaces and 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) on Au(111). We also address the performance of DFT+vdWsurf in the case of non-close-packed surfaces by studying the adsorption of Xe on Cu(110) and the interfaces formed by the adsorption of a PTCDA monolayer on the Ag(111), Ag(100), and Ag(110) surfaces. We conclude by discussing outstanding challenges in the modeling of vdW interactions for studying atomic and molecular adsorbates on inorganic substrates.

  8. Two antibacterial nalidixate calixarene derivatives in cholesterol monolayers: Molecular dynamics and physicochemical effects.

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    Korchowiec, Beata; Korchowiec, Jacek; Orlof-Naturalna, Monika; de Vains, Jean-Bernard Regnouf; Rogalska, Ewa

    2016-09-01

    The interaction of two antibacterial calixarene derivatives with cholesterol, a eukaryotic cell membrane lipid, was investigated with the aim to get more insight in the potential advers effects on our cells. The derivatives used had one or two nalidixic acid arms grafted on the lower rim of the calixarene aromatic crown. Monomolecular films spread at the air-water interface were used as model lipid membranes. Pure cholesterol and pure calixarene derivatives, as well as binary cholesterol - calixarene derivative mixtures were studied using surface pressure measurements, polarization-modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations. The properties of the mixed monolayers were described quantitatively using thermodynamic models. The analysis of surface pressure-area isotherms of mixed monolayers shows that cholesterol may form homogenous but metastable domains with both nalidixate derivatives. This phenomenon is more clearly observed with mono-substituted calixarene. A detailed modeling analysis indicates that cholesterol favors dehydration of the calixarene polar headgroups and transfer of the derivatives from the aqueous to the gas phase. This effect, more pronounced in the case of the monosubstituted calixarene, can be linked to the hydrophobic interaction with cholesterol. This observation may be useful for developing new calixarene derivatives allowing us to control disease-causing bacteria without harming our own cells. PMID:27295494

  9. Molecular dynamics description of grafted monolayers: effect of the surface coverage.

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    Goujon, F; Bonal, C; Limoges, B; Malfreyt, P

    2008-11-13

    Molecular dynamics simulations of monolayers of metal-chelating ligands grafted onto a graphite surface in water are carried out to calculate structural (density profiles, radius of gyration, and asphericity coefficients), dynamical (diffusion coefficients), and energetical properties as a function of the surface coverage. The purpose is to provide a better understanding of the dependence of various properties of these monolayers on the surface coverage. A critical value of the surface coverage from which all structural properties derive a limiting value has been established. It also appears that the chains rather adopt an elongated conformation along the direction normal to the surface from this critical surface coverage. The hydrogen-bonding structure and dynamics of water molecules are reported. An ordered structure of water in the region close to the terminal groups of the grafted molecules is shown at a relatively high surface coverage. This ordering is similar to that observed in the case of water in interaction with a solid surface. PMID:18928312

  10. Effect of Na+ and Ca2+ ions on a lipid Langmuir monolayer: an atomistic description by molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Giner Casares, Juan José; Camacho, Luis; Martín-Romero, Maria Teresa; López Cascales, José Javier

    2008-12-01

    Studying the effect of alkali and alkaline-earth metal cations on Langmuir monolayers is relevant from biophysical and nanotechnological points of view. In this work, the effect of Na(+) and Ca(2+) on a model of an anionic Langmuir lipid monolayer of dimyristoylphosphatidate (DMPA(-)) is studied by molecular dynamics simulations. The influence of the type of cation on lipid structure, lipid-lipid interactions, and lipid ordering is analyzed in terms of electrostatic interactions. It is found that for a lipid monolayer in its solid phase, the effect of the cations on the properties of the lipid monolayer can be neglected. The influence of the cations is enhanced for the lipid monolayer in its gas phase, where sodium ions show a high degree of dehydration compared with calcium ions. This loss of hydration shell is partly compensated by the formation of lipid-ion-lipid bridges. This difference is ascribed to the higher charge-to-radius ratio q/r for Ca(2+), which makes ion dehydration less favorable compared to Na(+). Owing to the different dehydration behavior of sodium and calcium ions, diminished lipid-lipid coordination, lipid-ion coordination, and lipid ordering are observed for Ca(2+) compared to Na(+). Furthermore, for both gas and solid phases of the lipid Langmuir monolayers, lipid conformation and ion dehydration across the lipid/water interface are studied. PMID:19012310

  11. Custom-tailored adsorbers: A molecular dynamics study on optimal design of ion exchange chromatography material.

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    Lang, Katharina M H; Kittelmann, Jörg; Pilgram, Florian; Osberghaus, Anna; Hubbuch, Jürgen

    2015-09-25

    The performance of functionalized materials, e.g., ion exchange resins, depends on multiple resin characteristics, such as type of ligand, ligand density, the pore accessibility for a molecule, and backbone characteristics. Therefore, the screening and identification process for optimal resin characteristics for separation is very time and material consuming. Previous studies on the influence of resin characteristics have focused on an experimental approach and to a lesser extent on the mechanistic understanding of the adsorption mechanism. In this in silico study, a previously developed molecular dynamics (MD) tool is used, which simulates any given biomolecule on resins with varying ligand densities. We describe a set of simulations and experiments with four proteins and six resins varying in ligand density, and show that simulations and experiments correlate well in a wide range of ligand density. With this new approach simulations can be used as pre-experimental screening for optimal adsorber characteristics, reducing the actual number of screening experiments, which results in a faster and more knowledge-based development of custom-tailored adsorbers. PMID:26319376

  12. Molecular-like hierarchical self-assembly of monolayers of mixtures of particles

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    Singh, P.; Hossain, M.; Gurupatham, S. K.; Shah, K.; Amah, E.; Ju, D.; Janjua, M.; Nudurupati, S.; Fischer, I.

    2014-01-01

    We present a technique that uses an externally applied electric field to self-assemble monolayers of mixtures of particles into molecular-like hierarchical arrangements on fluid-liquid interfaces. The arrangements consist of composite particles (analogous to molecules) which are arranged in a pattern. The structure of a composite particle depends on factors such as the relative sizes of the particles and their polarizabilities, and the electric field intensity. If the particles sizes differ by a factor of two or more, the composite particle has a larger particle at its core and several smaller particles form a ring around it. The number of particles in the ring and the spacing between the composite particles depend on their polarizabilities and the electric field intensity. Approximately same sized particles form chains (analogous to polymeric molecules) in which positively and negatively polarized particles alternate. PMID:25510331

  13. The fracture behaviors of monolayer phosphorene with grain boundaries under tension: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Guo, Yangyang; Qiao, Chong; Wang, Aihua; Zhang, Jinping; Wang, Songyou; Su, Wan-Sheng; Jia, Yu

    2016-07-27

    The fracture behaviors of monolayer phosphorene (MP) with and without a grain boundary (GB) have been explored by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Firstly, in the case of perfect MP, fracture mostly happens on the bond in the zigzag direction when suffering random loading. With the existence of a GB, the crack propagates perpendicular to the GB in different ways under parallel tension to the GB, whereas it propagates along the GB under perpendicular tension to the GB. Then, we found that both the fracture strength and strain decrease with increasing temperature making fracture more likely at relatively high temperatures. Finally, we also found that, similar to graphene, the effect of strain rate on both the fracture strength and strain is not significant, demonstrating that MP is a typical brittle 2D material. Overall, our findings present a useful insight into utilizing phosphorene for mechanical design in electronic devices. PMID:27405397

  14. Molecular Insights into the pH-Dependent Adsorption and Removal of Ionizable Antibiotic Oxytetracycline by Adsorbent Cyclodextrin Polymers

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    Zhang, Yu; Cai, Xiyun; Xiong, Weina; Jiang, Hao; Zhao, Haitong; Yang, Xianhai; Li, Chao; Fu, Zhiqiang; Chen, Jingwen

    2014-01-01

    Effects of pH on adsorption and removal efficiency of ionizable organic compounds (IOCs) by environmental adsorbents are an area of debate, because of its dual mediation towards adsorbents and adsorbate. Here, we probe the pH-dependent adsorption of ionizable antibiotic oxytetracycline (comprising OTCH2+, OTCH±, OTC−, and OTC2−) onto cyclodextrin polymers (CDPs) with the nature of molecular recognition and pH inertness. OTCH± commonly has high adsorption affinity, OTC− exhibits moderate affinity, and the other two species have negligible affinity. These species are evidenced to selectively interact with structural units (e.g., CD cavity, pore channel, and network) of the polymers and thus immobilized onto the adsorbents to different extents. The differences in adsorption affinity and mechanisms of the species account for the pH-dependent adsorption of OTC. The mathematical equations are derived from the multiple linear regression (MLR) analysis of quantitatively relating adsorption affinity of OTC at varying pH to adsorbent properties. A combination of the MLR analysis for OTC and molecular recognition of adsorption of the species illustrates the nature of the pH-dependent adsorption of OTC. Based on this finding, γ-HP-CDP is chosen to adsorb and remove OTC at pH 5.0 and 7.0, showing high removal efficiency and strong resistance to the interference of coexisting components. PMID:24465975

  15. Electron diffraction studies of molecular ordering and orientation in phospholipid monolayer domains.

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    Hui, S W; Yu, H

    1993-01-01

    The molecular order and orientation of phase separated domains in monolayers of DP(Me)PE and DP(Me)2PE were determined by electron diffraction. Dark and bright fluorescent domains at the air-water interface were observed by fluorescence microscopy. The monolayers were transferred to Formvar coated electron microscope grids for electron diffraction studies. The positions of domains on the marker grids were recorded in fluorescence micrographs, which were used as guide maps to locate these domains in the electron microscope. Selected area electron diffraction patterns were obtained from predetermined areas within and outside the dark domains. Sharp hexagonal diffraction patterns were recorded from dark domains, and diffuse diffraction rings from bright areas in between dark domains. The diffraction results indicated that the dark domains and bright areas were comprised of lipid molecules in solid and fluid states, respectively. The orientation of diffraction patterns from adjacent locations within a dark domains changed gradually, indicating a continuous bending of the molecular packing lattice vector within these domains. Orientation directors in U-shaped DP(Me)2PE domains followed the turn of the arm; no vortex nor branching was indicated by electron diffraction. Directors branching from the "stem" of highly invaginated DP(Me)PE domains usually occurred at twinning angles of n pi/3 from the stem director, which would minimize packing defects in the development of thinner branches. Electron diffraction from local areas of individual domains proved that dark fluorescent domains were solid ones, and that pseudo-long range order existed in these solid domains. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 FIGURE 7 FIGURE 8 PMID:8431539

  16. A DMPA Langmuir monolayer study: from gas to solid phase. An atomistic description by molecular dynamics Simulation.

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    Giner-Casares, J J; Camacho, L; Martín-Romero, M T; Cascales, J J López

    2008-03-01

    In this work, a DMPA Langmuir monolayer at the air/water interface was studied by molecular dynamics simulations. Thus, an atomistic picture of a Langmuir monolayer was drawn from its expanded gas phase to its final solid condensed one. In this sense, some properties of monolayers that were traditionally poorly or even not reproduced in computer simulations, such as lipid domain formation or pressure-area per lipid isotherm, were properly reproduced in this work. Thus, the physical laws that control the lipid domain formation in the gas phase and the structure of lipid monolayers from the gas to solid condensed phase were studied. Thanks to the atomistic information provided by the molecular dynamics simulations, we were able to add valuable information to the experimental description of these processes and to access experimental data related to the lipid monolayers in their expanded phase, which is difficult or inaccessible to study by experimental techniques. In this sense, properties such as lipids head hydration and lipid structure were studied. PMID:18225932

  17. Aminopropyl-modified mesoporous molecular sieves as efficient adsorbents for removal of auxins

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    Moritz, Michał; Geszke-Moritz, Małgorzata

    2015-03-01

    In the present study, mesoporous siliceous materials grafted with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) were examined as sorbents for removal of chosen plant growth factors (auxins) such as 1-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA), indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and indole-3-butyric acid (IBA). Four different types of mesoporous molecular sieves including SBA-15, PHTS, SBA-16 and MCF have been prepared via non-ionic surfactant-assisted soft templating method. Silica molecular sieves were thoroughly characterized by nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The maximum adsorption capacity (Qmax) for NAA, IAA and IBA was in the range from 51.0 to 140.8 mg/g and from 4.3 to 7.3 mg/g for aminopropyl-modified adsorbents and pure silicas, respectively. The best adsorption performance was observed for IAA entrapment using both APTES-functionalized SBA-15 and MCF matrices (Qmax of 140.8 and 137.0 mg/g, respectively) which can be ascribed to their larger pore volumes and pore diameters. Moreover, these silicas were characterized by the highest adsorption efficiency exceeding 90% at low pollutant concentration. The experimental points for adsorption of plant growth factors onto aminopropyl-modified mesoporous molecular sieves fitted well to the Langmuir equation.

  18. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of mixed self-assembled monolayers

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    Raigoza, Annette Fernandez

    This thesis examines the formation of multicomponent self-assembled mono-layers (SAMs) on the Au(111) surface using scanning tunneling microscopy. Two methods, sequential adsorption and coadsorption, are used to create these mixed SAMs. In the sequential adsorption experiments, a clean Au(111)-on-mica sub-strate is exposed to the first molecular species and then this adsorbate-covered sample is exposed to the second molecular species. Alternately, in the coadsorption experiments, a gold surface is exposed to both adsorbates simultaneously. Exposing a coronene- or dithiocarbamate-covered surface to excess thiol in the vapor phase results in a drastic restructuring of the initial surface. This is primarily driven by the kinetics of the octanethiol monolayer formation process, but the extent to which this happens is dependent on the molecule-molecule and molecule-surface interactions of the adsorbate due to the initial coverage and order of the monolayer. An octanethiolate monolayer is also substantially modified when immersed in a solution containing dithiocarbamate (DTC). Defects in the octanethiol monolayer are prime sites for molecular exchange. A surplus of DTC in the solution drives substitution that can lead to the complete removal of thiol from the surface. When a Au(111) surface is exposed to solutions containing both octanethiol and dithiocarbamate (DTC), both molecular species compete for available ad- sorption sites. At equal octanethiol-to-DTC ratios, molecular exchange hinders octanethiol monolayer formation. Higher octanethiol concentration in solution results in the incorporation of thiol into the resulting monolayer, with a strong dependence on the chain length of the DTC molecules.

  19. Studies of molecular monolayers at air-liquid interfaces by second harmonic generation: question of orientational phase transition

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    Rasing, T.; Shen, Y.R.; Kim, M.W.; Grubb, S.; Bock, J.

    1985-06-01

    Insoluble molecular monolayers at gas-liquid interfaces provide an insight to the understanding of surfactants, wetting, microemulsions and membrane structures and offer a possibility to study the rich world of 2-dimensional phase transitions. In the interpretation of the observed properties of these systems various assumptions about the molecular orientation are often made, but so far few clear experimental data exist. In this paper we will show how optical second harmonic generation (SHG) can be used to measure the molecular orientation of monolayers of surfactant molecules at water-air interfaces. By simultaneously measuring the surface pressure versus surface molecular area we can show for the first time that the observed liquid condensed-liquid expanded transition is an orientational phase transition. 7 refs., 4 figs.

  20. Dynamics of Functionalized Surface Molecular Monolayers Studied with Ultrafast Infrared Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Rosenfeld, Daniel E.; Nishida, Jun; Yan, Chang; Gengeliczki, Zsolt; Smith, Brian J.; Fayer, Michael D.

    2012-01-01

    The structural dynamics of thin films consisting of tricarbonyl (1,10-phenanthroline)rhenium chloride (RePhen(CO)3Cl) linked to an alkyl silane monolayer through a triazole linker synthesized on silica-on-calcium-fluoride substrates are investigated using ultrafast infrared (IR) techniques. Ultrafast 2D IR vibrational echo experiments and polarization selective heterodyne detected transient grating (HDTG) measurements, as well as polarization dependent FT-IR and AFM experiments are employed to study the samples. The vibrational echo experiments measure spectral diffusion, while the HDTG experiments measure the vibrational excited state population relaxation and investigate the vibrational transition dipole orientational anisotropy decay. To investigate the anticipated impact of vibrational excitation transfer, which can be caused by the high concentration of RePhen(CO)3Cl in the monolayer, a concentration dependence of the spectral diffusion is measured. To generate a range of concentrations, mixed monolayers consisting of both hydrogen terminated and triazole/RePhen(CO)3Cl terminated alkyl silanes are synthesized. It is found that the measured rate of spectral diffusion is independent of concentration, with all samples showing spectral diffusion of 37 ± 6 ps. To definitively test for vibrational excitation transfer, polarization selective HDTG experiments are conducted. Excitation transfer will cause anisotropy decay. Polarization resolved heterodyne detected transient grating spectroscopy is sensitive to anisotropy decay (depolarization) caused by excitation transfer and molecular reorientation. The HDTG experiments show no evidence of anisotropy decay on the appropriate time scale, demonstrating the absence of excitation transfer the RePhen(CO)3Cl. Therefore the influence of excitation transfer on spectral diffusion is inconsequential in these samples, and the vibrational echo measurements of spectral diffusion report solely on structural dynamics. A small

  1. Molecular resonant dissociation of surface-adsorbed molecules by plasmonic nanoscissors

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    Zhang, Zhenglong; Sheng, Shaoxiang; Zheng, Hairong; Xu, Hongxing; Sun, Mengtao

    2014-04-01

    The ability to break individual bonds or specific modes in chemical reactions is an ardently sought goal by chemists and physicists. While photochemistry based methodologies are very successful in controlling e.g. photocatalysis, photosynthesis and the degradation of plastic, it is hard to break individual molecular bonds for those molecules adsorbed on the surface because of the weak light-absorption in molecules and the redistribution of the resulting vibrational energy both inside the molecule and to its surrounding environment. Here we show how to overcome these obstacles with a plasmonic hot-electron mediated process and demonstrate a new method that allows the sensitive control of resonant dissociation of surface-adsorbed molecules by `plasmonic' scissors. To that end, we used a high-vacuum tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (HV-TERS) setup to dissociate resonantly excited NC2H6 fragments from Malachite green. The surface plasmons (SPs) excited at the sharp metal tip not only enhance the local electric field to harvest the light incident from the laser, but crucially supply `hot electrons' whose energy can be transferred to individual bonds. These processes are resonant Raman, which result in some active chemical bonds and then weaken these bonds, followed by dumping in lots of indiscriminant energy and breaking the weakest bond. The method allows for sensitive control of both the rate and probability of dissociation through their dependence on the density of hot electrons, which can be manipulated by tuning the laser intensity or tunneling current/bias voltage in the HV-TERS setup, respectively. The concepts of plasmonic scissors open up new versatile avenues for the deep understanding of in situ surface-catalyzed chemistry.The ability to break individual bonds or specific modes in chemical reactions is an ardently sought goal by chemists and physicists. While photochemistry based methodologies are very successful in controlling e.g. photocatalysis

  2. Role of molecular orientational anisotropy in the chiral resolution of enantiomers in adsorbed overlayers.

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    Szabelski, Paweł; Woszczyk, Aleksandra

    2012-07-31

    Separation of chiral molecules using achiral inputs is an interesting alternative to traditional techniques based on the chiral recognition mechanism. In this article we propose a lattice gas Monte Carlo model of two-dimensional chiral segregation induced by breaking of molecular orientational symmetry. Simulations were performed on a square lattice for rigid chain molecules composed of four and five identical segments. Mirror-image flat chain conformations resulting in different enantiomeric pairs were considered for each probe molecule. The enantiomers were assumed to interact via short-ranged segment-segment interaction potential limited to nearest neighbors on the lattice. We considered two qualitatively different situations in which (1) the molecules were allowed to rotate on the surface and adopt any of the four planar orientations and (2) the rotation was blocked, so that only one planar orientation was possible. The results obtained for the racemic overlayers showed clearly that the orientational symmetry breaking can induce spontaneous segregation of the enantiomers into large enantiopure domains. However, this effect was observed only for molecules with sufficiently long linear fragment. In the case of kinked bulky molecules a mixed assembly was formed, demonstrating the role of molecular shape in the orientationally biased segregation of enantiomers in adsorbed films. The insights from this study can be useful in developing strategies for 2D chiral separations in which external directional fields are used. PMID:22747234

  3. Molecular sensing using monolayer floating gate, fully depleted SOI MOSFET acting as an exponential transducer.

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    Takulapalli, Bharath R

    2010-02-23

    Field-effect transistor-based chemical sensors fall into two broad categories based on the principle of signal transduction-chemiresistor or Schottky-type devices and MOSFET or inversion-type devices. In this paper, we report a new inversion-type device concept-fully depleted exponentially coupled (FDEC) sensor, using molecular monolayer floating gate fully depleted silicon on insulator (SOI) MOSFET. Molecular binding at the chemical-sensitive surface lowers the threshold voltage of the device inversion channel due to a unique capacitive charge-coupling mechanism involving interface defect states, causing an exponential increase in the inversion channel current. This response of the device is in opposite direction when compared to typical MOSFET-type sensors, wherein inversion current decreases in a conventional n-channel sensor device upon addition of negative charge to the chemical-sensitive device surface. The new sensor architecture enables ultrahigh sensitivity along with extraordinary selectivity. We propose the new sensor concept with the aid of analytical equations and present results from our experiments in liquid phase and gas phase to demonstrate the new principle of signal transduction. We present data from numerical simulations to further support our theory. PMID:20085285

  4. Fabrication of molecular nanopatterns at aluminium oxide surfaces by nanoshaving of self-assembled monolayers of alkylphosphonates

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    El Zubir, Osama; Barlow, Iain; Leggett, Graham J.; Williams, Nicholas H.

    2013-10-01

    Nanoshaving, by tracing an atomic force microscope probe across a surface at elevated load, has been used to fabricate nanostructures in self-assembled monolayers of alkylphosphonates adsorbed at aluminium oxide surfaces. The simple process is implemented under ambient conditions. Because of the strong bond between the alkylphosphonates and the oxide surface, loads in excess of 400 nN are required to pattern the monolayer. Following patterning of octadecylphosphonate SAMs, adsorption of aminobutyl phosphonate yielded features as small as 39 nm. Shaving of monolayers of aryl azide-terminated alkylphosphonates, followed by attachment of polyethylene glycol to unmodified regions in a photochemical coupling reaction, yielded 102 nm trenches into which NeutrAvidin coated, dye-labelled, polymer nanospheres could be deposited, yielding bright fluorescence with little evidence of non-specific adsorption to other regions of the surface. Structures formed in alkylphosphonate films by nanoshaving were used to etch structures into the underlying metal. Because of the isotropic nature of the etch process, and the large grain size, some broadening was observed, but features 25-35 nm deep and 180 nm wide were fabricated.

  5. Self-assembled monolayer of o-aminothiophenol on Fe(1 1 0) surface: a combined study by electrochemistry, in situ STM, and molecular simulations

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    Kong, De-Sheng; Yuan, Shi-Ling; Sun, Yu-Xi; Yu, Zhang-Yu

    2004-12-01

    Electrochemical measurements, in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) observation, and molecular mechanics (MM) simulations were performed to study the physiochemical properties such as the corrosion-inhibition effect and the optimal packing structure of o-aminothiophenol (OATP) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formed on Fe(1 1 0) surface in 0.1 M NaClO 4 solution. The formation of OATP SAMs drastically depressed the Faradaic processes at the Fe(1 1 0) surface and reduced the electrical double-layer capacitance at the electrode/electrolyte interface, revealing the anticorrosion property and the blocking behavior of OATP adlayers. Two-dimensional ordered molecular arrays of OATP on Fe(1 1 0) surface with a p(2 × 2) commensurate structure were observed by STM measurements. MM calculations showed that the p(2 × 2) packing pattern is indeed the preferable structure for OATP molecules adsorbed on Fe(1 1 0), in accordance with STM experiments. The OATP SAM on Fe(1 1 0) is ≈0.50 nm in thickness and with a dielectric constant of ˜7.0.

  6. 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

  7. On the valve nature of a monolayer of aligned molecular magnets in tunneling spin-polarized electrons: Towards organic molecular spintronics

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    Chakrabarti, Sudipto; Pal, Amlan J.

    2014-01-06

    We form a monolayer of magnetic organic molecules and immobilize their moments pointing either upwards or downwards with respect to the substrate through an electrostatic-binding process. Such a monolayer is probed with a scanning tunneling microscope tip, which is also magnetized with the magnetization vector pointing towards (or away from) apex of the tip. From spin-polarized tunneling current, we show that the current was higher when magnetization vectors of the tip and molecules were parallel as compared to that when they were anti-parallel. We show that for tunneling of spin-polarized electrons, aligned organic molecular magnets can act as a valve.

  8. Extracorporeal Elimination of Piperacillin/Tazobactam during Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System Therapy.

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    Personett, Heather A; Larson, Scott L; Frazee, Erin N; Nyberg, Scott L; El-Zoghby, Ziad M

    2015-08-01

    Use of the Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System (MARS) as a liver support device continues to grow worldwide. Various components of the MARS circuit remove both protein-bound and water-soluble molecules. Little is known about the extent of the enhanced clearance mechanisms used in MARS therapy on drug elimination. Of particular interest to acute care practitioners is the impact of MARS on antibiotic clearance, as suboptimal concentrations of such drugs can negatively impact patient outcomes. The properties of piperacillin/tazobactam suggest that elimination may be enhanced in the setting of MARS therapy. We describe two cases in which this was studied. Piperacillin concentrations were determined at various points within the MARS circuit, and patient serum concentrations were reported throughout the dosing interval while receiving MARS therapy. Piperacillin concentrations in both cases were in excess of the desired goal minimum inhibitory concentrations for treatment of gram-negative infections. Use of an extended-infusion strategy of piperacillin/tazobactam 3.375 or 4.5 g given every 8 hours maintained desired serum levels throughout the dosing interval. To our knowledge, this is the second published report on the use of piperacillin/tazobactam during MARS therapy. These case reports reveal successful dosing strategies for patients requiring piperacillin/tazobactam while receiving MARS therapy, as well as quantify the influence of individual MARS elements on drug extraction. PMID:26289310

  9. [MARS (Molecular Adsorbents Recirculating System). New technique of extracorporeal depuration in liver failure].

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    Vázquez Calatayud, Mónica; Carrión Torre, María; García-Fernández, Nuria

    2005-01-01

    MARS (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System) is a new technique as a system of liver detoxification in patients with severe acute or acute on chronic hepatic failure. Also, it has shown its usefulness in the control of resistant pruritus in the primary biliary cirrhosis. Due to the fact that this technique is often delivered in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), we have reviewed the literature 1999 until now to describe this technique, its benefits and its mains complications. The technique was developed in Germany, where in 1999 was first used in clinical practice. It was used for the first time in Spain in 2000 and in the Clínica Universitaria of Navarra in July of 2001. Despite the short clinical experience using MARS its obvious beneficial effects such as decrease of hepatic toxins and the improvement of encephalopathy and hemodynamic situation, makes it a very useful technique in these patients. MARS has been shown to be a safe procedure, well tolerated by patients and accessible to the use by specialised nurses. Despite the encouraging clinical results, its used is still limited. Moreover its high cost precludes it widespread use and requires further studies. PMID:16022828

  10. Meta-analysis of survival with the molecular adsorbent recirculating system for liver failure.

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    He, Guo-Lin; Feng, Lei; Duan, Chong-Yang; Hu, Xiang; Zhou, Chen-Jie; Cheng, Yuan; Pan, Ming-Xin; Gao, Yi

    2015-01-01

    This study aims to assess the treatment effects of the molecular adsorbent recirculating system (MARS) in patients with acute and acute-on-chronic liver failure. We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Registry database between January 1966 and January 2014. We included randomized controlled trials, which compared the treatment effects of MARS with standard medical treatment. Study quality assessed according to Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) criteria. The risk ratio was used as the effect-size measure according to a fixed-effects model. The search strategy revealed 72 clinical studies, 10 of which were randomized controlled trials that met the criteria and were included. Four addressed ALF (93 patients) and six addressed AOCLF (453 patients). The mean CONSORT score was 15 (range 10-20). By meta-analysis, MARS significantly improved survival in ALF (risk ratio 0.61; 95% CI 0.38, 0.97; P = 0.04). There was no significant survival benefit in AOCLF (risk ratio 0.88; 95% CI 0.74, 1.06; P = 0.16). MARS significantly improved survival in patients with acute liver failure, however, there is no evidence that it improved survival in patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure. In conclusion, the present meta-analysis indicates that MARS therapy can improve survival in patients with ALF. It is necessary to develop MARS treatment because of the increasing demand for liver transplantation and the risk of liver failure. PMID:26770295

  11. Fragmentation of molecular adsorbates by electron and ion bombardment: methoxy chemistry on Al(111)

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    Basu, P.; Chen, J.G.; Ng, L.; Colaianni, M.L.; Yates, J.T.

    1988-08-15

    High-resolution electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (HR)EELS has been used successfully to provide direct spectroscopic evidence regarding details of the molecular fragmentation of methoxy (CH3O) on Al(lll) caused by energetic electron and ion beams. Chemisorbed methoxy on Al(lll) is produced by heating of absorbed CH3OH. Irradiation of CH3O(a) by either energetic (approx 300 eV) electrons or Ar+ ions results in C-O and C-H bond scission with simultaneous formation of Al-O and Al-C bonds. During electron stimulated desorption the CH3O(a) species undergo sequential fragmentation first to CHx groups that are captured by the surface and in the final decay process to adsorbed carbon. C-O bonds in CH3O9a) are depleted preferentially compared to C-H bonds in CHx(a) species. The electron-induced sequential fragmentation of the patent CH3 group (from methoxy) to resultant CHx(a) occurs with an efficiency approx. 3 orders of magnitude greater than the subsequent process of CHx(a)=C(a). Cross sections for various bond scission processes in electron and ion bombardment have been estimated.

  12. Mass Spectrometry of Self-Assembled Monolayers: A New Tool for Molecular Surface Science

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    Mrksich, Milan

    2008-01-01

    Most reactions can be performed in solution and on a surface. Yet the challenges faced in applying known reactions or in developing entirely new reactions for modifying surfaces remain formidable. The products of many reactions performed in solution can be characterized in minutes and even products having complex structures can be characterized in hours. When performed on surfaces, even the most basic reactions require a substantial effort—requiring several weeks—to characterize the yields and structures of the products. This contrast stems from the lack of convenient analytical tools that provide rapid information on the structures of molecules attached to a surface. This review describes recent work that has established mass spectrometry as a powerful method for developing and characterizing a broad range of chemical reactions of molecules attached to self-assembled monolayers of alkanethiolates on gold. The SAMDI-TOF mass spectrometry technique will enable a next generation of applications of molecularly defined surfaces to problems in chemistry and biology. PMID:19206542

  13. Molecular dynamics simulations of Palmitic acid adsorbed on NaCl

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    Lovrić, Josip; Brizquez, Stéphane; Duflot, Denis; Monnerville, Maurice; Pouilly, Brigitte; Toubin, Céline

    2015-04-01

    The aerosol and gases effects in the atmosphere play an important role on health, air quality and climate, affecting both political decisions and economic activities around the world [1]. Among the several approaches of studying the origin of these effects, computational modeling is of fundamental importance, providing insights on the elementary chemical processes. Sea salts are the most important aerosol in the troposphere (109T/year) [2]. Our theoretical work consists in modeling a (100) NaCl surface coated with palmitic acid (PA) molecules. Molecular dynamics simulations are carried out with the GROMACS package [3], in the NPT ensemble at different temperatures, different PA coverages and various humidity. We focus on two aspects of the PA organization at the salt surface: the first one is related to transition in molecular orientation of the adsorbate as a function of PA coverage. The second one implies the effect of humidity, by adding water molecules, on the organization of the fatty acid at the salt surface, and especially on the occurrence of PA isolated islands as observed in the experiments [4]. For high humidity conditions, PA are removed from the salt surface and form islands on top of the water. This effect is enhanced when temperature increases. Acknowledgments: this research has been supported by the CaPPA project (Chemical and Physical Properties of the Atmosphere), funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) through the PIA (Programme d'Investissement d'Avenir) under contract ANR-10-LABX-005. [1] O. Boucher et al, 5th Assessment Report IPCC, (2013) [2] B. J. Finlayson-Pitts, Chem. Rev.103, 4801-4822 (2003) [3] http://www.gromacs.org/ [4] S. Sobanska et al, private communication

  14. Molecular interactions between organized surface-confined monolayers and vapor-phase probe molecules. 8. Reactions between acid-terminated self-assembled monolayers and vapor-phase bases

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    Yang, H.C.; Dermody, D.L.; Xu, C.; Crooks, R.M.; Ricco, A.J.

    1996-02-07

    We present the results of a study of the interactions between three different acid-terminated self-assembled monolayer(SAM) surfaces and three basic vapor-phase probe molecules. The SAMs are composed of 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (MBA), 3-mercaptopropionic acid(MPA), and 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA), and the vapor-phase probes are, in order of increasing solution-phase acidity, decylamine, pyridine, and pyrazine. Our results are based on data from surface infrared spectroscopy and thickness-shear mode mass sensors. We find that all three SAMs irreversibly bind approximately one monolayer of decylamine, although there are slight differences that correlate with the structural nuances of the SAMs. The MPA and MBA SAMs bind decylamine through an electrostatic interaction brought about by transfer of a proton from the acid to the base. Because the MUA SAM is more impenetrable than the others, complete proton transfer is hindered, and binding of decylamine arises through a combination of proton transfer and strong hydrogen bonding. In the presence of its vapor, pyridine adsorbs to MBA surfaces at near-monolayrer coverage, but upon N{sub 2} purging about two-thirds of it desorbs. Only one-half monolayer of pyrazine, which is less basic than pyridine, adsorbs to the MBA SAM, and upon N{sub 2} purging, about two-thirds of it desorbs. The aliphatic acid SAMs follow a similar trend. 40 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. Lubrication and load-bearing properties of human salivary pellicles adsorbed ex vivo on molecularly smooth substrata.

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    Harvey, Neale M; Yakubov, Gleb E; Stokes, Jason R; Klein, Jacob

    2012-01-01

    In a series of Surface Force Balance experiments, material from human whole saliva was adsorbed to molecularly smooth mica substrata (to form an 'adsorbed salivary film'). Measurements were taken of normal (load bearing, F (n)) and shear (frictional, F (s)*) forces between two interacting surfaces. One investigation involved a salivary film formed by overnight adsorption from undiluted, centrifuged saliva, with the adsorbed film rinsed with pure water before measurement. Measurements were taken under pure water and 70 mM NaNO(3). In a second investigation, a film was formed from and measured under a solution of 7% filtered saliva in 10 mM NaNO(3). F (n) results for both systems showed purely repulsive layers, with an uncompressed thickness of 35-70 nm for the diluted saliva investigation and, prior to the application of shear, 11 nm for the rinsed system. F (s)* was essentially proportional to F (n) for all systems and independent of shear speed (in the range 100-2000 nm s(-1)), with coefficients of friction μ ≈ 0.24 and μ ≈ 0.46 for the unrinsed and rinsed systems, respectively. All properties of the rinsed system remained similar when the pure water measurement environment was changed to 70 mM NaNO(3). For all systems studied, shear gave rise to an approximately threefold increase in the range of normal forces, attributed to the ploughing up of adsorbed material during shear to form debris that stood proud of the adsorbed layer. The results provide a microscopic demonstration of the wear process for a salivary film under shear and may be of particular interest for understanding the implications for in vivo oral lubrication under conditions such as rinsing of the mouth cavity. The work is interpreted in light of earlier studies that showed a structural collapse and increase in friction for an adsorbed salivary film in an environment of low ionic strength. PMID:22881290

  16. Polymer composite adsorbents using particles of molecularly imprinted polymers or aluminium oxide nanoparticles for treatment of arsenic contaminated waters.

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    Önnby, L; Pakade, V; Mattiasson, B; Kirsebom, H

    2012-09-01

    Removal of As(V) by adsorption from water solutions was studied using three different synthetic adsorbents. The adsorbents, (a) aluminium nanoparticles (Alu-NPs, <50 nm) incorporated in amine rich cryogels (Alu-cryo), (b) molecular imprinted polymers (<38 μm) in polyacrylamide cryogels (MIP-cryo) and (c) thiol functionalised cryogels (SH-cryo) were evaluated regarding material characteristics and arsenic removal in batch test and continuous mode. Results revealed that a composite design with particles incorporated in cryogels was a successful means for applying small particles (nano- and micro- scale) in water solutions with maintained adsorption capacity and kinetics. Low capacity was obtained from SH-cryo and this adsorbent was hence excluded from the study. The adsorption capacities for the composites were 20.3 ± 0.8 mg/g adsorbent (Alu-cryo) and 7.9 ± 0.7 mg/g adsorbent (MIP-cryo) respectively. From SEM images it was seen that particles were homogeneously distributed in Alu-cryo and heterogeneously distributed in MIP-cryo. The particle incorporation increased the mechanical stability and the polymer backbones of pure polyacrylamide (MIP-cryo) were of better stability than the amine containing polymer backbone (Alu-cryo). Both composites worked well in the studied pH range of pH 2-8. Adsorption tested in real wastewater spiked with arsenic showed that co-ions (nitrate, sulphate and phosphate) affected arsenic removal for Alu-cryo more than for MIP-cryo. Both composites still adsorbed well in the presence of counter-ions (copper and zinc) present at low concentrations (μg/l). The unchanged and selective adsorption in realistic water observed for MIP-cryo was concluded to be due to a successful imprinting, here controlled using a non-imprinted polymer (NIP). A development of MIP-cryo is needed, considering its low adsorption capacity. PMID:22687522

  17. 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

  18. Cryoprotective effect of low-molecular-weight hyaluronan on human dermal fibroblast monolayers.

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    Ujihira, Masanobu; Iwama, Akira; Aoki, Makie; Aoki, Kanako; Omaki, Sayaka; Goto, Erika; Mabuchi, Kiyoshi

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the availability of low-molecular-weight (low-MW) hyaluronan (HA) as a cryoprotectant for cellular cryopreservation. To clarify whether low-MW HA is cryoprotective, we evaluated the effect of HA concentration (0-5% w/w) in a cryoprotectant solution on cell membrane integrity after freeze-thaw. A test sample was created using human dermal fibroblast monolayers incubated in a culture dish for 24 h (37 degrees C, 5% CO2). Sodium hyaluronate (MW 3 x 10(4)-5 x 10(4)) dissolved in medium served as the cryoprotectant solution. Samples were immersed in the solution for 2 h at 0-4 degrees C. They were frozen at a cooling rate of 3 degrees C/min from 4 to -80 degrees C, cooled further to below -185 degrees C, and then thawed. Cell membrane integrity after thawing was evaluated using a trypan blue exclusion assay. The sample and freezing procedures were repeated in subsequent experiments, while the conditions of the solution immersion with respect to the sample varied. Next, to clarify whether the cryoprotective action of HA is intra- or extracellular, we performed three experiments. The first studied the dependence of membrane integrity after freeze-thaw on preliminary incubation time (0.75-24 h at 37 degrees C) with a sample immersed in the solution (5% w/w HA). In the second, membrane integrity of thawed samples that were initially frozen in a medium instead of solution, by removing extracellular HA following a preliminary 6-h incubation period, were evaluated. Thirdly, we investigated cellular uptake of fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled HA (MW 10(5), 1% w/w) after a preliminary 6-h incubation period under fluorescent microscopy (without freeze-thaw). The results show that HA had a cryoprotective effect, and that this cryoprotective action was intracellular. Therefore, low- MW HA proves to be a promising cellular cryoprotectant. PMID:20687452

  19. Reactive molecular dynamics simulations of switching processes of azobenzene-based monolayer on surface

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    Tian, Ziqi; Wen, Jin; Ma, Jing

    2013-07-01

    It is a challenge to simulate the switching process of functional self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on metal surfaces, since the systems consist of thousands of atoms and the switching is triggered by quantum-mechanical events. Herein a molecular dynamics simulation with a reactive rotation potential of N=N bond is implemented to investigate the dynamic conformational changes and packing effects on the stimuli-responsive isomerization of the terminally thiol functionalized azobiphenyls (AZOs), which are bound on the Au(111) surface. To, respectively, distinguish the time evolutions that start from cis and trans initial configurations, two different functions are established to model the potential energy curves for cis-to-trans and trans-to-cis transitions, instead of the only one cosine function used in the conventional non-reactive force fields. In order to simulate the conformation transitions of the AZO film on surface, a random switching function, depending on the N=N twisting angle, is constructed to consider both forward and backward cis/trans isomerization events and to trigger the reaction by changing the N atom types automatically. The factors that will influence the isomerization process, including the choice of ensembles and thermostat algorithms, the time intervals separating each switching, and the forms of the switching function, are systematically tested. Most AZO molecules switch from the cis to trans configuration with a coverage of 5.76 × 10-6 mol/m2 on a picosecond time scale, and a low coverage might make the switching irreversible, which is in agreement with the experiments.

  20. Organic transistor memory with a charge storage molecular double-floating-gate monolayer.

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

    2015-05-13

    A flexible, low-voltage, and nonvolatile memory device was fabricated by implanting a functional monolayer on an aluminum oxide dielectric surface in a pentacene-based organic transistor. The monolayer-forming molecule contains a phosphonic acid group as the anchoring moiety and a charge-trapping core group flanked between two alkyl chain spacers as the charge trapping site. The memory characteristics strongly depend on the monolayer used due to the localized charge-trapping capability for different core groups, including the diacetylenic (DA) unit as the hole carrier trap, the naphthalenetetracarboxyldiimide (ND) unit as the electron carrier trap, and the one with both DA and ND units present, respectively. The device with the monolayer carrying both DA and ND groups has a larger memory window than that for the one containing DA only and a longer retention time than that for the one containing DA or ND only, giving a memory window of 1.4 V and a retention time around 10(9) s. This device with hybrid organic monolayer/inorganic dielectrics also exhibited rather stable device characteristics upon bending of the polymeric substrate. PMID:25875747

  1. Characterization of Adsorbed Molecular Water on the Surface of a Stretched Polytetrafluoroethylene Tape Analyzed by (1)H NMR.

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    Wakai, Chihiro; Shimoaka, Takafumi; Hasegawa, Takeshi

    2016-03-10

    A single molecule often exhibits a largely different material character from a bulk matter. Although a perfluoroalkyl (Rf) compound is a representative one, many interests have mostly been devoted to the bulk character only thus far, leaving the single molecular character unclear. Recently, a new theoretical framework, stratified dipole-arrays (SDA) theory, has appeared for comprehensive understanding of Rf compounds in terms of both single and bulk systems. On this theory, a mechanically stretched polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is expected to exhibit a single-molecular character having dipole-driven properties, which should attract molecular water. In the present study, a stretched PTFE tape is revealed to attract molecular water (not water droplet) in fact, and the adsorbed water molecules are highly restricted in motion by the dipole-dipole interaction studied by using (1)H NMR, which agrees with the prediction by the SDA theory. PMID:26848611

  2. Molecular dynamics simulations of peptide adsorption on self-assembled monolayers

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    Xie, Yun; Liu, Meifeng; Zhou, Jian

    2012-08-01

    All-atom molecular dynamics simulations are performed to investigate the neuromedin-B peptide adsorption on the self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of SH(CH2)10N+(CH3)2CH2CH(OH)CH2SO3- (SBT), SH(CH2)10OH and SH(CH2)10CH3. The force-distance profiles show that the surface resistance to peptide adsorption is mainly generated by the water molecules tightly bound to surfaces via hydrogen bonds (hydration water molecules); but surfaces themselves may also set an energy barrier for the approaching peptide. For the SBT-SAM, the surface first exerts a relatively high repulsive force and then a rather week attractive force on the approaching peptide; meanwhile the hydration water molecules exert a strong repulsive force on the peptide. Therefore, SBT-SAM has an excellent performance on resisting protein adsorption. For the OH-SAM and CH3-SAM, surfaces show low or little energy barrier but strong affinity to the peptide; and the hydration water molecules apply merely a repulsive force within a much narrower range and with lower intensity compared with the case for the SBT-SAM. The analysis of structural and dynamical properties of the peptide, surface and water indicates that possible factors contributing to surface resistance include the hydrogen-bond formation capability of surfaces, mobility of water molecules near surfaces, surface packing density and chain flexibility of SAMs. There are a large number of hydrogen bonds formed between the hydration water molecules and the functional groups of the SBT-SAM, which greatly lowers the mobility of water molecules near the surface. This tightly-bound water layer effectively reduces the direct contact between the surface and the peptide. Furthermore, the SBT-SAM also has a high flexibility and a low surface packing density, which allows water molecules to penetrate into the surface to form tightly-bound networks and therefore reduces the affinity between the peptide and the surface. The results show that the protein

  3. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study of Molecular Structure: Controlled Monolayer Formation on Graphite at the Liquid-solid Interface

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    Su, C.; Kannappan, K.; Chin, V. Nora; Avila-Bront, L.; Jayaraman, S.; Turro, N. J.; Flynn, G. W.

    2006-03-01

    The self-assembly of heptadecanoic acid 1 and racemic 2-bromoheptadecanoic acid 2 mixtures on the basal plane of a graphite surface has been studied using scanning tunneling microscopy at the liquid-solid interface. The domain structure varies as a function of the ratio of coadsorbed molecules. At lower concentration of acid 2, heptadecanoic acid controls the surface structure by forming a template with fixed lamellar axis-molecular axis angle and domains with alternating R- and S-enantiomer molecular rows. Increasing the concentration of acid 2 leads to the segregation of chiral domains. The inter-correlation between heptadecanoic acid and 2-bromoheptadecanoic acid determines the 2D chiral configuration in the mixed monolayer. A model based on energetically favorable molecular conformations is proposed and will be discussed.

  4. Adsorbed Proteins Influence the Biological Activity and Molecular Targeting of Nanomaterials

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    Dutta, Debamitra; Sundaram, S. K.; Teeguarden, Justin G.; Riley, Brian J.; Fifield, Leonard S.; Jacobs, Jon M.; Addleman, Raymond S.; Kaysen, George A.; Moudgil, Brij M.; Weber, Thomas J.

    2007-11-01

    The possible combination of unique physicochemical properties operating at unique sites of action within cells and tissues has led to considerable uncertainty surrounding nanomaterial toxic potential. Here we have investigated the relative importance of proteins adsorbed onto nanomaterial surfaces in guiding uptake and toxicity to determine whether a priori identification of adsorbed proteins will contribute to nanomaterial toxicity assessment. Albumin was identified as the major protein adsorbed onto single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) following incubation with fetal bovine or human serum/plasma, but not when plasma from the Nagase Analbuminemic Rat (NAR) was used, and precoating SWCNTs with a non-ionic surfactant (Pluronic F127) inhibited albumin adsorption. Damaged or structurally altered albumin is rapidly cleared by scavenger receptors. In the RAW 264.7 macrophage-like model, we observed that SWCNTs inhibited the induction of cyclooxygenase-2 (Cox-2) by lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 1 ng/ml, 6 hr) and this anti-inflammatory response was inhibited by fucoidan (scavenger receptor antagonist) and by precoating SWCNTs with Pluronic F127. Fucoidan also reduced the uptake of fluorescent SWCNTs (Alexa647) in RAW 264.7 cells. Albumin-coated SWCNTs reduced LPS-mediated Cox-2 induction. SWCNTs did not appear to reduce binding of a fluorescent LPS (Alexa488) to RAW 264.7 cells. The profile of proteins adsorbed onto amorphous silica (50 – 1000 nm) was qualitatively different, relative to SWCNTs, and coating amorphous silica with Pluronic F127 dramatically reduced protein binding and toxicity. Collectively, these observations are consistent with an important role for adsorbed proteins in guiding nanomaterial disposition and toxicity.

  5. Molecular self-assembly at bare semiconductor surfaces: preparation and characterization of highly organized octadecanethiolate monolayers on GaAs(001).

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    McGuiness, Christine L; Shaporenko, Andrey; Mars, Carole K; Uppili, Sundararajan; Zharnikov, Michael; Allara, David L

    2006-04-19

    Through rigorous control of preparation conditions, organized monolayers with a highly reproducible structure can be formed by solution self-assembly of octadecanethiol on GaAs (001) at ambient temperature. A combination of characterization probes reveal a structure with conformationally ordered alkyl chains tilted on average at 14 +/- 1 degrees from the surface normal with a 43 +/- 5 degrees twist, a highly oleophobic and hydrophobic ambient surface, and direct S-GaAs attachment. Analysis of the tilt angle and film thickness data shows a significant mismatch of the average adsorbate molecule spacings with the spacings of an intrinsic GaAs(001) surface lattice. The monolayers are stable up to approximately 100 degrees C and exhibit an overall thermal stability which is lower than that of the same monolayers on Au[111] surfaces. A two-step solution assembly process is observed: rapid adsorption of molecules over the first several hours to form disordered structures with molecules lying close to the substrate surface, followed by a slow densification and asymptotic approach to final ordering. This process, while similar to the assembly of alkanethiols on Au[111], is nearly 2 orders of magnitude slower. Finally, despite differences in assembly rates and the thermal stability, exchange experiments with isotopically tagged molecules show that the octadecanethiol on GaAs(001) monolayers undergo exchange with solute thiol molecules at roughly the same rate as the corresponding exchanges of the same monolayers on Au[111]. PMID:16608359

  6. Conformational change induced by electron transfer in a monolayer of cytochrome P450 reductase adsorbed at the Au(110)-phosphate buffer interface

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    Weightman, P.; Smith, C. I.; Convery, J. H.; Harrison, P.; Khara, B.; Scrutton, N. S.

    2013-09-01

    The reflection anisotropy spectroscopy profiles of a variant of cytochrome P450 reductase adsorbed at the Au(110)-phosphate buffer interface depend on the sequence of potentials applied to the Au(110) electrode. It is suggested that this dependence arises from changes in the orientation of the isoalloxazine ring structures in the protein with respect to the Au(110) surface. This offers a method of monitoring conformational change in this protein by measuring variations in the reflection anisotropy spectrum arising from changes in the redox potential.

  7. Experimental and molecular simulation investigation of enhanced CO2 solubility in hybrid adsorbents.

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    Ho, Ngoc Linh; Porcheron, Fabien; Pellenq, Roland J-M

    2010-08-17

    Hybrid adsorbents are prepared by confining physical solvents (propylene carbonate, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone) within the porosity of a solid support (alumina) using both wet and dry impregnation methods. The resulting hybrid solids are analyzed using characterization methods (N(2) adsorption isotherm, TGA) to ensure that a proper confinement of the solvent has been achieved. The hybrid adsorbents are then subsequently assessed for CO(2) capture by performing solubility measurements. An enhanced CO(2) solubility is observed with regard to the ones in the bulk solvent and in the raw solid. In a next step, grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations have been performed on a slit pore model to understand the microscopic mechanisms yielding the apparition of enhanced solubility. The presence of solvent molecules favors the layering of CO(2) within the pore, and the resulting local density profile is then markedly increased compared to one found in the raw adsorbent as more carbon dioxide molecules can be accommodated into the pore volume. PMID:20695570

  8. Conformation, orientation and interaction in molecular monolayers: A surface second harmonic and sum frequency generation study

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    Superfine, R.; Huang, J.Y.; Shen, Y.R.

    1988-12-01

    We have used sum frequency generation (SFG) to study the order in a silane monolayer before and after the deposition of a coadsorbed liquid crystal monolayer. We observe an increase in the order of the chain of the silane molecule induced by the interpenetration of the liquid crystal molecules. By using second harmonic generation (SHG) and SFG, we have studied the orientation and conformation of the liquid crystal molecule on clean and silane coated glass surfaces. On both surfaces, the biphenyl group is tilted by 70{degree} with the alkyl chain end pointing away from the surface. The shift in the C-H stretch frequencies in the coadsorbed system indicates a significant interaction between molecules. 9 refs., 3 figs.

  9. Molecular junctions of self-assembled monolayers with conducting polymer contacts.

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    Neuhausen, Alexander B; Hosseini, Ali; Sulpizio, Joseph A; Chidsey, Christopher E D; Goldhaber-Gordon, David

    2012-11-27

    We present a method to fabricate individually addressable junctions of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) that builds on previous studies which have shown that soft conductive polymer top contacts virtually eliminate shorts through the SAMs. We demonstrate devices with nanoscale lateral dimensions, representing an order of magnitude reduction in device area, with high yield and relatively low device-to-device variation, improving several features of previous soft contact devices. The devices are formed in pores in an inorganic dielectric layer with features defined by e-beam lithography and dry etching. We replace the aqueous PEDOT:PSS conductive polymer used in prior devices with Aedotron P, a low-viscosity, amphiphilic polymer, allowing incorporation of self-assembled monolayers with either hydrophobic or hydrophilic termination with the same junction geometry and materials. We demonstrate the adaptability of this new design by presenting transport measurements on SAMs composed of alkanethiols with methyl, thiol, carboxyl, and azide terminations. We establish that the observed room-temperature tunnel barrier is primarily a function of monolayer thickness, independent of the terminal group's hydrophilicity. Finally, we investigate the temperature dependence of transport and show that the low-temperature behavior is based on the energy distribution of sites from which carriers can tunnel between the polymer and gold contacts, as described by a model of variable-range hopping transport in a disordered conductor. PMID:23035989

  10. Molecular dynamics simulation of the evolution of hydrophobic defects in one monolayer of a phosphatidylcholine bilayer: relevance for membrane fusion mechanisms.

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    Tieleman, D Peter; Bentz, Joe

    2002-01-01

    The spontaneous formation of the phospholipid bilayer underlies the permeability barrier function of the biological membrane. Tears or defects that expose water to the acyl chains are spontaneously healed by lipid lateral diffusion. However, mechanical barriers, e.g., protein aggregates held in place, could sustain hydrophobic defects. Such defects have been postulated to occur in processes such as membrane fusion. This gives rise to a new question in bilayer structure: What do the lipids do in the absence of lipid lateral diffusion to minimize the free energy of a hydrophobic defect? As a first step to understand this rather fundamental question about bilayer structure, we performed molecular dynamic simulations of up to 10 ns of a planar bilayer from which lipids have been deleted randomly from one monolayer. In one set of simulations, approximately one-half of the lipids in the defect monolayer were restrained to form a mechanical barrier. In the second set, lipids were free to diffuse around. The question was simply whether the defects caused by removing a lipid would aggregate together, forming a large hydrophobic cavity, or whether the membrane would adjust in another way. When there are no mechanical barriers, the lipids in the defect monolayer simply spread out and thin with little effect on the other intact monolayer. In the presence of a mechanical barrier, the behavior of the lipids depends on the size of the defect. When 3 of 64 lipids are removed, the remaining lipids adjust the lower one-half of their chains, but the headgroup structure changes little and the intact monolayer is unaffected. When 6 to 12 lipids are removed, the defect monolayer thins, lipid disorder increases, and lipids from the intact monolayer move toward the defect monolayer. Whereas this is a highly simplified model of a fusion site, this engagement of the intact monolayer into the fusion defect is strikingly consistent with recent results for influenza hemagglutinin mediated

  11. Orbital tomography: Molecular band maps, momentum maps and the imaging of real space orbitals of adsorbed molecules

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    Offenbacher, Hannes; Lüftner, Daniel; Ules, Thomas; Reinisch, Eva Maria; Koller, Georg; Puschnig, Peter; Ramsey, Michael G.

    2015-01-01

    The frontier orbitals of molecules are the prime determinants of their chemical, optical and electronic properties. Arguably, the most direct method of addressing the (filled) frontier orbitals is ultra-violet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS). Although UPS is a mature technique from the early 1970s on, the angular distribution of the photoemitted electrons was thought to be too complex to be analysed quantitatively. Recently angle resolved UPS (ARUPS) work on conjugated molecules both, in ordered thick films and chemisorbed monolayers, has shown that the angular (momentum) distribution of the photocurrent from orbital emissions can be simply understood. The approach, based on the assumption of a plane wave final state is becoming known as orbital tomography. Here we will demonstrate, with selected examples of pentacene (5A) and sexiphenyl (6P), the potential of orbital tomography. First it will be shown how the full angular distribution of the photocurrent (momentum map) from a specific orbital is related to the real space orbital by a Fourier transform. Examples of the reconstruction of 5A orbitals will be given and the procedure for recovering the lost phase information will be outlined. We then move to examples of sexiphenyl where we interrogate the original band maps of thick sexiphenyl in the light of our understanding of orbital tomography that has developed since then. With comparison to theoretical simulations of the molecular band maps, the molecular conformation and orientation will be concluded. New results for the sexiphenyl monolayer on Al(1 1 0) will then be presented. From the band maps it will be concluded that the molecule is planarised and adopts a tilted geometry. Finally the momentum maps down to HOMO-11 will be analysed and real space orbitals reconstructed. PMID:26752804

  12. Method for Controlling Electrical Properties of Single-Layer Graphene Nanoribbons via Adsorbed Planar Molecular Nanoparticles

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    Tanaka, Hirofumi; Arima, Ryo; Fukumori, Minoru; Tanaka, Daisuke; Negishi, Ryota; Kobayashi, Yoshihiro; Kasai, Seiya; Yamada, Toyo Kazu; Ogawa, Takuji

    2015-07-01

    A simple method for fabricating single-layer graphene nanoribbons (sGNRs) from double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTs) was developed. A sonication treatment was employed to unzip the DWNTs by inducing defects in them through annealing at 500 °C. The unzipped DWNTs yielded double-layered GNRs (dGNRs). Further sonication allowed each dGNR to be unpeeled into two sGNRs. Purification performed using a high-speed centrifuge ensured that more than 99% of the formed GNRs were sGNRs. The changes induced in the electrical properties of the obtained sGNR by the absorption of nanoparticles of planar molecule, naphthalenediimide (NDI), were investigated. The shape of the I-V curve of the sGNRs varied with the number of NDI nanoparticles adsorbed. This was suggestive of the existence of a band gap at the narrow-necked part near the NDI-adsorbing area of the sGNRs.

  13. Method for Controlling Electrical Properties of Single-Layer Graphene Nanoribbons via Adsorbed Planar Molecular Nanoparticles

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    Tanaka, Hirofumi; Arima, Ryo; Fukumori, Minoru; Tanaka, Daisuke; Negishi, Ryota; Kobayashi, Yoshihiro; Kasai, Seiya; Yamada, Toyo Kazu; Ogawa, Takuji

    2015-01-01

    A simple method for fabricating single-layer graphene nanoribbons (sGNRs) from double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTs) was developed. A sonication treatment was employed to unzip the DWNTs by inducing defects in them through annealing at 500 °C. The unzipped DWNTs yielded double-layered GNRs (dGNRs). Further sonication allowed each dGNR to be unpeeled into two sGNRs. Purification performed using a high-speed centrifuge ensured that more than 99% of the formed GNRs were sGNRs. The changes induced in the electrical properties of the obtained sGNR by the absorption of nanoparticles of planar molecule, naphthalenediimide (NDI), were investigated. The shape of the I-V curve of the sGNRs varied with the number of NDI nanoparticles adsorbed. This was suggestive of the existence of a band gap at the narrow-necked part near the NDI-adsorbing area of the sGNRs. PMID:26205209

  14. Method for Controlling Electrical Properties of Single-Layer Graphene Nanoribbons via Adsorbed Planar Molecular Nanoparticles.

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    Tanaka, Hirofumi; Arima, Ryo; Fukumori, Minoru; Tanaka, Daisuke; Negishi, Ryota; Kobayashi, Yoshihiro; Kasai, Seiya; Yamada, Toyo Kazu; Ogawa, Takuji

    2015-01-01

    A simple method for fabricating single-layer graphene nanoribbons (sGNRs) from double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTs) was developed. A sonication treatment was employed to unzip the DWNTs by inducing defects in them through annealing at 500 °C. The unzipped DWNTs yielded double-layered GNRs (dGNRs). Further sonication allowed each dGNR to be unpeeled into two sGNRs. Purification performed using a high-speed centrifuge ensured that more than 99% of the formed GNRs were sGNRs. The changes induced in the electrical properties of the obtained sGNR by the absorption of nanoparticles of planar molecule, naphthalenediimide (NDI), were investigated. The shape of the I-V curve of the sGNRs varied with the number of NDI nanoparticles adsorbed. This was suggestive of the existence of a band gap at the narrow-necked part near the NDI-adsorbing area of the sGNRs. PMID:26205209

  15. Work function increase of transparent conductive electrodes by solution processed electron acceptor molecular monolayers

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    Castellani, Mauro; Winkler, Stefanie; Bröker, Benjamin; Baumgarten, Martin; Müllen, Klaus; Koch, Norbert

    2014-02-01

    We show how the work function of transparent conductive oxide surfaces can be increased by more than 1 eV by solution-depositing strong electron acceptor monolayers comprising tetrafluoro-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ) or hexaazatriphenylene-hexacarbonitrile (HATCN). The effects of ambient atmosphere on the work function are investigated by comparing Kelvin probe measurements in air and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy in ultrahigh vacuum. In this way, important technological issues related to the influence of ambient moisture on electrode properties are elucidated.

  16. First principle calculations of hexyl thiolate monolayer on Au(1 1 1)

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    Wu, Taiquan; Cao, Dan; Wang, Xinyan; Jiao, Zhiwei; Chen, Miaogen; Luo, Honglei; Zhu, Ping

    2015-03-01

    The first-principle technique has been employed to determine the structure of hexyl thiolate molecular chains, monolayers and the adsorption system. CASTEP calculation shows that hexyl thiolate monolayer is a self-assembly system. And the molecular orientation of the hexyl thiolate on the surface is not symmetrical, they have the simplex structure. The electron density confirms the result. Hexyl thiolate monolayer is adsorbed on the Au(1 1 1)-(√3 × √3)R30° surface in the bridge site with the angle between the Ssbnd C6 bond and the surface is 65°. The structural parameters in the adsorption system are the same to those in the monolayer.

  17. Effect of molecular structure and packing density of an azo self-assembled monolayer on liquid crystal alignment.

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    Vengatesan, M R; Lee, Seung-Ho; Son, Jong-Ho; Lim, Jeong-Ku; Song, Jang Kun

    2013-10-01

    We studied the alignment of liquid crystals (LCs) on a photo-switchable azo-containing self-assembled monolayer (azo-SAM) with different packing densities and molecular structures. The packing density of the azo-SAM substrates was varied by changing the dipping time of the substrate in azosilane monomers solution (2mM in toluene). The thickness of the monolayer on the silicon substrate increased as the dipping time was increased. The relative surface packing density on the glass substrates was estimated from the surface energies of the azo-SAM. The photo-induced dynamics of liquid crystal alignment on the azo-SAM significantly varied according to the packing density of the azo-SAM and the structure of the azo-SAM molecules. The azo-SAM from long octyloxy chain-terminated azosilane (azo-S1) possessed stable homeotropic alignment even after photobuffing, while the azo-SAM from short methyl group-terminated azosilane monomer (azo-S2) showed photo-switchable homeotropic and planar alignments. However, when the packing density was increased to an excessive degree, even the azo-SAM from azo-S2 exhibited stable homeotropic alignment regardless of photobuffing. PMID:23871311

  18. Formation of molecular monolayers on TiO2 surfaces: a surface analogue of the Williamson ether synthesis.

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    Chen, Jixin; Franking, Ryan; Ruther, Rose E; Tan, Yizheng; He, Xueying; Hogendoorn, Stephanie R; Hamers, Robert J

    2011-06-01

    Strategies to modify metal oxide surfaces are important because of the increasing applications of metal oxides in catalysis, sensing, electronics, and renewable energy. Here, we report the formation of molecular monolayers on anatase nanocrystalline TiO(2) surfaces at near-ambient temperatures by a simple one-step immersion. This is achieved by an analogue of the Williamson ether synthesis, in which the hydroxyl groups of the TiO(2) surface react with iodo-alkane molecules to release HI and form a Ti-O-C surface linkage. The grafted molecules were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to confirm the formation of covalently bonded monolayers. Kinetic studies yielded an activation barrier of ∼59 kJ/mol for the grafting reaction. Measurements of hydrolytic stability of the grafted molecules in water show that approximately half the molecules are removed within minutes to hours at temperatures of 25-100 °C with an activation energy of ∼82 kJ/mol, while the remaining molecules are stable for much longer periods of time. These different stabilities are discussed in terms of the different types of Ti-O-C bonds that can form on TiO(2) surfaces. PMID:21528935

  19. Characterizing the molecular order of phosphonic acid self-assembled monolayers on indium tin oxide surfaces.

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    Losego, Mark D; Guske, Joshua T; Efremenko, Alina; Maria, Jon-Paul; Franzen, Stefan

    2011-10-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of alkanephosphonic acids with chain lengths between 8 and 18 carbon units were formed on thin films of indium tin oxide (ITO) sputter-deposited on silicon substrates with 400 nm thermally grown SiO(2). The silicon substrates, while not intended for use in near-IR or visible optics applications, do provide smooth surfaces that permit systematic engineering of grain size and surface roughness as a function of the sputter pressure. Argon sputter pressures from 4 to 20 mTorr show systematic changes in surface morphology ranging from smooth, micrometer-sized grain structures to <50 nm grains with 3× higher surface roughness. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy experiments are conducted for alkanephosphonic acids deposited on these wide range of ITO surfaces to evaluate the effects of these morphological features on monolayer ordering. Results indicate that long-chain SAMs are more highly ordered, and have a smaller tilt angle, than short-chain SAMs. Surprisingly, the 1-octadecyl phosphonic acids maintain their order as the lateral grain dimensions of the ITO surface shrink to ∼50 nm. It is only when the ITO surface roughness becomes greater than the SAM chain length (∼15 Å) that SAMs are observed to become relatively disordered. PMID:21863828

  20. Influence of molecular structure and adsorbent properties on sorption of organic compounds to a temperature series of wood chars.

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    Lattao, Charisma; Cao, Xiaoyan; Mao, Jingdong; Schmidt-Rohr, Klaus; Pignatello, Joseph J

    2014-05-01

    Chars from wildfires and soil amendments (biochars) are strong adsorbents that can impact the fate of organic compounds in soil, yet the effects of solute and adsorbent properties on sorption are poorly understood. We studied sorption of benzene, naphthalene, and 1,4-dinitrobenzene from water to a series of wood chars made anaerobically at different heat treatment temperatures (HTT) from 300 to 700 °C, and to graphite as a nonporous, unfunctionalized reference adsorbent. Peak suppression in the NMR spectrum by sorption of the paramagnetic relaxation probe TEMPO indicated that only a small fraction of char C atoms lie near sorption sites. Sorption intensity for all solutes maximized with the 500 °C char, but failed to trend regularly with N2 or CO2 surface area, micropore volume, mesopore volume, H/C ratio, O/C ratio, aromatic fused ring size, or HTT. A model relating sorption intensity to a weighted sum of microporosity and mesoporosity was more successful. Sorption isotherm linearity declined progressively with carbonization of the char. Application of a thermodynamic model incorporating solvent-water and char-graphite partition coefficients permitted for the first time quantification of steric (size exclusion in pores) and π-π electron donor-acceptor (EDA) free energy contributions, relative to benzene. Steric hindrance for naphthalene increases exponentially from 9 to 16 kJ/mol (∼ 1.6-2.9 log units of sorption coefficient) with the fraction of porosity in small micropores. π-π EDA interactions of dinitrobenzene contribute -17 to -19 kJ/mol (3-3.4 log units of sorption coefficient) to sorption on graphite, but less on chars. π-π EDA interaction of naphthalene on graphite is small (-2 to 2 kJ/mol). The results show that sorption is a complex function of char properties and solute molecular structure, and not very predictable on the basis of readily determined char properties. PMID:24758543

  1. 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.

  2. Molecular sieve adsorbents and membranes for applications in the production of renewable fuels and chemicals

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    Ranjan, Rajiv

    Metal organic frameworks (MOF), a new class of porous materials, have emerged as promising candidate for gas storage, separation membrane and chemical sensors. We used secondary growth method to grow microporous metal organic framework (MMOF) films on porous alumina supports. Examination of the film using SEM and XRD showed that the crystals were well inter-grown and preferentially oriented. Gas permeation study showed that membranes were defect free and moderate selectivity was achieved for H2/N2 gas pairs. The next project had to do with ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass as an alternate energy source. However, toxic inhibitors produced from the hydrolysis of biomass decrease ethanol yield during the fermentation process. We demonstrated the use of zeolites for the pretreatment of hydrolyzate in order to remove inhibitors like 5-Hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde (HMF) and furfural from aqueous solution. Zeolites exhibit preferential adsorption of the inhibitors and in effect improve the ethanol yield during fermentation. Ideal Adsorbed Solution Theory (IAST) was also used to predict adsorption isotherms for HMF-furfural mixtures using single component adsorption data. We also studied production of HMF, a potential substitute as a building block for plastic and chemical production, from renewable biomass resources. Catalytic dehydration of fructose for HMF production faces problems like low conversion and yield. Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) can be used as the solvent as well as the catalyst resulting in high HMF yield. We studied a reaction-separation system for this dehydration reaction where the product (HMF) could be recovered by selective adsorption on solid adsorbents from the reaction mixture.

  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. 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. Anisotropic orientational motion of molecular adsorbates at the air-water interface

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    Zimdars, D.; Dadap, J.I.; Eisenthal, K.B.; Heinz, T.F.

    1999-04-29

    The ultrafast orientational motions of coumarin 314 (C314) adsorbed at the air/water interface were investigated by time-resolved surface second harmonic generation (TRSHG). The theory and method of using TRSHG to detect both out-of-plane and in-plane orientational motions are discussed. The interfacial solute motions were found to be anisotropic, with differing out-of-plane and in-plane reorientation time constants. This report presents the first direct observation of in-plane orientational motion of a molecule (C314) at the air/water interface using TRSHG. The in-plane reorientation time constant is 600 {+-} 40 ps. The out-of-plane reorientation time constant is 350 {+-} 20 ps. The out-of-plane orientational motion of C314 is similar to the previous results on rhodamine 6G at the air/water interface which indicated increased interfacial friction compared with bulk aqueous solution. The surface reorientation times are 2--3 times slower than the bulk isotropic orientational diffusion time.

  6. Mechanism of a molecular photo-switch adsorbed on Si(100).

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    Bazarnik, Maciej; Jurczyszyn, Leszek; Czajka, Ryszard; Morgenstern, Karina

    2015-02-21

    We present a very compact molecular photoswitch on the technologically important Si(100) surface. Its adsorption configuration is determined by a combined scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT) study. The mechanisms of the isomerization reactions are discussed in view of DFT calculations and proven by in situ light irradiation. PMID:25611375

  7. Single molecular detection of a perylene dye dispersed in a Langmuir-Blodgett fatty acid monolayer using surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering

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    Constantino, C. J. L.; Lemma, T.; Antunes, P. A.; Aroca, R.

    2002-02-01

    The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayer technique was used to fabricate single molecule LB monolayer containing bis(phenethylimido)perylene (PhPTCD), a red dye dispersed in arachidic acid (AA) with an average doping of 1 molecule per μm 2. The monolayer was transferred onto Ag island films to obtain spatially resolved surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) spectra. The mixed LB monolayers were fabricated with a concentration, on average, of 1, 6, 19 and 118 PhPTCD molecules per μm 2 in AA. The AA provides a two-dimensional host matrix whose background signal does not interfere with the detection of the probe molecule's SERRS signal. The properties of the single molecule detection were investigated using micro-Raman with a 514.5-nm laser line. The Ag island surfaces coated with the LB monolayer were mapped with spatial steps of 3 μm and global chemical imaging of the most intense SERRS band in the spectrum was also recorded. The SERRS and surface-enhanced fluorescence (SEF) of the neat and single molecule LB monolayer were recorded in a temperature range from liquid nitrogen to +200°C. Neat PhPTCD LB monolayer spectra served as reference for the identification of characteristic signatures of the single molecule behavior. The spatial resolution of Raman-microscopy experiments, the multiplicative effect of resonance Raman and SERRS, and the high sensitivity of the new dispersive Raman instruments, allow SERRS to be part of the family of single molecular spectroscopies.

  8. Molecularly imprinted adsorbents for selective separation and/or concentration of environmental pollutants.

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    Kubo, Takuya; Hosoya, Ken; Otsuka, Koji

    2014-01-01

    This review describes the development of molecularly imprinted materials for selective separation and/or concentration of environmental pollutants, the quantitative concentration of which is usually difficult to determine because of their low level of concentration and existence of a large number of contaminants in environmental water. The fragment imprinting technique allowed for the selective separation of endocrine disrupters and halogenated aromatic compounds, including bisphenol A, and chlorinated/brominated aromatic compounds by the specific structural recognition based on the breeds, position, and number of the substituents. Also, the interval immobilization technique provided the specific materials enabling selective concentration based on the interval recognition of ionic functional groups in the targeting compounds, so that the effective determinations were achieved for natural toxins and pharmaceuticals in environmental water. Additionally, a selective photodegradation of toxins and a stimulus responsible hydrogel by the similar molecular recognition ability were successfully carried out. We have summarized these techniques including our recent studies. PMID:24420250

  9. Determination of ractopamine in pork using a magnetic molecularly imprinted polymer as adsorbent followed by HPLC.

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    Tang, Yiwei; Gao, Jingwen; Liu, Xiuying; Lan, Jianxing; Gao, Xue; Ma, Yong; Li, Min; Li, Jianrong

    2016-06-15

    A new magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (MMIPs) for separation and concentration of ractopamine (RAC) were prepared using surface molecular imprinting technique with methacryloyl chloride as functional monomer and RAC as template. The MMIPs were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and vibrating sample magnetometer. The results of re-binding experiments indicated that the MMIPs had fast adsorption kinetics and could reach binding equilibrium within 20 min, and the adsorption capacity of the MMIPs was 2.87-fold higher than that of the corresponding non-imprinted polymer. The selectivity of the MMIPs was evaluated according to its recognition to RAC and its analogues. The synthesized MMIPs were successfully applied to extraction, followed by high performance liquid chromatography to determine RAC in real food samples. Spiked recoveries ranged from 73.60% to 94.5%, with relative standard deviations of <11.17%. PMID:26868550

  10. 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.

  11. Gradients of Rectification: Tuning Molecular Electronic Devices by the Controlled Use of Different-Sized Diluents in Heterogeneous Self-Assembled Monolayers.

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    Kong, Gyu Don; Kim, Miso; Cho, Soo Jin; Yoon, Hyo Jae

    2016-08-22

    Molecular electronics has received significant attention in the last decades. To hone performance of devices, eliminating structural defects in molecular components inside devices is usually needed. We herein demonstrate this problem can be turned into a strength for modulating the performance of devices. We show the systematic dilution of a monolayer of an organic rectifier (2,2'-bipyridine-terminated n-undecanethiolate) with electronically inactive diluents (n-alkanethiolates of different lengths), gives remarkable gradients of rectification. Rectification is finely tunable in a range of approximately two orders of magnitude, retaining its polarity. Trends of rectification against the length of the diluent indicate the gradient of rectification is extremely sensitive to the molecular structure of the diluent. Further studies reveal that noncovalent intermolecular interactions within monolayers likely leads to gradients of structural defect and rectification. PMID:27443577

  12. Ultrafast shock compression of self-assembled monolayers: a molecular picture.

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    Patterson, James E; Dlott, Dana D

    2005-03-24

    Simulations of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are performed to interpret experimental measurements of ultrafast approximately 1 GPa (volume compression deltaV approximately 0.1) planar shock compression dynamics probed by vibrational sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy (Lagutchev, A. S.; Patterson, J. E.; Huang, W.; Dlott, D. D. J. Phys. Chem. B 2005, 109, XXXX). The SAMs investigated are octadecanethiol (ODT) and pentadecanethiol (PDT) on Au(111) and Ag(111) substrates, and benzyl mercaptan (BMT) on Au(111). In the alkane SAMs, SFG is sensitive to the instantaneous orientation of the terminal methyl; in BMT it is sensitive to the phenyl orientation. Computed structures of alkane SAMs are in good agreement with experiment. In alkanes, the energies of gauche defects increase with increasing number and depth below the methyl plane, with the exception of ODT/Au where both single and double gauche defects at the two uppermost dihedrals have similar energies. Simulations of isothermal uniaxial compression of SAM lattices show that chain and methyl tilting is predominant in PDT/Au, ODT/Ag and PDT/Ag, whereas single and double gauche defect formation is predominant in ODT/Au. Time-resolved shock data showing transient SFG signal loss of ODT/Au and PDT/Au are fit by calculations of the terminal group orientations as a function of deltaV and their contributions to the SFG hyperpolarizability. The highly elastic response of PDT/Au results from shock-generated methyl and chain tilting. The viscoelastic response of ODT/Au results from shock generation of single and double gauche defects. Isothermal compression simulations help explain and fit the time dependence of shock spectra but generally underestimate the magnitude of SFG signal loss because they do not include effects of high-strain-rate dynamics and shock front and surface irregularities. PMID:16863164

  13. Second-harmonic generation in boron nitride nanotubes adsorbed with molecular hydrogen

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    Vazquez-Nava, Raul; Salazar-Aparicio, Ramses; Arzate, Norberto; Mendoza, Bernardo

    2014-03-01

    We present ab initio calculations for second harmonic response of single wall zigzag pristine and with molecular hydrogen adsorption boron nitride nanotubes. These calculations were performed with density functional theory within the local-density approximation (LDA) and the application of the GW approximation to calculate the band gap GW correction. A length-guage formalism for calculating the nonlinear optical response with the correct implementation of the scissor correction was used to obtain the nonlinear susceptibility χ (2)(- 2 ω ω , ω) of zigzag BN nanotubes. We found that contrary to that reported in the literature, the (5,0) and (9,0) boron nitride nannotubes have a non vanishing SHG response. We also found that SHG is not a suitable thecnique to monitor the physisorption of H2 molecules on the external surface of BN nanotubes. This work was partially supported by CONACYT-México, grants 153930.

  14. Mechanism of Action of Thymol on Cell Membranes Investigated through Lipid Langmuir Monolayers at the Air-Water Interface and Molecular Simulation.

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    Ferreira, João Victor N; Capello, Tabata M; Siqueira, Leonardo J A; Lago, João Henrique G; Caseli, Luciano

    2016-04-01

    A major challenge in the design of biocidal drugs is to identify compounds with potential action on microorganisms and to understand at the molecular level their mechanism of action. In this study, thymol, a monoterpenoid found in the oil of leaves of Lippia sidoides with possible action in biological surfaces, was incorporated in lipid monolayers at the air-water interface that represented cell membrane models. The interaction of thymol with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) at the air-water interface was investigated by means of surface pressure-area isotherms, Brewster angle microscopy (BAM), polarization-modulation reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS), and molecular dynamics simulation. Thymol expands DPPC monolayers, decreases their surface elasticity, and changes the morphology of the lipid monolayer, which evidence the incorporation of this compound in the lipid Langmuir film. Such incorporation could be corroborated by PM-IRRAS since some specific bands for DPPC were changed upon thymol incorporation. Furthermore, potential of mean force obtained by molecular dynamics simulations indicates that the most stable position of the drug along the lipid film is near the hydrophobic regions of DPPC. These results may be useful to understand the interaction between thymol and cell membranes during biochemical phenomena, which may be associated with its pharmaceutical properties at the molecular level. PMID:26982820

  15. Molecular recognition using corona phase complexes made of synthetic polymers adsorbed on carbon nanotubes

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    Zhang, Jingqing; Landry, Markita P.; Barone, Paul W.; Kim, Jong-Ho; Lin, Shangchao; Ulissi, Zachary W.; Lin, Dahua; Mu, Bin; Boghossian, Ardemis A.; Hilmer, Andrew J.; Rwei, Alina; Hinckley, Allison C.; Kruss, Sebastian; Shandell, Mia A.; Nair, Nitish; Blake, Steven; Şen, Fatih; Şen, Selda; Croy, Robert G.; Li, Deyu; Yum, Kyungsuk; Ahn, Jin-Ho; Jin, Hong; Heller, Daniel A.; Essigmann, John M.; Blankschtein, Daniel; Strano, Michael S.

    2013-12-01

    Understanding molecular recognition is of fundamental importance in applications such as therapeutics, chemical catalysis and sensor design. The most common recognition motifs involve biological macromolecules such as antibodies and aptamers. The key to biorecognition consists of a unique three-dimensional structure formed by a folded and constrained bioheteropolymer that creates a binding pocket, or an interface, able to recognize a specific molecule. Here, we show that synthetic heteropolymers, once constrained onto a single-walled carbon nanotube by chemical adsorption, also form a new corona phase that exhibits highly selective recognition for specific molecules. To prove the generality of this phenomenon, we report three examples of heteropolymer-nanotube recognition complexes for riboflavin, L-thyroxine and oestradiol. In each case, the recognition was predicted using a two-dimensional thermodynamic model of surface interactions in which the dissociation constants can be tuned by perturbing the chemical structure of the heteropolymer. Moreover, these complexes can be used as new types of spatiotemporal sensors based on modulation of the carbon nanotube photoemission in the near-infrared, as we show by tracking riboflavin diffusion in murine macrophages.

  16. A molecular dynamics study on the transport of a charged biomolecule in a polymeric adsorbent medium and its adsorption onto a charged ligand

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    Riccardi, E.; Wang, J.-C.; Liapis, A. I.

    2010-08-01

    The transport of a charged adsorbate biomolecule in a porous polymeric adsorbent medium and its adsorption onto the covalently immobilized ligands have been modeled and investigated using molecular dynamics modeling and simulations as the third part of a novel fundamental methodology developed for studying ion-exchange chromatography based bioseparations. To overcome computational challenges, a novel simulation approach is devised where appropriate atomistic and coarse grain models are employed simultaneously and the transport of the adsorbate is characterized through a number of locations representative of the progress of the transport process. The adsorbate biomolecule for the system studied in this work changes shape, orientation, and lateral position in order to proceed toward the site where adsorption occurs and exhibits decreased mass transport coefficients as it approaches closer to the immobilized ligand. Furthermore, because the ligands are surrounded by counterions carrying the same type of charge as the adsorbate biomolecule, it takes the biomolecule repeated attempts to approach toward a ligand in order to displace the counterions in the proximity of the ligand and to finally become adsorbed. The formed adsorbate-ligand complex interacts with the counterions and polymeric molecules and is found to evolve slowly and continuously from one-site (monovalent) interaction to multisite (multivalent) interactions. Such a transition of the nature of adsorption reduces the overall adsorption capacity of the ligands in the adsorbent medium and results in a type of surface exclusion effect. Also, the adsorption of the biomolecule also presents certain volume exclusion effects by not only directly reducing the pore volume and the availability of the ligands in the adjacent regions, but also causing the polymeric molecules to change to more compact structures that could further shield certain ligands from being accessible to subsequent adsorbate molecules. These

  17. A molecular dynamics study on the transport of a charged biomolecule in a polymeric adsorbent medium and its adsorption onto a charged ligand.

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    Riccardi, E; Wang, J-C; Liapis, A I

    2010-08-28

    The transport of a charged adsorbate biomolecule in a porous polymeric adsorbent medium and its adsorption onto the covalently immobilized ligands have been modeled and investigated using molecular dynamics modeling and simulations as the third part of a novel fundamental methodology developed for studying ion-exchange chromatography based bioseparations. To overcome computational challenges, a novel simulation approach is devised where appropriate atomistic and coarse grain models are employed simultaneously and the transport of the adsorbate is characterized through a number of locations representative of the progress of the transport process. The adsorbate biomolecule for the system studied in this work changes shape, orientation, and lateral position in order to proceed toward the site where adsorption occurs and exhibits decreased mass transport coefficients as it approaches closer to the immobilized ligand. Furthermore, because the ligands are surrounded by counterions carrying the same type of charge as the adsorbate biomolecule, it takes the biomolecule repeated attempts to approach toward a ligand in order to displace the counterions in the proximity of the ligand and to finally become adsorbed. The formed adsorbate-ligand complex interacts with the counterions and polymeric molecules and is found to evolve slowly and continuously from one-site (monovalent) interaction to multisite (multivalent) interactions. Such a transition of the nature of adsorption reduces the overall adsorption capacity of the ligands in the adsorbent medium and results in a type of surface exclusion effect. Also, the adsorption of the biomolecule also presents certain volume exclusion effects by not only directly reducing the pore volume and the availability of the ligands in the adjacent regions, but also causing the polymeric molecules to change to more compact structures that could further shield certain ligands from being accessible to subsequent adsorbate molecules. These

  18. Molecular simulation studies of nanoscale friction between phosphorylcholine self-assembled monolayer surfaces: Correlation between surface hydration and friction

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    He, Yi; Chen, Shengfu; Hower, Jason C.; Bernards, Matthew T.; Jiang, Shaoyi

    2007-08-01

    We performed all-atom molecular dynamics simulations to study the friction between surfaces covered with two phosphorylcholine self-assembled monolayers (PC-SAM) under shear. PC-SAM surfaces with a √7×√7R19° lattice structure and a parallel arrangement of the head groups were used as model zwitterionic surfaces. They provide a full representation of the zwitterionic nature of phospholipid surfaces, which are believed to play an important role in the lubrication of biological joints such as knees and hips. The surfaces were immersed in aqueous solutions and kept in contact with two regions of bulk water. Sodium chloride and potassium chloride solutions at various concentrations were employed to study the effects of the presence of ions on friction. The results show a strong relationship between surface hydration and friction. Higher ionic concentrations or ions with shorter Debye lengths cause a larger disruption to the hydration around the zwitterionic surfaces, leading to larger friction forces. In addition, the results show that under nanoscale confinement, the friction coefficients of PC-SAM surfaces in pure water are directly proportional to both shear velocity and surface separation distance. These results are comparable to previously published experimental studies.

  19. Molecular dynamics simulations of water confined between matched pairs of hydrophobic and hydrophilic self-assembled monolayers.

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    Chandross, Michael Evan; Grest, Gary Stephen; Lane, J. Matthew D.; Lorenz, Christian Douglas; Stevens, Mark Jackson

    2008-12-01

    We have conducted a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation study of water confined between methyl-terminated and carboxyl-terminated alkylsilane self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on amorphous silica substrates. In doing so, we have investigated the dynamic and structural behavior of the water molecules when compressed to loads ranging from 20 to 950 MPa for two different amounts of water (27 and 58 water molecules/nm{sup 2}). Within the studied range of loads, we observe that no water molecules penetrate the hydrophobic region of the carboxyl-terminated SAMs. However, we observe that at loads larger than 150 MPa water molecules penetrate the methyl-terminated SAMs and form hydrogen-bonded chains that connect to the bulk water. The diffusion coefficient of the water molecules decreases as the water film becomes thinner and pressure increases. When compared to bulk diffusion coefficients of water molecules at the various loads, we found that the diffusion coefficients for the systems with 27 water molecules/nm{sup 2} are reduced by a factor of 20 at low loads and by a factor of 40 at high loads, while the diffusion coefficients for the systems with 58 water molecules/nm{sup 2} are reduced by a factor of 25 at all loads.

  20. Dynamic information for cardiotoxin protein desorption from a methyl-terminated self-assembled monolayer using steered molecular dynamics simulation

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    Hung, Shih-Wei; Hsiao, Pai-Yi; Chieng, Ching-Chang

    2011-05-01

    Dynamic information, such as force, structural change, interaction energy, and potential of mean force (PMF), about the desorption of a single cardiotoxin (CTX) protein from a methyl-terminated self-assembled monolayer (SAM) surface was investigated by means of steered molecular dynamics (SMD) simulations. The simulation results indicated that Loop I is the first loop to depart from the SAM surface, which is in good agreement with the results of the nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy experiment. The free energy landscape and the thermodynamic force of the CTX desorption process was represented by the PMF and by the derivative of PMF with respect to distance, respectively. By applying Jarzynski's equality, the PMF can be reconstructed from the SMD simulation. The PMFs, calculated by different estimators based upon Jarzynski's equality, were compared with the conventional umbrella sampling method. The best estimation was obtained by using the fluctuation-dissipation estimator with a pulling velocity of v = 0.25 nm/ns for the present study.

  1. An Effective Approach to Improving Cadmium Telluride (111)A Surface by Molecular-Beam-Epitaxy Growth of Tellurium Monolayer.

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    Ren, Jie; Fu, Li; Bian, Guang; Su, Jie; Zhang, Hao; Velury, Saavanth; Yukawa, Ryu; Zhang, Longxiang; Wang, Tao; Zha, Gangqiang; Guo, Rongrong; Miller, Tom; Hasan, M Zahid; Chiang, Tai-Chang

    2016-01-13

    The surface cleansing treatment of non-natural cleavage planes of semiconductors is usually performed in vacuum using ion sputtering and subsequent annealing. In this Research Article, we report on the evolution of surface atomic structure caused by different ways of surface treatment as monitored by in situ core-level photoemission measurements of Cd-4d and Te-4d atomic levels and reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED). Sputtering of surface increases the density of the dangling bonds by 50%. This feature and the less than ideal ordering can be detrimental to device applications. An effective approach is employed to improve the quality of this surface. One monolayer (ML) of Te grown by the method of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on the target surface with heating at 300 °C effectively improves the surface quality as evidenced by the improved sharpness of RHEED pattern and a reduced diffuse background in the spectra measured by high-resolution ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (HRUPS). Calculations have been performed for various atomic geometries by employing first-principles geometry optimization. In conjunction with an analysis of the core level component intensities in terms the layer-attenuation model, we propose a "vacancy site" model of the modified 1 ML-Te/CdTe(111)A (2 × 2) surface. PMID:26672795

  2. Molecular adsorbent recycling system (MARS): clinical results of a new membrane-based blood purification system for bioartificial liver support.

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    Stange, J; Mitzner, S R; Risler, T; Erley, C M; Lauchart, W; Goehl, H; Klammt, S; Peszynski, P; Freytag, J; Hickstein, H; Löhr, M; Liebe, S; Schareck, W; Hopt, U T; Schmidt, R

    1999-04-01

    The use of xenogenic or genetically engineered cell types in bioartificial liver support systems requires separation methods between the patients' blood and the liver support bioreactors that guarantee the sufficient transfer of pathophysiologically relevant substances but prevent complications. The present paper describes a new membrane separation system that is nearly impermeable to proteins but enables the exchange of water soluble and protein bound toxins by a special membrane and a recycled protein containing dialysate. Because the full range of toxins in hepatic failure has still not been identified, the value of this membrane separation method was evaluated clinically. Thirteen patients suffering from life threatening hepatic failure who had not responded to state of the art therapy were treated with this device, the molecular adsorbent recycling system (MARS). The overall survival rate was 69%. All patients showed positive response to the therapy, indicating that the presented membrane separator combines therapeutic effectivity with the highest safety criteria for the patient by cutting the exchange of substances below the level of proteins. PMID:10226696

  3. Experience of Treatments of Amanita phalloides-Induced Fulminant Liver Failure with Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System and Therapeutic Plasma Exchange.

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    Zhang, Jicheng; Zhang, Ying; Peng, Zhiyong; Maberry, Donald; Feng, Xueqiang; Bian, Pengfei; Ma, Wenjuan; Wang, Chunting; Qin, Chengyong

    2014-01-01

    Ingestion of the mushroom containing Amanita phalloides can induce fulminant liver failure and death. There are no specific antidotes. Blood purifications, such as molecular adsorbent recirculating system (MARS) and therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE), are potential therapies. However, the extent to which these technologies avert the deleterious effects of amatoxins remains controversial; the optimal intensity, duration, and initiation criteria have not been determined yet. This study aimed to retrospectively observe the effects of MARS and TPE on nine patients with A. phalloides-induced fulminant liver failure. The survival rate for the nine patients was 66.7%. Both TPE and MARS might remove toxins and improve liver functions. However, a single session of TPE produced immediately greater improvements in alanine aminotransferase (-60% vs. -16.3%), aspartate aminotransferase (-47.6% vs. -15.4%), and total bilirubin (-37.3% vs. -17.1%) (compared with the values of pretreatment, all p < 0.05) than MARS compared with MARS. Early intervention may be more effective than delayed therapy. Additionally, the presence of severe liver failure and renal failure indicated worse outcome. Although these findings are promising, additional case-controlled, randomized studies are required to confirm our results. PMID:24727538

  4. Chemical Potential of Triethylene Glycol Adsorbed on Surfaces Relevant to Gas Transport and Processing - Studies Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Kvamme, B.; Olsen, R.; Sjöblom, S.; Leirvik, K. N.; Kuznetsova, T.

    2014-12-01

    Natural gas will inevitably contain trace amounts of water and other impurities during different stages of processing and transport. Glycols, such as triethylene glycol (TEG), will in many cases follow the water. The glycol contents of the gas can originate from preceding glycol-drying units or it can be a residue from the direct injection of glycols used to prevent hydrate formation. Thus, it is important to know how glycol contents will affect the different paths leading to hydrate formation. Glycols may in some cases dominate the condensed water phase. If this occurs, it will lead to the well-documented shift in the hydrate stability curve, due to the altered activity of the water. A great deal of information on the molecular path of a glycol through the system can be obtained from calculating the chemical potential. Due to difficulties in measuring interfacial chemical potentials, these often need to be estimated using theoretical tools. We used molecular dynamics (MD) to study how TEG behaves in the vicinity of mineral surfaces such as calcite and hematite. Many methods exist for estimating chemical potentials based on MD trajectories. These include techniques such as free energy perturbation theory (FEP) and thermodynamic integration (TI). Such methods require sufficient sampling of configurations where free energy is to be estimated. Thus, it can be difficult to estimate chemical potentials on surfaces. There are several methods to circumvent this problem, such as blue moon sampling and umbrella sampling. These have been considered and the most important have been used to estimate chemical potentials of TEG adsorbed on the mineral surfaces. The resulting chemical potentials were compared to the chemical potential of TEG in bulk water, which was estimated using temperature thermodynamic integration.

  5. Adsorption kinetic and mechanistic studies for pharmaceutical spherical carbon adsorbents: comparison of a brand product and two generics.

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    Abe, Hiroyuki; Morikawa, Risa; Otsuka, Makoto

    2013-03-01

    The kinetic and mechanistic profiles of three pharmaceutical spherical carbon adsorbents, Kremezin as the brand product and two generics (Merckmezin and spherical carbon adsorbent "Mylan"), were compared. Five non-ionic active pharmaceutical ingredients with molecular weights of 136.1-424.1 Da were used as adsorbates. The results of Boehm titration, the standard method to qualify acidic or basic functional groups on a carbon surface, suggested distinctly different quantitative characteristics of each functional group among the three adsorbents. But those differences do not affect the adsorption to non-ionic adsorbates. The amount of theophylline adsorbed at equilibrium and surface area well correlated, suggesting that adsorptive ability was defined by surface area. In the tested molecular weight range, the order in terms of adsorption kinetics was spherical carbon adsorbent "Mylan">Kremezin>Merkmezin. The adsorption profile in the equilibrium and kinetic experiments, and the lack of an effect of pH on adsorption quantity suggested that the mechanism of adsorption for non-ionic substances to be Langmuir type monolayer adsorption. Kremezin and spherical carbon adsorbent "Mylan" are more likely to adsorb co-administered drugs than Merckmezin. PMID:23261577

  6. PM-IRRAS Determination of Molecular Orientation of Phosphonic Acid Self-Assembled Monolayers on Indium Zinc Oxide.

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    Sang, Lingzi; Mudalige, Anoma; Sigdel, Ajaya K; Giordano, Anthony J; Marder, Seth R; Berry, Joseph J; Pemberton, Jeanne E

    2015-05-26

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of phosphonic acids (PAs) on transparent conductive oxide (TCO) surfaces can facilitate improvement in TCO/organic semiconductor interface properties. When ordered PA SAMs are formed on oxide substrates, interface dipole and electronic structure are affected by the functional group properties, orientation, and binding modes of the modifiers. Choosing octylphosphonic acid (OPA), F13-octylphosphonic acid (F13OPA), pentafluorophenyl phosphonic acid (F5PPA), benzyl phosphonic acid (BnPA), and pentafluorobenzyl phosphonic acid (F5BnPA) as a representative group of modifiers, we report polarization modulation-infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS) of binding and molecular orientation on indium-doped zinc oxide (IZO) substrates. Considerable variability in molecular orientation and binding type is observed with changes in PA functional group. OPA exhibits partially disordered alkyl chains but on average the chain axis is tilted ∼57° from the surface normal. F13OPA tilts 26° with mostly tridentate binding. The F5PPA ring is tilted 23° from the surface normal with a mixture of bidentate and tridentate binding; the BnPA ring tilts 31° from normal with a mixture of bidentate and tridentate binding, and the F5BnPA ring tilts 58° from normal with a majority of bidentate with some tridenate binding. These trends are consistent with what has been observed previously for the effects of fluorination on orientation of phosphonic acid modifiers. These results from PM-IRRAS are correlated with recent results on similar systems from near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Overall, these results indicate that both surface binding geometry and intermolecular interactions play important roles in dictating the orientation of PA modifiers on TCO surfaces. This work also establishes PM-IRRAS as a routine method for SAM orientation determination on complex oxide substrates

  7. Adsorbent and adsorbent bed for materials capture and separation processes

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    Liu, Wei

    2011-01-25

    A method device and material for performing adsorption wherein a fluid mixture is passed through a channel in a structured adsorbent bed having a solid adsorbent comprised of adsorbent particles having a general diameter less than 100 um, loaded in a porous support matrix defining at least one straight flow channel. The adsorbent bed is configured to allow passage of a fluid through said channel and diffusion of a target material into said adsorbent under a pressure gradient driving force. The targeted molecular species in the fluid mixture diffuses across the porous support retaining layer, contacts the adsorbent, and adsorbs on the adsorbent, while the remaining species in the fluid mixture flows out of the channel.

  8. Turning things downside up: Adsorbate induced water flipping on Pt(111)

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    Kimmel, Greg A. E-mail: bruce.kay@pnnl.gov; Zubkov, Tykhon; Smith, R. Scott; Petrik, Nikolay G.; Kay, Bruce D. E-mail: bruce.kay@pnnl.gov

    2014-11-14

    We have examined the adsorption of the weakly bound species N{sub 2}, O{sub 2}, CO, and Kr on the (√(37)×√(37))R25.3{sup ∘} water monolayer on Pt(111) using a combination of molecular beam dosing, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, and temperature programmed desorption. In contrast to multilayer crystalline ice, the adsorbate-free water monolayer is characterized by a lack of dangling OH bonds protruding into the vacuum (H-up). Instead, the non-hydrogen-bonded OH groups are oriented downward (H-down) to maximize their interaction with the underlying Pt(111) substrate. Adsorption of Kr and O{sub 2} have little effect on the structure and vibrational spectrum of the “√(37)” water monolayer while adsorption of both N{sub 2}, and CO are effective in “flipping” H-down water molecules into an H-up configuration. This “flipping” occurs readily upon adsorption at temperatures as low as 20 K and the water monolayer transforms back to the H-down, “√(37)” structure upon adsorbate desorption above 35 K, indicating small energy differences and barriers between the H-down and H-up configurations. The results suggest that converting water in the first layer from H-down to H-up is mediated by the electrostatic interactions between the water and the adsorbates.

  9. Turning things downside up: Adsorbate induced water flipping on Pt(111)

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    Kimmel, Gregory A.; Zubkov, Tykhon; Smith, R. Scott; Petrik, Nikolay G.; Kay, Bruce D.

    2014-11-14

    We have examined the adsorption of the weakly bound species N2, O2, CO and Kr on the water monolayer on Pt(111) using a combination of molecular beam dosing, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS), and temperature programmed desorption (TPD). In contrast to multilayer crystalline ice, the adsorbate-free water monolayer is characterized by a lack of dangling OH bonds protruding into the vacuum (H-up). Instead, the non-hydrogen-bonded OH groups are oriented downward (H-down) to maximize their interaction with the underlying Pt(111) substrate. Adsorption of Kr and O2 have little effect on the structure and vibrational spectrum of the “ ” water monolayer while adsorption of both N2, and CO are effective in “flipping” H-down water molecules into an H-up configuration. This “flipping” occurs readily upon adsorption at temperatures as low as 20 K and the water monolayer transforms back to the H-down, “ ” structure upon adsorbate desorption above 35 K, indicating small energy differences and barriers between the H-down and H-up configurations. The results suggest that converting water in the first layer from H-down to H-up is mediated by the electrostatic interactions between the water and the adsorbates.

  10. Orbital tomography for highly symmetric adsorbate systems

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    Stadtmüller, B.; Willenbockel, M.; Reinisch, E. M.; Ules, T.; Bocquet, F. C.; Soubatch, S.; Puschnig, P.; Koller, G.; Ramsey, M. G.; Tautz, F. S.; Kumpf, C.

    2012-10-01

    Orbital tomography is a new and very powerful tool to analyze the angular distribution of a photoemission spectroscopy experiment. It was successfully used for organic adsorbate systems to identify (and consequently deconvolute) the contributions of specific molecular orbitals to the photoemission data. The technique was so far limited to surfaces with low symmetry like fcc(110) oriented surfaces, owing to the small number of rotational domains that occur on such surfaces. In this letter we overcome this limitation and present an orbital tomography study of a 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetra-carboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) monolayer film adsorbed on Ag(111). Although this system exhibits twelve differently oriented molecules, the angular resolved photoemission data still allow a meaningful analysis of the different local density of states and reveal different electronic structures for symmetrically inequivalent molecules. We also discuss the precision of the orbital tomography technique in terms of counting statistics and linear regression fitting algorithm. Our results demonstrate that orbital tomography is not limited to low-symmetry surfaces, a finding which makes a broad field of complex adsorbate systems accessible to this powerful technique.

  11. A SERS study of the molecular structure of alkanethiol monolayers on Ag nanocubes in the presence of aqueous glucose

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    Rycenga, Matthew; McLellan, Joseph M.; Xia, Younan

    2008-09-01

    We report progress towards the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) characterization of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on uniform Ag nanocubes. This study quantifies changes in the SAMs induced by the presence of aqueous glucose. The SAMs were prepared from dodecanethiol and they were representative of highly ordered monolayers as indicated by SERS analysis. We examined the SAMs' response to glucose and observed conformational changes in the alkanethiolate SAMs. Analysis of the trans and gauche bands as well as the C-H stretching modes of the SAMs suggests that the analyte-SAM interactions were superficial and there was no penetration for the glucose molecules into the monolayers.

  12. A SERS study of the molecular structure of alkanethiol monolayers on Ag nanocubes in the presence of aqueous glucose

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    Rycenga, Matthew; McLellan, Joseph M.; Xia, Younan

    2008-01-01

    We report progress towards the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) characterization of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on uniform Ag nanocubes. This study quantifies changes in the SAMs induced by the presence of aqueous glucose. The SAMs were prepared from dodecanethiol and they were representative of highly ordered monolayers as indicated by SERS analysis. We examined the SAMs response to glucose and observed conformational changes in the alkanethiolate SAMs. Analysis of the trans and gauche bands as well as the C-H stretching modes of the SAMs suggest that the analyte-SAM interactions were superficial and there was no penetration for the glucose molecules into the monolayers. PMID:20160847

  13. Non-linear optical studies of adsorbates: Spectroscopy and dynamics

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    Zhu, Xiangdong.

    1989-08-01

    In the first part of this thesis, we have established a systematic procedure to apply the surface optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) technique to study surface dynamics of adsorbates. In particular, we have developed a novel technique for studies of molecular surface diffusions. In this technique, the laser-induced desorption with two interfering laser beams is used to produce a monolayer grating of adsorbates. The monolayer grating is detected with diffractions of optical SHG. By monitoring the first-order second-harmonic diffraction, we can follow the time evolution of the grating modulation from which we are able to deduce the diffusion constant of the adsorbates on the surface. We have successfully applied this technique to investigate the surface diffusion of CO on Ni(111). The unique advantages of this novel technique will enable us to readily study anisotropy of a surface diffusion with variable grating orientation, and to investigate diffusion processes of a large dynamic range with variable grating spacings. In the second part of this work, we demonstrate that optical infrared-visible sum-frequency generation (SFG) from surfaces can be used as a viable surface vibrational spectroscopic technique. We have successfully recorded the first vibrational spectrum of a monolayer of adsorbates using optical infrared-visible SFG. The qualitative and quantitative correlation of optical SFG with infrared absorption and Raman scattering spectroscopies are examined and experimentally demonstrated. We have further investigated the possibility to use transient infrared-visible SFG to probe vibrational transients and ultrafast relaxations on surfaces. 146 refs.

  14. Crumpling deformation regimes of monolayer graphene on substrate: a molecular mechanics study.

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    Al-Mulla, Talal; Qin, Zhao; Buehler, Markus J

    2015-09-01

    Experiments and simulations demonstrating reversible and repeatable crumpling of graphene warrant a detailed understanding of the underlying mechanisms of graphene crumple formation, especially for design of tailored nanostructures. To systematically study the formation of crumples in graphene, we use a simple molecular dynamics model, and perform a series of simulations to characterize the finite number of deformation regimes of graphene on substrate after compression. We formulate a quantitative measure of predicting these deformations based on observed results of the simulations and distinguish graphene crumpling considered in this study from others. In our study, graphene is placed on a model substrate while controlling and varying the interfacial energy between graphene and substrate and the substrate roughness through a set of particles embedded in the substrate. We find that a critical value of interfacial adhesion energy marks a transition point that separates two deformation regimes of graphene on substrate under uniaxial compression. The interface between graphene and substrate plays a major role in the formation of crumples, and we show that the choice of substrate can help in designing desired topologies in graphene. PMID:26252422

  15. Experience with molecular adsorbent recirculating system treatment in 20 children listed for high-urgency liver transplantation.

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    Lexmond, Willem S; Van Dael, Carin M L; Scheenstra, René; Goorhuis, Joanne F; Sieders, Egbert; Verkade, Henkjan J; Van Rheenen, Patrick F; Kömhoff, Martin

    2015-03-01

    For more than 10 years, children at our national center for pediatric liver transplantation (LT) have been treated with Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System (MARS) liver dialysis as a bridging therapy to high-urgency LT. Treatment was reserved for 20 patients with the highest degrees of hepatic encephalopathy (HE; median grade = 3.5). Death from neurological sequelae was considered imminent for these patients, and this was further reflected in significantly higher international normalized ratios and ammonia levels and worse prognostic liver indices (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease/Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease scores and liver injury units) in comparison with 32 wait-listed patients who did not receive MARS dialysis. MARS therapy was generally well tolerated, with a reduction in thrombocytes and hemorrhaging as the most common side effects. HE improvement was documented in 30% of the treated patients, but progression to grade IV encephalopathy occurred in 45% of the patients despite the treatment. Serum ammonia, bilirubin, bile acid, and creatinine levels significantly decreased during treatment. Eighty percent of MARS-treated patients survived to undergo LT, and their survival was equivalent to that of non-MARS-treated patients with severe liver failure (69%, P = 0.52). The heterogeneity between MARS-treated patients and non-MARS-treated patients in our cohort precluded a statistical evaluation of a benefit from MARS for patient survival. Our data demonstrate the safety of MARS even in the most severely ill patients awaiting LT, but strategies that promote the more rapid and widespread availability of high-quality donor organs remain of critical importance for improving patient survival in cases of severe acute liver failure. PMID:25366362

  16. Simulations of molecular self-assembled monolayers on surfaces: packing structures, formation processes and functions tuned by intermolecular and interfacial interactions.

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    Wen, Jin; Li, Wei; Chen, Shuang; Ma, Jing

    2016-08-17

    Surfaces modified with a functional molecular monolayer are essential for the fabrication of nano-scale electronics or machines with novel physical, chemical, and/or biological properties. Theoretical simulation based on advanced quantum chemical and classical models is at present a necessary tool in the development, design, and understanding of the interfacial nanostructure. The nanoscale surface morphology, growth processes, and functions are controlled by not only the electronic structures (molecular energy levels, dipole moments, polarizabilities, and optical properties) of building units but also the subtle balance between intermolecular and interfacial interactions. The switchable surfaces are also constructed by introducing stimuli-responsive units like azobenzene derivatives. To bridge the gap between experiments and theoretical models, opportunities and challenges for future development of modelling of ferroelectricity, entropy, and chemical reactions of surface-supported monolayers are also addressed. Theoretical simulations will allow us to obtain important and detailed information about the structure and dynamics of monolayer modified interfaces, which will guide the rational design and optimization of dynamic interfaces to meet challenges of controlling optical, electrical, and biological functions. PMID:27138016

  17. Nonlinear Optical Studies of Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAM) Silica-SAM-Water Interface Probed With Second Harmonic Generation

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    James, Kenneth

    2010-03-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) is a successful and widely used technique for the study of surfaces and surface phenomena. We present a novel technique using second harmonic generation from oriented water molecules in the Gouy-Chapman diffuse layer at the alkylsiloxane and biomolecular self assembled monolayer (SAM) interface with water to measure distance between the solid surface and the average location of the oriented water in the diffuse layer. Distances of one nanometer can be distinguished. This in situ probe is applicable for organic adsorbates which in general will push the diffuse layer away from the solid surface. The organic layer thickness can be used to obtain the adsorption fraction. From this and an understanding of the likely chemistry, the orientation of the molecules can be inferred. We have demonstrated this technique on three molecular systems: hydrophobic self assembled monolayers of methoxysilane molecules of varying hydrocarbon chain length, self assembled monolayers of streptavidin glycoproteins and the combined streptavidin-biotinylated antibody monolayer.

  18. Enhanced stabilization of aerosol-OT surfactant monolayer upon interaction with small amounts of bovine serum albumin at the air-water interface.

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    Caetano, Wilker; Ferreira, Marystela; Oliveira, Osvaldo N; Itri, Rosangela

    2004-10-10

    An investigation is made of the influence from small amounts of the protein bovine serum albumin (BSA) on the lateral organization of low molecular weight surfactant sodium bis-2-ethylhexyl sulfosuccinate (AOT) at the air-water interface. Surface pressure (pi - A), surface potential (deltaV - A) and Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) experiments were carried out, with particular emphasis on the monolayer stability under successive compression-expansion cycles. AOT monolayer is not stable at the air-water interface, which means that the majority of AOT molecules go into the aqueous subphase as monomers and/or normal micelles. When a waiting time elapses between spreading and compression, the surfactant monolayer tends to reorganize partially at the air-water interface, with a monolayer expansion being observed for waiting times as large as 12 h. The incorporation of very small amount of BSA (10(-9)M) at the interface, also inferred from BAM, increases the monolayer stability as revealed by pi - A and deltaV - A results. For a waiting time of circa 3 h, the mixed monolayer reaches its maximum stability. This must be related to protein (and/or protein-surfactant complexes) adsorbed onto the AOT monolayer, thus altering the BSA conformation to accommodate its hydrophobic/hydrophilic residues. Furthermore, the effects from such small amounts of BSA in the monolayer formation and stabilization mean that the AOT monolayer responds cooperatively to BSA. PMID:15465300

  19. Adsorbent phosphates

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    Watanabe, S.

    1983-01-01

    An adsorbent which uses as its primary ingredient phosphoric acid salts of zirconium or titanium is presented. Production methods are discussed and several examples are detailed. Measurements of separating characteristics of some gases using the salts are given.

  20. Ammonia adsorption on iron phthalocyanine on Au(111): Influence on adsorbate-substrate coupling and molecular spin

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    Isvoranu, Cristina; Ataman, Evren; Knudsen, Jan; Andersen, Jesper N.; Schnadt, Joachim; Wang Bin; Bocquet, Marie-Laure; Schulte, Karina

    2011-03-21

    The adsorption of ammonia on Au(111)-supported monolayers of iron phthalocyanine has been investigated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations. The ammonia-induced changes of the x-ray photoemission lines show that a dative bond is formed between ammonia and the iron center of the phthalocyanine molecules, and that the local spin on the iron atom is quenched. This is confirmed by density functional theory, which also shows that the bond between the iron center of the metalorganic complex and the Au(111) substrate is weakened upon adsorption of ammonia. The experimental results further show that additional adsorption sites exist for ammonia on the iron phthalocyanine monolayer.

  1. Formation of hydroxyl-functionalized stilbenoid molecular sieves at the liquid/solid interface on top of a 1-decanol monolayer

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    Bellec, Amandine; Arrigoni, Claire; Douillard, Ludovic; Fiorini-Debuisschert, Céline; Mathevet, Fabrice; Kreher, David; Attias, André-Jean; Charra, Fabrice

    2014-10-01

    Specific molecular tectons can be designed to form molecular sieves through self-assembly at the solid-liquid interface. After demonstrating a model tecton bearing apolar alkyl chains, we then focus on a modified structure involving asymmetric functionalization of some alkyl chains with polar hydroxyl groups in order to get chemical selectivity in the sieving. As the formation of supramolecular self-assembled networks strongly depends on molecule-molecule, molecule-substrate and molecule-solvent interactions, we compared the tectons’ self-assembly on graphite for two types of solvent. We demonstrate the possibility to create hydroxylated stilbenoid molecular sieves by using 1-decanol as a solvent. Interestingly, with this solvent, the porous network is developed on top of a 1-decanol monolayer.

  2. Influence of molecular ordering on electrical and friction properties of omega-(trans-4-stilbene)alkylthiol self-assembled monolayers on Au (111)

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    Qi, Yabing; Liu, Xiaosong; Hendriksen, B.L.M.; Navarro, V.; Park, Jeong Y.; Ratera, Imma; Klopp, J.M.; Edder, C.; Himpsel, Franz J.; Frechet, J.M.J.; Haller, Eugene E.; Salmeron, Miquel

    2010-04-21

    The electrical and friction properties of omega-(trans-4-stilbene)alkylthiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Au(111) were investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS). The sample surface was uniformly covered with a molecular film consisting of very small grains. Well-ordered and flat monolayer islands were formed after the sample was heated in nitrogen at 120 oC for 1 h. While lattice resolved AFM images revealed a crystalline phase in the islands, the area between islands showed no order. The islands exhibit substantial reduction (50percent) in friction, supporting the existence of good ordering. NEXAFS measurements revealed an average upright molecular orientation in the film, both before and after heating, with a narrower tilt-angle distribution for the heated fim. Conductance-AFM measurements revealed a two orders of magnitude higher conductivity on the ordered islands than on the disordered phase. We propose that the conductance enhancement is a result of a better pi-pi stacking between the trans-stilbene molecular units as a result of improved ordering in islands.

  3. Spatial variation in the molecular tilt orientational order within the solid domains of phase-separated, mixed dialkylphosphatidylcholine monolayers.

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    Sanchez, Jacqueline; Badia, Antonella

    2008-03-01

    The miscibility of the solid-phase-forming distearoylphosphatidylcholine (DSPC) and the fluid-phase-forming dilauroylphosphatidylcholine (DLPC) at the air/water interface was investigated by the Langmuir film balance. Surface pressure-area isotherms suggest that mixtures containing 25.0-62.5-mol% DLPC (range of composition investigated) are phase-separated. The lateral structure of the DSPC/DLPC monolayers was imaged by Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) as a function of the surface pressure. Quasi-circular condensed domains appeared at pressures between 0 and 0.5mN m(-1), and these structures were already fully developed at approximately 1mN m(-1). Further compression of the monolayers above 1mN m(-1) merely brought the domains closer together. The mixed monolayers consisted of solid domains of DSPC, approximately 3-20 micro in size, in a fluid matrix of DLPC. BAM and the phase contrast mode of intermittent-contact atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed that the quasi-circular DSPC domains are divided into segments of different reflectivities (BAM) or phase shift (AFM) that arise from abrupt changes in the long-range orientational order of the tilted hydrocarbon chains. The DSPC domains in DSPC/DLPC internally exhibited star and cardioid textures that were heretofore only reported for single-component lipid monolayers in the phase coexistence region. PMID:18206112

  4. 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

  5. The Molecular Boat: A Hands-On Experiment to Demonstrate the Forces Applied to Self-Assembled Monolayers at Interfaces

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    Chan, Charlene J.; Salaita, Khalid

    2012-01-01

    Demonstrating how surface chemistry and self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) control the macroscopic properties of materials is challenging as it often necessitates the use of specialized instrumentation. In this hands-on experiment, students directly measure a macroscopic property, the floatation of glass coverslips on water as a function of…

  6. Molecular Arrangement in Self-Assembled Azobenzene-Containing Thiol Monolayers at the Individual Domain Level Studied through Polarized Near-Field Raman Spectroscopy

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    Chaigneau, Marc; Picardi, Gennaro; Ossikovski, Razvigor

    2011-01-01

    6-[4-(phenylazo)phenoxy]hexane-1-thiol self-assembled monolayers deposited on a gold surface form domain-like structures possessing a high degree of order with virtually all the molecules being identically oriented with respect to the surface plane. We show that, by using polarized near-field Raman spectroscopy, it is possible to derive the Raman scattering tensor of the ordered layer and consequently, the in-plane molecular orientation at the individual domain level. More generally, this study extends the application domain of the near-field Raman scattering selection rules from crystals to ordered organic structures. PMID:21541056

  7. Effects of atomic geometry and electronic structure of platinum surfaces on molecular adsorbates studied by gap-mode SERS.

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    Hu, Jian; Tanabe, Masahiro; Sato, Jun; Uosaki, Kohei; Ikeda, Katsuyoshi

    2014-07-23

    Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of organic monolayers were measured on various types of polycrystalline and single crystalline Pt substrates with nanometric or atomic surface features, including heteroepitaxial Pt monolayers, using sphere-plane type nanogap structures. Although atomic geometry and electronic structures of a metal surface significantly influence metal-molecule interactions, such effects are often hindered in conventional SERS measured on a roughened surface because of the spectral information averaging at various adsorption sites. In this study, the use of atomically defined Pt surfaces revealed detailed surface effects; the observed preferential adsorption geometry on each surface was well explained by atomic surface arrangements. The peak shift of the intramolecular vibration in the anchor group was in good agreement with the variation of the d-band center of Pt substrates. Moreover, in electrochemical SERS study the Stark shift of an extramolecular vibrational mode at around 400 cm(-1), which is not accessible in infrared absorption spectroscopy, was monitored on an atomically defined heteroepitaxial Pt monolayer electrode. PMID:24802029

  8. Ordering of a prototypical conjugated molecular system during monolayer growth on the (1×2)-Au(110) surface

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    Nardelli, M. Buongiorno; Cvetko, D.; de Renzi, V.; Floreano, L.; Gotter, R.; Morgante, A.; Peloi, M.; Tommasini, F.; Danieli, R.; Rossini, S.; Taliani, C.; Zamboni, R.

    1996-01-01

    The UHV deposition of α-hexathiophene (T6) oligomers on the 1×2 reconstructed Au(110) surface has been studied in situ. The evolution of the surface morphology during the deposition is followed by the He atom scattering method. A proliferation of Au monoatomic steps is observed during deposition, indicating a strong interaction between Au substrate and T6 molecules. The build-up of a well-ordered single monolayer is obtained with a rectangular unit cell. Its dimensions indicate that T6 molecules lie on the surface, aligned along the rows of close-packed Au atoms.

  9. 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.

  10. Acid effect on excited Auramine-O molecular rotor relaxations in solution and adsorbed on insulin fibrils

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    Simkovitch, R.; Akulov, K.; Erez, Y.; Amdursky, N.; Gepshtein, R.; Schwartz, T.; Huppert, D.

    2015-09-01

    Steady-state and time-resolved UV-Vis spectroscopy techniques were employed to study the non-radiative process of Auramine-O (AuO). We focused our attention on the ultrafast nonradiative decay of Auramine-O in water and on the acid effect on Auramine-O spectroscopy. We found that weak acids like formic acid shorten the excited-state decay times of both the emission and the transient pump-probe spectra of Auramine-O. We found three time domains in the relaxation of the excited states back to the ground state. In mixtures of acetic and formic acids, the three decay times associated with the relaxation process are shorter in the presence of formic acid in Auramine-O solutions. We qualitatively explain the very large non-radiative rate in water and in formic-acetic acid mixtures by a protic nonradiative model proposed by Sobolewski and Domcke. The steady-state emission spectrum of AuO adsorbed on insulin fibrils consists of two bands assigned to protonated and deprotonated forms and the emission intensity increases by three orders of magnitude. We conclude that the nonradiative process prevails in the liquid state, whereas when AuO is adsorbed on fibrils the nonradiative rate is reduced by three orders of magnitude and thus enables a slow ESPT process to occur.

  11. Ground state degeneracy, energy barriers, and molecular dynamics evidence for two-dimensional disorder in black phosphorus and monochalcogenide monolayers at finite temperature

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    Mehboudi, Mehrshad; Barraza-Lopez, Salvador; Dorio, Alex M.; Zhu, Wenjuan; van der Zande, Arend; Churchill, Hugh O. H.; Pacheco-Sanjuan, Alejandro A.; Harriss, Edmund O.; Kumar, Pradeep

    Mono-layers of black phosphorus and other two dimensional materials such as mono-layers of SiSe, GeS, GeSe, GeTe, Sns, SnSe, and SnTe with a similar crystalline structure have a four-fold degenerate ground state that leads to two-dimensional disorder at finite temperature. Disorder happens when neighboring atoms gently re-accommodate bonds beyond a critical temperature. In this talk, the effect of atomic numbers on the transition temperature will be discussed. In addition Car-Parinello molecular dynamics calculations at temperatures 30, 300 and 1000 K were performed on supercells containing more than five hundred atoms and the results from these calculations confirm the transition onto a two-dimensional disordered structure past the critical temperature, which is close to room temperature for many of these compounds. References: M. Mehboudi, A.M. Dorio, W. Zhu, A. van der Zande, H.O.H. Churchill, A.A. Pacheco Sanjuan, E.O.H. Harris, P. Kumar, and S. Barraza-Lopez. arXiv:1510.09153.

  12. 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.

  13. Thiol-based molecular overlayers adsorbed on C60: Role of the end-group and charge state on the stability of the complexes

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    Chavira-Quintero, R.; Guirado-López, R. A.

    2013-11-01

    We present pseudo-potential density functional theory calculations dedicated to analyze the stability and electronic properties of thiol-based molecular overlayers adsorbed on C60. We consider short molecules having a S atom as a headgroup, alkyl chains containing one to three C atoms, and a CH3 species as a terminal group. The thiol molecules are bonded to the carbon surface (through the S atom) with adsorption energies that vary in the range of ˜1-2 eV and with S-C bond lengths of ˜1.8 Å. For neutral C60(SCH3)n complexes, low energy atomic configurations are obtained when the thiol groups are distributed on the surface forming small molecular domains (e.g., pairs, trimers, or tetramer configurations of neighboring thiol molecules). In contrast, less stable random distributions are defined by orientationally disordered overlayers with highly distorted underlying carbon networks. The inclusion of London dispersion interaction slightly affects the structure of the molecular coating but increases the adsorption energies by values as large as 0.3 eV. Interestingly, the relative stability of the previous adsorbed phases differ from the one obtained when considering single sulfur adsorption on C60, a result that reveals the crucial role played by the terminal CH3 groups on the structure of the molecular coating. The positive (negative) charging of the [C60(SCH3)n]±q complexes, with q as large as 8e, changes the geometrical structure and the chemical nature of the ligand shell inducing lateral molecular displacements, S-S bonding between neighboring thiols, as well as the partial degradation of the molecular coating. Finally, we consider the stability of two-component mixed overlayers formed by the coadsorption of CH3-, OH-, and NH2-terminated alkanethiols of the same length. In agreement with the results found on Au surfaces, we obtain lowest energy atomic configurations when molecular domains of a single component are stabilized on C60, a result that could be of

  14. Solvent Dependence of the Molecular Order in Ion-Exchanged Self-Assembled dialkylammonium Monolayers on Mica Studied with Soft X-ray Absorption

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    Hahner,G.; Zwahlen, M.; Caseri, W.

    2005-01-01

    Dialkyldimethylammonium films on mica prepared via ion exchange from solution have been reported to be of high quality in terms of their density and molecular orientation. Different preparation procedures are described in the literature. The molecular order and the inclination of the alkyl chains, however, are often deduced from indirect experimental evidence such as the wettability and the film thickness. In the present study we employed near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS) to determine directly the order of the molecules adsorbed from different solvents (water, methanol, water/methanol 1:1, cyclohexanol, and chloroform). It was found that films prepared from different solvents are displaying large differences in the established surface coverage and orientation. In particular, NEXAFS disclosed that the orientation of the alkyl chains can differ significantly even when similar water contact angle values are observed.

  15. Raman characterization of monolayers formed from mixtures of sodium 2-mercaptoethanesulfonate and various aromatic mercapto-derivative bases.

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    Kudelski, Andrzej

    2010-04-22

    Metal electrodes covered with organic (mono)layers containing pi-delocalized structures have many potential applications, for example, in construction of bioelectronic elements with high efficiency of electron transfer. In this contribution, a silver surface was modified with mixed monolayers formed from sodium 2-mercaptoethanesulfonate (MES) and four model (stable and easily available) aromatic thiols with strong basic properties: 4,6-diamino-2-mercaptopyrimidine (APY), 1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thiol (HTR), 4-methyl-1,2,4-triazole-3-thiol (MTR), and 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole-5-thiol (ATR). The structure of the formed monolayers was determined from surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) measurements. These studies showed that, despite significant differences in the molecular structures, MES is a very promising candidate for making mixed monolayers with mercapto-derivative aromatic bases that are relatively homogeneous (without large one-component domains) in broad pH range. At high pH, in a one-component ATR monolayer, a significant amount of molecules are in the anionic form and adopt a flat orientation versus the metal surface. At the same pH, in mixed ATR+MES monolayers, a significantly larger part of ATR molecules than for the respective one-component monolayer is adsorbed in the neutral form with the aromatic ring(s) oriented perpendicularly to the metal surface. Also in the mixed APY+MES and HTR+MES monolayers, a significantly smaller part of HTR or APY molecules than for the respective one-component HTR and APY monolayers is deprotonated. The structure of the MTR monolayer practically does not depend on the pH of the surrounding solution. Increase of the ratio of acidic dissociation and reorientation of ATR molecules from the perpendicular to the parallel orientation is also observed during storage of the respective one-component and mixed monolayers in water, phosphorus buffers, and in the solutions of model peptides (bovine serum albumin or laccase). In some

  16. Spontaneous formation of interfacial lipid-protein monolayers during adsorption from vesicles.

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    Nag, K; Perez-Gil, J; Cruz, A; Rich, N H; Keough, K M

    1996-01-01

    Spread and adsorbed monolayers of lipid-protein mixtures have served as models for biomembranes and pulmonary surfactant, but their similarity was unclear. Epifluorescence microscopy of monolayers spontaneously adsorbed from vesicles of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine or dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine plus surfactant protein C (SP-C) showed gas, liquid expanded, and liquid condensed (LC) domains. The shapes and distribution of LC domains in the adsorbed and solvent-spread monolayers were quite similar. Labeled SP-C adsorbed into the air-water interface in the company of the lipids. In both forms of monolayers, SP-C occupied the fluid phase and reduced the size and amount of the LC domains. The properties suggest that these adsorbed and spread monolayers are analogous to one another. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 PMID:8874011

  17. Molecular-Resolution Interrogation of a Porphyrin Monolayer by Ultrahigh Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman and Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

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    Chiang, Naihao; Jiang, Nan; Chulhai, Dhabih V; Pozzi, Eric A; Hersam, Mark C; Jensen, Lasse; Seideman, Tamar; Van Duyne, Richard P

    2015-06-10

    Tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) and optically excited tip-enhanced fluorescence (TEF) of a self-assembled porphyrin monolayer on Ag(111) are studied using an ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope (UHV-STM). Through selectively exciting different Q-bands of meso-tetrakis- (3,5-ditertiarybutylphenyl)-porphyrin (H2TBPP), chemical information regarding different vibronic excited states is revealed by a combination of theory and experiment; namely, TERS and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) simulations. The observed TEF spectra suggest a weak coupling of H2TBPP to the substrate due to the bulky t-butyl groups and a possible alternative excited state decay path. This work demonstrates the potential of combining TERS and TEF for studying surface-mounted porphyins on substrates, thus providing insight into porphyrin-sensitized solar cells and catalysis. PMID:25938625

  18. On the widths of Stokes lines in Raman scattering from molecules adsorbed at metal surfaces and in molecular conduction junctions

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    Gao, Yi; Galperin, Michael; Nitzan, Abraham

    2016-06-01

    Within a generic model we analyze the Stokes linewidth in surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) from molecules embedded as bridges in molecular junctions. We identify four main contributions to the off-resonant Stokes signal and show that under zero voltage bias (a situation pertaining also to standard SERS experiments) and at low bias junctions only one of these contributions is pronounced. The linewidth of this component is determined by the molecular vibrational relaxation rate, which is dominated by interactions with the essentially bosonic thermal environment when the relevant molecular electronic energy is far from the metal(s) Fermi energy(ies). It increases when the molecular electronic level is close to the metal Fermi level so that an additional vibrational relaxation channel due to electron-hole (eh) exciton in the molecule opens. Other contributions to the Raman signal, of considerably broader linewidths, can become important at larger junction bias.

  19. 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.

  20. Natural gas cleanup: Evaluation of a molecular sieve carbon as a pressure swing adsorbent for the separation of methane/nitrogen mixtures

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    Grimes, R.W.

    1994-06-01

    This report describes the results of a preliminary evaluation to determine the technical feasibility of using a molecular sieve carbon manufactured by the Takeda Chemical Company of Japan in a pressure owing adsorption cycle for upgrading natural gas (methane) contaminated with nitrogen. Adsorption tests were conducted using this adsorbent in two, four, and five-step adsorption cycles. Separation performance was evaluated in terms of product purity, product recovery, and sorbent productivity for all tests. The tests were conducted in a small, single-column adsorption apparatus that held 120 grams of the adsorbent. Test variables included adsorption pressure, pressurization rate, purge rate and volume, feed rate, and flow direction in the steps from which the product was collected. Sorbent regeneration was accomplished by purging the column with the feed gas mixture for all but one test series where a pure methane purge was used. The ratio between the volumes of the pressurization gas and the purge gas streams was found to be an important factor in determining separation performance. Flow rates in the various cycle steps had no significant effect. Countercurrent flow in the blow-down and purge steps improved separation performance. Separation performance appears to improve with increasing adsorption pressure, but because there are a number of interrelated variables that are also effected by pressure, further testing will be needed to verify this. The work demonstrates that a molecular sieve carbon can be used to separate a mixture of methane and nitrogen when used in a pressure swing cycle with regeneration by purge. Further work is needed to increase product purity and product recovery.

  1. The dependence of lipid monolayer lipolysis on surface pressure.

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    Hall, D G

    1992-10-01

    Brönsted-Bjerrum theory [Brönsted (1922) Z. Phys. Chem. 102, 169-207; (1925) Z. Phys. Chem. 115, 337-364; Bjerrum (1924) Z. Phys. Chem. 108, 82-100] as applied to reactions at interfaces is used to interpret published data on the lipolysis of dinonanoyl phosphatidylcholine monolayers by pancreatic phospholipase A2. Reasonable quantitative agreement between theoretical and experimental results occurs when the reported effects of surface pressure on the amount of adsorbed enzyme are used together with the assumption that the Langmuir-Syskowski [Lange (1967) Nonionic Surfactants (Schick, M., ed.), chap. 4, Marcel Dekker, London and New York] isotherm describes the adsorption of lipid. The equations of Mass Action kinetics are less successful. Equivalent data on the lipolysis of didodecanoyl phosphatidylglycerol by pancreatic lipase can also be interpreted by arguing that the adsorbed enzyme forms significant amounts of enzyme substrate complex which reacts to give products in accordance with the well-known Briggs-Haldane [Lehninger (1975) Biochemistry, 2nd edn., chap. 8, Worth, New York] mechanism. The positions of the observed maxima in rate versus surface pressure plots suggests that the adsorption of an enzyme molecule displaces less lipid than one expects from the pronounced differences in molecular sizes of the two adsorbed species. PMID:1417793

  2. Ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy and theoretical studies of 1-halohexane monolayers on graphite

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    Müller, Thomas; Werblowsky, Tova L.; Florio, Gina M.; Berne, Bruce J.; Flynn, George W.

    2005-01-01

    A simple model system for the 2D self-assembly of functionalized organic molecules on surfaces was examined in a concerted experimental and theoretical effort. Monolayers of 1-halohexanes were formed through vapor deposition onto graphite surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum. Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy allowed the molecular conformation, orientation, and monolayer crystallographic parameters to be determined. Essentially identical noncommensurate monolayer structures were found for all 1-halohexanes, with differences in image contrast ascribed mainly to electronic factors. Energy minimizations and molecular dynamics simulations reproduced structural parameters of 1-bromohexane monolayers quantitatively. An analysis of interactions driving the self-assembly process revealed the crucial role played by small but anisotropic electrostatic forces associated with the halogen substituent. While alkyl chain dispersion interactions drive the formation of a close-packed adsorbate monolayer, electrostatic headgroup forces are found to compete successfully in the control of both the angle between lamella and backbone axes and the angle between surface and backbone planes. This competition is consistent with energetic tradeoffs apparent in adsorption energies measured in earlier temperature-programmed desorption studies. In accordance with the higher degree of disorder observed in scanning tunneling microscopy images of 1-fluorohexane, theoretical simulations show that electrostatic forces associated with the fluorine substituent are sufficiently strong to upset the delicate balance of interactions required for the formation of an ordered monolayer. The detailed dissection of the driving forces for self-assembly of these simple model systems is expected to aid in the understanding of the more complex self-assembly processes taking place in the presence of solvent. PMID:15758073

  3. Analysis of structural changes in active site of luciferase adsorbed on nanofabricated hydrophilic Si surface by molecular-dynamics simulations

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    Nishiyama, Katsuhiko; Hoshino, Tadatsugu

    2007-05-21

    Interactions between luciferase and a nanofabricated hydrophilic Si surface were explored by molecular-dynamics simulations. The structural changes in the active-site residues, the residues affecting the luciferin binding, and the residues affecting the bioluminescence color were smaller on the nanofabricated hydrophilic Si surface than on both a hydrophobic Si surface and a hydrophilic Si surface. The nanofabrication and wet-treatment techniques are expected to prevent the decrease in activity of luciferase on the Si surface.

  4. Biomass-based palm shell activated carbon and palm shell carbon molecular sieve as gas separation adsorbents.

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    Sethupathi, Sumathi; Bashir, Mohammed Jk; Akbar, Zinatizadeh Ali; Mohamed, Abdul Rahman

    2015-04-01

    Lignocellulosic biomass has been widely recognised as a potential low-cost source for the production of high added value materials and proved to be a good precursor for the production of activated carbons. One of such valuable biomasses used for the production of activated carbons is palm shell. Palm shell (endocarp) is an abundant by-product produced from the palm oil industries throughout tropical countries. Palm shell activated carbon and palm shell carbon molecular sieve has been widely applied in various environmental pollution control technologies, mainly owing to its high adsorption performance, well-developed porosity and low cost, leading to potential applications in gas-phase separation using adsorption processes. This mini-review represents a comprehensive overview of the palm shell activated carbon and palm shell carbon molecular sieve preparation method, physicochemical properties and feasibility of palm shell activated carbon and palm shell carbon molecular sieve in gas separation processes. Some of the limitations are outlined and suggestions for future improvements are pointed out. PMID:25804669

  5. The Use of the Molecular Adsorber Coating Technology to Mitigate Vacuum Chamber Contamination During Pathfinder Testing for the James Webb Space Telescope

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    Abraham, Nithin S.; Hasegawa, Mark M.; Wooldridge, Eve M.; Henderson-Nelson, Kelly A.

    2016-01-01

    As a coating made of highly porous zeolite materials, the Molecular Adsorber Coating (MAC) was developed to capture outgassed molecular contaminants, such as hydrocarbons and silicones. For spaceflight applications, the adsorptive capabilities of the coating can alleviate on-orbit outgassing concerns on or near sensitive surfaces and instruments within the spacecraft. Similarly, this sprayable paint technology has proven to be significantly beneficial for ground based space applications, in particular, for vacuum chamber environments. This paper describes the recent use of the MAC technology during Pathfinder testing of the Optical Ground Support Equipment (OGSE) for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). The coating was used as a mitigation tool to entrap persistent outgassed contaminants, specifically silicone based diffusion pump oil, from within JSC's cryogenic optical vacuum chamber test facility called Chamber A. This paper summarizes the sample fabrication, installation, laboratory testing, post-test chemical analysis results, and future plans for the MAC technology, which was effectively used to protect the JWST test equipment from vacuum chamber contamination.

  6. Controlling the formation of a monolayer of cytochrome P450 reductase onto Au surfaces

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    Convery, J. H.; Smith, C. I.; Khara, B.; Scrutton, N. S.; Harrison, P.; Farrell, T.; Martin, D. S.; Weightman, P.

    2012-07-01

    The conditions necessary for the formation of a monolayer and a bilayer of a mutated form (P499C) of human cytochrome P450 reductase on a Au(110)/electrolyte interface have been determined using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation, atomic force microscopy, and reflection anisotropy spectroscopy (RAS). The molecules adsorb through a Au-S linkage and, for the monolayer, adopt an ordered structure on the Au(110) substrate in which the optical axes of the dipoles contributing to the RAS signal are aligned roughly along the optical axes of the Au(110) substrate. Differences between the absorption spectrum of the molecules in a solution and the RAS profile of the adsorbed monolayer are attributed to surface order in the orientation of dipoles that contribute in the low energy region of the spectrum, a roughly vertical orientation on the surface of the long axes of the isoalloxazine rings and the lack of any preferred orientation in the molecular structure of the dipoles in the aromatic amino acids. Our studies establish an important proof of principle for immobilizing large biological macromolecules to gold surfaces. This opens up detailed studies of the dynamics of biological macromolecules by RAS, which have general applications in studies of biological redox chemistry that are coupled to protein dynamics.

  7. Nonlinear optical studies of self-assembled monolayers (SAM) silica-SAM-water interface probed with second harmonic generation

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    James, Kenneth Edward

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) is a successful and widely used technique for the study of surfaces and surface phenomena. We present a novel technique using second harmonic generation from oriented water molecules in the Gouy-Chapman diffuse layer at the alkylsiloxane and biomolecular self assembled monolayer (SAM) interface with water to measure distance between the solid surface and the average location of the oriented water in the diffuse layer. This distance is manifest in the SHG angular dependence profile from the relative phases of the second harmonic light generated at the diffuse layer and at the solid surface. Distances of one nanometer can be distinguished. Values for the diffuse layer potential, diffuse layer decay length, magnitude and phase of the nonlinear susceptibility were obtained. This in situ probe is universally applicable for organic adsorbates which in general will push the diffuse layer away from the solid surface. The organic layer thickness can be used to obtain the adsorption fraction. From this and an understanding of the likely chemistry, the orientation of the molecules can be inferred. We have demonstrated this technique on three molecular systems: hydrophobic self assembled monolayers of methoxysilane molecules of varying hydrocarbon chain length, self assembled monolayers of streptavidin glycoproteins and the combined streptavidin-biotinylated antibody monolayer. In the methoxysilane monolayers a relationship between hydrophobicity and molecular orientation was observed. The thickness of the streptavidin monolayer was determined to be 5.6 nm. This is strikingly close to the length of the of the streptavidin molecule which implies a close packed monolayer of streptavidin molecules. The average height of the antibodies was determined to be 10.9 nm or about two thirds the height of an antibody molecule. This too confirms a monolayer and allows for good approximation of surface coverage. This method does nothing to disturb or alter

  8. Plasmon-molecular resonance coupling: Chlorine-p6 adsorbed on poly-L-lysine stabilized silver nanoparticles

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    Saini, R. K.; Gupta, P. K.; Das, K.

    2012-09-01

    Plasmon-molecular resonance coupling between Chlorine-p6 (Cp6) and poly-L-lysine stabilized silver nanoparticles (pLL-AgNP), both of which absorbs strongly at 400 nm, is reported. Resonance coupling results in a decrease in the intensity of the 400 nm band accompanied by a splitting. Coupling decreases at low pH due to partial neutralization of the charge of Cp6. The fluorescence intensity of Cp6 at pH 7 in the presence of pLL-AgNP gets drastically reduced which is attributed to the formation of non-fluorescent coupled states. The effect of only the polymer (poly-L-lysine) was also investigated. Spectroscopic studies suggest that polymer induces significant aggregation of Cp6 by electrostatic interaction.

  9. 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.

  10. Molecular-beam epitaxy of monolayer and bilayer WSe2: a scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy study and deduction of exciton binding energy

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    Liu, H. J.; Jiao, L.; Xie, L.; Yang, F.; Chen, J. L.; Ho, W. K.; Gao, C. L.; Jia, J. F.; Cui, X. D.; Xie, M. H.

    2015-09-01

    Interest in two-dimensional (2D) transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) has prompted some recent efforts to grow ultrathin layers of these materials epitaxially using molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE). However, growths of monolayer (ML) and bilayer (BL) WSe2—an important member of the TMD family—by the MBE method remain uncharted, probably because of the difficulty in generating tungsten fluxes from the elemental source. In this work, we present a scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/S) study of MBE-grown WSe2 ML and BL, showing atomically flat epifilm with no domain boundary (DB) defect. This contrasts epitaxial MoSe2 films grown by the same method, where a dense network of the DB defects is present. The STS measurements of ML and BL WSe2 domains of the same sample reveal not only the bandgap narrowing upon increasing the film thickness from ML to BL, but also a band-bending effect across the boundary (step) between ML and BL domains. This band-bending appears to be dictated by the edge states at steps of the BL islands. Finally, comparison is made between the STS-measured electronic bandgaps with the exciton emission energies measured by photoluminescence, and the exciton binding energies in ML and BL WSe2 (and MoSe2) are thus estimated.

  11. Study of the Packing Density and Molecular Orientation of Bimolecular Self-Assembled Monolayers of Aromatic and Aliphatic Organosilanes on Silica

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    Smith,M.; Efimenko, K.; Fischer, D.; Lappi, S.; Kilpatrick, P.; Genzer, J.

    2007-01-01

    Bimolecular self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of aromatic and aliphatic chlorosilanes were self-assembled onto silica, and their characteristics were established by contact angle measurement, near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Three aromatic constituents (phenyltrichlorosilane, benzyltrichlorosilane, and phenethyltrichlorosilane) were studied in combination with four aliphatic coadsorbates (butyltrichlorosilane, butyldimethylchlorosilane, octadecyltrichlorosilane, and octadecyldimethylchlorosilane). Our results demonstrate that whereas SAMs made of trichlorinated organosilanes are densely packed, SAMs prepared from monochlorinated species are less dense and poorly ordered. In mixed systems, trichlorinated aromatics and trichlorinated aliphatics formed SAMs with highly tunable compositions; their surfaces were compositionally homogeneous with no large-scale domain separation. The homogeneous nature of the resulting SAM was a consequence of the formation of in-plane siloxane linkages among neighboring molecules. In contrast, when mixing monochlorinated aliphatics with trichlorinated aromatics, molecular segregation occurred. Although the two shortest aromatic species did not display significant changes in orientation upon mixing with aliphatics, the aromatic species with the longest polymethylene spacer, phenethyltrichlorosilane, displayed markedly different orientation behavior in mixtures of short- and long-chain aliphatics.

  12. The self-assembly of 5,6,7-trithiapentacene-13-one molecules on gold: from low-coverage molecular chains to monolayer coverage

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    Larson, Amanda; Tang, Jian-Ming; Pohl, Karsten

    2015-03-01

    Understanding electronic devices down to the atomic scale is essential for the development of novel organic molecule based nanotechnologies. 5,6,7-trithiapentacene-13-one (TTPO) is a promising organic semiconductor with potential applications in high temperature photovoltaic devices. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) of TTPO on the close-packed stepped Au (788) surface reveals interesting nanoscale surface structures ranging from molecular chains at low coverage to an ordered self-assembled monolayer. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been used to further probe this unique 3-D angular assembly, where the long-axis of TTPO is parallel to the gold surface, distinctive from previously observed pentacene and pentacene derivative assemblies on surfaces. It is the lateral arrangement of the underlying pentacene backbone of the molecule that is unique, causing the thiol substituent side of the molecule to be angled down towards the gold surface, with the oxygen angled away. Combining imaging with density functional theory calculations allows for classification of these self-assembled structures with particular interest being directed toward the interaction between TTPO and gold at this organic-metallic interface. Understanding of the structure of such interfaces can potentially guide nanoscale modifications for improved electrical transport and energy-conversion efficiency in future devices.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Adsorption Behaviors of Mixed Monolayers of n-Alkanes at the Liquid-Solid Interface.

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    Hibino, Masahiro

    2016-05-17

    To understand the self-assembly of monolayers at the liquid-solid interface, a thermodynamic model, which describes the contributions of the molecular interactions, is essential. We present an adapted Zimm-Bragg model of the cooperativity transitions for determining the Gibbs free energy for self-assembly at the liquid-solid interface. Scanning tunneling microscopy was used to observe the monolayers formed on graphite from phenyloctane solutions of binary mixtures of n-hexacosane (C26H54) and n-tetratriacontane (C34H70). This revealed that the sharp transition in the monolayers from the full surface coverage of the long-chain alkane, which is adsorbed preferentially, to the full coverage of the short-chain alkane is a function of the mixture composition. The model allows for the estimation of the free-energy changes associated with the difference in the alkyl chain length and the interface between the two different alkane regions in the monolayers. It is also suitable for understanding more complex systems that exhibit intermolecular interactions. PMID:27124544

  16. 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.

  17. Cerebral blood flow velocity increases during a single treatment with the molecular adsorbents recirculating system in patients with acute on chronic liver failure.

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    Schmidt, L E; Svendsen, L B; Sørensen, V R; Hansen, B A; Larsen, F S

    2001-08-01

    The aim of this uncontrolled pilot study is to determine the effect of treatment with the molecular adsorbents recirculating system (MARS) on cerebral perfusion in patients with acute on chronic liver failure (AOCLF). In 8 patients (median age, 44 years; range, 35 to 52 years) admitted with AOCLF, a single 10-hour MARS treatment was performed. Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) was graded according to the Fogarty criteria. Changes in cerebral perfusion were determined by transcranial Doppler as mean flow velocity (V(mean)) in the middle cerebral artery. Arterial ammonia and bilirubin levels were monitored as a measure of the capability of the MARS to remove water-soluble and protein-bound toxins. During MARS treatment, HE grade improved in 3 patients and remained unchanged in 5 patients (P =.11). V(mean) increased from 42 cm/sec (range, 26 to 59 cm/sec) to 72 cm/sec (range, 52 to 106 cm/sec; P <.05), whereas arterial ammonia level decreased from 88 micromol/L (range, 45 to 117 micromol/L) to 71 micromol/L (range, 26 to 98 micromol/L; P <.05) and bilirubin level from 537 micromol/L (range, 324 to 877 micromol/L) to 351 micromol/L (range, 228 to 512 micromol/L; P <.05). In conclusion, cerebral perfusion is increased and levels of ammonia and bilirubin are reduced during MARS treatment in patients with AOCLF. PMID:11510016

  18. 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.

  19. Surface Electrostatic Potential and Water Orientation in the presence of Sodium Octanoate Dilute Monolayers Studied by Means of Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Bernardino, Kalil; de Moura, André F

    2015-10-13

    A series of atomistic molecular dynamics simulations were performed in the present investigation to assess the spontaneous formation of surfactant monolayers of sodium octanoate at the water-vacuum interface. The surfactant surface coverage increased until a saturation threshold was achieved, after which any further surfactant addition led to the formation of micellar aggregates within the solution. The saturated films were not densely packed, as might be expected for short-chained surfactants, and all films regardless of the surface coverage presented surfactant molecules with the same ordering pattern, namely, with the ionic heads toward the aqueous solution and the tails lying nearly parallel to the interface. The major contributions to the electrostatic surface potential came from the charged heads and the counterion distribution, which nearly canceled out each other. The balance between the oppositely charged ions rendered the electrostatic contributions from water meaningful, amounting to ca. 10% of the contributions arising from the ionic species. And even the aliphatic tails, whose atoms bear relatively small partial atomic charges as compared to the polar molecules and molecular fragments, contributed with ca. 20% of the total electrostatic surface potential of the systems under investigation. Although the aliphatic tails were not so orderly arranged as in a compact film, the C-H bonds assumed a preferential orientation, leading to an increased contribution to the electrostatic properties of the interface. The most prominent feature arising from the partitioning of the electrostatic potential into individual contributions was the long-range ordering of the water molecules. This ordering of the water molecules produced a repulsive dipole-dipole interaction between the two interfaces, which increased with the surface coverage. Only for a water layer wider than 10 nm was true bulk behavior observed, and the repulsive dipole-dipole interaction faded away. PMID

  20. Influence of the molecular design on the antifouling performance of poly(ethylene glycol) monolayers grafted on (111) Si.

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    Perez, Emmanuel; Lahlil, Khalid; Rougeau, Cyrille; Moraillon, Anne; Chazalviel, Jean-Noël; Ozanam, François; Gouget-Laemmel, Anne Chantal

    2012-10-16

    Various poly(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether moieties were grafted onto hydrogenated silicon surfaces in order to investigate the influence of the molecular design on the antifouling performance of such coatings. The grafted chains were either oligo(ethylene oxide) chains (EG)(n)OMe bound to silicon via Si-O-C covalent bonds, or hybrid alkyl/oligo(ethylene oxide) chains C(p)(EG)(n)OMe bound via Si-C covalent bonds (from home-synthesized precursors). Quantitative IR spectroscopy gave the molecular coverage of the grafted layers, and AFM imaging demonstrated that a proper surfactinated rinse yields C(p)(EG)(n)OMe layers free of unwanted residues. The protein-repellent character of these grafted layers (here, toward BSA) was studied by IR and AFM imaging. C(p)(EG)(n)OMe layers exhibit a lower surface concentration than (EG)(n)OMe layers, because of the presence of a solvent in the grafting solution; they however demonstrate high resistance against BSA adsorption for high values of the n/p ratio and a higher stability than (EG)(n)OMe. This behavior is consistently explained by the poor ordering capability of the alkyl part of the layer, contrary to what is observed for similar layers on Au, and the key role of an entangled arrangement of the ethylene oxide chains which forms when these chains are long enough. PMID:22988984

  1. In silico modelling of permeation enhancement potency in Caco-2 monolayers based on molecular descriptors and random forest.

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    Welling, Søren H; Clemmensen, Line K H; Buckley, Stephen T; Hovgaard, Lars; Brockhoff, Per B; Refsgaard, Hanne H F

    2015-08-01

    Structural traits of permeation enhancers are important determinants of their capacity to promote enhanced drug absorption. Therefore, in order to obtain a better understanding of structure-activity relationships for permeation enhancers, a Quantitative Structural Activity Relationship (QSAR) model has been developed. The random forest-QSAR model was based upon Caco-2 data for 41 surfactant-like permeation enhancers from Whitehead et al. (2008) and molecular descriptors calculated from their structure. The QSAR model was validated by two test-sets: (i) an eleven compound experimental set with Caco-2 data and (ii) nine compounds with Caco-2 data from literature. Feature contributions, a recent developed diagnostic tool, was applied to elucidate the contribution of individual molecular descriptors to the predicted potency. Feature contributions provided easy interpretable suggestions of important structural properties for potent permeation enhancers such as segregation of hydrophilic and lipophilic domains. Focusing on surfactant-like properties, it is possible to model the potency of the complex pharmaceutical excipients, permeation enhancers. For the first time, a QSAR model has been developed for permeation enhancement. The model is a valuable in silico approach for both screening of new permeation enhancers and physicochemical optimisation of surfactant enhancer systems. PMID:26004819

  2. Probing the initial stages of molecular organization of oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) assemblies with monolayer protected gold nanoparticles.

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    Kumar, Vattakattu R Rajeev; Sajini, Vadukumpulli; Sreeprasad, Theruvakkattil S; Praveen, Vakayil K; Ajayaghosh, Ayyappanpillai; Pradeep, Thalappil

    2009-06-01

    Thiol-protected gold nanoparticles (GNPs) have been used to probe the initial stages of the molecular organization of oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) (OPV) gelators. The hybrid materials prepared by the self-assembly of OPVs and GNPs are characterized by optical microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. GNPs are located preferentially on the sides of the OPV structures, which implies the presence of alkyl chains at the edges, which makes the assemblies hydrophobic. TEM analyses at the early stages of self-assembly show tapes that have a width of 4 nm, which upon further self-assembly, form fibrils through hydrogen bonding. The experiment was performed with GNPs protected with dodecane and octadecane thiols. The existence of tapes, ribbons, fibrils, and fibers were confirmed by nanoparticle marking. Based on the experimental data, we have proposed a hierarchical model for the self-assembly of OPV molecules. The presence of nanoparticles does not alter the morphology or electronic properties of the OPV structures, as revealed by microscopic and spectroscopic studies. PMID:19462383

  3. A molecular dynamics study of water mass accommodation on condensed phase water coated by fatty acid monolayers

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    Takahama, S.; Russell, L. M.

    2011-01-01

    As the water uptake by particles and clouds influences the radiative balance of the Earth, it is desirable to understand the mechanisms and parameters, which regulate water uptake in these colloidal particles. In this work, molecular dynamics simulations were used to simulate scattering or accommodation of water vapor molecules impinging on a slab of water and slabs of water coated by monomolecular amphiphile films: octanoic acid (C8) at surface densities of 29 and 18 Å2 per molecule and myristic acid (C14) at 29 Å2 per molecule. The mass accommodation coefficient of near unity on a pure water slab is in agreement with values estimated using similar scattering simulations using other potentials for water. The addition of surface-active organic molecules in quantities corresponding to less than 1% of mass in a typical cloud droplet are predicted to reduce this mass accommodation coefficient by 70-100% in similar types of scattering simulations. The mass accommodation coefficient decreased monotonically with projected surface coverage of the hydrocarbon backbones, although the accommodation mechanisms differed by packing density and type of organic molecule. The mechanisms of interaction of the impinging water vapor molecules with the simulated organic films are discussed in the context of their chemical characteristics and physical structures (e.g., fatty acid chain orientation).

  4. 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.

  5. Molecular assembly at bare semiconductor surfaces

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    McGuiness, Christine L.

    The formation of well-organized monolayers with highly reproducible structures by solution self assembly of octadecanethiol (ODT) on GaAs (001) and (011) surfaces at ambient temperature through rigorous control of assembly conditions is demonstrated. Using TOF-SIMs and HRXPS measurements, it is shown that ODT molecules form a direct S-GaAs attachment with little to no substrate oxidation and exhibit an overall thermal stability up to ˜100°C, lower than the same monolayers on Au{111} surfaces. Detailed characterization using a combination of ellipsometry, liquid drop contact angles, atomic force microscopy, near edge x-ray absorption fine structure, infrared spectroscopy and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy probes reveal a structure with conformationally ordered alkyl chains tilted 14 +/-1° from the surface normal with a 43 +/-5° twist, a highly oleophobic and hydrophobic ambient surface. On GaAs (111A) surfaces, the ODT monolayers also form a direct S-GaAs attachment with little to no substrate oxidation but the final monolayer structure is more disordered, with the alkyl chains tilted 25 +/-5° from surface normal with a 45 +/-5° twist, resulting in a less oleophobic and hydrophobic ambient surface. Further, in contrast to previously reported results with Na2S9H2O treatments, Raman scattering measurements reveal that the ODT monolayers do not significantly modify the near-surface electronic structure of GaAs. Analysis of the tilt angle and film thickness data in conjunction with grazing incidence x-ray diffraction measurements show that the monolayers form structures with a significant mismatch of the average adsorbate molecule spacings with the spacings of intrinsic GaAs crystal lattices. For the square surface lattices of GaAs (001) and (011), ODT monolayers are observed to form pseudo-hcp structures. On the hcp surface lattice of GaAs (111A) however, the monolayers form a true hcp structure. This suggests that formation of the monolayers is driven

  6. 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.

  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. 129Xe NMR of xenon adsorbed on the molecular sieves AlPO 4-11 and SAPO-11. Chemical shift anisotropy related to the asymmetry of the adsorption zones

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    Springuel-Huet, M. A.; Fraissard, J.

    1989-01-01

    The form of the 129Xe NMR signal of xenon adsorbed at low concentration on the molecular sieves SAPO-11 and AlPO 4-11 corresponds to a highly anisotropic chemical shift which expresses the asymmetry of the channels in which the xenon is located. To the asymmetry of the xenon-wall interaction is added that of the xenon-xenon interaction when the channels are largely filled.

  9. 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

  10. Forsterite Carbonation in Wet-scCO2: Dependence on Adsorbed Water Concentration

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    Loring, J.; Benezeth, P.; Qafoku, O.; Thompson, C.; Schaef, T.; Bonneville, A.; McGrail, P.; Felmy, A.; Rosso, K.

    2013-12-01

    showed no change with time, and the spectra indicated only the presence of a highly structured water and bicarbonate film. From our cumulative experiments, we conclude that the reactivity of forsterite with wet-scCO2 can be divided into three adsorbed water concentration threshold regimes: (1) Up to ~2 monolayers, only a highly structured and low mobility chemisorbed water and bicarbonate film is present. (2) Between ~2 to ~5 monolayers, limited carbonation occurs then nearly stops. (3) Above ~5 monolayers, continuous carbonation occurs, and magnesite is the dominant product. The results of these studies provide important insights into metal silicate carbonation mechanisms in low water scCO2 environments. They reinforced the concept of a water threshold for carbonation to occur, which has also been demonstrated for steel corrosion in the presence of wet scCO2. These results will also constrain thermodynamic models and molecular dynamic simulations used to predict mineral trapping extent in basaltic host rocks.

  11. A 3-year experience with Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System (MARS): our results on 63 patients with hepatic failure and color Doppler US evaluation of cerebral perfusion.

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    Novelli, Gilnardo; Rossi, Massimo; Pretagostini, Renzo; Novelli, Luigi; Poli, Luca; Ferretti, Giancarlo; Iappelli, Massimo; Berloco, Pasquale; Cortesini, Raffaello

    2003-01-01

    In our 3-year experience, we treated 63 patients with Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System (MARS). The patients were divided as follows: 10 primary non-function (PNF) 16%, 10 delayed non-function (DNF) 16%, 16 Fulminant hepatitis (FH) 24%, 23 acute decompensation of chronic liver disease (ACLF) 38%, and 4 hepatic resection 6%. All patients who underwent MARS treatment had bilirubin >15 mg/dL, Glasgow Coma Score between 9 and 11, ammonium >160 microg/dL and non-coagulability. The determining factors taken into consideration for the continuation of MARS treatment were: an improvement in Glasgow Coma Score, and a decrease in ammonium and bilirubin. We also monitored hemodynamic parameters, acid-base equilibrium, and blood gas analysis before and after each treatment. In order to determine patients' neurological conditions, we not only took into account the Glasgow Coma Score, which does not give mathematically precise results but also took into account the fact that patients with hepatic coma had lower cerebral mean velocity in the cerebral arteries than patients without encephalopathy. For this reason, in the last 22 patients we monitored cerebral perfusion, determined by mean flow velocity (Vmean) in the middle cerebral artery. Our results were expressed as mean +/- SD and we analyzed the differences between mean values for each variable, before and after treatment by means of Student's t-test. At the end of treatment, we obtained significant P-values for bilirubin, ammonium, Glasgow Coma Score and creatinine. In 16/20 patients, we could demonstrate a clear correlation between the improvement in clinical conditions (especially neurological status) and improvement in cerebral perfusion, measured by color Doppler US. PMID:12950955

  12. 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

  13. A new method for analysis of reactive adsorbed intermediates: Bismuth postdosing in thermal desorption mass spectroscopy

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    Campbell, Charles T.; Rodriguez, J. A.; Henn, F. C.; Campbell, J. M.; Dalton, P. J.; Seimanides, S. G.

    1988-05-01

    A new method which should have relatively general applicability for the identification and quantitative analysis of reactive adsorbed molecular intermediates in surface reactions will be described, and the first examples of its application will be presented. When a reactive intermediate is generated on a surface, it often has a tendency to dissociate before desorbing. Since dissociation generally requires additional free sites on the surface, dissociation can be suppressed and desorption correspondingly enhanced if the free sites on the surface can be properly poisoned. We have found that bismuth adatoms are very good inert site blockers, which can be postdosed to the surface of a transition metal containing a reactive adsorbed hydrocarbon without destroying the hydrocarbon. Whereas in the absence of bismuth, the hydrocarbon would completely dehydrogenate during thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) and liberate only H2 into the gas phase, after bismuth postdosing the reactive hydrocarbon desorbs intact for mass spectral identification and quantitative analysis. This method has been used to prove that adsorbed benzene is the initial product of the dehydrogenation of cyclohexane on Pt(111) at ˜235 K. In the absence of bismuth, this benzene all dissociates during TDS to liberate only H2, leaving graphitic carbon residue on the surface. When one-third monolayer of Bi is postdosed at 110 K, the dehydrogenation pathway is sterically poisoned and the adsorbed benzene quantitatively desorbs during TDS, where it is unambiguously identified by mass spectroscopy. By briefly heating the reactive adsorbed intermediate to increasing temperatures prior to Bi deposition, the thermal stability limits of the intermediate and the kinetic parameters for its dissociation can be established. This is demonstrated for the dehydrogenation reaction of adsorbed cyclopentene on Pt(111). Bismuth postdosing in thermal desorption mass spectroscopy (BPTDS) should be a very useful but

  14. Structure-Dependent Viscoelastic Properties of C(9)-Alkanethiol Monolayers

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    Mayer, Thomas M.; Michalske, Terry A.; Shinn, Neal D.

    1999-08-10

    Quartz crystal microbalance techniques and in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry are used to probe the structure-dependent intrinsic viscoelastic properties of self-assembled CH{sub 3}(CH{sub 2}){sub 8}SH alkanethiol monolayer adsorbed from the gas phase onto Au(111)-textured substrates. Physisorbed molecules, mixed chemisorbed-fluid/solid phases and solid-phase domain boundaries make sequentially dominant contributions to the measured energy dissipation in the growing monolayer. Deviations from Langmuir adsorption kinetics reveal a precursor-mediated adsorption channel. These studies reveal the impact of structural heterogeneity in tribological studies of monolayer lubricants.

  15. Employing X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy for Determining Layer Homogeneity in Mixed Polar Self-Assembled Monolayers.

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    Hehn, Iris; Schuster, Swen; Wächter, Tobias; Abu-Husein, Tarek; Terfort, Andreas; Zharnikov, Michael; Zojer, Egbert

    2016-08-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) containing embedded dipolar groups offer the particular advantage of changing the electronic properties of a surface without affecting the SAM-ambient interface. Here we show that such systems can also be used for continuously tuning metal work functions by growing mixed monolayers consisting of molecules with different orientations of the embedded dipolar groups. To avoid injection hot-spots when using the SAM-modified electrodes in devices, a homogeneous mixing of the two components is crucial. We show that a combination of high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with state-of-the-art simulations is an ideal tool for probing the electrostatic homogeneity of the layers and thus for determining phase separation processes in polar adsorbate assemblies down to inhomogeneities at the molecular level. PMID:27429041

  16. Understanding Chemical versus Electrostatic Shifts in X-ray Photoelectron Spectra of Organic Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    2016-01-01

    The focus of the present article is on understanding the insight that X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements can provide when studying self-assembled monolayers. Comparing density functional theory calculations to experimental data on deliberately chosen model systems, we show that both the chemical environment and electrostatic effects arising from a superposition of molecular dipoles influence the measured core-level binding energies to a significant degree. The crucial role of the often overlooked electrostatic effects in polar self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) is unambiguously demonstrated by changing the dipole density through varying the SAM coverage. As a consequence of this effect, care has to be taken when extracting chemical information from the XP spectra of ordered organic adsorbate layers. Our results, furthermore, imply that XPS is a powerful tool for probing local variations in the electrostatic energy in nanoscopic systems, especially in SAMs. PMID:26937264

  17. Employing X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy for Determining Layer Homogeneity in Mixed Polar Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    2016-01-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) containing embedded dipolar groups offer the particular advantage of changing the electronic properties of a surface without affecting the SAM–ambient interface. Here we show that such systems can also be used for continuously tuning metal work functions by growing mixed monolayers consisting of molecules with different orientations of the embedded dipolar groups. To avoid injection hot-spots when using the SAM-modified electrodes in devices, a homogeneous mixing of the two components is crucial. We show that a combination of high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with state-of-the-art simulations is an ideal tool for probing the electrostatic homogeneity of the layers and thus for determining phase separation processes in polar adsorbate assemblies down to inhomogeneities at the molecular level. PMID:27429041

  18. The structures and dynamics of atomic and molecular adsorbates on metal surfaces by scanning tunneling microscopy and low energy electron diffraction

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    Yoon, Hyungsuk Alexander

    1996-12-01

    Studies of surface structure and dynamics of atoms and molecules on metal surfaces are presented. My research has focused on understanding the nature of adsorbate-adsorbate and adsorbate-substrate interactions through surface studies of coverage dependency and coadsorption using both scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED). The effect of adsorbate coverage on the surface structures of sulfur on Pt(111) and Rh(111) was examined. On Pt(111), sulfur forms p(2x2) at 0.25 ML of sulfur, which transforms into a more compressed ({radical}3x{radical}3)R30{degrees} at 0.33 ML. On both structures, it was found that sulfur adsorbs only in fcc sites. When the coverage of sulfur exceeds 0.33 ML, it formed more complex c({radical}3x7)rect structure with 3 sulfur atoms per unit cell. In this structure, two different adsorption sites for sulfur atoms were observed - two on fcc sites and one on hcp site within the unit cell.

  19. Surface-functionalized hydrophilic monolayer of titanate and its application for dopamine detection.

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    Matsui, Hiroshi; Oaki, Yuya; Imai, Hiroaki

    2016-08-01

    A surface-functionalized hydrophilic charge-neutral monolayer of titanate was exfoliated from the precursor layered composite in aqueous media without addition of a delamination agent. The hydrophilic monolayer was applied for the detection of dopamine based on visible-light absorption originating from charge-transfer excitation from adsorbed dopamine to titanate. PMID:27381420

  20. A sum-frequency generation spectroscopic study of the Gibbs analysis paradox: monolayer or sub-monolayer adsorption?

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    Shahir, Afshin Asadzadeh; Nguyen, Khoi Tan; Nguyen, Anh V

    2016-03-23

    The Gibbs adsorption isotherm (GAI) has been considered as the foundation of surfactant adsorption studies for over a century; however, its application in determining the limiting surface excess has recently been intensively discussed, with contradictory experimental evidence either supporting or refuting the theory. The available arguments are based on monolayer adsorption models. In this paper, we experimentally and intellectually propose and validate the contribution of sub-monolayer adsorption to the GAI paradox. We utilize a powerful intrinsically surface-sensitive technique, vibrational sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (SFG), complementing with conventional tensiometric measurements to address these controversies both quantitatively and qualitatively. Our SFG results revealed that the precipitous decrease in surface tension directly corresponds to surface occupancy by adsorbates. In addition, the Gibbs analysis was successfully applied to the soluble monolayer of a surface-active alcohol to full saturation. However, the full saturation of the topmost monolayer does not necessarily mean that the surface adsorption was completed because the adsorption was observed to continuously occur in the sub-monolayer region soon after the topmost monolayer became saturated. Nonetheless, the Gibbs isotherm failed to account for the excess of alcohol adsorbed in this sub-monolayer region. This new concept of surface excess must therefore be treated thermodynamically. PMID:26661072

  1. Spectral and electrochemical properties of phenylazonaphthalene based on a self-assembled monolayer

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    Zhang, Aidong; Qin, Jingui; Gu, Jianhua; Lu, Zu-Hong

    1998-08-01

    A thiol-terminated phenylazonaphthalene derivative, namely 1-mercapto-6-[1-(4-phenylazonaphthoxy)]hexane 1, was synthesized by diazo coupling of aniline with 1-naphthol, etherification with 1,6-dibromohexane and thiol derivatization, subsequently. By self-assembly technology, the compound was spontaneously absorbed in thin, optically transparent gold film and formed stable self-assembled monolayer (SAM). The self-assembly course was monitored by UV-visible absorption spectra which gave direct evidence for the self-assembly mechanism of self-assembled monolayer, i.e., chemically adsorbed firstly, then came through a long- time orientation. Meanwhile, cyclic voltammogram was employed to study the electrochemical reduction and oxidation of the immobilized phenylazonaphthalene. The single molecular area obtained using the two methods was almost the same: ca. 0.9 nm2. The irreversibility of the electrode process, sluggish reaction and reduction peak splitting all were originated from the well molecular orientation, not the dense packing in the SAM. This implied the process of oxidation and reduction accompanied the molecular conformation change which needed more free space for the movement of the molecular chain during the electrode processes.

  2. Extracorporeal detoxification for hepatic failure using molecular adsorbent recirculating system: depurative efficiency and clinical results in a long-term follow-up.

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    Donati, Gabriele; La Manna, Gaetano; Cianciolo, Giuseppe; Grandinetti, Valeria; Carretta, Elisa; Cappuccilli, Maria; Panicali, Laura; Iorio, Mario; Piscaglia, Fabio; Bolondi, Luigi; Colì, Luigi; Stefoni, Sergio

    2014-02-01

    Acute liver failure and acute-on-chronic liver failure still show a poor prognosis. The molecular adsorbent recirculating system (MARS) has been extensively used as the most promising detoxifying therapy for patients with these conditions. Sixty-four patients with life-threatening liver failure were selected, and 269 MARS treatments were carried out as a bridge for orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) or for liver function recovery. All patients were grouped according to the aim of MARS therapy. Group A consisted of 47 patients treated for liver function recovery (median age 59 years, range 23-82). Group B consisted of 11 patients on the waiting list who underwent OLT (median age 47 years, range 32-62). Group C consisted of 6 patients on the waiting list who did not undergo OLT (median age 45.5 years, range 36-54, P = 0.001). MARS depurative efficiency in terms of liver toxins, cytokines, and growth factors was assessed together with the clinical outcome of the patients during a 1-year follow-up. Total bilirubin reduction rate per session (RRs) for each MARS session was 23% (range 17-29); direct bilirubin RRs was 28% (21-35), and indirect bilirubin RRs was 8% (3-21). Ammonia RRs was 34% (12-86). Conjugated cholic acid RRs was 58% (48-61); chenodeoxycholic acid RRs was 34% (18-48). No differences were found between groups. Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) values on starting MARS were 4.1 ng/mL (1.9-7.9) versus 7.9 ng/mL (3.2-14.1) at MARS end (P < 0.01). Cox regression analysis to determine the risk factors predicting patient outcomes showed that age, male gender, and Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score (but not Model for End-stage Liver Disease score) were factors predicting death, whereas the number of MARS sessions and the ΔHGF proved protective factors. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis was also used; after 12 months, 21.3% of patients in Group A survived, while 90.9% were alive in Group B and 16.7% in Group C (log rank = 0.002). In

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Asphaltene Adsorption onto Self-Assembled Monolayers of Mixed Aromatic

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    Turgman-Cohen, S.; Smith, M; Fischer, D; Kilpatrick, P; Genzer, J

    2009-01-01

    The adsorption of asphaltenes onto flat solid surfaces modified with mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of aliphatic and aromatic trichlorosilanes with varying wettabilities, aromaticities, and thicknesses is tested. The mixed SAMs are characterized by means of contact angle to assess hydrophobicity and molecular and chemical uniformity, spectroscopic ellipsometry to measure the thickness of the films, and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy to assess chemical and molecular composition. The molecular characteristics of the adsorbed asphaltene layer and the extent of asphaltene adsorption are determined using NEXAFS and spectroscopic ellipsometry, respectively. The SAMs are formed by depositing phenyl-, phenethyl-, butyl-, and octadecyl- trichlorosilanes from toluene solutions onto silica-coated substrates; the chemical composition and the wettability of the SAM surface is tuned systematically by varying the trichlorosilane composition in the deposition solutions. The adsorption of asphaltenes on the substrates does not correlate strongly with the SAM chemical composition. Instead, the extent of asphaltene adsorption decreases with increasing SAM thickness. This observation suggests that the leading interaction governing the adsorption of asphaltenes is their interaction with the polar silica substrate and that the chemical composition of the SAM is of secondary importance.

  6. 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.

  7. Tuning the structure of thermosensitive gold nanoparticle monolayers.

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    Rezende, Camila A; Shan, Jun; Lee, Lay-Theng; Zalczer, Gilbert; Tenhu, Heikki

    2009-07-23

    Gold nanoparticles grafted with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) are rendered amphiphilic and thermosensitive. When spread on the surface of water, they form stable Langmuir monolayers that exhibit surface plasmon resonance. Using Langmuir balance and contrast-matched neutron reflectivity, the detailed structural properties of these nanocomposite monolayers are revealed. At low surface coverage, the gold nanoparticles are anchored to the interface by an adsorbed PNIPAM layer that forms a thin and compact pancake structure. Upon isothermal compression (T=20 degrees C), the adsorbed layer thickens with partial desorption of polymer chains to form brush structures. Two distinct polymer conformations thus coexist: an adsorbed conformation that assures stability of the monolayer, and brush structures that dangle in the subphase. An increase in temperature to 30 degrees C results in contractions of both adsorbed and brush layers with a concomitant decrease in interparticle distance, indicating vertical as well as lateral contractions of the graft polymer layer. The reversibility of this thermal response is also shown by the contraction-expansion of the polymer layers in heating-cooling cycles. The structure of the monolayer can thus be tuned by compression and reversibly by temperature. These compression and thermally induced conformational changes are discussed in relation to optical properties. PMID:19569632

  8. Chain-length dependence of the dissociation dynamics of oriented molecular adsorbates: n-alkyl bromides on GaAs(110)

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    Khan, K.A.; Camillone, N. III; Osgood, R.M. Jr.

    1999-07-01

    Brominated hydrocarbons adsorbed on semiconductor surfaces serve as ideal model systems for investigating the photoinduced chemistry of oriented molecules in the condensed phase. Under UV irradiation these adsorbates dissociate via attachment of photoexcited substrate electrons giving rise to energetic alkyl and surface-bound bromine fragments. In this report the authors describe the effect on the fragmentation dynamics due to systematic variation of the complexity (alkyl chain length) of the adsorbate. Increasing the length of the alkyl chain leads to distinct changes in the alkyl fragment angular distributions. For methyl bromide, the angular distribution is dominated by a focused beam of directly ejected hyperthermal methyl radicals at 44{degree} (in the [0{bar 1}] direction) from the surface normal. While a similar direct beam is observed for ethyl and propyl bromide, inelastic scattering of these fragments is found to result in increased importance of a slower diffuse cos{sup n} {theta} desorption. In addition, significant retention of alkyl fragments is detected by postirradiation thermal desorption measurements for these longer-chain homologues. Increasing the number of degrees of freedom of the adsorbate is also observed to dramatically alter the energetics of the ejection of the photofragments from the surface. As the number of carbons in the fragment is increased from one to three, the average energy of the directly ejected radicals decreases from 1.48 to 1.1 to 0.69 eV (UV incident at {lambda} = 193 nm). Variations in the energy and angular distributions are discussed in terms of initial adsorbate orientation, energy partitioning into rovibrational modes, and influence of radical-surface interactions.

  9. Electron-Stimulated Oxidation of Thin Water Films Adsorbed on TiO2(110)

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    Lane, Christopher D.; Petrik, Nikolay G.; Orlando, Thomas M.; Kimmel, Greg A.

    2007-11-08

    Electron-stimulated reactions in thin (< 3 monolayer, ML) water films adsorbed on TiO2(110) are investigated. For electron fluences less than ~1×1016 e-/cm2, irradiation with 100 eV electrons results in electron-stimulated desorption (ESD) of atomic and molecular hydrogen, but no measurable O2. The ESD leaves adsorbed hydroxyls which oxidize the TiO2(110) surface and change the post-irradiation TPD spectra of the remaining water in characteristic ways. The species remaining on the TiO2(110) after irradiation of adsorbed water films are apparently similar to those produced without irradiation by co-dosing water and O2. Annealing above ~600 K reduces the oxidized surfaces, and water TPD spectra characteristic of ion sputtered and annealed TiO2(110) are recovered. The rate of electron-stimulated “oxidation” of the water films is proportional to the coverage of water in the first layer for coverages less than 1 ML. However, higher coverages suppress this reaction. When thin water films are irradiated, the rate of electron-stimulated oxidation is independent of the initial oxygen vacancy concentration, as is the final oxidized state achieved at high electron fluences. To explain the results, we propose that electron excitation of water molecules adsorbed on Ti4+ sites leads to desorption of hydrogen atoms and leaves an OH adsorbed at the site. If hydroxyls are present in the bridging oxygen rows, these react with the OH’s on the Ti4+ sites to reform water and heal the oxygen vacancy associated with the bridging OH. Once the bridge bonded hydroxyls have been eliminated, further irradiation increases the concentration of OH’s in the Ti4+ rows leading to the creation of species which block sites in the Ti4+ rows, perhaps H2O2 and/or HO2.

  10. 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

  11. Molecular self-assembly of conducting polymer by Conducting Probe Technique in Atomic Force Microscope

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    Yamamoto, Shin-ichi; Ogawa, Kazufumi

    2007-04-01

    A polypyrrole derivative monolayer was investigated for the application as a wire. First, a pyrrole derivative monolayer was prepared by chemically adsorbing (self-assembling) monolayer (CAM) of 6-pyrrolylhexyl-12,12,12-trichloro-12- siladodecanoate (PEN) on a glass substrate. Then, the monolayer was polymerized in the presence of pure water by electrooxidation. The surface characterization of the molecular interaction was investigated by measuring the properties of CAMs attached to the glass substrate in the lateral direction. We formed PEN having polypyrrolyl groups, using Pt-patterned electrodes on glass surfaces and measured the conductance under a small bias voltage, using a conductive cantilever of atomic force microscopy (AFM). The polypyrrole derivative monolayer thus synthesized was covalently bonded to the glass substrate and showed conductivity as high as 3.05..103 S/cm after electro-oxidized. The method of preparing a conductive polymer monolayer by the combining chemical adsorption and electro-oxidation leads to a lot molecular wire to perpendicular to the Pt electrodes, and it is one of the key technologies for molecular devices.

  12. Growth and Dissolution of Calcite in the Presence of Adsorbed Stearic Acid.

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    Ricci, Maria; Segura, Juan José; Erickson, Blake W; Fantner, Georg; Stellacci, Francesco; Voïtchovsky, Kislon

    2015-07-14

    The interaction of organic molecules with the surface of calcite plays a central role in many geochemical, petrochemical, and industrial processes and in biomineralization. Adsorbed organics, typically fatty acids, can interfere with the evolution of calcite when immersed in aqueous solutions. Here we use atomic force microscopy in liquid to explore in real-time the evolution of the (1014) surface of calcite covered with various densities of stearic acid and exposed to different saline solutions. Our results show that the stearic acid molecules tend to act as "pinning points" on the calcite's surface and slow down the crystal's restructuring kinetics. Depending on the amount of material adsorbed, the organic molecules can form monolayers or bilayer islands that become embedded into the growing crystal. The growth process can also displaces the organic molecules and actively concentrate them into stacked multilayers. Our results provide molecular-level insights into the interplay between the adsorbed fatty acid molecules and the evolving calcite crystal, highlighting mechanisms that could have important implications for several biochemical and geochemical processes and for the oil industry. PMID:26087312

  13. Hydrophobic Porous Material Adsorbs Small Organic Molecules

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    Sharma, Pramod K.; Hickey, Gregory S.

    1994-01-01

    Composite molecular-sieve material has pore structure designed specifically for preferential adsorption of organic molecules for sizes ranging from 3 to 6 angstrom. Design based on principle that contaminant molecules become strongly bound to surface of adsorbent when size of contaminant molecules is nearly same as that of pores in adsorbent. Material used to remove small organic contaminant molecules from vacuum systems or from enclosed gaseous environments like closed-loop life-support systems.

  14. Adsorption and reaction of maleic anhydride on Mo(110), monolayer Pd(111)/Mo(110), and multilayer Pd(111)/Mo(110)

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    Xu, C.; Goodman, D.W.

    1996-04-03

    The adsorption and reaction of maleic anhydride and deuterated maleic anhydride on Mo(110), monolayer Pd/Mo(110), and multilayer Pd(111)/Mo(110) surfaces have been studied using temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). Maleic anhydride adsorbs irreversibly on the Mo(110) surface at 100 K. Heating to 1200 K yields adsorbed carbon (C{sub ads}) and gas-phase CO and H{sub 2}. In contrast, the adsorption of maleic anhydride on monolayer Pd(111)/Mo(110) and multilayer Pd(111)/Mo(110) surfaces is largely reversible with the chemisorbed maleic anhydride desorbing at 365 and 375 K, respectively. Approximately 15% of the chemisorbed maleic anhydride decomposes upon heating to 400K, forming CO, CO{sub 2} and C{sub 2}H{sub 2}; C{sub 2}H{sub 2} further dehydrogenates upon heating to C{sub ads} and gas-phase H{sub 2}. The HREELS measurements indicate that maleic anhydride is bonded to multilayer Pd(111)/Mo(110) through the olefin bond in a di-{sigma} configuration, while on monolayer Pd(111)/Mo(110), the maleic anhydride is bonded to the surface through the olefin via a {pi}-bond. On the Mo(110) surface, maleic anhydride is bonded to the surface through the ring oxygen with the molecular plane perpendicular to the surface. As a result of this modified adsorption geometry, the carbonyl stretching mode is red-shifted nearly 150 cm{sup -1} on the monolayer Pd(111)/Mo(110) surface, unshifted on the multilayer Pd(111)/Mo(110) surface, and blue-shifted by nearly 100 cm{sup -1} on the Mo(110) surface. 31 refs., 14 figs., 3 tabs.

  15. Efficient adsorption of both methyl orange and chromium from their aqueous mixtures using a quaternary ammonium salt modified chitosan magnetic composite adsorbent.

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    Li, Kun; Li, Pei; Cai, Jun; Xiao, Shoujun; Yang, Hu; Li, Aimin

    2016-07-01

    A quaternary ammonium salt modified chitosan magnetic composite adsorbent (CS-CTA-MCM) was prepared by combination of Fe3O4 nanoparticles. Various techniques were used to characterize the molecular structure, surface morphology, and magnetic feature of this composite adsorbent. CS-CTA-MCM was employed for the removal of Cr(VI) and methyl orange (MO), an anionic dye, from water in respective single and binary systems. Compared with chitosan magnetic adsorbent (CS-MCM) without modification, CS-CTA-MCM shows evidently improved adsorption capacities for both pollutants ascribed to the additional quaternary ammonium salt groups. Based on the adsorption equilibrium study, MO bears more affinity to CS-CTA-MCM than Cr(VI) causing a considerable extent of preferential adsorption of dye over metal ions in their aqueous mixture. However, at weak acidic solutions, Cr(VI) adsorption is evidently improved due to more efficient Cr(VI) forms, i.e. dichromate and monovalent chromate, binding to this chitosan-based adsorbent. Thus chromium could be efficient removal together with MO at suitable pH conditions. The adsorption isotherms and kinetics indicate that adsorptions of Cr(VI) and MO by CS-CTA-MCM both follow a homogeneous monolayer chemisorption process. This magnetic adsorbent after saturated adsorption could be rapidly separated from water and easily regenerated using dilute NaOH aqueous solutions then virtually reused with little adsorption capacity loss. PMID:27060639

  16. First principle identification of SiC monolayer as an efficient catalyst for CO oxidation

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    Sinthika, S. E-mail: sinthika90@gmail.com; Thapa, Ranjit E-mail: sinthika90@gmail.com; Reddy, C. Prakash

    2015-06-24

    Using density functional theory, we investigated the electronic properties of SiC monolayer and tested its catalytic activity toward CO oxidation. The planar nature of a SiC monolayer is found to stable and is a high band gap semiconductor. CO interacts physically with SiC surface, whereas O{sub 2} is adsorbed with moderate binding. CO oxidation on SiC monolayer prefers the Eley Rideal mechanism over the Langmuir Hinshelwood mechanism, with an easily surmountable activation barrier during CO{sub 2} formation. Overall metal free SiC monolayer can be used as efficient catalyst for CO oxidation.

  17. First principle identification of SiC monolayer as an efficient catalyst for CO oxidation

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    Sinthika, S.; Reddy, C. Prakash; Thapa, Ranjit

    2015-06-01

    Using density functional theory, we investigated the electronic properties of SiC monolayer and tested its catalytic activity toward CO oxidation. The planar nature of a SiC monolayer is found to stable and is a high band gap semiconductor. CO interacts physically with SiC surface, whereas O2 is adsorbed with moderate binding. CO oxidation on SiC monolayer prefers the Eley Rideal mechanism over the Langmuir Hinshelwood mechanism, with an easily surmountable activation barrier during CO2 formation. Overall metal free SiC monolayer can be used as efficient catalyst for CO oxidation.

  18. 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

  19. Controlling adsorbate interactions for advanced chemical patterning

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    Saavedra Garcia, Hector M.

    Molecules designed to have specific interactions were used to influence the structural, physical, and chemical properties of self-assembled monolayers. In the case of 1-adamantanethiolate monolayers, the molecular structure influences lability, enabling alkanethiol molecules in solution to displace the 1-adamantanethiolate monolayers, ultimately leading to complete molecular exchange. The similar Au-S bond environments measured for both n-alkanethiolate and 1-adamantanethiolate monolayers indicate that displacement is not a result of weakened Au-S bonds. Instead, it was hypothesized that the density differences in the two monolayers provide a substantial enthalpic driver, aided by differences in van der Waals forces, ultimately leading to complete displacement of the 1-adamantenthiol molecules. Additionally, it was discovered that displacement occurs via fast insertion of n-dodecanethiolate at the defects in the original 1-adamantanethiolate monolayer, which nucleates an island growth phase and is followed by slow ordering of the n-dodecanethiolate domains into a denser and more crystalline form. Langmuir-based kinetics, which describe alkanethiolate adsorption on bare Au{111}, fail to model this displacement reaction. Instead, a model of perimeter-dependent island growth yields good agreement with kinetic data over a 100-fold variation in n-dodecanethiol concentration. Rescaling the growth rate at each concentration collapses all the data onto a single universal curve, suggesting that displacement is a scale-free process. Exploiting the knowledge gained by studying 1-adamantethiolate monolayer displacement, a reversible molecular resist was developed, in which displacement is controlled via external stimuli. This methodology for the fabrication of controllably displaceable monolayers relies on carboxyl-functionalized self-assembled monolayers and in-situ Fischer esterification. Using an 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid monolayer as a model system, it was shown that in

  20. Conformation Distributions in Adsorbed Proteins.

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    Meuse, Curtis W.; Hubbard, Joseph B.; Vrettos, John S.; Smith, Jackson R.; Cicerone, Marcus T.

    2007-03-01

    While the structural basis of protein function is well understood in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, few methods for the characterization and comparison of protein conformation distributions are available. New methods capable of measuring the stability of protein conformations and the integrity of protein-protein, protein-ligand and protein-surface interactions both in solution and on surfaces are needed to help the development of protein-based products. We are developing infrared spectroscopy methods for the characterization and comparison of molecular conformation distributions in monolayers and in solutions. We have extracted an order parameter describing the orientational and conformational variations of protein functional groups around the average molecular values from a single polarized spectrum. We will discuss the development of these methods and compare them to amide hydrogen/deuterium exchange methods for albumin in solution and on different polymer surfaces to show that our order parameter is related to protein stability.

  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. 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. Effects of molecular organization on photophysical behavior. Steady-state and real-time behavior of chlorophyll a fluorescence in spread monolayers of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine

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    Chauvet, J.P.; Agrawal, M.; Patterson, L.K.

    1988-07-14

    Fluorescence spectra, intensities, and lifetimes of chlorophyll a have been determined in monolayers of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine as functions of chlorophyll concentration and monolayer compression over the range of (0.5-20) x 10/sup 12/ molecules/cm/sup 2/ and 2-30 dyn/cm surface pressure. This lipid exhibits three different phases over the surface pressure region examined: liquid-expanded, liquid-condensed, and solid-condensed. The fluorescence spectrum observed at 680 nm indicates that monomeric chlorophyll a is the predominant fluorescent form throughout. However, fluorescence intensities and lifetimes both respond dramatically to changes in lipid phase. In the region of the transition from liquid-expanded to liquid-condensed phase, intensity falls dramatically while lifetime shows no response to phase change. In the second transition from liquid-condensed to solid-condensed, the intensity again increases somewhat, while the lifetime exhibits two-component decay, one dependent on surface pressure and one essentially constant, exhibiting the value expected in dilute systems. These variations are interpreted in terms of changing interactions among chlorophyll molecules with alterations in the microenvironment.

  5. Site blocking effects on adsorbed polyacrylamide conformation

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    Brotherson, Brett A.

    ionic strength, and an adsorbed polymer on a surface functionalized with site blocking additives. This work investigated these scenarios using a low charge density high molecular weight cationic polyacrylamide. Three different substrates, for polymer adsorption were analyzed: mica, anionic latex, and glass. It was determined that, similar to previous studies, the adsorbed polymer layer thickness in water is relatively small even for high molecular weight polymers, on the order of tens of nanometers. The loop length distribution of a single polymer, experimentally verified for the first time, revealed a broad span of loop lengths as high as 1.5 microns. However, the bulk of the distribution was found between 40 and 260 nanometers. For the first time, previous theoretical predictions regarding the salt effect on adsorbed polymer conformation were confirmed experimentally. It was determined that the adsorbed polymer layer thickness expanded with increasing ionic strength of the solvent. Using atomic force microscopy, it was determined that the adsorbed polymer loop lengths and tail lengths increased with increasing ionic strength, supporting the results found using dynamic light scattering. The effect of the addition of site blocking additives on a single polymer's conformation was investigated for the first time. It was determined that the addition of site blocking additives caused strikingly similar results as the addition of salt to the medium. The changes in adsorbed polymer's loop lengths was found to be inconsistent and minimal. However, the changes in an adsorbed polymer's free tail length was found to increase with increasing site blocking additive levels. These results were obtained using either PDADMAC or cationic nanosilica as site blocking additives.

  6. Synthesis of mimic molecularly imprinted ordered mesoporous silica adsorbent by thermally reversible semicovalent approach for pipette-tip solid-phase extraction-liquid chromatography fluorescence determination of estradiol in milk.

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    Wang, Lu; Yan, Hongyuan; Yang, Chunliu; Li, Zan; Qiao, Fengxia

    2016-07-22

    A mimic molecularly imprinted ordered mesoporous silica (MIOMS) adsorbent was prepared utilizing a thermally reversible semicovalent approach. The thermally reversible covalent template-monomer complex was firstly synthesized by employing 4,4'-sulfonyldiphenol (BPS) and (3-isocyanatopropyl) triethoxysilane (ICPTES) as template and monomer, respectively. The template-monomer complex was incorporated into ordered mesoporous silica via a simple self-assembly process. The adsorption experiment illustrated that the imprint-removed silica (MIOMS-ir) had higher special recognition ability (250μgg(-1)) for estradiol (E2) than the non-imprinted silica (NIOMS-ir) (25μgg(-1)). MIOMS-ir was applied as an adsorbent in pipette-tip solid-phase extraction (PT-SPE) coupled with liquid chromatography-fluorescence detector (LC-FLD) for determination of E2 in milk samples. Under the optimized conditions, only 3mg of the adsorbent, 0.3mL of water as washing solvent, and 0.5mL of acetonitrile-acetic acid (96:4, v/v) as elution solvent were used in the pretreatment procedure of milk samples. Good calibration linearity was obtained in a range of 25ngL(-1) to 1000ngL(-1), and the recoveries at three spiked levels were ranged from 95.4% to 107.0% with relative standard deviations (RSDs) ≤3.1% (n=3). The proposed MIOMS-ir-PT-SPE-LC-FLD method combined the advantages of PT-SPE and ordered mesoporous material such as ease assembly, low cost, high extraction efficiency and large specific surface area, so it is a potential pretreatment strategy for the extraction and determination of E2 in complex milk samples. PMID:27328886

  7. Characterization of Functionalized Self-Assembled Monolayers and Surface-Attached Interlocking Molecules Using Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy

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    Willey, T; Willey, T

    2004-03-24

    Quantitative knowledge of the fundamental structure and substrate binding, as well as the direct measurement of conformational changes, are essential to the development of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and surface-attached interlocking molecules, catenanes and rotaxanes. These monolayers are vital to development of nano-mechanical, molecular electronic, and biological/chemical sensor applications. This dissertation investigates properties of functionalized SAMs in sulfur-gold based adsorbed molecular monolayers using quantitative spectroscopic techniques including near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The stability of the gold-thiolate interface is addressed. A simple model SAM consisting of dodecanethiol adsorbed on Au(111) degrades significantly in less than 24 hours under ambient laboratory air. S 2p and O 1s XPS show the gold-bound thiolates oxidize to sulfinates and sulfonates. A reduction of organic material on the surface and a decrease in order are observed as the layer degrades. The effect of the carboxyl vs. carboxylate functionalization on SAM structure is investigated. Carboxyl-terminated layers consisting of long alkyl-chain thiols vs. thioctic acid with short, sterically separated, alkyl groups are compared and contrasted. NEXAFS shows a conformational change, or chemical switchability, with carboxyl groups tilted over and carboxylate endgroups more upright. Surface-attached loops and simple surface-attached rotaxanes are quantitatively characterized, and preparation conditions that lead to desired films are outlined. A dithiol is often insufficient to form a molecular species bound at each end to the substrate, while a structurally related disulfide-containing polymer yields surface-attached loops. Similarly, spectroscopic techniques show the successful production of a simple, surface-attached rotaxane that requires a ''molecular riveting'' step to hold the mechanically attached

  8. Characterization of functionalized self-assembled monolayers and surface-attached interlocking molecules using near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy

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    Willey, Trevor Michael

    Quantitative knowledge of the fundamental structure and substrate binding, as well as the direct measurement of conformational changes, are essential to the development of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and surface-attached interlocking molecules, catenanes and rotaxanes. These monolayers are vital to development of nano-mechanical, molecular electronic, and biological/chemical sensor applications. This dissertation investigates properties of functionalized SAMs in sulfur-gold based adsorbed molecular monolayers using quantitative spectroscopic techniques including near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The stability of the gold-thiolate interface is addressed. A simple model SAM consisting of dodecanethiol adsorbed on Au(111) degrades significantly in less than 24 hours under ambient laboratory air. S 2p and O 1s XPS show the gold-bound thiolates oxidize to sulfinates and sulfonates. A reduction of organic material on the surface and a decrease in order are observed as the layer degrades. The effect of the carboxyl vs. carboxylate functionalization on SAM structure is investigated. Carboxyl-terminated layers consisting of long alkyl-chain thiols vs. thioctic acid with short, sterically separated, alkyl groups are compared and contrasted. NEXAFS shows a conformational change, or chemical switchability, with carboxyl groups tilted over and carboxylate endgroups more upright. Surface-attached loops and simple surface-attached rotaxanes are quantitatively characterized, and preparation conditions that lead to desired films are outlined. A dithiol is often insufficient to form a molecular species bound at each end to the substrate, while a structurally related disulfide-containing polymer yields surface-attached loops. Similarly, spectroscopic techniques show the successful production of a simple, surface-attached rotaxane that requires a "molecular riveting" step to hold the mechanically attached

  9. Size selective hydrophobic adsorbent for organic molecules

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    Sharma, Pramod K. (Inventor); Hickey, Gregory S. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    The present invention relates to an adsorbent formed by the pyrolysis of a hydrophobic silica with a pore size greater than 5 .ANG., such as SILICALITE.TM., with a molecular sieving polymer precursor such as polyfurfuryl alcohol, polyacrylonitrile, polyvinylidene chloride, phenol-formaldehyde resin, polyvinylidene difluoride and mixtures thereof. Polyfurfuryl alcohol is the most preferred. The adsorbent produced by the pyrolysis has a silicon to carbon mole ratio of between about 10:1 and 1:3, and preferably about 2:1 to 1:2, most preferably 1:1. The pyrolysis is performed as a ramped temperature program between about 100.degree. and 800.degree. C., and preferably between about 100.degree. and 600.degree. C. The present invention also relates to a method for selectively adsorbing organic molecules having a molecular size (mean molecular diameter) of between about 3 and 6 .ANG. comprising contacting a vapor containing the small organic molecules to be adsorbed with the adsorbent composition of the present invention.

  10. 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.

  11. 129Xe NMR of xenon adsorbed on the molecular sieves AlPO 4-5, SAPO-5, MAPO-5, and SAPO-37

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    Chen, Q. J.; Springuel-Huet, M. A.; Fraissard, J.

    1989-06-01

    The solids NaY, SAPO-37, ALPO 4-5, SAPO-5 and MAPO-5 have been studied at 26°C by 129 NMR with adsorbed xenon used as a probe. The equal values of the chemical shifts of NaY and SAPO-37 show that this technique can be used both on zeolites and AlPO 4 or their derivatives. The chemical shifts of AlPO 4-5, SAPO-5 and MAPO-5 are identical at 26°C. The difference with respect to the value determined from the structure cannot therefore be explained by the difference in chemical composition leading to specific Xe-solid interactions.

  12. Quantum chemical investigation on the role of Li adsorbed on anatase (101) surface nano-materials on the storage of molecular hydrogen.

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    Srinivasadesikan, V; Raghunath, P; Lin, M C

    2015-06-01

    Lithiation of TiO2 has been shown to enhance the storage of hydrogen up to 5.6 wt% (Hu et al. J Am Chem Soc 128:11740-11741, 2006). The mechanism for the process is still unknown. In this work we have carried out a study on the adsorption and diffusion of Li atoms on the surface and migration into subsurface layers of anatase (101) by periodic density functional theory calculations implementing on-site Coulomb interactions (DFT+U). The model consists of 24 [TiO2] units with 11.097 × 7.655 Å(2) surface area. Adsorption energies have been calculated for different Li atoms (1-14) on the surface. A maximum of 13 Li atoms can be accommodated on the surface at two bridged O, Ti-O, and Ti atom adsorption sites, with 83 kcal mol(-1) adsorption energy for a single Li atom adsorbed between two bridged O atoms from where it can migrate into the subsurface layer with 27 kcal mol(-1) energy barrier. The predicted adsorption energies for H2 on the lithiated TiO2 (101) surface with 1-10 Li atoms revealed that the highest adsorption energies occurred on 1-Li, 5-Li, and 9-Li surfaces with 3.5, 4.4, and 7.6 kcal mol(-1), respectively. The values decrease rapidly with additional H2 co-adsorbed on the lithiated surfaces; the maximum H2 adsorption on the 9Li-TiO2(a) surface was estimated to be only 0.32 wt% under 100 atm H2 pressure at 77 K. The result of Bader charge analysis indicated that the reduction of Ti occurred depending on the Li atoms covered on the TiO2 surface. PMID:25966674

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Mercury adsorption properties of sulfur-impregnated adsorbents

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    Hsi, N.-C.; Rood, M.J.; Rostam-Abadi, M.; Chen, S.; Chang, R.

    2002-01-01

    Carbonaceous and noncarbonaceous adsorbents were impregnated with elemental sulfur to evaluate the chemical and physical properties of the adsorbents and their equilibrium mercury adsorption capacities. Simulated coal combustion flue gas conditions were used to determine the equilibrium adsorption capacities for Hg0 and HgCl2 gases to better understand how to remove mercury from gas streams generated by coal-fired utility power plants. Sulfur was deposited onto the adsorbents by monolayer surface deposition or volume pore filling. Sulfur impregnation increased the total sulfur content and decreased the total and micropore surface areas and pore volumes for all of the adsorbents tested. Adsorbents with sufficient amounts of active adsorption sites and sufficient microporous structure had mercury adsorption capacities up to 4,509 ??g Hg/g adsorbent. Elemental sulfur, organic sulfur, and sulfate were formed on the adsorbents during sulfur impregnation. Correlations were established with R2>0.92 between the equilibrium Hg0/HgCl2 adsorption capacities and the mass concentrations of elemental and organic sulfur. This result indicates that elemental and organic sulfur are important active adsorption sites for Hg0 and HgCl2.

  17. Recombinant albumin monolayers on latex particles.

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    Sofińska, Kamila; Adamczyk, Zbigniew; Kujda, Marta; Nattich-Rak, Małgorzata

    2014-01-14

    The adsorption of recombinant human serum albumin (rHSA) on negatively charged polystyrene latex micro-particles was studied at pH 3.5 and the NaCl concentration range of 10(-3) to 0.15 M. The electrophoretic mobility of latex monotonically increased with the albumin concentration in the suspension. The coverage of adsorbed albumin was quantitatively determined using the depletion method, where the residual protein concentration was determined by electrokinetic measurements and AFM imaging. It was shown that albumin adsorption was irreversible. Its maximum coverage on latex varied between 0.7 mg m(-2) for 10(-3) M NaCl to 1.3 mg m(-2) for 0.15 M NaCl. The latter value matches the maximum coverage previously determined for human serum albumin on mica using the streaming potential method. The increase in the maximum coverage was interpreted in terms of reduced electrostatic repulsion among adsorbed molecules. These facts confirm that albumin adsorption at pH 3.5 is governed by electrostatic interactions and proceeds analogously to colloid particle deposition. The stability of albumin monolayers was measured in additional experiments where changes in the latex electrophoretic mobility and the concentration of free albumin in solutions were monitored over prolonged time periods. Based on these experimental data, a robust procedure of preparing albumin monolayers on latex particles of well-controlled coverage and molecule distribution was proposed. PMID:24354916

  18. Stability, structural and electronic properties of benzene molecule adsorbed on free standing Au layer

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    Katoch, Neha; Kapoor, Pooja; Sharma, Munish; Kumar, Ashok; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2016-05-01

    We report stability and electronic properties of benzene molecule adsorbed on the Au atomic layer within the framework of density function theory (DFT). Horizontal configuration of benzene on the top site of Au monolayer prefers energetically over other studied configurations. On the adsorption of benzene, the ballistic conductance of Au monolayer is found to decrease from 4G0 to 2G0 suggesting its applications for the fabrications of organic sensor devices based on the Au atomic layers.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Fundamental characteristics of synthetic adsorbents intended for industrial chromatographic separations.

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    Adachi, Tadashi; Isobe, Eiji

    2004-05-14

    With the aim of obtaining comprehensive information on the selection of synthetic adsorbents for industrial applications, effect of pore and chemical structure of industrial-grade synthetic adsorbents on adsorption capacity of several pharmaceutical compounds was investigated. For relatively low molecular mass compounds, such as cephalexin, berberine chloride and tetracycline hydrochloride, surface area per unit volume of polystyrenic adsorbents dominated the equilibrium adsorption capacity. On the contrary, effect of pore size of the polystyrenic adsorbents on the equilibrium adsorption capacity was observed for relatively high molecular mass compounds, such as rifampicin, Vitamin B12 and insulin. Polystyrenic adsorbent with high surface area and small pore size showed small adsorption capacity for relatively high molecular mass compounds, whereas polystyrenic adsorbent with relatively small surface area but with large pore size showed large adsorption capacity. Effect of chemical structure on the equilibrium adsorption capacity of several pharmaceutical compounds was also studied among polystyrenic, modified polystyrenic and polymethacrylic adsorbents. The modified polystyrenic adsorbent showed larger adsorption capacity for all compounds tested in this study due to enhanced hydrophobicity. The polymethacrylic adsorbent possessed high adsorption capacity for rifampicin and insulin, but it showed lower adsorption capacity for the other compounds studied. This result may be attributed to hydrogen bonding playing major role for the adsorption of compounds on polymethacrylic adsorbent. Furthermore, column adsorption experiments were operated to estimate the effect of pore characteristics of the polystyrenic adsorbents on dynamic adsorption behavior, and it is found that both surface area and pore size of the polystyrenic adsorbents significantly affect the dynamic adsorption capacity as well as flow rate. PMID:15139411

  2. The wavelength dependence of photoinduced hot electron dissociative attachment to methyl bromide adsorbed on gallium arsenide (110)

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    Camillone, N. III; Khan, K.A.; Lasky, P.J.; Wu, L.; Moryl, J.E.; Osgood, R.M. Jr.

    1998-11-01

    The wavelength dependence of photoinduced dissociation of CH{sub 3}Br via dissociative electron attachment (DEA) of {open_quotes}hot{close_quotes} electrons for one monolayer CH{sub 3}Br adsorbed on GaAs(110) has been measured. The cross section for dissociation is found to decrease monotonically by two orders of magnitude as the incident wavelength is varied from 308 to 550 nm. There is an apparent threshold near 490 nm (2.5 eV), well below the gas phase photodissociation threshold near 250 nm (5.0 eV), but in good agreement with a simple estimate based on expected values for the decrease in the photoemission threshold and the lowering of the molecular affinity level upon adsorption of CH{sub 3}Br on a semiconductor surface. The observed threshold is found to move to higher energy as dissociation of the monolayer proceeds. Based on the work of Hasselbrink and co-workers [F. Weik, A. de Meijere, and E. Hasselbrink, J. Chem. Phys. {bold 99}, 682 (1993)], a simple theoretical model is developed which considers the tunneling of hot electrons through the interfacial barrier between the physisorbed CH{sub 3}Br and the GaAs. The results of our theoretical model in conjunction with those of earlier {ital ab initio} calculations [S. Black, R. Friesner, P. H. Lu, and R. M. Osgood, Jr., Surf. Sci. {bold 382}, 154 (1997)] suggest that the adsorbate affinity level is centered at {approximately}0.6 eV above the (adsorbate- modified) vacuum level of the substrate. This value corresponds to a {approximately}1.8 eV stabilization of the negative ion resonance upon adsorption. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  3. A novel fullerene lipoic acid derivative: Synthesis and preparation of self-assembled monolayers on gold

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    Viana, A. S.; Leupold, S.; Eberle, C.; Shokati, T.; Montforts, F.-P.; Abrantes, L. M.

    2007-11-01

    Synthesis and preparation of self-assembled monolayers of a novel fullerene lipoic acid derivative on gold are reported. The presence of densely packed SAMs was confirmed by ellipsometry and cyclic voltammetry. The electrochemical response of the modified electrode in organic media exhibits the first two redox peaks characteristic of the extended π-electron system of fullerene. C 60 surface coverage (1.4 × 10 -10 mol cm -2) has been electrochemically determined by the redox process of the adsorbed fullerene moiety and by reductive desorption of the SAM in strong alkaline solution. Electrochemical data indicate that all four sulphur atoms are involved in the self-assembly process, providing an increase of SAM stability in comparison to mono or di-thiolated appended molecules. Visualisation of discrete fullerene molecules by scanning tunnelling microscopy supplied further evidence for gold modification and molecular distribution on the surface. Mixed monolayers of hexanethiol and fullerene derivatives in a proportion of 1:2 have been also studied with the purpose of controlling the amount and distribution of fullerene units on the gold surface.

  4. Methylene blue adsorption on a DMPA lipid langmuir monolayer.

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    Giner Casares, Juan José; Camacho, Luis; Martín-Romero, Maria Teresa; López Cascales, José Javier

    2010-07-12

    Adsorption of methylene blue (MB) onto a dimyristoylphosphatidic acid (DMPA) Langmuir air/water monolayer is studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, UV reflection spectroscopy and surface potential measurements. The free-energy profile associated with MB transfer from water to the lipid monolayer shows two minima of -66 and -60 kJ mol(-1) for its solid and gas phase, respectively, corresponding to a spontaneous thermodynamic process. From the position of the free-energy minima, it is possible to predict the precise location of MB in the interior of the DMPA monolayer. Thus, MB is accommodated in the phosphoryl or carbonyl region of the DMPA Langmuir air/water interface, depending on the isomorphic state (solid or gas phase, respectively). Reorientation of MB, measured from the bulk solution to the interior of the lipid monolayer, passes from a random orientation in bulk solution to an orientation parallel to the surface of the lipid monolayer when MB is absorbed. PMID:20544777

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Theory of surface light scattering from a fluid-fluid interface with adsorbed polymeric surfactants

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    Buzza, D. M. A.; Jones, J. L.; McLeish, T. C. B.; Richards, R. W.

    1998-09-01

    We present a microscopic theory for the interfacial rheology of a fluid-fluid interface with adsorbed surfactant and calculate the effect of this on surface light scattering from the interface. We model the head and tail groups of the surfactant as polymer chains, a description that becomes increasingly accurate for large molecular weight surfactants, i.e., polymeric surfactants. Assuming high surface concentrations so that we have a double-sided polymer brush monolayer, we derive microscopic scaling expressions for the surface viscoelastic constants using the Alexander-deGennes model. Our results for the surface elastic constants agree with those in the literature, while the results for the viscous constants are new. We find that four elastic constants, i.e., γ (surface tension), ɛ (dilational elasticity), κ (bending modulus), λ (coupling constant), and three viscous constants, i.e., ɛ',κ',λ' (the viscous counterparts of ɛ, κ, and λ, respectively) are required for a general description of interfacial viscoelasticity (neglecting in-plane shear). In contrast to current phenomenological models, we find (1) there is no viscous counterpart to γ, i.e., γ'≡0; (2) there are two additional complex surface constants (i.e., λ+iωλ' and κ+iωκ') due to the finite thickness of the monolayer. Excellent agreement is found comparing our microscopic theory with measurements on diblock copolymer monolayers. We further derive the dispersion relation governing surface hydrodynamic modes and the power spectrum for surface quasielastic light scattering (SQELS) for a general interface parameterized by all the surface viscoelastic constants. Limiting results are presented for (1) liquid-air interfaces; (2) liquid-liquid interfaces with ultralow γ. The significant contribution of κ in the latter case opens up the possibility for a direct measurement of κ using SQELS for polymeric surfactant monolayers. Finally, we show that the coupling constant λ can lead to

  8. Pyridinium molten salts as co-adsorbents in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Chang, Jui-Cheng; Sun, I-Wen; Yang, Cheng-Hsien; Yang, Hao-Hsun; Hsueh, Mao-Lin; Ho, Wen-Yueh; Chang, Jia-Yaw

    2011-01-15

    The influence of using pyridinium molten salts as co-adsorbents to modify the monolayer of a TiO{sub 2} semiconductor on the performance of a dye-sensitized solar cell is studied. The current-voltage characteristics are measured under AM 1.5 (100 mW cm{sup -2}). The pyridinium molten salts significantly enhance the open-circuit photovoltage (V{sub oc}), the short circuit photocurrent density (J{sub sc}) as well as the solar energy conversion efficiency ({eta}). 1-Ethyl-3-carboxypyridinium iodide ([ECP][I]) is applied successfully to prepare an insulating molecular layer with N719, and achieve high energy conversion efficiency as high as 4.49% at 100 mW cm{sup -2} and AM 1.5. The resulting efficiency is 20% higher than that of a non-additive device. This enhancement of conversion efficiency is attributed to the negative shift of the conduction band (CB) edge and the abundant concentration of I{sup -} on the surface of the electrode when using [ECP][I] as the co-adsorbent. (author)

  9. Regenerative adsorbent heat pump

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    Jones, Jack A. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A regenerative adsorbent heat pump process and system is provided which can regenerate a high percentage of the sensible heat of the system and at least a portion of the heat of adsorption. A series of at least four compressors containing an adsorbent is provided. A large amount of heat is transferred from compressor to compressor so that heat is regenerated. The process and system are useful for air conditioning rooms, providing room heat in the winter or for hot water heating throughout the year, and, in general, for pumping heat from a lower temperature to a higher temperature.

  10. Au and Ti induced charge redistributions on monolayer WS2

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    Zhu, Hui-Li; Yang, Wei-Huang; Wu, Ya-Ping; Lin, Wei; Kang, Jun-Yong; Zhou, Chang-Jie

    2015-07-01

    By using the first-principles calculations, structural and electronic properties of Au and Ti adsorbed WS2 monolayers are studied systematically. For Au-adsorbed WS2, metallic interface states are induced in the middle of the band gap across the Fermi level. These interface states origin mainly from the Au-6s states. As to the Ti adsorbed WS2, some delocalized interface states appear and follow the bottom of conduction band. The Fermi level arises into the conduction band and leads to the n-type conducting behavior. The n-type interface states are found mainly come from the Ti-3d and W-5d states due to the strong Ti-S hybridization. The related partial charge densities between Ti and S atoms are much higher and increased by an order of magnitude as compared with that of Au-adsorbed WS2. Therefore, the electron transport across the Ti-adsorbed WS2 system is mainly by the resonant transport, which would further enhances the electronic transparency when monolayer WS2 contacts with metal Ti. These investigations are of significant importance in understanding the electronic properties of metal atom adsorption on monolayer WS2 and offer valuable references for the design and fabrication of 2D nanodevices. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 91321102, 11304257, and 61227009), the Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province, China (Grant Nos. 2011J05006, 2009J05149, and 2014J01026), the Foundation from Department of Education of Fujian Province, China (Grant No. JA09146), Huang Hui Zhen Foundation of Jimei University, China (Grant No. ZC2010014), and the Scientific Research Foundation of Jimei University, China (Grant Nos. ZQ2011008 and ZQ2009004).

  11. Robust Maleimide-Functionalized Gold Surfaces and Nanoparticles Generated Using Custom-Designed Bidentate Adsorbates.

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    Park, Chul Soon; Lee, Han Ju; Jamison, Andrew C; Lee, T Randall

    2016-07-26

    A series of custom-designed alkanethioacetate ligands were synthesized to provide a facile method of attaching maleimide-terminated adsorbates to gold nanostructures via thiolate bonds. Monolayers on flat gold substrates derived from both mono- and dithioacetates, with and without oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) moieties in their alkyl spacers, were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, polarization modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy, ellipsometry, and contact angle goniometry. For all adsorbates, the resulting monolayers revealed that a higher packing density and more homogeneous surface were generated when the film was formed in EtOH, but a higher percentage of bound thiolate was obtained in THF. A series of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) capped with each adsorbate were prepared to explore how adsorbate structure influences aqueous colloidal stability under extreme conditions, as examined visually and spectroscopically. The AuNPs coated with adsorbates that include OEG moieties exhibited enhanced stability under high salt concentration, and AuNPs capped with dithioacetate adsorbates exhibited improved stability against ligand exchange in competition with dithiothreitol (DTT). Overall, the best results were obtained with a chelating dithioacetate adsorbate that included OEG moieties in its alkyl spacer, imparting improved stability via enhanced solubility in water and superior adsorbate attachment owing to the chelate effect. PMID:27385466

  12. Chemically driven tunable light emission of charged and neutral excitons in monolayer WS₂.

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    Peimyoo, Namphung; Yang, Weihuang; Shang, Jingzhi; Shen, Xiaonan; Wang, Yanlong; Yu, Ting

    2014-11-25

    Monolayer (1L) semiconducting transition metal dichacogenides (TMDs) possess remarkable physical and optical properties, promising for a wide range of applications from nanoelectronics to optoelectronics such as light-emitting and sensing devices. Here we report how the molecular adsorption can modulate the light emission and electrical properties of 1L WS2. The dependences of trion and exciton emission on chemical doping are investigated in 1L WS2 by microphotoluminescence (μPL) measurements, where different responses are observed and simulated theoretically. The total PL is strongly enhanced when electron-withdrawing molecules adsorb on 1L WS2, which is attributed to the increase of the exciton formation due to charge transfer. The electrical transport measurements of a 1L WS2 field effect transistor elucidate the effect of the adsorbates on the conductivity, which give evidence for charge transfer between molecules and 1L WS2. These findings open up many opportunities to manipulate the electrical and optical properties of two-dimensional TMDs, which are particularly important for developing optoelectronic devices for chemical and biochemical sensing applications. PMID:25317839

  13. Redox Equilibria of Cytochrome C3 Immobilised on Self-Assembled Monolayers Coated Silver Electrodes

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    Di Paolo, R. E.; Rivas, L.; Murgida, D.; Hildebrandt, P.

    2005-01-01

    Cytochromes c3 are soluble electron transfer proteins in the periplasm of sulphate-reducing bacteria. They act as electron-proton couplers between hydrogenase and the electron transfer chain of sulphate respiration. In this work, cytochrome c3 (Cyt-c3) obtained from both Desulfovibrio vulgaris and Desulfovibrio gigas, is electrostatically adsorbed on Ag electrodes coated with self-assembled monolayers of 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid. The redox equilibria of the adsorbed tetraheme protein are studied by surface enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy (SERRS). The quantitative analysis of the SERR spectra, which were measured as a function of the electrode potential, allows determining the redox potentials for the individual hemes of Cyt-c3. The values obtained of the redox potentials are compared with the data provided by NMR experiments and by molecular dynamics simulation studies of the electrostatically bound protein on a coated electrode. It is found that immobilisation causes substantial shifts of the redox potential, which would have an impact on the intramolecular electron flow.

  14. Theoretical study of polyiodide formation and stability on monolayer and bilayer graphene.

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    Tristant, Damien; Puech, Pascal; Gerber, Iann C

    2015-11-28

    The presence of polyiodide complexes have been reported several times when carbon-based materials were doped by iodine molecules, but their formation mechanism remains unclear. By using first-principles calculations that include nonlocal correlation effects by means of a van der Waals density functional approach, we propose that the formation of triiodide (I3(-)) and pentaiodide (I5(-)) is due to a large density of iodine molecules (I2) in interaction with a carbonaceous substrate. As soon as the concentration of surface iodine reaches a threshold value of 12.5% for a graphene monolayer and 6.25% for a bilayer, these complexes spontaneously appear. The corresponding structural and energetic aspects, electronic structures and vibrational frequencies support this statement. An upshift of the Dirac point from the Fermi level with values of 0.45 and 0.52 eV is observed for adsorbed complexes on graphene and intercalated complexes between two layers, respectively. For doped-graphene, it corresponds to a graphene hole density of around 1.1 × 10(13) cm(-2), in quantitative agreement with experiments. Additionally, we have studied the thermal stability at room temperature of these adsorbed ions on graphene by means of ab initio molecular dynamics, which also shows successful p-doping with polyiodide complexes. PMID:26497888

  15. 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.

  16. Molecular and supramolecular control of the work function of an inorganic electrode with self-assembled monolayer of umbrella-shaped fullerene derivatives.

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    Lacher, Sebastian; Matsuo, Yutaka; Nakamura, Eiichi

    2011-10-26

    The surface properties of inorganic substrates can be altered by coating with organic molecules, which may result in the improvement of the properties suitable for electronic or biological applications. This article reports a systematic experimental study on the influence of the molecular and supramolecular properties of umbrella-shaped penta(organo)[60]fullerene derivatives, and on the work function and the water contact angle of indium-tin oxide (ITO) and gold surfaces. We could relate these macroscopic characteristics to single-molecular level properties, such as ionization potential and molecular dipole. The results led us to conclude that the formation of a SAM of a polar compound generates an electronic field through intermolecular interaction of the molecular charges, and this field makes the overall dipole of the SAM much smaller than the one expected from the simple sum of the dipoles of all molecules in the SAM. This effect, which was called depolarization and previously discussed theoretically, is now quantitatively probed by experiments. The important physical properties in surface science such as work function, ionization potential, and water contact angles have been mutually correlated at the level of molecular structures and molecular orientations on the substrate surface. We also found that the SAMs on ITO and gold operate under the same principle except that the "push-back" effect operates specifically for gold. The study also illustrates the ability of the photoelectron yield spectroscopy technique to rapidly measure the work function of a SAM-covered substrate and the ionization potential value of a molecule on the surface. PMID:21923177

  17. Water adsorption on hydrophilic and hydrophobic self-assembled monolayers as proxies for atmospheric surfaces. A grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation study.

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    Szori, Milán; Jedlovszky, Pál; Roeselová, Martina

    2010-05-14

    Grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations are used to determine water adsorption on prototypical organic surfaces as a function of relative humidity at 300 K. Three model surfaces formed by well-ordered self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of alkanethiolate chains on gold are investigated: (i) a smooth hydrophobic surface of methyl-terminated C(7)-CH(3) SAM; (ii) a rough hydrophobic surface of randomly mixed two-component SAM, composed of equal fractions of C(5)-CH(3) and C(7)-CH(3) chains (C(5)/C(7)-CH(3) SAM); and (iii) a smooth hydrophilic surface of carboxyl-terminated C(7)-COOH SAM. The all atom CHARMM22 force field is used for the SAM chains together with the SPC/E model for water. No noticeable water adsorption is observed on the smooth hydrophobic surface up to saturation. The mild surface roughness introduced by the uneven chain length of the two components constituting the C(5)/C(7)-CH(3) SAM has no significant effect on the surface hydrophobicity, and the rough hydrophobic surface also remains dry up to the point when water condensation occurs. In contrast, water readily adsorbs onto the hydrophilic surface by forming hydrogen bonds with the COOH groups of the substrate. In addition, hydrogen bonding with pre-adsorbed water molecules contributes to the mechanism of water uptake. Under low humidity conditions, water is present on the hydrophilic surface as individual molecules or small water clusters and, with increasing relative humidity, the surface coverage grows continuously beyond a monolayer formation. The adsorbed water film is observed to be rather inhomogeneous with patches of bare surface exposed. The amount of water constituting a stable adsorption layer prior to condensation is estimated to consist of about 2-5 molecular layers. Detailed analysis of the simulation results is used to obtain important insights into the structure and energetics of water adsorbed on highly oxidized organic surfaces exposed to ambient air of increasing relative humidity

  18. Phonon bandgap engineering of strained monolayer MoS2

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    Jiang, Jin-Wu

    2014-06-01

    The phonon band structure of monolayer MoS2 is characteristic of a large energy gap between acoustic and optical branches, which protects the vibration of acoustic modes from being scattered by optical phonon modes. Therefore, the phonon bandgap engineering is of practical significance for the manipulation of phonon-related mechanical or thermal properties in monolayer MoS2. We perform both phonon analysis and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the tension effect on the phonon bandgap and the compression induced instability of the monolayer MoS2. Our key finding is that the phonon bandgap can be narrowed by the uniaxial tension, and is completely closed at ε = 0.145; while the biaxial tension only has a limited effect on the phonon bandgap. We also demonstrate the compression induced buckling for the monolayer MoS2. The critical strain for buckling is extracted from the band structure analysis of the flexure mode in the monolayer MoS2 and is further verified by molecular dynamics simulations and the Euler buckling theory. Our study illustrates the uniaxial tension as an efficient method for manipulating the phonon bandgap of the monolayer MoS2, while the biaxial compression as a powerful tool to intrigue buckling in the monolayer MoS2.

  19. Phonon bandgap engineering of strained monolayer MoS₂.

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    Jiang, Jin-Wu

    2014-07-21

    The phonon band structure of monolayer MoS₂ is characteristic of a large energy gap between acoustic and optical branches, which protects the vibration of acoustic modes from being scattered by optical phonon modes. Therefore, the phonon bandgap engineering is of practical significance for the manipulation of phonon-related mechanical or thermal properties in monolayer MoS₂. We perform both phonon analysis and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the tension effect on the phonon bandgap and the compression induced instability of the monolayer MoS₂. Our key finding is that the phonon bandgap can be narrowed by the uniaxial tension, and is completely closed at ε = 0.145; while the biaxial tension only has a limited effect on the phonon bandgap. We also demonstrate the compression induced buckling for the monolayer MoS₂. The critical strain for buckling is extracted from the band structure analysis of the flexure mode in the monolayer MoS₂ and is further verified by molecular dynamics simulations and the Euler buckling theory. Our study illustrates the uniaxial tension as an efficient method for manipulating the phonon bandgap of the monolayer MoS₂, while the biaxial compression as a powerful tool to intrigue buckling in the monolayer MoS₂. PMID:24932612

  20. Interactions of gas molecules with monolayer MoSe2: A first principle study

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    Sharma, Munish; Jamdagni, Pooja; Kumar, Ashok; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2016-05-01

    We present a first principle study of interaction of toxic gas molecules (NO, NO2 and SO2) with monolayer MoSe2. The predicted order of sensitivity of gas molecule is NO2 > SO2 > NO. Adsorbed molecules strongly influence the electronic behaviour of monolayer MoSe2 by inducing impurity levels in the vicinity of Fermi energy. NO and SO2 is found to induce p-type doping effect while semiconductor to metallic transitions occur on NO2 adsorption. Our findings may guide the experimentalist for fabricating sensor devices based on MoSe2 monolayer.

  1. Prediction of the orientations of adsorbed protein using an empirical energy function with implicit solvation.

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    Sun, Yu; Welsh, William J; Latour, Robert A

    2005-06-01

    When simulating protein adsorption behavior, decisions must first be made regarding how the protein should be oriented on the surface. To address this problem, we have developed a molecular simulation program that combines an empirical adsorption free energy function with an efficient configurational search method to calculate orientation-dependent adsorption free energies between proteins and functionalized surfaces. The configuration space is searched systematically using a quaternion rotation technique, and the adsorption free energy is evaluated using an empirical energy function with an efficient grid-based calculational method. In this paper, the developed method is applied to analyze the preferred orientations of a model protein, lysozyme, on various functionalized alkanethiol self-assembled monolayer (SAM) surfaces by the generation of contour graphs that relate adsorption free energy to adsorbed orientation, and the results are compared with experimental observations. As anticipated, the adsorbed orientation of lysozyme is predicted to be dependent on the discrete organization of the functional groups presented by the surface. Lysozyme, which is a positively charged protein, is predicted to adsorb on its 'side' on both hydrophobic and negatively charged surfaces. On surfaces with discrete positively charged sites, attractive interaction energies can also be obtained due to the presence of discrete local negative charges present on the lysozyme surface. In this case, 'end-on' orientations are preferred. Additionally, SAM surface models with mixed functionality suggest that the interactions between lysozyme and surfaces could be greatly enhanced if individual surface functional groups are able to access the catalytic cleft region of lysozyme, similar to ligand-receptor interactions. The contour graphs generated by this method can be used to identify low-energy orientations that can then be used as starting points for further simulations to investigate

  2. Neutron Reflectometry Studies of the Adsorbed Structure of the Amelogenin, LRAP

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    Tarasevich, Barbara J.; Perez-Salas, Ursula; Masica, David L.; Philo, John; Krueger, Susan; Majkrzak, Charles F.; Gray, Jeffrey J.; Shaw, Wendy J.

    2013-03-21

    Amelogenins make up over 90 percent of the protein present during enamel formation and have been demonstrated to be critical in proper enamel development, but the mechanism governing this control is not well understood. Leucine-rich amelogenin peptide (LRAP) is a 59-residue splice variant of amelogenin and contains the charged regions from the full protein thought to control crystal regulation. In this work, we utilized neutron reflectivity (NR) to investigate the structure and orientation of LRAP adsorbed from solutions onto molecularly smooth COOH-terminated self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) surfaces. Sedimentation velocity experiments revealed that LRAP is primarily a monomer in saturated calcium phosphate (SCP) solutions (0.15 M NaCl) at pH 7.4. LRAP adsorbed as ~33 Å thick layers at ~70% coverage as determined by NR. Rosetta simulations of the dimensions of LRAP in solution (37 Å diameter) indicate that the NR determined z dimension is consistent with an LRAP monomer. Sedimentation velocity experiments and Rosetta simulation show that the LRAP monomer has an extended, asymmetric shape in solution. The NR data suggests that the protein is not completely extended on the surface, having some degree of structure away from the surface. A protein orientation with the C-terminal and inner N-terminal region (~8-24)) located near the surface is consistent with the higher scattering length density (SLD) and higher protein hydration found near the surface by NR. This work presents new information on the tertiary and quaternary structure of LRAP in solution and adsorbed onto surfaces. It also presents further evidence that the monomeric species may be an important functional form of amelogenin proteins.

  3. Neutron Reflectometry Studies of the Adsorbed Structure of the Amelogenin, LRAP

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    Tarasevich, Barbara J.; Perez-Salas, Ursula; Masica, David L.; Philo, John; Kienzle, Paul; Krueger, Susan; Majkrzak, Charles F.; Gray, Jeffrey L.; Shaw, Wendy J.

    2013-01-01

    Amelogenins make up over 90 percent of the protein present during enamel formation and have been demonstrated to be critical in proper enamel development, but the mechanism governing this control is not well understood. Leucine-rich amelogenin peptide (LRAP) is a 59-residue splice variant of amelogenin and contains the charged regions from the full protein thought to control crystal regulation. In this work, we utilized neutron reflectivity (NR) to investigate the structure and orientation of LRAP adsorbed from solutions onto molecularly smooth COOH-terminated self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) surfaces. Sedimentation velocity (SV) experiments revealed that LRAP is primarily a monomer in saturated calcium phosphate (SCP) solutions (0.15 M NaCl) at pH 7.4. LRAP adsorbed as ~32 Å thick layers at ~70% coverage as determined by NR. Rosetta simulations of the dimensions of LRAP in solution (37 Å diameter) indicate that the NR determined z dimension is consistent with an LRAP monomer. SV experiments and Rosetta simulation show that the LRAP monomer has an extended, asymmetric shape in solution. The NR data suggests that the protein is not completely extended on the surface, having some degree of structure away from the surface. A protein orientation with the C-terminal and inner N-terminal region (residues ~8–24) located near the surface is consistent with the higher scattering length density (SLD) found near the surface by NR. This work presents new information on the tertiary and quaternary structure of LRAP in solution and adsorbed onto surfaces. It also presents further evidence that the monomeric species may be an important functional form of amelogenin proteins. PMID:23477285

  4. Structure and kinetics of electron beam damage in a chemisorbed monolayers: PF{sub 3} on Ru(0001)

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    Madey, T.E.; Tao, Hui-Shu; Nair, L.; Diebold, U.; Shivaprasad, S.M.; Johnson, A.L.; Poradzisz, A.; Shinn, N.D.; Yarmoff, J.A.; Chakarian, V.; Shuh, D.

    1992-07-01

    We have used a combination of methods to probe the structure and kinetics of electron beam induced damage in a monolayer of PF{sub 3} on Ru(001). This is a particularly rich system, in which molecularly adsorbed PF{sub 3} is reduced to PF{sub 2}, PF and P by electron bombardment. The concentrations and kinetics of damage by 550 eV electrons are measured as a function of surface temperature (100 to 300 K) and PF{sub 3} coverage using soft x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (SXPS) excited by synchrotron radiation. Structures of fragments and ion desorption kinetics are measured using electron stimulated desorption ion angular distribution (ESDIAD). Evidence is seen for quenching of Desorption induced by electronic transitions (DIET) processes via intermolecular interactions at high coverages. Damage rates and product distributions vary with temperature, due to a competition between DIET and thermal kinetic processes.

  5. Arsenic(III, V) adsorption on a goethite-based adsorbent in the presence of major co-existing ions: Modeling competitive adsorption consistent with spectroscopic and molecular evidence

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    Kanematsu, Masakazu; Young, Thomas M.; Fukushi, Keisuke; Green, Peter G.; Darby, Jeannie L.

    2013-04-01

    Adsorption of the two oxyanions, arsenate (As(V)) and arsenite (As(III)), on a common goethite-based granular porous adsorbent is studied in the presence of major co-existing ions in groundwater (i.e., phosphate, silicic acid, sulfate, carbonate, magnesium, and calcium) and predicted using the extended triple layer model (ETLM), a dipole modified single-site triple layer surface complexation model consistent with spectroscopic and molecular evidence. Surface species of all ions were selected according to the previous ETLM studies and published experimental spectroscopic/theoretical molecular information. The adsorption equilibrium constants for all ions were determined using adsorption data obtained in single-solute systems. The adsorption equilibrium constants referenced to the site-occupancy standard state (indicated by Kθ) were compared with those for goethite in the literature if available. The values of these constants for the goethite-based adsorbent are found to be close to the values for goethite previously studied. These "constrained" adsorption equilibrium constants determined in single-solute systems were used in the ETLM to predict the competitive interactions of As(III, V) with the co-existing ions in binary-solute systems. The ETLM is capable of predicting As(III, V) adsorption in the presence of oxyanions (phosphate, silicic acid, sulfate, and carbonate). This study presents the first successful and systematic prediction of the competitive interactions of As(III, V) with these oxyanions using the ETLM. The ETLM prediction of surface (and aqueous) speciation also provides insights into the distinct adsorption behavior of As(III, V) in the presence of the oxyanions. Magnesium and calcium significantly enhanced As(V) adsorption at higher pH values, while they had little effect on As(III) adsorption. The enhanced adsorption of As(V), however, could not be predicted by the ETLM using the surface species proposed in previous ETLM studies. Further studies

  6. Preparation of High Purity, High Molecular-Weight Chitin from Ionic Liquids for Use as an Adsorbate for the Extraction of Uranium from Seawater

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    Rogers, Robin

    2013-12-21

    Ensuring a domestic supply of uranium is a key issue facing the wider implementation of nuclear power. Uranium is mostly mined in Kazakhstan, Australia, and Canada, and there are few high-grade uranium reserves left worldwide. Therefore, one of the most appealing potential sources of uranium is the vast quantity dissolved in the oceans (estimated to be 4.4 billion tons worldwide). There have been research efforts centered on finding a means to extract uranium from seawater for decades, but so far none have resulted in an economically viable product, due in part to the fact that the materials that have been successfully demonstrated to date are too costly (in terms of money and energy) to produce on the necessary scale. Ionic Liquids (salts which melt below 100{degrees}C) can completely dissolve raw crustacean shells, leading to recovery of a high purity, high molecular weight chitin powder and to fibers and films which can be spun directly from the extract solution suggesting that continuous processing might be feasible. The work proposed here will utilize the unprecedented control this makes possible over the chitin fiber a) to prepare electrospun nanofibers of very high surface area and in specific architectures, b) to modify the fiber surfaces chemically with selective extractant capacity, and c) to demonstrate their utility in the direct extraction and recovery of uranium from seawater. This approach will 1) provide direct extraction of chitin from shellfish waste thus saving energy over the current industrial process for obtaining chitin; 2) allow continuous processing of nanofibers for very high surface area fibers in an economical operation; 3) provide a unique high molecular weight chitin not available from the current industrial process, leading to stronger, more durable fibers; and 4) allow easy chemical modification of the large surface areas of the fibers for appending uranyl selective functionality providing selectivity and ease of stripping. The

  7. 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.

  8. Removal of acutely hazardous pharmaceuticals from water using multi-template imprinted polymer adsorbent.

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    Venkatesh, Avinash; Chopra, Nikita; Krupadam, Reddithota J

    2014-05-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymer adsorbent has been prepared to remove a group of recalcitrant and acutely hazardous (p-type) chemicals from water and wastewaters. The polymer adsorbent exhibited twofold higher adsorption capacity than the commercially used polystyrene divinylbenzene resin (XAD) and powdered activated carbon adsorbents. Higher adsorption capacity of the polymer adsorbent was explained on the basis of high specific surface area formed during molecular imprinting process. Freundlich isotherms drawn showed that the adsorption of p-type chemicals onto polymer adsorbent was kinetically faster than the other reference adsorbents. Matrix effect on adsorption of p-type chemicals was minimal, and also polymer adsorbent was amenable to regeneration by washing with water/methanol (3:1, v/v) solution. The polymer adsorbent was unaltered in its adsorption capacity up to 10 cycles of adsorption and desorption, which will be more desirable in cost reduction of treatment compared with single-time-use activated carbon. PMID:24499987

  9. Removal of adsorbed gases with CO2 snow

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    Zito, Richard R.

    1991-09-01

    During the outgassing of orbiting astronomical observatories, the condensation of molecular species on optical surfaces can create difficulties for astronomers. The problem is particularly severe in ultraviolet astronomy where the adsorption of only a few atomic layers of some substances can be very damaging. In this paper the removal of adsorbed atomic layers using carbon dioxide snow is discussed. The rate of removal of adsorbed layers of isopropyl alcohol, Freon TF, and deionized distilled water on Teflon substrates was experimentally determined. The removal of fingerprints (containing fatty acids such as stearic acid) from optical surfaces is also demonstrated. The presence and rate of removal of the multilayers was monitored by detecting the molecular dipole field of adsorbed molecular species. For isopropyl alcohol, Freon TF (trichlorotrifluoroethane), and water adsorbed multilayers were removed in under 1.5 seconds. Fingerprint removal was much more difficult and required 20 seconds of spraying with a mixture of carbon dioxide snow flakes and atomized microdroplets of isopropyl alcohol.

  10. Synthesis of metronidazole-imprinted molecularly imprinted polymers by distillation precipitation polymerization and their use as a solid-phase adsorbent and chromatographic filler.

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    Liu, Jiang; Zhang, Lu; Li Han Song, Le; Liu, Yuan; Tang, Hui; Li, Yingchun

    2015-04-01

    Metronidazole-imprinted polymers with superior recognition properties were prepared by a novel strategy called distillation-precipitation polymerization. The as-obtained polymers were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, laser particle size determination and scanning electron microscopy, and their binding performances were evaluated in detail by static, kinetic and dynamic rebinding tests, and Scatchard analysis. The results showed that when the fraction of the monomers was 5 vol% in the whole reaction system, the prepared polymers afforded good morphology, monodispersity, and high adsorption capacity and excellent selectivity to the target molecule, metronidazole. The optimal binding performance is 12.41 mg/g for metronidazole just before leakage occurred and 38.51 mg/g at saturation in dynamic rebinding tests. Metronidazole-imprinted polymers were further applied as packing agents in solid-phase extraction and as chromatographic filler, both of which served for the detection of metronidazole in fish tissue. The results illustrated the recoveries of spiked samples ranged from 82.97 to 87.83% by using molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction combined with a C18 commercial column and 93.7 to 101.2% by directly using the polymer-packed chromatographic column. The relative standard deviation of both methods was less than 6%. PMID:25594306

  11. Determination of ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac in aqueous samples using a multi-template molecularly imprinted polymer as selective adsorbent for solid-phase extraction.

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    Madikizela, Lawrence Mzukisi; Chimuka, Luke

    2016-09-01

    This study describes the application of multi-template molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) as selective sorbent in the solid-phase extraction (SPE) of naproxen, ibuprofen and diclofenac from wastewater and river water. MIP was synthesized at 70°C by employing naproxen, ibuprofen and diclofenac as multi-templates, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate, 2-vinyl pyridine and toluene as cross-linker, functional monomer and porogen, respectively. Wastewater and river water samples (pH 2.5) were percolated through SPE cartridge packed with 50mg of the MIP. The cartridge was washed with 2mL of methanol-water 10:90% (v:v) prior to elution with 2mL of acetic acid-acetonitrile 20:80% (v:v). Quantification of eluted compounds was performed with high performance liquid chromatography equipped with photo diode array detection. The detection limits were 0.15, 1.00 and 0.63μgL(-1) for naproxen, ibuprofen and diclofenac, respectively. Recoveries for naproxen, ibuprofen and diclofenac in deionized water spiked at 5 and 50μgL(-1) were greater than 80%. Ibuprofen was the most frequently detected compound with maximum concentrations of 221, 67.9 and 11.4μgL(-1) in wastewater influent, effluent and river water, respectively. PMID:27268945

  12. C₆₀ fullerene promotes lung monolayer collapse.

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    Barnoud, Jonathan; Urbini, Laura; Monticelli, Luca

    2015-03-01

    Airborne nanometre-sized pollutants are responsible for various respiratory diseases. Such pollutants can reach the gas-exchange surface in the alveoli, which is lined with a monolayer of lung surfactant. The relationship between physiological effects of pollutants and molecular-level interactions is largely unknown. Here, we determine the effects of carbon nanoparticles on the properties of a model of lung monolayer using molecular simulations. We simulate phase-separated lipid monolayers in the presence of a model pollutant nanoparticle, C₆₀ fullerene. In the absence of nanoparticles, the monolayers collapse only at very low surface tensions (around 0 mN m(-1)). In the presence of nanoparticles, instead, monolayer collapse is observed at significantly higher surface tensions (up to ca 10 mN m(-1)). Collapse at higher tensions is related to lower mechanical rigidity of the monolayer. It is possible that similar mechanisms operate on lung surfactant in vivo, which suggests that health effects of airborne carbon nanoparticles may be mediated by alterations of the mechanical properties of lung surfactant. PMID:25589571

  13. Structural organization of DMPC lipid layers on chemically micropatterned self-assembled monolayers as biomimetic systems.

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    Brechling, A; Pohl, M; Kleineberg, U; Heinzmann, U

    2004-08-26

    The growth structure of DMPC lipid layers on hydrophobic and hydrophilic alkylsilane-based self-assembled monolayers adsorbed on silicon has been investigated by means of X-ray reflectometry and atomic force microscopy. Hydrophilic modification of hydrophobically terminated ODS-SAMs has been achieved by dose-controlled irradiation with DUV light. While island formation of small DMPC bilayer islands is observed on hydrophobic SAM surfaces, closed layers of DMPC monolayers are formed on hydrophilic SAM surfaces. Furthermore, DMPC adsorption on chemically micropatterned substrates with alternating hydrophobic/hydrophilic surface properties has been studied by imaging ellipsometry and photoemission microscopy. Indication for at least partial bridging of hydrophobic areas by an adsorbed DMPC monolayer has been found. PMID:15288947

  14. Adsorption of gas molecules on monolayer MoS2 and effect of applied electric field

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    Yue, Qu; Shao, Zhengzheng; Chang, Shengli; Li, Jingbo

    2013-10-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the adsorption of various gas molecules (H2, O2, H2O, NH3, NO, NO2, and CO) on monolayer MoS2. The most stable adsorption configuration, adsorption energy, and charge transfer are obtained. It is shown that all the molecules are weakly adsorbed on the monolayer MoS2 surface and act as charge acceptors for the monolayer, except NH3 which is found to be a charge donor. Furthermore, we show that charge transfer between the adsorbed molecule and MoS2 can be significantly modulated by a perpendicular electric field. Our theoretical results are consistent with the recent experiments and suggest MoS2 as a potential material for gas sensing application.

  15. Adsorption of gas molecules on monolayer MoS2 and effect of applied electric field.

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    Yue, Qu; Shao, Zhengzheng; Chang, Shengli; Li, Jingbo

    2013-01-01

    : Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the adsorption of various gas molecules (H2, O2, H2O, NH3, NO, NO2, and CO) on monolayer MoS2. The most stable adsorption configuration, adsorption energy, and charge transfer are obtained. It is shown that all the molecules are weakly adsorbed on the monolayer MoS2 surface and act as charge acceptors for the monolayer, except NH3 which is found to be a charge donor. Furthermore, we show that charge transfer between the adsorbed molecule and MoS2 can be significantly modulated by a perpendicular electric field. Our theoretical results are consistent with the recent experiments and suggest MoS2 as a potential material for gas sensing application. PMID:24134512

  16. Photon-stimulated desorption of F(-) ions from CF(3)Cl adsorbed on Si(111)-7x7.

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    Wen, C-R; Chou, L-C

    2004-06-15

    We report the photon-stimulated desorption of negative ions induced by direct dipolar dissociation and dissociative electron attachment. The photon-stimulated desorption of F(-) ions from CF(3)Cl physisorbed on a Si(111)-7x7 surface at 30 K in the photon energy range 12-35 eV was studied. The F(-) ion yield exhibits four resonances, at 12.8, 16.2, 19.5, and 22.3 eV, quite unlike the gas phase photodissociation cross section. The intensities of these resonances depend strongly on the CF(3)Cl coverage in a manner which varies from peak to peak. The resonances at 19.5 and 22.3 eV, which have a significant enhancement in the monolayer regime, are due to electron mediated dipolar dissociation of adsorbed CF(3)Cl molecules. The enhancement is attributed to surface electron attachment following molecular excitation. A significant enhancement in the monolayer regime has also been observed for the resonances at 12.8 and 16.2 eV. These two resonances are ascribable to a combination of electron mediated dipolar dissociation and dissociative electron attachment driven by photoelectrons generated in the neighboring molecules. PMID:15268144

  17. Charge transfer interactions of a Ru(II) dye complex and related ligand molecules adsorbed on Au(111)

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    Britton, Andrew J.; Weston, Matthew; O'Shea, James N.; Taylor, J. Ben; Rienzo, Anna; Mayor, Louise C.

    2011-10-28

    The interaction of the dye molecule, N3 (cis-bis(isothiocyanato)bis(2,2{sup '}-bipyridyl-4,4{sup '}-dicarboxylato) -ruthenium(II)), and related ligand molecules with a Au(111) surface has been studied using synchrotron radiation-based electron spectroscopy. Resonant photoemission spectroscopy (RPES) and autoionization of the adsorbed molecules have been used to probe the coupling between the molecules and the substrate. Evidence of charge transfer from the states near the Fermi level of the gold substrate into the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the molecules is found in the monolayer RPES spectra of both isonicotinic acid and bi-isonicotinic acid (a ligand of N3), but not for the N3 molecule itself. Calibrated x-ray absorption spectroscopy and valence band spectra of the monolayers reveals that the LUMO crosses the Fermi level of the surface in all cases, showing that charge transfer is energetically possible both from and to the molecule. A core-hole clock analysis of the resonant photoemission reveals a charge transfer time of around 4 fs from the LUMO of the N3 dye molecule to the surface. The lack of charge transfer in the opposite direction is understood in terms of the lack of spatial overlap between the {pi}*-orbitals in the aromatic rings of the bi-isonicotinic acid ligands of N3 and the gold surface.

  18. Unoccupied electronic states in adsorbate systems

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    Bertel, E.

    1991-11-01

    Experimental work on unoccupied electronic states in adsorbate systems on metallic substrates is reviewed with emphasis on recent developments. The first part is devoted to molecular adsorbates. Weakly chemisorbed hydrocarbons are briefly discussed. An exhaustive inverse photoemission (IPE) study of the CO bond to the transition metals Ni, Pb, and Pt is presented. Adsorbed NO is taken as an example to demonstrate the persisting discrepancies in the interpretation of IPE spectra. Atomic adsorbates are discussed in the second part. The quantum well state model is applied to interpret the surface states in reconstructing and non-reconstructing adsorption systems of alkali metals and hydrogen. A recent controversy on the unoccupied electronic states of the Cu(110)/O p(2×1) surface is critically reviewed. The quantum well state model is then compared to tight binding and local-density-functional calculations of the unoccupied bands and the deficiencies of the various approaches are pointed out. Finally, the relation between the surface state model and more chemically oriented models of surface bonding is briefly discussed.

  19. A theoretical study of single-atom catalysis of CO oxidation using Au embedded 2D h-BN monolayer: a CO-promoted O₂ activation.

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    Mao, Keke; Li, Lei; Zhang, Wenhua; Pei, Yong; Zeng, Xiao Cheng; Wu, Xiaojun; Yang, Jinlong

    2014-01-01

    The CO oxidation behaviors on single Au atom embedded in two-dimensional h-BN monolayer are investigated on the basis of first-principles calculations, quantum Born-Oppenheim molecular dynamic simulations (BOMD) and micro-kinetic analysis. We show that CO oxidation on h-BN monolayer support single gold atom prefers an unreported tri-molecular Eley-Rideal (E-R) reaction, where O2 molecule is activated by two pre-adsorbed CO molecules. The formed OCOAuOCO intermediate dissociates into two CO2 molecules synchronously, which is the rate-limiting step with an energy barrier of 0.47 eV. By using the micro-kinetic analysis, the CO oxidation following the tri-molecular E-R reaction pathway entails much higher reaction rate (1.43 × 10(5) s(-1)) than that of bimolecular Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H) pathway (4.29 s(-1)). Further, the quantum BOMD simulation at the temperature of 300 K demonstrates the complete reaction process in real time. PMID:24962006

  20. Thermodynamic and dynamic characteristics of hydroxypropylmethylcellulose adsorbed films at the air-water interface.

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    Pérez, Oscar E; Sánchez, Cecilio Carrera; Rodríguez Patino, Juan M; Pilosof, Ana M R

    2006-01-01

    Surface pressure isotherms and structural and surface dilatational properties of three hydroxypropylmethycelluloses (HPMCs, called E4M, E50LV, and F4M) adsorbed films at the air-water interface were determined. In this work we present evidence that HPMC molecules are able to diffuse and saturate the air-water interface at very low concentrations in the bulk phase. As bulk concentration increased, structural changes at a molecular level occurred at the interface. These changes corresponded to transition from an expanded structure (structure I) to a condensed one (structure II). When the surface concentration of HPMC was high enough, the collapse of the monolayer was observed. The three HPMCs formed very elastic films at the air-water interface, even at low surface pressures. E4M showed features that make it unique. For instance it showed the highest surface activity, mainly at low bulk concentrations (<10(-4) wt %). The differences observed in surface activity may be attributed to differences in the hydroxypropyl molar substitution and molecular weight of HPMC. All three HPMCs formed films of similar viscoelasticity and elastic dilatational modulus, which can be accounted for by their similar degree of methyl substitution. PMID:16398540

  1. Origin of the instability of octadecylamine Langmuir monolayer at low pH

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    Avazbaeva, Zaure; Sung, Woongmo; Lee, Jonggwan; Phan, Minh Dinh; Shin, Kwanwoo; Vaknin, David; Kim, Doseok

    2015-11-30

    In this paper, it has been reported that an octadecylamine (ODA) Langmuir monolayer becomes unstable at low pH values with no measurable surface pressure at around pH 3.5, suggesting significant dissolution of the ODA molecule into the subphase solution (Albrecht, Colloids Surf. A 2006, 284–285, 166–174). However, by lowering the pH further, ODA molecules reoccupy the surface, and a full monolayer is recovered at pH 2.5. Using surface sum-frequency spectroscopy and pressure–area isotherms, it is found that the recovered monolayer at very low pH has a larger area per molecule with many gauche defects in the ODA molecules as comparedmore » to that at high pH values. This structural change suggests that the reappearance of the monolayer is due to the adsorbed Cl– counterions to the protonated amine groups, leading to partial charge neutralization. This proposition is confirmed by intentionally adding monovalent salts (i.e., NaCl, NaBr, or NaI) to the subphase to recover the monolayer at pH 3.5, in which the detailed structure of the monolayer is confirmed by sum frequency spectra and the adsorbed anions by X-ray reflectivity.« less

  2. Origin of the instability of octadecylamine Langmuir monolayer at low pH

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    Avazbaeva, Zaure; Sung, Woongmo; Lee, Jonggwan; Phan, Minh Dinh; Shin, Kwanwoo; Vaknin, David; Kim, Doseok

    2015-11-30

    In this paper, it has been reported that an octadecylamine (ODA) Langmuir monolayer becomes unstable at low pH values with no measurable surface pressure at around pH 3.5, suggesting significant dissolution of the ODA molecule into the subphase solution (Albrecht, Colloids Surf. A 2006, 284–285, 166–174). However, by lowering the pH further, ODA molecules reoccupy the surface, and a full monolayer is recovered at pH 2.5. Using surface sum-frequency spectroscopy and pressure–area isotherms, it is found that the recovered monolayer at very low pH has a larger area per molecule with many gauche defects in the ODA molecules as compared to that at high pH values. This structural change suggests that the reappearance of the monolayer is due to the adsorbed Cl– counterions to the protonated amine groups, leading to partial charge neutralization. This proposition is confirmed by intentionally adding monovalent salts (i.e., NaCl, NaBr, or NaI) to the subphase to recover the monolayer at pH 3.5, in which the detailed structure of the monolayer is confirmed by sum frequency spectra and the adsorbed anions by X-ray reflectivity.

  3. Revealing deposition mechanism of colloid particles on human serum albumin monolayers.

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    Nattich-Rak, Małgorzata; Adamczyk, Zbigniew; Kujda, Marta

    2016-01-01

    Colloid particle deposition was applied in order to characterize human serum albumin (HSA) monolayers on mica adsorbed under diffusion transport at pH 3.5. The surface concentration of HSA was determined by a direct AFM imaging of single molecules. The electrokinetic characteristics of the monolayers for various ionic strength were done by in situ streaming potential measurements. In this way the mean-field zeta potential of monolayers was determined. It was shown that the initially negative potential changed its sign for HSA surface concentrations above 2800μm(-2) that was interpreted as overcharging effect. The monolayers were also characterized by the colloid deposition method where negatively charged polystyrene particles, 810nm in diameter were used. The kinetics of particle deposition and their maximum coverage were determined as a function of the HSA monolayer surface concentration. An anomalous deposition of particles on substrates exhibiting a negative zeta potential was observed, which contradicts the mean-field theoretical predictions. This effect was quantitatively interpreted in terms of the random site sequential adsorption model. It was shown that efficient immobilization of particles only occurs at adsorption sites formed by three and more closely adsorbed HSA molecules. These results can be exploited as useful reference data for the analysis of deposition phenomena of bioparticles at protein monolayers that has practical significance for the regulation of the bioadhesive properties of surfaces. PMID:26272241

  4. Liquid-solid and solid-solid phase transition of monolayer water: High-density rhombic monolayer ice

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    Kaneko, Toshihiro; Bai, Jaeil; Yasuoka, Kenji; Mitsutake, Ayori; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2014-05-01

    Liquid-solid and solid-solid phase transitions of a monolayer water confined between two parallel hydrophobic surfaces are studied by molecular dynamics simulations. The solid phase considered is the high-density rhombic monolayer ice. Based on the computed free energy surface, it is found that at a certain width of the slit nanopore, the monolayer water exhibits not only a high freezing point but also a low energy barrier to crystallization. Moreover, through analyzing the oxygen-hydrogen-oxygen angle distribution and oxygen-hydrogen radial distribution, the high-density monolayer ice is classified as either a flat ice or a puckered ice. The transition between a flat ice and a puckered ice reflects a trade-off between the water-wall interactions and the electrostatic interactions among water molecules.

  5. Liquid-solid and solid-solid phase transition of monolayer water: high-density rhombic monolayer ice.

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    Kaneko, Toshihiro; Bai, Jaeil; Yasuoka, Kenji; Mitsutake, Ayori; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2014-05-14

    Liquid-solid and solid-solid phase transitions of a monolayer water confined between two parallel hydrophobic surfaces are studied by molecular dynamics simulations. The solid phase considered is the high-density rhombic monolayer ice. Based on the computed free energy surface, it is found that at a certain width of the slit nanopore, the monolayer water exhibits not only a high freezing point but also a low energy barrier to crystallization. Moreover, through analyzing the oxygen-hydrogen-oxygen angle distribution and oxygen-hydrogen radial distribution, the high-density monolayer ice is classified as either a flat ice or a puckered ice. The transition between a flat ice and a puckered ice reflects a trade-off between the water-wall interactions and the electrostatic interactions among water molecules. PMID:24832288

  6. Nanofiltration across Defect-Sealed Nanoporous Monolayer Graphene

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    O'Hern, Sean C.; Jang, Doojoon; Bose, Suman; Idrobo Tapia, Juan Carlos; Song, Yi; Laoui, Tahar; Kong, Jing; Karnik, Rohit

    2015-04-27

    Monolayer nanoporous graphene represents an ideal membrane for molecular separations, but its practical realization is impeded by leakage through defects in the ultrathin graphene. Here, we report a multiscale leakage-sealing process that exploits the nonpolar nature and impermeability of pristine graphene to selectively block defects, resulting in a centimeter-scale membrane that can separate two fluid reservoirs by an atomically thin layer of graphene. After introducing subnanometer pores in graphene, the membrane exhibited rejection of multivalent ions and small molecules and water flux consistent with prior molecular dynamics simulations. The results indicate the feasibility of constructing defect-tolerant monolayer graphene membranes for nanofiltration, desalination, and other separation processes.

  7. Hollow-fiber-based adsorbers for gas separation by pressure-swing adsorption

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    Feng, X.; Pan, C.Y.; McMinis, C.W.; Ivory, J.; Ghosh, D.

    1998-07-01

    Hollow-fiber-based adsorbers for gas separation by pressure-swing adsorption (PSA) was studied experimentally. The high efficiency of hollow-fiber-based adsorbers for gas separation was illustrated by hydrogen separation using fine-powder-activated carbon and molecular sieve as adsorbents. The adsorption equilibrium and dynamics of the hollow-fiber adsorbers were determined. The pressure drop of the gas flowing through the adsorbers was also examined. The adsorbers were tested for hydrogen separation from nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and a multicomponent gas mixture simulating ammonia synthesis purge gas. The PSA systems using the hollow-fiber adsorbers were very effective for hydrogen purification. The high separation efficiency is derived from the fast mass-transfer rate and low pressure drop, two key features of hollow-fiber-based adsorbers.

  8. Suppression of alveolar macrophage membrane receptor-mediated phagocytosis by model and actual particle-adsorbate complexes. Initial contact with the alveolar macrophage membrane.

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    Jakab, G J; Risby, T H; Sehnert, S S; Hmieleski, R R; Farrington, J E

    1990-01-01

    Alveolar macrophages were treated with carbon blacks and adsorbates in order to evaluate the biologic effect of adsorbate, adsorbent and adsorbate-adsorbent complexes. Their capacity to phagocytize a subsequent challenge via the Fc-membrane receptor was quantified. Phagocytosis was suppressed in a dose-related manner with increasing concentrations of both carbon blacks and adsorbates. Carbon black N339 covered with 0.5 monolayers of the adsorbates suppressed phagocytosis more than N339 without the adsorbates. Increasing the adsorbate acrolein coverage from 0.5 to greater than 2.0 monolayers suppressed phagocytosis in a dose-related manner. Finally, samples of diesel particulate matter collected from an engine operated on a pure hydrocarbon fuel with various oxidizers, air (PSU #1) and an oxidizer free of nitrogen (N-free) were tested. Treatment of the macrophages with PSU #1 had a negligible effect on phagocytosis whereas the N-free sample suppressed phagocytosis in a dose-related manner. The data show that alveolar macrophage Fc-receptor-mediated phagocytosis is affected by: carbon black and adsorbate identity and concentration, coverage of the carbon black with adsorbates, and the oxidizer used in the generation of particles emitted by a diesel engine. Images FIGURE 6. PMID:2401270

  9. Molecular structure and chiral separation in {alpha}-sexithiophene ultrathin films on Au(111): Low-energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Kiel, Mario; Duncker, Klaus; Hagendorf, Christian; Widdra, Wolf

    2007-05-15

    The adsorption of the {pi}-conjugated organic molecule {alpha}-sexithiophene which is widely used in molecular electronics has been studied on Au(111) by low-energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy. For monolayer adsorption at room temperature, large, well-ordered domains of flat-lying molecules which arrange in molecular rows are observed. A detailed structure analysis reveals an incommensurate, line-on-line oriented monolayer with one molecule per unit cell. In contrast to the behavior in the three-dimensional bulk structure, flat-lying adsorption introduces molecular chirality: Right- and left-handed molecules separate into domains of different orientations which are mirror symmetric with respect to the [112] substrate direction. Details of the adlayer structure and the chiral self-recognition can be rationalized based on the van der Waals contour of the adsorbed molecules.

  10. Modified optical absorption of molecules on metallic nanoparticles at sub-monolayer coverage

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    Darby, Brendan L.; Auguié, Baptiste; Meyer, Matthias; Pantoja, Andres E.; Le Ru, Eric C.

    2016-01-01

    Enhanced optical absorption of molecules in the vicinity of metallic nanostructures is key to a number of surface-enhanced spectroscopies and of great general interest to the fields of plasmonics and nano-optics. However, experimental access to this absorbance has long proven elusive. Here, we present direct measurements of the surface absorbance of dye molecules adsorbed onto silver nanospheres and, crucially, at sub-monolayer concentrations where dye-dye interactions become negligible. With a large detuning from the plasmon resonance, distinct shifts and broadening of the molecular resonances reveal the intrinsic properties of the dye in contact with the metal colloid, in contrast to the often studied strong-coupling regime where the optical properties of the dye molecules cannot be isolated. The observation of these shifts together with the ability to routinely measure them has broad implications in the interpretation of experiments involving resonant molecules on metallic surfaces, such as surface-enhanced spectroscopies and many aspects of molecular plasmonics.

  11. Topological features of engineered arrays of adsorbates in honeycomb lattices

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    Gonzalez-Arraga, Luis A.; Lado, J. L.; Guinea, Francisco

    2016-09-01

    Hydrogen adatoms are one of the most the promising proposals for the functionalization of graphene. The adatoms induce narrow resonances near the Dirac energy, which lead to the formation of magnetic moments. Furthermore, they also create local lattice distortions which enhance the spin-orbit coupling. The combination of magnetism and spin-orbit coupling allows for a rich variety of phases, some of which have non-trivial topological features. We analyze the interplay between magnetism and spin-orbit coupling in ordered arrays of adsorbates on honeycomb lattice monolayers, and classify the different phases that may arise. We extend our model to consider arrays of adsorbates in graphene-like crystals with stronger intrinsic spin-orbit couplings. We also consider a regime away from half-filling in which the Fermi level is at the bottom of the conduction band, we find a Berry curvature distribution corresponding to a Valley-Hall effect.

  12. Structure and magnetism of Mn, Fe, or Co adatoms on monolayer and bilayer black phosphorus

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    Wang, Hongbo; Zhu, Shasha; Fan, Fengren; Li, Zhengwei; Wu, Hua

    2016-03-01

    Black phosphorus (BP) is an emergent layered material and is currently explored for its potential applications in nanoelectronics. Here using density functional calculations, we investigate the structure and magnetism of transition metal (TM) adatoms (Mn, Fe, and Co) on the monolayer and bilayer BP. We find that while the TM adatoms prefer to occupy a valley site of the puckered monolayer BP and have a low-spin magnetic state, they could move to an interlayer interstitial site of the bilayer BP and turn into a high-spin state. In particular, Mn adatom at the valley site of monolayer BP has also a metastable high-spin state, and moreover, a low-spin to high-spin magnetic transition can readily be induced by a strain along the armchair direction. Then Mn adsorbed BP monolayer has a strain-tuning spin switch.

  13. Computer simulations of adsorbed liquid crystal films

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    Wall, Greg D.; Cleaver, Douglas J.

    2003-01-01

    The structures adopted by adsorbed thin films of Gay-Berne particles in the presence of a coexisting vapour phase are investigated by molecular dynamics simulation. The films are adsorbed at a flat substrate which favours planar anchoring, whereas the nematic-vapour interface favours normal alignment. On cooling, a system with a high molecule-substrate interaction strength exhibits substrate-induced planar orientational ordering and considerable stratification is observed in the density profiles. In contrast, a system with weak molecule-substrate coupling adopts a director orientation orthogonal to the substrate plane, owing to the increased influence of the nematic-vapour interface. There are significant differences between the structures adopted at the two interfaces, in contrast with the predictions of density functional treatments of such systems.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Ozonation of isoproturon adsorbed on silica particles under atmospheric conditions

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    Pflieger, Maryline; Grgić, Irena; Kitanovski, Zoran

    2012-12-01

    The results on heterogeneous ozonation of a phenylurea pesticide, isoproturon, under atmospheric conditions are presented for the first time in the present study. The study was carried out using an experimental device previously adopted and validated for the heterogeneous reactivity of organics toward ozone (Pflieger et al., 2011). Isoproturon was adsorbed on silica particles via a liquid-to-solid equilibrium with a load far below a monolayer (0.02% by weight/surface coverage of 0.5%). The rate constants were estimated by measuring the consumption of the organic (dark, T = 26 °C, RH < 1%). The experimental data were fitted by both the modified Langmuir-Hinshelwood and the Eley-Rideal patterns, resulting in atmospheric lifetimes of heterogeneous ozonation of 4 and 6 days, respectively (for 40 ppb of O3). Parameters, such as the number and the quantity of pesticides adsorbed on the solid support, which can significantly influence the heterogeneous kinetics, were investigated as well. The results obtained suggest that the organic compound is adsorbed in multilayer aggregates on the aerosol even though submonolayer coverage is assumed. The presence of a second herbicide, trifluralin, together with isoproturon on the aerosol surface does not affect the kinetics of ozonation, indicating that both compounds are adsorbed on different surface sites of silica particles.

  17. Reversible protein adsorption and bioadhesion on monolayers terminated with mixtures of oligo(ethylene glycol) and methyl groups.

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    Balamurugan, Subramanian; Ista, Linnea K; Yan, Juchao; López, Gabriel P; Fick, Jörg; Himmelhaus, Michael; Grunze, Michael

    2005-10-26

    Surface-grafted, environmentally responsive polymers have shown great promise for controlling adsorption and desorption of macromolecules and cells on solid surfaces. In the paper, we demonstrate that certain mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) and methyl-terminated alkanethiolates on gold form surfaces with switchable hydrophobicity and tendency for protein adsorption and cellular attachment. At temperatures above 32 degrees C, SAMs with a surface density of approximately 50% OEG adsorbed significant amounts of pyruvate kinase and lysozyme, whereas below this temperature, these same SAMs were resistant to the adsorption of these proteins. Furthermore, protein layers adsorbed to these SAMs above 32 degrees C were removed upon rinsing with water below this temperature. Similar results were seen for attachment and release of the marine bacterium, Cobetia marina. The change from nonresistance to adsorptive state of the SAMs was concomitant with a change in advancing water contact angle. Vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy suggests that the temperature-induced changes coincide with a disorder-to-partial order transition of the hydrated methylene chains of the OEG moieties within the SAMs. Mixed OEG-methyl SAMs represent both a convenient means of controlling macromolecular and cellular adsorption within the laboratory and a useful tool for relating adsorption properties to molecular structures within the SAMs. PMID:16231888

  18. Surface plasmon Raman scattering studies of liquid crystal anchoring on liquid-crystal-based self-assembled monolayers.

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    Critchley, Kevin; Cheadle, Edward M; Zhang, Hao-Li; Baldwin, Kurt J; Liu, Quanying; Cheng, Yaling; Fukushima, Hitoshi; Tamaki, Takashi; Batchelder, David N; Bushby, Richard J; Evans, Stephen D

    2009-11-26

    We studied the anchoring of 6CB on a series of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with a functional group that mimics that of the nematic liquid crystal (LC). The SAMs were first characterized by wetting, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and surface potential measurements. We found that, in two of these SAMs, the end group dipoles were oriented close to the normal of the surface and that these promoted homeotropic anchoring. In the case of the other SAM, the dipole was oriented parallel to the surface, and planar anchoring was obtained. Raman scattering by adsorbates on thin metal films is enhanced by the electromagnetic fields of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs). Despite the inherent polarization of SPPs, there have been few reports in which SPP Raman scattering has been used to study molecular orientation. We have developed optical instrumentation to provide efficient excitation and collection of SPP Raman scattered light using attenuated total reflection geometry. The Kretschmann prism coupling configuration was used to excite SPPs on thin (500 A) gold films with adsorbed SAMs of alkanethiols in contact with thin films (50 microm) of the nematic liquid crystal 4'-hexylbiphenyl-4-carbonitrile (6CB, Merck). The anchoring and orientational wetting of the LC 6CB at the interface with omega-functionalized SAMs was studied using this arrangement. In agreement with the results of previous studies, a high-energy surface (-COOH) was found to promote planar anchoring, whereas a low-energy surface (-CF(3)) was found to induce homeotropic anchoring. PMID:19921953

  19. Sorption of methylene blue on treated agricultural adsorbents: equilibrium and kinetic studies

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    Tiwari, D. P.; Singh, S. K.; Sharma, Neetu

    2015-03-01

    Agricultural adsorbents are reported to have a remarkable performance for adsorption of dyes. In the present study, formaldehyde and sulphuric acid treated two agricultural adsorbents; potato peel and neem bark are used to adsorb methylene blue. On the whole, the acid-treated adsorbents are investigated to have high sorption efficiency compared to HCHO treated adsorbents. The percentage removal efficiency of H2SO4 treated potato peel (APP) increases considerably high from 75 to 100 % with increase in adsorbent dose, whereas the removal efficiency of H2SO4 treated neem bark (ANB) is found to be 98 % after adding the first dose only. The monolayer sorption behaviour of HCHO treated potato peel (PP) and APP is well defined by Langmuir, whereas the chemisorptions behaviour of HCHO treated neem bark (NB) and ANB is suggested by Temkin's isotherm model. The maximum adsorption capacity measured is highest in ANB followed by NB, PP and APP with the values of 1000, 90, 47.62 and 40.0 mg/g, respectively. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model fitted well with the observed data of all the four adsorbents. The results obtained reveal that NB and ANB both are good adsorbents compared to PP and APP.

  20. Adsorbate-metal bond effect on empirical determination of surface plasmon penetration depth.

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    Kegel, Laurel L; Menegazzo, Nicola; Booksh, Karl S

    2013-05-21

    The penetration depth of surface plasmons is commonly determined empirically from the observed response for adsorbate loading on gold surface plasmon resonance (SPR) substrates. However, changes in the SPR spectrum may originate from both changes in the effective refractive index near the metal surface and changes in the metal permittivity following covalent binding of the adsorbate layer. Herein, the significance of incorporating an additional adsorbate-metal bonding effect in the calculation is demonstrated in theory and in practice. The bonding effect is determined from the nonzero intercept of a SPR shift versus adsorbate thickness calibration and incorporated into the calculation of penetration depth at various excitation wavelengths. Determinations of plasmon penetration depth with and without the bonding response for alkanethiolate-gold are compared and are shown to be significantly different for a thiol monolayer adsorbate system. Additionally, plasmon penetration depth evaluated with bonding effect compensation shows greater consistency over different adsorbate thicknesses and better agreement with theory derived from Maxwell's equation, particularly for adsorbate thicknesses that are much smaller (<5%) than the plasmon penetration depth. The method is also extended to a more practically applicable polyelectrolyte multilayer adsorbate system. PMID:23566015

  1. Processing of monolayer materials via interfacial reactions

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    Sutter, Peter Werner; Sutter, Eli Anguelova

    2014-05-20

    A method of forming and processing of graphene is disclosed based on exposure and selective intercalation of the partially graphene-covered metal substrate with atomic or molecular intercalation species such as oxygen (O.sub.2) and nitrogen oxide (NO.sub.2). The process of intercalation lifts the strong metal-carbon coupling and restores the characteristic Dirac behavior of isolated monolayer graphene. The interface of graphene with metals or metal-decorated substrates also provides for controlled chemical reactions based on novel functionality of the confined space between a metal surface and a graphene sheet.

  2. Methane Recovery from Gaseous Mixtures Using Carbonaceous Adsorbents

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    Buczek, Bronisław

    2016-06-01

    Methane recovery from gaseous mixtures has both economical and ecological aspect. Methane from different waste gases like mine gases, nitrogenated natural gases and biogases can be treated as local source for production electric and heat energy. Also occurs the problem of atmosphere pollution with methane that shows over 20 times more harmful environmental effect in comparison to carbon dioxide. One of the ways utilisation such gases is enrichment of methane in the PSA technique, which requires appropriate adsorbents. Active carbons and carbon molecular sieve produced by industry and obtained in laboratory scale were examined as adsorbent for methane recuperation. Porous structure of adsorbents was investigated using densimetry measurements and adsorption of argon at 77.5K. On the basis of adsorption data, the Dubinin-Radushkevich equation parameters, micropore volume (Wo) and characteristics of energy adsorption (Eo) as well as area micropores (Smi) and BET area (SBET) were determined. The usability of adsorbents in enrichment of the methane was evaluated in the test, which simulate the basic stages of PSA process: a) adsorbent degassing, b) pressure raise in column by feed gas, c) cocurrent desorption with analysis of out flowing gas. The composition of gas phase was accepted as the criterion of the suitability of adsorbent for methane separation from gaseous mixtures. The relationship between methane recovery from gas mixture and texture parameters of adsorbents was found.

  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. Heterointerface Screening Effects between Organic Monolayers and Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides.

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    Zheng, Yu Jie; Huang, Yu Li; Chen, Yifeng; Zhao, Weijie; Eda, Goki; Spataru, Catalin D; Zhang, Wenjing; Chang, Yung-Huang; Li, Lain-Jong; Chi, Dongzhi; Quek, Su Ying; Wee, Andrew Thye Shen

    2016-02-23

    The nature and extent of electronic screening at heterointerfaces and their consequences on energy level alignment are of profound importance in numerous applications, such as solar cells, electronics etc. The increasing availability of two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) brings additional opportunities for them to be used as interlayers in "van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures" and organic/inorganic flexible devices. These innovations raise the question of the extent to which the 2D TMDs participate actively in dielectric screening at the interface. Here we study perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) monolayers adsorbed on single-layer tungsten diselenide (WSe2), bare graphite, and Au(111) surfaces, revealing a strong dependence of the PTCDA HOMO-LUMO gap on the electronic screening effects from the substrate. The monolayer WSe2 interlayer provides substantial, but not complete, screening at the organic/inorganic interface. Our results lay a foundation for the exploitation of the complex interfacial properties of hybrid systems based on TMD materials. PMID:26792247

  6. Adsorbed Water Illustration

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    2008-01-01

    The Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander detected small and variable amounts of water in the Martian soil.

    In this schematic illustration, water molecules are represented in red and white; soil minerals are represented in green and blue. The water, neither liquid, vapor, nor solid, adheres in very thin films of molecules to the surfaces of soil minerals. The left half illustrates an interpretation of less water being adsorbed onto the soil-particle surface during a period when the tilt, or obliquity, of Mars' rotation axis is small, as it is in the present. The right half illustrates a thicker film of water during a time when the obliquity is greater, as it is during cycles on time scales of hundreds of thousands of years. As the humidity of the atmosphere increases, more water accumulates on mineral surfaces. Thicker films behave increasingly like liquid water.

    The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

  7. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy investigations of copper phthalocyanine adsorbed on Al 2O 3/Ni 3Al(1 1 1)

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    Moors, M.; Krupski, A.; Degen, S.; Kralj, M.; Becker, C.; Wandelt, K.

    2008-05-01

    Low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) have been used to investigate adsorbed copper phthalocyanine (C 32H 16N 8Cu) molecules on an ordered ultrathin Al 2O 3 film on the Ni 3Al(1 1 1) surface as a function of coverage and annealing temperature. For sub-monolayer coverage and a deposition temperature of 140 K two different planar molecular adsorption configurations rotated by 30° with respect to each other were observed with submolecular resolution in the STM images. The template effect of the underlying oxide film on the CuPc orientation, however, is only weak and negligible at higher coverages. For θCuPc ≈ 1 ML, before completion of the first layer, the growth of a second layer was already observed. The measured spacing of 3.5 Å between first and second layer corresponds to the distance between the layers in the α-modification of crystalline CuPc. The molecules deposited at 140 K are thermally stable upon prolonged annealing to temperatures up to 250 K. By the use of STS the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the adsorbed copper phthalocyanine molecules has been identified at an energy of 1.2 eV above E F. The lateral distribution of the electronic states of the CuPc has been analyzed and mapped by STS.

  8. Electronic structure of benzene adsorbed on Ni and Cu surfaces

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    Weinelt, M.; Nilsson, A.; Wassdahl, N.

    1997-04-01

    Benzene has for a long time served as a prototype adsorption system of large molecules. It adsorbs with the molecular plane parallel to the surface. The bonding of benzene to a transition metal is typically viewed to involve the {pi} system. Benzene adsorbs weakly on Cu and strongly on Ni. It is interesting to study how the adsorption strength is reflected in the electronic structure of the adsorbate-substrate complex. The authors have used X-ray Emission (XE) and X-ray Absorption (XA) spectroscopies to selectively study the electronic states localized on the adsorbed benzene molecule. Using XES the occupied states can be studies and with XAS the unoccupied states. The authors have used beamline 8.0 and the Swedish endstation equipped with a grazing incidence x-ray spectrometer and a partial yield absorption detector. The resolution in the XES and XAS were 0.5 eV and 0.05 eV, respectively.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Second harmonic generation study of liquid surface and amphilphile monolayer

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    Zhao, X.

    1992-12-31

    This thesis contains the following topics. In Chapter 2, we use temperature dependent SHC to study the surface structure of some neat liquids. It was found all the hydrogen bonding liquids have a stronger SHG dependence of temperature while for the non-hydrogen bonding liquids SH response is insensitive to temperature change. In Chapter 3, we discussed the general feature of the electric field induced second harmonic generation (EFISHG). We experimentally established the importance of the {chi}{sup (3)} mechanism at the air/water charged interface. In Chapter 4, we used SHG to study the p-nitrophenol (PNP) penetration into the insoluble monolayer of hexadecyl and pentadecyl acid. It was found that PNP preferentially adsorbs at the fatty acid monolayer. The population and orientation of PNP is strongly dependent on the fatty acid monolayer packing. In Chapter 5, SH signal fluctuation spectroscopy was used to study the surface self-diffusion within the monolayer gas-liquid co-existence region. Assuming the uniform distribution of the liquid phase cluster size, a diffusion model was developed to fit the experimental measured autocorrelation function. In Chapter 6, SH fluctuation spectroscopy was used to study the monolayer orientation spontaneous fluctuation. It was found that only the electron rich aromatic head groups exhibit the orientational fluctuation while the electron poor aromatic molecules do not have a fluctuation anomalies. Fluctuation time scale is strongly influenced by the hydrophobic chain length. A quantitative theory was presented based on Landau-Ginzburg theory to fit the time dependent orientation fluctuation. In Chapter 7, we focused on the acid-base equilibrium constant measurement at the air/water interface using both {chi}{sup (2)} and {chi}{sup (2)} method. We have measured pKa of aniline, phenol, amine, and acid at the interface. It turned out that for all these species, the neutral form is more stable at the interface.

  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. Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Adsorption onto Positively Charged Surfaces: Monolayer Formation With Opposing Headgroup Orientations

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    Song, Sang-Hun; Koelsch, Patrick; Weidner, Tobias; Wagner, Matthew S.; Castner, David G.

    2013-01-01

    The adsorption and structure of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) layers onto positively charged films have been monitored in situ with vibrational sum-frequency-generation (SFG) spectroscopy and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensing. Substrates with different charge densities and polarities used in these studies include CaF2 at different pH values as well as allylamine and heptylamine films deposited onto CaF2 and Au substrates by radio frequency glow discharge deposition. The SDS films were adsorbed from aqueous solutions ranging in concentration from 0.067 to 20 mM. In general the SFG spectra exhibited well resolved CH and OH peaks. However, at SDS concentrations between 1–8 mM the SFG CH and OH intensities decreased close to background levels. Combined data sets from molecular conformation, orientation, and order sensitive SFG with mass sensitive SPR suggest that the observed changes in SFG intensities above 0.2 mM are related to structural arrangements in the SDS layer. A model is proposed where the SFG intensity minimum between 1–8 mM is associated with a monolayer containing two head group orientations, one pointing towards the substrate and one pointing towards the solution phase. The SFG peaks observed at concentrations below 0.2 mM are dominated by the presence of adsorbed contaminants such as fatty alcohols (e.g., dodecanol), which are more surface active than SDS. As SDS solution concentration is increased above 1 mM SDS molecules are incorporated in the surface layer, with dodecanol continuing to be present in the surface layer for solution concentrations up to at least critical micelle concentration. PMID:24024777

  14. Rupture force of adsorbed self-assembled surfactant layers. Effect of the dielectric exchange force

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    Teschke, O.; Ceotto, G.; de Souza, E. F.

    2001-08-01

    The tip applied force necessary to obtain tip/substrate contact, i.e., rupture force between adsorbed layers of self-assembled surfactant films and atomic force microscope (AFM) tips in water has been measured. A substantial contribution of this rupture force is due to the dielectric exchange force (DEF). The DEF model is in agreement with the observation that the surfactant layer rupture forces are smaller in the thickest layers, where the compactness of the adsorbed film results in the smallest values of the dielectric permittivity. Within experimental accuracy a dielectric permittivity value of ˜4 for bilayers and of ˜36 for monolayers is found.

  15. 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

  16. The Dependence of the Oxidation Enhancement of InP(100) Surface on the Coverage of the Adsorbed Cs

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    Sun, Yun

    2010-06-07

    We report the oxidation of the InP(100) surface promoted by adsorbed Cs by synchrotron radiation photoemission. Oxygen exposure causes reduction of the charge transferred to the InP substrate from Cs and the growth of indium oxide and phosphorous oxide. The oxide growth displays a clear dependence on the Cs coverage. The oxidation of phosphorous is negligible up to 1000 L of O{sub 2} exposure when the Cs coverage is less than half a monolayer (ML), but the formation of the second half monolayer of Cs greatly accelerates the oxidation. This different enhancement of the InP oxidation by the first and the second half monolayer of Cs is due to the double layer structure of the adsorbed Cs atoms, and consequently the higher 6s electron density in the Cs atoms when Cs coverage is larger than 0.5 ML.

  17. Inkjet printing as a tool for the patterned deposition of octadecylsiloxane monolayers on silicon oxide surfaces.

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    Belgardt, Christian; Sowade, Enrico; Blaudeck, Thomas; Baumgärtel, Thomas; Graaf, Harald; von Borczyskowski, Christian; Baumann, Reinhard R

    2013-05-28

    We present a case study about inkjet printing as a tool for molecular patterning of silicon oxide surfaces with hydrophobic functionality, mediated by n-octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) molecules. In contrast to state-of-the-art techniques such as micro contact printing or chemical immersion with subsequent lithography processes, piezo drop-on-demand inkjet printing does not depend on physical masters, which allows an effective direct-write patterning of rigid or flexible substrates and enables short run-lengths of the individual pattern. In this paper, we used mesithylene-based OTS inks, jetted them in droplets of 10 pL on a silicon oxide surface, evaluated the water contact angle of the patterned areas and fitted the results with Cassie's law. For inks of 2.0 mM OTS concentration, we found that effective area coverages of 38% can be obtained. Our results hence show that contact times of the order of hundred milliseconds are sufficient to form a pattern of regions with OTS molecules adsorbed to the surface, representing at least a fragmented, inhomogeneous self-assembled OTS monolayer (OTS-SAM). PMID:23417102

  18. Transition metal decorated graphene-like zinc oxide monolayer: A first-principles investigation

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    Lei, Jie; Xu, Ming-Chun; Hu, Shu-Jun

    2015-09-14

    Transition metal (TM) atoms have been extensively employed to decorate the two-dimensional materials, endowing them with promising physical properties. Here, we have studied the adsorption of TM atoms (V, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Co) on graphene-like zinc oxide monolayer (g-ZnO) and the substitution of Zn by TM using first-principles calculations to search for the most likely configurations when TM atoms are deposited on g-ZnO. We found that when a V atom is initially placed on the top of Zn atom, V will squeeze out Zn from the two-dimensional plane then substitute it, which is a no barrier substitution process. For heavier elements (Cr to Co), although the substitution configurations are more stable than the adsorption ones, there is an energy barrier for the adsorption-substitution transition with the height of tens to hundreds meV. Therefore, Cr to Co prefers to be adsorbed on the hollow site or the top of oxygen, which is further verified by the molecular dynamics simulations. The decoration of TM is revealed to be a promising approach in terms of tuning the work function of g-ZnO in a large energy range.

  19. Adsorption of gastric lipase onto multicomponent model lipid monolayers with phase separation.

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    Bourlieu, Claire; Paboeuf, Gilles; Chever, Sophie; Pezennec, Stéphane; Cavalier, Jean-François; Guyomarc'h, Fanny; Deglaire, Amélie; Bouhallab, Saïd; Dupont, Didier; Carrière, Frédéric; Vié, Véronique

    2016-07-01

    The enzymatic lipolysis of complex natural lipoproteic assemblies such as milk fat globules is central in neonatal digestion. This process first requires the rapid adsorption of a lipolytic enzyme, gastric lipase, onto the membrane enveloping the triglyceride substrate before the onset of catalytic activity. The interactions governing lipase adsorption onto this complex lipid/water interface are not fully elucidated. This study was designed to unravel the interactions of recombinant dog gastric lipase (rDGL) with model monolayers presenting liquid-liquid phase coexistence and mimicking the outer leaflet of the milk fat globule membrane. Combining biophysical tools (ellipsometry, tensiometry and atomic force microscopy), it was evidenced that rDGL partitions toward liquid expanded phase and at phase boundaries. rDGL gets adsorbed at several levels of insertion suggesting molecular cooperation that may favor insertion and strongly impacts on the lipid phase lateral organization. The addition of phosphatidylserine, negatively charged, reinforced adsorption; hence besides hydrophobic interactions and as further investigated through surface potential modeling, rDGL adsorption is favored by electrostatic interactions. PMID:27011347

  20. Transition metal decorated graphene-like zinc oxide monolayer: A first-principles investigation

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    Lei, Jie; Xu, Ming-Chun; Hu, Shu-Jun

    2015-09-01

    Transition metal (TM) atoms have been extensively employed to decorate the two-dimensional materials, endowing them with promising physical properties. Here, we have studied the adsorption of TM atoms (V, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Co) on graphene-like zinc oxide monolayer (g-ZnO) and the substitution of Zn by TM using first-principles calculations to search for the most likely configurations when TM atoms are deposited on g-ZnO. We found that when a V atom is initially placed on the top of Zn atom, V will squeeze out Zn from the two-dimensional plane then substitute it, which is a no barrier substitution process. For heavier elements (Cr to Co), although the substitution configurations are more stable than the adsorption ones, there is an energy barrier for the adsorption-substitution transition with the height of tens to hundreds meV. Therefore, Cr to Co prefers to be adsorbed on the hollow site or the top of oxygen, which is further verified by the molecular dynamics simulations. The decoration of TM is revealed to be a promising approach in terms of tuning the work function of g-ZnO in a large energy range.

  1. Comparative study of decyl thiocyanate and decanethiol self-assembled monolayers on gold substrates

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    Dreesen, L.; Volcke, C.; Sartenaer, Y.; Peremans, A.; Thiry, P. A.; Humbert, C.; Grugier, J.; Marchand-Brynaert, J.

    2006-09-01

    In a recent paper Ciszek et al. [J.W. Ciszek, M.P. Stewart, J.M. Tour, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126 (2004) 13172] showed that organic thiocyanates may be an interesting alternative to the use of thiols for thiolate assemblies. We use scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), infrared reflection absorption and sum-frequency generation spectroscopies (IRRAS and SFG) in order to study the adsorption properties of decyl thiocyanates (DTCN) and compare them to the decanethiol (DT) ones. Firstly, IRRAS measurements show that DTCN molecules form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold via a thiolate link with the metallic substrate. Secondly, the DTCN SAM on gold is less ordered than the DT one as highlighted by SFG spectroscopy. Indeed, the intensities of the methyl vibration modes vanish while the methylene ones increase when DTCN molecules are adsorbed on the substrate instead of DT. We explain the differences in SAMs quality on the basis of STM measurements which reveal differences in molecular order and packing.

  2. Hydrogen storage in polylithiated BC3 monolayer sheet

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    Li, Yunguo; Hussain, Tanveer; De Sarkar, Abir; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2013-09-01

    We perform a detailed study on the stability, electronic structure and hydrogen storage capacity of polylithiated (CLi3 functionalized) boron carbide (BC3) monolayer sheet using first-principles calculations. The binding of the CLi3 radical to the boron carbide (BC3) monolayer sheet is found to be large enough to ensure its uniform distribution without any clustering. The structural stability has been confirmed by molecular dynamics. Each lithium atom is able to accommodate 4 H2 molecules with an average binding energy of 0.21 eV, which is suitable for reversible H2 adsorption/desorption at ambient temperatures. The uptake of H2 is found to reach up to 9.83 wt% in polylithiated BC3 monolayer sheet.

  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. Diffusion and Partitioning of Fluorescent Lipid Probes in Phospholipid Monolayers

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    Gudmand, M.; Fidorra, Matthias; Bjørnholm, T.; Heimburg, T.

    2009-01-01

    The pressure-dependent diffusion and partitioning of single lipid fluorophores in DMPC and DPPC monolayers were investigated with the use of a custom-made monolayer trough mounted on a combined fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and wide-field microscopy setup. It is shown that lipid diffusion, which is essential for the function of biological membranes, is heavily influenced by the lateral pressure and phase of the lipid structure. Both of these may change dynamically during, e.g., protein adsorption and desorption processes. Using FCS, we measured lipid diffusion coefficients over a wide range of lateral pressures in DMPC monolayers and fitted them to a free-area model as well as the direct experimental observable mean molecular area. FCS measurements on DPPC monolayers were also performed below the onset of the phase transition (Π < 5 mN/m). At higher pressures, FCS was not applicable for measuring diffusion coefficients in DPPC monolayers. Single-molecule fluorescence microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry clearly showed that this was due to heterogeneous partitioning of the lipid fluorophores in condensed phases. The results were compared with dye partitioning in giant lipid vesicles. These findings are significant in relation to the application of lipid fluorophores to study diffusion in both model systems and biological systems. PMID:19486682

  5. Molecular dynamics simulations of structural transformation of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) at water/rutile interfaces.

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    He, Guangzhi; Zhang, Meiyi; Zhou, Qin; Pan, Gang

    2015-09-01

    Concentration and salinity conditions are the dominant environmental factors affecting the behavior of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) on the surfaces of a variety of solid matrices (suspended particles, sediments, and natural minerals). However, the mechanism has not yet been examined at molecular scales. Here, the structural transformation of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) at water/rutile interfaces induced by changes of the concentration level of PFOS and salt condition was investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. At low and intermediate concentrations all PFOS molecules directly interacted with the rutile (110) surface mainly by the sulfonate headgroups through electrostatic attraction, yielding a typical monolayer structure. As the concentration of PFOS increased, the molecules aggregated in a complex multi-layered structure, where an irregular assembling configuration was adsorbed on the monolayer structure by the van der Waals interactions between the perfluoroalkyl chains. When adding CaCl2 to the system, the multi-layered structure changed to a monolayer again, indicating that the addition of CaCl2 enhanced the critical concentration value to yield PFOS multilayer assemblies. The divalent Ca(2+) substituted for monovalent K(+) as the bridging counterion in PFOS adsorption. MD simulation may trigger wide applications in study of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) from atomic/molecular scale. PMID:25966457

  6. Adsorption isotherm of non-azeotropic solution onto porous adsorbents

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    Bono, A.; Ramlan, N. A.; Anisuzzaman, S. M.; Chu, C. M.; Farm, Y. Y.

    2016-06-01

    Adsorption isotherm is essential component in the understanding of the adsorption process. Several methods of the measurements, analysis and interpretation of adsorption from solution have been reported in the literature. Most of the measurements of adsorption isotherm from solution were involved the measurement of excess isotherm conducted at low region of sorbates concentration. Direct interpretation of excess adsorption isotherm as adsorption isotherm is always been practice. Therefore, in this work a study on the measurement of the adsorption isotherm from solution of non-azeotropic organic solvent mixture onto porous adsorbents for whole range of liquid concentration was conducted. The study included the measurement of excess adsorption isotherm using conventional technique. Theoretical analysis and interpretation of adsorption isotherm from the excess isotherm were conducted using Pseudo Ideal Adsorption, Gibbs Dividing Plane Model and Langmuir-Fruendlich binary isotherm model. For organic solvents, acetone and propanol were chosen as the adsorbates due to the non-azeotropic properties in the mixture. Activated carbon and silicalite were chosen as adsorbents due to the different in their porosity such as macro porous and micro porous structure. The result of the study has revealed that the adsorption isotherm of non-azeotropic mixture onto activated carbon and silicalite can be interpreted as monolayer type of adsorption.

  7. SPR-MS: from identifying adsorbed molecules to image tissues

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    Masson, Jean-François; Breault-Turcot, Julien; Forest, Simon; Chaurand, Pierre

    2015-03-01

    Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensors have become valuable analytical sensors for biomolecule detection. While SPR is heralded with high sensitivity, label-free and real-time detection, nonspecific adsorption and detection of ultralow concentrations remain issues. Nonspecific adsorption can be minimized using adequate surface chemistry. For example, we have employed peptide monolayers to reduce nonspecific adsorption of crude serum or cell lysate. It is important to uncover the nature of molecules nonspecifically adsorbing to surfaces in these biofluids, to further improve understanding of the nonspecific adsorption processes. Mass spectrometry (MS) provides a complementary tool to SPR to identify biomolecule adsorbed to surface. Trypsic digestion of the proteins adsorbed to surfaces led to identification of characteristic peptides from the proteins involved in nonspecific adsorption. Nonspecific adsorption in crude cell lysate results mainly from lipids, as confirmed with SPR and MS but proteins were observed on some surfaces. In another application of SPR and MS, imaging SPR can be used in combination to imaging MS to image tissue sections. Thin sections of mouse liver were inserted in the fluidic chamber of a SPRi instrument and proteins were transferred to the SPRi chip. The SPR chip was then imaged using MALDI imaging MS to identify the biomolecules that were transferred to the SPRi chip.

  8. RADIOLYSIS OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS IN THE ADSORBED STATE

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    Sutherland, J.W.; Allen, A.O.

    1961-10-01

    >A method of forming branch chained hydrocarbons by means of energetic penetrating radiation is described. A solid zeolite substrate is admixed with a cobalt ion and is irradiated with a hydrocarbon adsorbed therein. Upon irradiation with gamma rays, there is an increased yield of branched and lower molecular straight chain compounds. (AEC)

  9. Monolayers at air-water interfaces: from origins-of-life to nanotechnology.

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    Ariga, Katsuhiko; Hill, Jonathan P

    2011-08-01

    The air-water interface presents several interesting features, namely a) a molecularly flat environment, b) a boundary region between two phases with different dielectric constants, c) permits or promotes dynamic interactions within the interface region, and d) a point of interaction between hydrophobic compounds and aqueous molecules. Accordingly, Langmuir monolayers at the air-water interface have several unique characteristics and properties, which require investigation. In this review-type personal account, typical examples of molecular recognition and molecular patterning at air-water interfaces are first introduced, followed by descriptions of specific and unusual properties of monolayers on water. In addition, two examples of our own results concerning Langmuir monolayers are explained. We have selected examples from two apparently unrelated research areas, these being the origin of life and future nanotechnology, in order to emphasize the diverse scientific contribution of research on monolayers at the air-water interface. PMID:21739568

  10. Tip enhanced Raman spectroscopy, DFT and PED calculations of 4″-trimethylsilylethylsulfanyl-4,4‧-di(phenyleneethynylene)benzene thiol adsorbed on silver

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    Fletcher, Melissa C.; Alexson, Dimitri M.; Moore, Martin M.; Prokes, S. M.; Glembocki, Orest; Vivoni, Alberto; McCoy, Rhonda; Mishra, Soni; Tandon, Poonam; Hosten, Charles M.

    2015-11-01

    Monolayers of α,ω-dithiol oligo(phenyleneethynlene) molecules are critical to the field of molecular electronics because of their abilities to form bonds with many metallic surfaces and rectify current. In this study Fourier Transformation-Raman, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy and Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS) were used to characterize a selectively oriented self-assembled monolayer of 4″-trimethylsilylethylsulfanyl-4,4‧-bis-(phenyleneethynylene)benzenethiol (OPE‧) on silver coated nanospheres. Selective orientation was achieved by synthesizing 4″-trimethylsilylethylsulfanyl-4,4‧-bis-(phenyleneethynylene)benzene disulfide, which undergoes oxidative dissociation and covalently bonds to the metal surface. The Ag coated nanosphere surfaces were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which showed a large area of surface charging. The SERS and TERS spectra show similar results; however, a greater enhancement was achieved with the TERS relative to the SERS spectra. Assignments of vibrational bands were based on DFT calculations performed at the B3LYP level with good agreement between theoretical and experimental values. An average percent difference of 2.5 cm-1 was obtained for the non-CH stretching frequencies and a scaling factor was not applied to theoretically generated frequencies. A red shift of the ν(C-S) peak at 1087 cm-1 was observed when OPE‧ was adsorbed on a Ag surface. Vibrations specific to the trimethylsilylethyl (TMSE) group were visible in the TERS spectra, and disappear upon deprotection.

  11. 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.

  12. Structural Properties and Phase Transition of Na Adsorption on Monolayer MoS2.

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    He, Hai; Lu, Pengfei; Wu, Liyuan; Zhang, Chunfang; Song, Yuxin; Guan, Pengfei; Wang, Shumin

    2016-12-01

    First-principles calculations are performed to investigate the structural stability of Na adsorption on 1H and 1T phases of monolayer MoS2. Our results demonstrate that it is likely to make the stability of distorted 1T phase of MoS2 over the 1H phase through adsorption of Na atoms. The type of distortion depends on the concentration of adsorbed Na atoms and changes from zigzag-like to diamond-like with the increasing of adsorbed Na atom concentrations. Our calculations show that the phase transition from 1H-MoS2 to 1T-MoS2 can be obtained by Na adsorption. We also calculate the electrochemical properties of Na adsorption on MoS2 monolayer. These results indicate that MoS2 is one of potential negative electrodes for Na-ion batteries. PMID:27416903

  13. 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.

  14. Atomic and molecular adsorption on Au(111)

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    Santiago-Rodríguez, Yohaselly; Herron, Jeffrey A.; Curet-Arana, María C.; Mavrikakis, Manos

    2014-09-01

    Periodic self-consistent density functional theory (DFT-GGA) calculations were used to study the adsorption of several atomic species, molecular species and molecular fragments on the Au(111) surface with a coverage of 1/4 monolayer (ML). Binding geometries, binding energies, and diffusion barriers were calculated for 27 species. Furthermore, we calculated the surface deformation energy associated with the binding events. The binding strength for all the analyzed species can be ordered as follows: NH3 < NO < CO < CH3 < HCO < NH2 < COOH < OH < HCOO < CNH2 < H < N < NH < NOH < COH < Cl,< HCO3 < CH2 < CN b HNO < O < F < S < C < CH. Although the atomic species preferred to bind at the three-fold fcc site, no tendency was observed in site preference for the molecular species and fragments. The intramolecular and adsorbate-surface vibrational frequencies were calculated for all the adsorbates on their most energetically stable adsorption site. Most of the theoretical binding energies and frequencies agreed with experimental values reported in the literature. In general, the values obtained with the PW91 functional are more accurate than RPBE in reproducing these experimental binding energies. The energies of the adsorbed species were used to calculate the thermochemical potential energy surfaces for decomposition of CO, NO, N2, NH3 and CH4, oxidation of CO, and hydrogenation of CO, CO2 and NO, giving insight into the thermochemistry of these reactions on gold nanoparticles. These potential energy surfaces demonstrated that: the decomposition of species is not energetically favorable on Au(111); the desorption of NH3, NO and CO are more favorable than their decomposition; the oxidation of CO and hydrogenation of CO and NO on Au(111) to form HCO and HNO, respectively, are also thermodynamically favorable.

  15. The influence of the structure of the Au(110) surface on the ordering of a monolayer of cytochrome P450 reductase at the Au(110)/phosphate buffer interface

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    Smith, C. I.; Convery, J. H.; Khara, B.; Scrutton, N. S.; Weightman, P.

    2016-01-01

    The reflection anisotropy spectra (RAS) observed initially from Au(110)/phosphate buffer interfaces at applied potentials of −0.652 and 0.056 V are very similar to the spectra observed from ordered Au(110) (1 × 3) and anion induced (1 × 1) surface structures respectively. These RAS profiles transform to a common profile after cycling the potential between these two values over 72 h indicating the formation of a less ordered surface. The RAS of a monolayer of a P499C variant of the human flavoprotein cytochrome P450 reductase adsorbed at 0.056 V at an ordered Au(110)/phosphate buffer interface is shown to arise from an ordered layer in which the optical dipole transitions are in a plane that is orientated roughly normal to the surface and parallel to either the [11̄0] or [001] axes of the Au(110) surface. The same result was found previously for adsorption of P499C on an ordered interface at −0.652 V. The adsorption of P499C at the disordered surface does not result in the formation of an ordered monolayer confirming that the molecular ordering is strongly influenced by both the local structure and the long range macroscopic order of the Au(110) surface.

  16. Controlling the dopant dose in silicon by mixed-monolayer doping.

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    Ye, Liang; Pujari, Sidharam P; Zuilhof, Han; Kudernac, Tibor; de Jong, Michel P; van der Wiel, Wilfred G; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2015-02-11

    Molecular monolayer doping (MLD) presents an alternative to achieve doping of silicon in a nondestructive way and holds potential for realizing ultrashallow junctions and doping of nonplanar surfaces. Here, we report the mixing of dopant-containing alkenes with alkenes that lack this functionality at various ratios to control the dopant concentration in the resulting monolayer and concomitantly the dopant dose in the silicon substrate. The mixed monolayers were grafted onto hydrogen-terminated silicon using well-established hydrosilylation chemistry. Contact angle measurements, X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS) on the boron-containing monolayers, and Auger electron spectroscopy on the phosphorus-containing monolayers show clear trends as a function of the dopant-containing alkene concentration. Dynamic secondary-ion mass spectroscopy (D-SIMS) and Van der Pauw resistance measurements on the in-diffused samples show an effective tuning of the doping concentration in silicon. PMID:25607722

  17. Interaction of Egg-Sphingomyelin with DOPC in Langmuir Monolayers

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    Hao, Chang-chun; Sun, Run-guang; Zhang, Jing

    2012-12-01

    Lipid rafts are a dynamic microdomain structure found in recent years, enriched in sphingolipids, cholesterol and particular proteins. The change of structure and function of lipid rafts could result in many diseases. In this work, the monolayer miscibility behavior of mixed systems of Egg-Sphingomyelin (ESM) 1 with 2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine was investigated in terms of mean surface area per molecule and excess molecular area ΔAex at certain surface pressure, surface pressure and excess surface pressure Δπex at certain mean molecular area. The stability and compressibility of the mixed monolayers was assessed by the parameters of surface excess Gibbs free energy ΔGex, excess Helmholtz energy ΔHex and elasticity. Thermodynamic analysis indicates ΔAex and Δπex in the binary systems with positive deviations from the ideal behavior, suggesting repulsive interaction. The maximum of ΔGex and ΔHex was at the molar fraction of ESM of 0.6, demonstrating the mixed monolayer was more unstable. The repulsive interaction induced phase separation in the monolayer.

  18. 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

  19. CO catalytic oxidation on iron-embedded monolayer MoS2

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    Ma, Dongwei; Tang, Yanan; Yang, Gui; Zeng, Jun; He, Chaozheng; Lu, Zhansheng

    2015-02-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, the CO catalytic oxidation on the Fe-embedded monolayer MoS2 (Fe-MoS2) was investigated. It is found that Fe atom can be strongly constrained at the S vacancy of monolayer MoS2 with a high diffusion barrier. The CO oxidation reaction proceeds via a two-step mechanism with the highest energy barrier of 0.51 eV, which is started by the Langmuir-Hinshelwood reaction and ended by the Eley-Rideal reaction. The high catalytic activity of the Fe-MoS2 system may be attributed to the charge transfer and the orbital hybridization between the adsorbates and the Fe atom. This study proposes that embedding transition-metals is a promising way for making the basal plane of monolayer MoS2 catalytically active.

  20. Affinity Adsorbents Based on Carriers Activated by Epoxy-compounds

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    Klyashchitskii, B. A.; Kuznetsov, P. V.

    1984-10-01

    The review is devoted to the synthesis and applications of affinity adsorbents based on carriers activated by epoxy-compounds. The methods for the introduction of epoxy-groups into carriers of different chemical types are discussed and conditions for the immobilisation of three-dimensional spacers and low-molecular-weight and polymeric ligands on carriers containing epoxy-groups are considered. Data are presented on the properties and applications of adsorbents of this type in affinity chromatography. The bibliography includes 144 references.

  1. Hydrogen molecule on lithium adsorbed graphene: A DFT study

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    Kaur, Gagandeep; Gupta, Shuchi; Gaganpreet, Dharamvir, Keya

    2016-05-01

    Electronic structure calculations for the adsorption of molecular hydrogen on lithium (Li) decorated and pristine graphene have been studied systematically using SIESTA code [1] within the framework of the first-principle DFT under the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) form of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA)[2], including spin polarization. The energy of adsorption of hydrogen molecule on graphene is always enhanced by the presence of co-adsorbed lithium. The most efficient adsorption configuration is when H2 is lying parallel to lithium adsorbed graphene which is in contrast to its adsorption on pristine graphene (PG) where it prefers perpendicular orientation.

  2. Conformational changes of adsorbed proteins

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    Allen, Scott

    2005-03-01

    The adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and pepsin to gold surfaces has been studied using surface plasmon resonance (SPR). Proteins are adsorbed from solution onto a gold surface and changes in the conformation of the adsorbed proteins are induced by changing the buffer solution. We selected pH and ionic strength values for the buffer solutions that are known from our circular dichroism measurements to cause conformational changes of the proteins in bulk solution. We find that for both BSA and pepsin the changes in conformation are impeded by the interaction of the protein with the gold surface.

  3. Adsorption behavior of Fe atoms on a naphthalocyanine monolayer on Ag(111) surface

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    Yan, Ling-Hao; Wu, Rong-Ting; Bao, De-Liang; Ren, Jun-Hai; Zhang, Yan-Fang; Zhang, Hai-Gang; Huang, Li; Wang, Ye-Liang; Du, Shi-Xuan; Huan, Qing; Gao, Hong-Jun

    2015-07-01

    Adsorption behavior of Fe atoms on a metal-free naphthalocyanine (H2Nc) monolayer on Ag(111) surface at room temperature has been investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy combined with density functional theory (DFT) based calculations. We found that the Fe atoms were adsorbed on the centers of H2Nc molecules and formed Fe-H2Nc complexes at low coverage. DFT calculations show that Fe sited in the center of the molecule is the most stable configuration, in good agreement with the experimental observations. After an Fe-H2Nc complex monolayer was formed, the extra Fe atoms self-assembled to Fe clusters of uniform size and adsorbed dispersively at the interstitial positions of Fe-H2Nc complex monolayer. Therefore, the H2Nc monolayer grown on Ag(111) could be a good template to grow dispersed magnetic metal atoms and clusters at room temperature for further investigation of their magnetism-related properties. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61390501, 51325204, and 11204361), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2011CB808401 and 2011CB921702), the National Key Scientific Instrument and Equipment Development Project of China (Grant No. 2013YQ1203451), the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, China, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  4. Structural investigations of adsorbed films of Methyl Halides on Boron Nitride

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    Sprung, Michael; Freitag, Andrea; Hanson, Jonathan; Larese, John

    2000-03-01

    The Methyl Halides are a group of molecules whose properties of thin adsorbed films on Graphite have been well characterized. Boron Nitride forms a hexagonal structure with a slightly larger (about 2% ) unit cell than Graphite. The study of thin films of Methyl Halides (CH_3R, R=Cl, Br and I) on Boron Nitride is motivated by the hope to gain a better understanding of adsorbate-substrate interaction. High resolution adsorption isotherms and x-ray powder diffraction have been used to investigate the monolayer structures of CH_3R adsorbed on Boron Nitride. The experiments were carried out at the Beamline X7B of the NSLS. The gases were dosed onto the sample with an automated gas handling system, and a Mar345 image plate detector was used to collect the data. The measurements were performed in a temperature range between 50 and 175 K. All three adsorbates form a solid monolayer structure on Boron Nitride at low temperature. The structure of Methyl Chloride and Methyl Bromide is very similar to the high-density structure of CH_3Cl on Graphite. This is surprising for CH_3Br because it forms a different structure on Graphite. Methyl Iodide forms similar structures on both substrates.

  5. 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

  6. Low-cost magnetic adsorbent for As(III) removal from water: adsorption kinetics and isotherms.

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    Kango, Sarita; Kumar, Rajesh

    2016-01-01

    Magnetite nanoparticles as adsorbent for arsenic (As) were coated on sand particles. The coated sand was used for the removal of highly toxic element 'As(III)' from drinking water. Here, batch experiments were performed with the variation of solution pH, adsorbent dose, contact time and initial arsenic concentration. The adsorbent showed significant removal efficiency around 99.6 % for As(III). Analysis of adsorption kinetics revealed that the adsorbent follows pseudo-second-order kinetics model showing R (2) = 0.999, whereas for pseudo-first-order kinetics model, the value of R (2) was 0.978. In the case of adsorption equilibrium, the data is well fitted with Langmuir adsorption isotherm model (R (2) > 0.99), indicating monolayer adsorption of As(III) on the surface of adsorbent. The existence of commonly present ions in water influences the removal efficiency of As(III) minutely in the following order PO4 (3-) > HCO3 (-) > Cl(-) > SO4 (2-). The obtained adsorbent can be used to overcome the problem of water filtration in rural areas. Moreover, as the nano-magnetite is coated on the sand, it avoids the problem of extraction of nanoparticles from treated water and can easily be removed by a simple filtration process. PMID:26711813

  7. 2-chlorophenol sorption from aqueous solution using granular activated carbon and polymeric adsorbents

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    Ghatbandhe, A. S.; Jahagirdar, H. G.; Yenkie, M. K. N.; Deosarkar, S. D.

    2013-08-01

    Adsorption equilibrium and kinetics of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) one of the chlorophenols (CPs) onto bituminous coal based Filtrasorb-400 grade granular activated carbon and three different types of polymeric adsorbents were studied in aqueous solution in a batch system. Langmuir isotherm models were applied to experimental equilibrium data of 2-CP adsorption. Equilibrium data fitted very well to the Langmuir equilibrium models of 2-CP. Adsorbent monolayer capacity Q Langmuir constant b and adsorption rate constants k a were evaluated. 2-CP adsorption using GAC is very rapid in the first hour of contact where 70-80% of the adsorbate is removed by GAC followed by a slow approach to equilibrium. Whereas in case of polymeric adsorbents 60-65% of the adsorbate is removed in the first 30 min which is then followed by a slow approach to equilibrium. The order of adsorption of 2-CP on different adsorbents used in the study is found to be in following order: F-400 > XAD-1180 > XAD-4 > XAD-7HP.

  8. Adsorbate modification of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic fcc {110} surfaces

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    Gunn, D. S. D.; Jenkins, Stephen J.

    2011-03-01

    We identify trends in structural, electronic, and magnetic modifications that occur on ferromagnetic {110} surfaces upon varying either the substrate material or the adsorbate species. First, we have modeled the adsorption of several first-row p-block elements on the surface of fcc Co{110} at two coverages [0.5 and 1.0 monolayer (ML)]. All adsorbates were found to expand the distance between the first and second substrate layers and to contract the distance between the second and third layers. The energetic location of a characteristic trough in the density-of-d-states difference plot correlates with the direction of the adsorbate magnetic coupling to the surface, and a trend of antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic coupling to the surface was observed across the elements from boron to fluorine. A high fluorine adatom coverage (1.0 ML) was found to enhance the surface spin magnetic moment by 11%. Second, we also calculate and contrast adsorption of 0.5 and 1.0 ML of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen adatoms on fcc iron, cobalt, and nickel {110} surfaces and compare the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of these systems. Carbon and nitrogen are found to couple antiferromagnetically, and oxygen ferromagnetically, to all surfaces. It was found that antiferromagnetically coupled adsorbates retained their largest spin moment values on iron, whereas ferromagnetically coupled adsorbates possessed their lowest moments on this surface. The strongly localized influence of these adsorbates is clearly illustrated in partial density-of-states plots for the surface atoms.

  9. Organic Monolayer Protected Topological Surface State.

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    Yang, Hung-Hsiang; Chu, Yu-Hsun; Lu, Chun-I; Butler, Christopher John; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fang-Cheng; Lin, Minn-Tsong

    2015-10-14

    Perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA)/Bi2Se3 and Fe/PTCDA/Bi2Se3 heterointerfaces are investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The close-packed self-assembled PTCDA monolayer possesses big molecular band gap and weak molecule-substrate interactions, which leaves the Bi2Se3 topological surface state intact under PTCDA. Formation of Fe-PTCDA hybrids removes interactions between the Fe dopant and the Bi2Se3 surface, such as doping effects and Coulomb scattering. Our findings reveal the functionality of PTCDA to prevent dopant disturbances in the TSS and provide an effective alternative for interface designs of realistic TI devices. PMID:26393876

  10. Adsorbate-induced curvature and stiffening of graphene.

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    Svatek, Simon A; Scott, Oliver R; Rivett, Jasmine P H; Wright, Katherine; Baldoni, Matteo; Bichoutskaia, Elena; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Marsden, Alexander J; Wilson, Neil R; Beton, Peter H

    2015-01-14

    The adsorption of the alkane tetratetracontane (TTC, C44H90) on graphene induces the formation of a curved surface stabilized by a gain in adsorption energy. This effect arises from a curvature-dependent variation of a moiré pattern due to the mismatch of the carbon-carbon separation in the adsorbed molecule and the period of graphene. The effect is observed when graphene is transferred onto a deformable substrate, which in our case is the interface between water layers adsorbed on mica and an organic solvent, but is not observed on more rigid substrates such as boron nitride. Our results show that molecular adsorption can be influenced by substrate curvature, provide an example of two-dimensional molecular self-assembly on a soft, responsive interface, and demonstrate that the mechanical properties of graphene may be modified by molecular adsorption, which is of relevance to nanomechanical systems, electronics, and membrane technology. PMID:25469625

  11. Detection of the adsorption of water monolayers through the ion oscillation frequency in the magnesium oxide lattice by means of low energy electron diffraction

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    Guevara-Bertsch, M.; Ramírez-Hidalgo, G.; Chavarría-Sibaja, A.; Avendaño, E.; Araya-Pochet, J. A.; Herrera-Sancho, O. A.

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the variation of the oscillation frequency of the Mg2+ and O2- ions in the magnesium oxide lattice due to the interactions of the surface with water monolayers by means of Low Energy Electron Diffraction. Our key result is a new technique to determine the adsorbate vibrations produced by the water monolayers on the surface lattice as a consequence of their change in the surface Debye temperature and its chemical shift. The latter was systematically investigated for different annealing times and for a constant external thermal perturbation in the range of 110-300 K in order to accomplish adsorption or desorption of water monolayers in the surface lattice.

  12. Nanofiltration across Defect-Sealed Nanoporous Monolayer Graphene.

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    O'Hern, Sean C; Jang, Doojoon; Bose, Suman; Idrobo, Juan-Carlos; Song, Yi; Laoui, Tahar; Kong, Jing; Karnik, Rohit

    2015-05-13

    Monolayer nanoporous graphene represents an ideal membrane for molecular separations, but its practical realization is impeded by leakage through defects in the ultrathin graphene. Here, we report a multiscale leakage-sealing process that exploits the nonpolar nature and impermeability of pristine graphene to selectively block defects, resulting in a centimeter-scale membrane that can separate two fluid reservoirs by an atomically thin layer of graphene. After introducing subnanometer pores in graphene, the membrane exhibited rejection of multivalent ions and small molecules and water flux consistent with prior molecular dynamics simulations. The results indicate the feasibility of constructing defect-tolerant monolayer graphene membranes for nanofiltration, desalination, and other separation processes. PMID:25915708

  13. Nanofiltration across Defect-Sealed Nanoporous Monolayer Graphene

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    O'Hern, Sean C.; Jang, Doojoon; Bose, Suman; Idrobo Tapia, Juan Carlos; Song, Yi; Laoui, Tahar; Kong, Jing; Karnik, Rohit

    2015-04-27

    Monolayer nanoporous graphene represents an ideal membrane for molecular separations, but its practical realization is impeded by leakage through defects in the ultrathin graphene. Here, we report a multiscale leakage-sealing process that exploits the nonpolar nature and impermeability of pristine graphene to selectively block defects, resulting in a centimeter-scale membrane that can separate two fluid reservoirs by an atomically thin layer of graphene. After introducing subnanometer pores in graphene, the membrane exhibited rejection of multivalent ions and small molecules and water flux consistent with prior molecular dynamics simulations. The results indicate the feasibility of constructing defect-tolerant monolayer graphene membranes formore » nanofiltration, desalination, and other separation processes.« less

  14. Anomalous thermal conductivity of monolayer boron nitride

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    Tabarraei, Alireza; Wang, Xiaonan

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we use nonequilibrium molecular dynamics modeling to investigate the thermal properties of monolayer hexagonal boron nitride nanoribbons under uniaxial strain along their longitudinal axis. Our simulations predict that hexagonal boron nitride shows an anomalous thermal response to the applied uniaxial strain. Contrary to three dimensional materials, under uniaxial stretching, the thermal conductivity of boron nitride nanoribbons first increases rather than decreasing until it reaches its peak value and then starts decreasing. Under compressive strain, the thermal conductivity of monolayer boron nitride ribbons monolithically reduces rather than increasing. We use phonon spectrum and dispersion curves to investigate the mechanism responsible for the unexpected behavior. Our molecular dynamics modeling and density functional theory results show that application of longitudinal tensile strain leads to the reduction of the group velocities of longitudinal and transverse acoustic modes. Such a phonon softening mechanism acts to reduce the thermal conductivity of the nanoribbons. On the other hand, a significant increase in the group velocity (stiffening) of the flexural acoustic modes is observed, which counteracts the phonon softening effects of the longitudinal and transverse modes. The total thermal conductivity of the ribbons is a result of competition between these two mechanisms. At low tensile strain, the stiffening mechanism overcomes the softening mechanism which leads to an increase in the thermal conductivity. At higher tensile strain, the softening mechanism supersedes the stiffening and the thermal conductivity slightly reduces. Our simulations show that the decrease in the thermal conductivity under compressive strain is attributed to the formation of buckling defects which reduces the phonon mean free path.

  15. Monolayer-induced band shifts at Si(100) and Si(111) surfaces

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    Mäkinen, A. J. Kim, Chul-Soo; Kushto, G. P.

    2014-01-27

    We report our study of the interfacial electronic structure of Si(100) and Si(111) surfaces that have been chemically modified with various organic monolayers, including octadecene and two para-substituted benzene derivatives. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals an upward band shift, associated with the assembly of these organic monolayers on the Si substrates, that does not correlate with either the dipole moment or the electron withdrawing/donating character of the molecular moieties. This suggests that the nature and quality of the self-assembled monolayer and the intrinsic electronic structure of the semiconductor material define the interfacial electronic structure of the functionalized Si(100) and Si(111) surfaces.

  16. 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

  17. Adsorbed water and thin liquid films on Mars

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    Boxe, C. S.; Hand, K. P.; Nealson, K. H.; Yung, Y. L.; Yen, A. S.; Saiz-Lopez, A.

    2012-07-01

    At present, bulk liquid water on the surface and near-subsurface of Mars does not exist due to the scarcity of condensed- and gas-phase water, pressure and temperature constraints. Given that the nuclei of soil and ice, that is, the soil solid and ice lattice, respectively, are coated with adsorbed and/or thin liquid films of water well below 273 K and the availability of water limits biological activity, we quantify lower and upper limits for the thickness of such adsorbed/water films on the surface of the Martian regolith and for subsurface ice. These limits were calculated based on experimental and theoretical data for pure water ice and water ice containing impurities, where water ice containing impurities exhibit thin liquid film enhancements, ranging from 3 to 90. Close to the cold limit of water stability (i.e. 273 K), thin liquid film thicknesses at the surface of the Martian regolith is 0.06 nm (pure water ice) and ranges from 0.2 to 5 nm (water ice with impurities). An adsorbed water layer of 0.06 nm implies a dessicated surface as the thickness of one monolayer of water is 0.3 nm but represents 0.001-0.02% of the Martian atmospheric water vapour inventory. Taking into account the specific surface area (SSA) of surface-soil (i.e. top 1 mm of regolith and 0.06 nm adsorbed water layer), shows Martian surface-soil may contain interfacial water that represents 6-66% of the upper- and lower-limit atmospheric water vapour inventory and almost four times and 33%, the lower- and upper-limit Martian atmospheric water vapour inventory. Similarly, taking the SSA of Martian soil, the top 1 mm or regolith at 5 nm thin liquid water thickness, yields 1.10×1013 and 6.50×1013 litres of waters, respectively, 55-325 times larger than Mars' atmospheric water vapour inventory. Film thicknesses of 0.2 and 5 nm represent 2.3×104-1.5×106 litres of water, which is 6.0×10-7-4.0×10-4%, respectively, of a 10 pr μm water vapour column, and 3.0×10-6-4.0×10-4% and 6.0×10

  18. Large-Scale Synthesis and Systematic Photoluminescence Properties of Monolayer MoS2 on Fused Silica.

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    Wan, Yi; Zhang, Hui; Zhang, Kun; Wang, Yilun; Sheng, Bowen; Wang, Xinqiang; Dai, Lun

    2016-07-20

    Monolayer MoS2, with fascinating mechanical, electrical, and optical properties, has generated enormous scientific curiosity and industrial interest. Controllable and scalable synthesis of monolayer MoS2 on various desired substrates has significant meaning in both basic scientific research and device application. Recent years have witnessed many advances in the direct synthesis of single-crystalline MoS2 flakes or their polycrystalline aggregates on numerous diverse substrates, such as SiO2-Si, mica, sapphire, h-BN, and SrTiO3, etc. In this work, we used the dual-temperature-zone atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition method to directly synthesize large-scale monolayer MoS2 on fused silica, the most ordinary transparent insulating material in daily life. We systematically investigated the photoluminescence (PL) properties of monolayer MoS2 on fused silica and SiO2-Si substrates, which have different thermal conductivity coefficients and thermal expansion coefficients. We found that there exists a stronger strain on monolayer MoS2 grown on fused silica, and the strain becomes more obvious as temperature decreases. Moreover, the monolayer MoS2 grown on fused silica exhibits the unique trait of a fractal shape with tortuous edges and has stronger adsorbability. The monolayer MoS2 grown on fused silica may find application in sensing, energy storage, and transparent optoelectronics, etc. PMID:27338112

  19. Formation, characterization, and stability of methaneselenolate monolayers on Au(111): an electrochemical high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy and DFT study.

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    Cometto, F P; Calderón, C A; Morán, M; Ruano, G; Ascolani, H; Zampieri, G; Paredes-Olivera, P; Patrito, E M

    2014-04-01

    We investigated the mechanism of formation and stability of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of methaneselenolate on Au(111) prepared by the immersion method in ethanolic solutions of dimethyl diselenide (DMDSe). The adsorbed species were characterized by electrochemical measurements and high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy (HR-XPS). The importance of the headgroup on formation mechanism and the stability of the SAMs was addressed by comparatively studying methaneselenolate (MSe) and methanethiolate (MT) monolayers. Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations were performed to identify the elementary reaction steps in the mechanisms of formation and decomposition of the monolayers. Reductive desorption and HR-XPS measurements indicated that a MSe monolayer is formed at short immersion times by the cleavage of the Se-Se bond of DMDSe. However, the monolayer decomposes at long immersion times at room temperature, as evidenced by the appearance of atomic Se on the surface. The decomposition is more pronounced for MSe than for MT monolayers. The MSe monolayer stability can be greatly improved by two modifications in the preparation method: immersion at low temperatures (-20 °C) and the addition of a reducing agent to the forming solution. PMID:24645647

  20. [DSC and FTIR study of adsorbed lysozyme on hydrophobic surface].

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    Lei, Zu-meng; Geng, Xin-peng; Dai, Li; Geng, Xin-du

    2008-09-01

    During a process of hen egg white lysozyme adsorption and folding on a moderately hydrophobic surface (PEG-600), the effects of salt((NH4)2SO4) concentrations, surface coverage and denaturant (guanidine hydrochloride, GuHCl) concentrations on thermal stability and the changes in the molecular conformation of adsorbed native and denatured lysozyme without aqueous solution were studied with a combination of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) with FTIR spectroscopy. The results showed that temperature due to endothermic peaks was reduced and the disturbance increased at higher temperature with the increase in salt concentration and surface coverage of adsorbed protein. beta-Sheet and beta-Turn stucture increased while alpha-Helix structure decreased after the adsorption. The peaks corresponding to both C-C stretching frequency in 1400-1425 cm(-1) and amide I band frequency in 1650-1670 cm(-1) of adsorbed denatured lysozyme can be detected in FTIR spectra while that due to amide I band frequency of adsorbed native lysozyme almost can't be observed. Adsorption resulted in structural loss of adsorbed native lysozyme, whose performance was less stable. PMID:19093560

  1. Surface Coverage and Structure of Mixed DNA/Alkylthiol Monolayers on Gold: Characterization by XPS, NEXAFS, and Fluorescence Intensity Measurements

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    Lee,C.; Gong, P.; Harbers, G.; Grainger, D.; Castner, D.; Gamble, L.

    2006-01-01

    Self-assembly of thiol-terminated single-stranded DNA (HS-ssDNA) on gold has served as an important model system for DNA immobilization at surfaces. Here, we report a detailed study of the surface composition and structure of mixed self-assembled DNA monolayers containing a short alkylthiol surface diluent [11-mercapto-1-undecanol (MCU)] on gold supports. These mixed DNA monolayers were studied with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS), and fluorescence intensity measurements. XPS results on sequentially adsorbed DNA/MCU monolayers on gold indicated that adsorbed MCU molecules first incorporate into the HS-ssDNA monolayer and, upon longer MCU exposures, displace adsorbed HS-ssDNA molecules from the surface. Thus, HS-ssDNA surface coverage steadily decreased with MCU exposure time. Polarization-dependent NEXAFS and fluorescence results both show changes in signals consistent with changes in DNA orientation after only 30 min of MCU exposure. NEXAFS polarization dependence (followed by monitoring the N 1s{yields}{pi}* transition) of the mixed DNA monolayers indicated that the DNA nucleotide base ring structures are oriented more parallel to the gold surface compared to DNA bases in pure HS-ssDNA monolayers. This indicates that HS-ssDNA oligomers reorient toward a more-upright position upon MCU incorporation. Fluorescence intensity results using end-labeled DNA probes on gold show little observable fluorescence on pure HS-ssDNA monolayers, likely due to substrate quenching effects between the fluorophore and the gold. MCU diluent incorporation into HS-ssDNA monolayers initially increases DNA fluorescence signal by densifying the chemisorbed monolayer, prompting an upright orientation of the DNA, and moving the terminal fluorophore away from the substrate. Immobilized DNA probe density and DNA target hybridization in these mixed DNA monolayers, as well as effects of MCU diluent on DNA hybridization in

  2. Physical adsorption and charge transfer of molecular Br2 on graphene.

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    Chen, Zheyuan; Darancet, Pierre; Wang, Lei; Crowther, Andrew C; Gao, Yuanda; Dean, Cory R; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Hone, James; Marianetti, Chris A; Brus, Louis E

    2014-03-25

    We present a detailed study of gaseous Br2 adsorption and charge transfer on graphene, combining in situ Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT). When graphene is encapsulated by hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) layers on both sides, in a h-BN/graphene/h-BN sandwich structure, it is protected from doping by strongly oxidizing Br2. Graphene supported on only one side by h-BN shows strong hole doping by adsorbed Br2. Using Raman spectroscopy, we determine the graphene charge density as a function of pressure. DFT calculations reveal the variation in charge transfer per adsorbed molecule as a function of coverage. The molecular adsorption isotherm (coverage versus pressure) is obtained by combining Raman spectra with DFT calculations. The Fowler-Guggenheim isotherm fits better than the Langmuir isotherm. The fitting yields the adsorption equilibrium constant (∼0.31 Torr(-1)) and repulsive lateral interaction (∼20 meV) between adsorbed Br2 molecules. The Br2 molecule binding energy is ∼0.35 eV. We estimate that at monolayer coverage each Br2 molecule accepts 0.09 e- from single-layer graphene. If graphene is supported on SiO2 instead of h-BN, a threshold pressure is observed for diffusion of Br2 along the (somewhat rough) SiO2/graphene interface. At high pressure, graphene supported on SiO2 is doped by adsorbed Br2 on both sides. PMID:24528378

  3. Cholesterol in condensed and fluid phosphatidylcholine monolayers studied by epifluorescence microscopy.

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    Worthman, L A; Nag, K; Davis, P J; Keough, K M

    1997-01-01

    Epifluorescence microscopy was used to investigate the effect of cholesterol on monolayers of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and 1 -palmitoyl-2-oleoyl phosphatidylcholine (POPC) at 21 +/- 2 degrees C using 1 mol% 1-palmitoyl-2-[12-[(7-nitro-2-1, 3-benzoxadizole-4-yl)amino]dodecanoyl]phosphatidylcholine (NBD-PC) as a fluorophore. Up to 30 mol% cholesterol in DPPC monolayers decreased the amounts of probe-excluded liquid-condensed (LC) phase at all surface pressures (pi), but did not effect the monolayers of POPC, which remained in the liquid-expanded (LE) phase at all pi. At low pi (2-5 mN/m), 10 mol% or more cholesterol in DPPC induced a lateral phase separation into dark probe-excluded and light probe-rich regions. In POPC monolayers, phase separation was observed at low pi when > or =40 mol% or more cholesterol was present. The lateral phase separation observed with increased cholesterol concentrations in these lipid monolayers may be a result of the segregation of cholesterol-rich domains in ordered fluid phases that preferentially exclude the fluorescent probe. With increasing pi, monolayers could be transformed from a heterogeneous dark and light appearance into a homogeneous fluorescent phase, in a manner that was dependent on pi and cholesterol content. The packing density of the acyl chains may be a determinant in the interaction of cholesterol with phosphatidylcholine (PC), because the transformations in monolayer surface texture were observed in phospholipid (PL)/sterol mixtures having similar molecular areas. At high pi (41 mN/m), elongated crystal-like structures were observed in monolayers containing 80-100 mol% cholesterol, and these structures grew in size when the monolayers were compressed after collapse. This observation could be associated with the segregation and crystallization of cholesterol after monolayer collapse. Images FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 PMID:9168032

  4. Nonlinear spectroscopic studies of interfacial molecular ordering

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    Superfine, R.

    1991-07-01

    The second order nonlinear optical processes of second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation are powerful new probes of surfaces. They possess unusual surface sensitivity due to the symmetry properties of the nonlinear susceptibility. In particular, infrared-visible sum frequency generation (SFG) can obtain the vibrational spectrum of sub-monolayer coverages of molecules. In this thesis, we explore the unique information that can be obtained from SFG. We take advantage of the sensitivity of SFG to the conformation of alkane chains to study the interaction between adsorbed liquid crystal molecules and surfactant treated surfaces. The sign of the SFG susceptibility depends on the sign of the molecular polarizability and the orientation, up or down, of the molecule. We experimentally determine the sign of the susceptibility and use it to determine the absolute orientation to obtain the sign of the molecular polarizability and show that this quantity contains important information about the dynamics of molecular charge distributions. Finally, we study the vibrational spectra and the molecular orientation at the pure liquid/vapor interface of methanol and water and present the most detailed evidence yet obtained for the structure of the pure water surface. 32 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  5. 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.

  6. Supercritical fluid regeneration of adsorbents

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    Defilippi, R. P.; Robey, R. J.

    1983-05-01

    The results of a program to perform studies supercritical (fluid) carbon dioxide (SCF CO2) regeneration of adsorbents, using samples of industrial wastewaters from manufacturing pesticides and synthetic solution, and to estimate the economics of the specific wastewater treatment regenerations, based on test data are given. Processing costs for regenerating granular activated carbon GAC) for treating industrial wastewaters depend on stream properties and regeneration throughput.

  7. Revealing fibrinogen monolayer conformations at different pHs: electrokinetic and colloid deposition studies.

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    Nattich-Rak, Małgorzata; Adamczyk, Zbigniew; Wasilewska, Monika; Sadowska, Marta

    2015-07-01

    Adsorption mechanism of human fibrinogen on mica at different pHs is studied using the streaming potential and colloid deposition measurements. The fibrinogen monolayers are produced by a controlled adsorption under diffusion transport at pH of 3.5 and 7.4. Initially, the electrokinetic properties of these monolayers and their stability for various ionic strength are determined. It is shown that at pH 3.5 fibrinogen adsorbs irreversibly on mica for ionic strength range of 4×10(-4) to 0.15 M. At pH 7.4, a partial desorption is observed for ionic strength below 10(-2) M. This is attributed to the desorption of the end-on oriented molecules whereas the side-on adsorbed molecules remain irreversibly bound at all ionic strengths. The orientation of molecules and monolayer structure is evaluated by the colloid deposition measurements involving negatively charged polystyrene latex microspheres, 820 nm in diameter. An anomalous deposition of negative latex particles on substrates exhibiting a negative zeta potential is observed. At pH 3.5 measurable deposition of latex is observed even at low ionic strength where the approach distance of latex particles exceeded 70 nm. At pH 7.4 this critical distance is 23 nm. This confirms that fibrinogen monolayers formed at both pHs are characterized by the presence of the side-on and end-on oriented molecules that prevail at higher coverage range. It is also shown that positive charge is located at the end parts of the αA chains of the adsorbed fibrinogen molecules. Therefore, it is concluded that the colloid deposition method is an efficient tool for revealing protein adsorption mechanisms at solid/electrolyte interfaces. PMID:25453169

  8. O K-edge x-ray magnetic circular dichroism of atomic O adsorbed on an ultrathin Co/Cu(100) film: Comparison with molecular CO on Co/Cu(100)

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    Amemiya, Kenta; Yokoyama, Toshihiko; Yonamoto, Yoshiki; Matsumura, Daiju; Ohta, Toshiaki

    2001-10-01

    We observed O K-edge x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) of atomic O adsorbed on a fcc Co thin film grown epitaxially on Cu(100). The XMCD of c(2×2)O showed a negative sign at the O1s-->2p transition. The negative sign indicates parallel alignment of the O orbital moment with the substrate magnetization. This finding is in contrast to the CO/Co/Cu(100) case where a positive XMCD was observed at the O1s-->CO2π* transition. A possible explanation for this discrepancy is proposed referring to recent theoretical prediction [Pick et al., Phys. Rev. B 59, 4195 (1999)].

  9. Structure and growth of stearate monolayers on calcite: First results of an in situ X-ray reflectivity study

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    Fenter, P.; Sturchio, N.C.

    1999-10-01

    The adsorption of organic molecules at mineral-fluid interfaces has a profound influence upon geochemical reaction and transport processes, yet little is known about the in situ structures or properties of organic layers at mineral-fluid interfaces. The authors describe an X-ray reflectivity study of stearate monolayers adsorbed at the calcite surface from methanolic solutions. Using these measurements the authors are able to determine important aspects of the in situ structure, bonding, adsorption, and growth mechanisms of stearate monolayers. The experimental approach demonstrated here can be applied widely in studying the interaction of organic molecules with mineral surfaces in aqueous systems.

  10. Effect of the structural anisotropy and lateral strain on the surface phonons of monolayer xenon on Cu(110)

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    Zeppenfeld, P.; Büchel, M.; David, R.; Comsa, G.; Ramseyer, C.; Girardet, C.

    1994-11-01

    The phonon-dispersion curves for a xenon monolayer adsorbed on Cu(110) have been measured using inelastic He scattering. The size and geometry of the substrate unit cell introduces an anisotropic distortion of the xenon monolayer, which is reflected in a strong deformation of the phonon-dispersion curves with respect to the floating two-dimensional (2D) xenon layer. This effect is reproduced in a 2D phonon calculation, based on the Lennard-Jones Xe pair potential. In this way a microscopic relationship between lattice strain, force constants, and surface stress can be established.

  11. Efficient C-C bond splitting on Pt monolayer and sub-monolayer catalysts during ethanol electro-oxidation: Pt layer strain and morphology effects.

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    Loukrakpam, Rameshwori; Yuan, Qiuyi; Petkov, Valeri; Gan, Lin; Rudi, Stefan; Yang, Ruizhi; Huang, Yunhui; Brankovic, Stanko R; Strasser, Peter

    2014-09-21

    Efficient catalytic C-C bond splitting coupled with complete 12-electron oxidation of the ethanol molecule to CO2 is reported on nanoscale electrocatalysts comprised of a Pt monolayer (ML) and sub-monolayer (sML) deposited on Au nanoparticles (Au@Pt ML/sML). The Au@Pt electrocatalysts were synthesized using surface limited redox replacement (SLRR) of an underpotentially deposited (UPD) Cu monolayer in an electrochemical cell reactor. Au@Pt ML showed improved catalytic activity for ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) and, unlike their Pt bulk and Pt sML counterparts, was able to generate CO2 at very low electrode potentials owing to efficient C-C bond splitting. To explain this, we explore the hypothesis that competing strain effects due to the Pt layer coverage/morphology (compressive) and the Pt-Au lattice mismatch (tensile) control surface chemisorption and overall activity. Control experiments on well-defined model Pt monolayer systems are carried out involving a wide array of methods such as high-energy X-ray diffraction, pair-distribution function (PDF) analysis, in situ electrochemical FTIR spectroscopy, and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy. The vibrational fingerprints of adsorbed CO provide compelling evidence on the relation between surface bond strength, layer strain and morphology, and catalytic activity. PMID:25081353

  12. Fullerene-derivative PC61BM forms three types of phase-pure monolayer on the surface of Au(111)

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    Li, Wen-Jie; Du, Ying-Ying; Zhang, Han-Jie; Chen, Guang-Hua; Sheng, Chun-Qi; Wu, Rui; Wang, Jia-Ou; Qian, Hai-Jie; Ibrahim, Kurash; He, Pi-Mo; Li, Hong-Nian

    2016-12-01

    We have studied the packing structures of C60-derivative PC61BM on the surface of Au(111) in ultrahigh vacuum using scanning tunneling microscopy. The Au(111) has a triangle-like reconstructed surface, which results in some packing structures different from those reported for low coverages. PC61BM can form three types of phase-pure monolayer, namely, the compact straight molecular double-row monolayer, the hexagonal-packing monolayer and the glassy monolayer. The different types of monolayer form for different molecular densities and different annealing temperatures. In addition to the already known inter-molecular interactions (Van de Waals interaction and hydrogen bond), the steric effect of the phenyl-butyric-acid-methyl-ester side tail plays conspicuous role in the molecular self-assembly at high coverages. The steric effect makes it difficult to prepare a hexagonal-packing monolayer at room temperature and decides the instability of the hexagonal-packing monolayer prepared by thermal annealing.

  13. The interaction of cytochrome c with monolayers of phosphatidylethanolamine

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

    1969-01-01

    adsorbed to monolayers at high pressures, so that the final concentration is 1m, only a proportion of the protein is desorbed and this decreases as the time of the interaction increases. This indicates that adsorption is initially electrostatic, followed by the formation of non-ionic bonds. 9. Alteration of the subphase pH under a high-pressure film leads to a steady increase in adsorption from pH3 to 8·5 followed by a rapid fall to zero adsorption at pH11. 10. The penetration into phospholipid monolayers at 10dynes/cm. shows a rate that is consistent with the relative electrostatic status of the two components of the interaction as the subphase pH is varied between 3 and 10·5. The final equilibrium penetration shows a pronounced peak in the increments of surface pressure at pH9·0 although a similar peak is not observed in the surface radioactivity. This indicates that more residues of the protein are penetrating into the film at about this pH. 11. Determinations were made of the electrophoretic mobilities of phosphatidylethanolamine particles both alone and after interaction with cytochrome c. 12. The electrophoretic mobilities of cytochrome c adsorbed on lipid particles showed an isoelectric point below that of cytochrome c. This and the observations on the monolayers suggest that, with cytochrome c, protein–protein interactions are weak compared with other proteins. PMID:5821009

  14. Adsorbed molecules in external fields: Effect of confining potential.

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    Tyagi, Ashish; Silotia, Poonam; Maan, Anjali; Prasad, Vinod

    2016-12-01

    We study the rotational excitation of a molecule adsorbed on a surface. As is well known the interaction potential between the surface and the molecule can be modeled in number of ways, depending on the molecular structure and the geometry under which the molecule is being adsorbed by the surface. We explore the effect of change of confining potential on the excitation, which is largely controlled by the static electric fields and continuous wave laser fields. We focus on dipolar molecules and hence we restrict ourselves to the first order interaction in field-molecule interaction potential either through permanent dipole moment or/and the molecular polarizability parameter. It is shown that confining potential shapes, strength of the confinement, strongly affect the excitation. We compare our results for different confining potentials. PMID:27387127

  15. A transient molecular probe for characterizing the surface properties of TiO II nanoparticle in colloidal solution

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    Weng, Yu-Xiang; Du, Lu-Chao; Zhang, Qing-Li

    2006-08-01

    A transient molecular probe for characterization of the surface properties of TiO II nanoparticles in colloidal solution has been developed recently in our laboratory. The probe molecule is all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) adsorbed on the TiO2 nanoparticle surface. After photoexcitation, the photoinduced interfacial charge recombination would generate ATRA triplet state (ATRA T) with a substantial quantum yield. While the quantum yield of triplet ATRA generated in the solution phase is substantially low, which renders the interfacial-charge-recombination generated triplet ATRA being a transient probe molecule specific only to the interface. It is found that the triplet-triplet absorption spectrum of ATRA adsorbed molecule is sensitive to its binding form with the surface Ti atom through the carboxylic group, as well as to the polarity of the medium. Especially the apparent lifetime of ATRA T at the TiO II surface changes substantially when the local polarity around the TiO II nanoparticle changes. We found that the ATRAT monolayer adsorbed at the TiO II surface can be used as a transient molecular probe for the surface binding forms, coordination state of the surface Ti atoms and the light-induced wettability change of the TiO II nanoparticle. TiO II nanoparticle, all-trans-retinoic acid, molecular probe, interfacial charge recombination, surface binding form, light-induced wettability change.

  16. Method And Apparatus For Regenerating Nox Adsorbers

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    Driscoll, J. Joshua; Endicott, Dennis L.; Faulkner, Stephen A.; Verkiel, Maarten

    2006-03-28

    Methods and apparatuses for regenerating a NOx adsorber coupled with an exhaust of an engine. An actuator drives a throttle valve to a first position when regeneration of the NOx adsorber is desired. The first position is a position that causes the regeneration of the NOx adsorber. An actuator drives the throttle valve to a second position while regeneration of the NOx adsorber is still desired. The second position being a position that is more open than the first position and operable to regenerate a NOx adsorber.

  17. Vectorially oriented monolayers of detergent-solubilized Ca(2+) -ATPase from sarcoplasmic reticulum.

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    Prokop, L A; Stongin, R M; Smith, A B; Blasie, J K; Peticolas, L J; Bean, J C

    1996-01-01

    A method for tethering proteins to solid surfaces has been utilized to form vectorially oriented monolayers of the detergent-solubilized integral membrane protein Ca(2+) -ATPase from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). Bifunctional, organic self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) possessing "headgroup" binding specificity for the substrate and "endgroup" binding specificity for the enzyme were utilized to tether the enzyme to the substrate. Specifically, an amine-terminated 11-siloxyundecaneamine SAM was found to bind the Ca(2+)-ATPase primarily electrostatically. The Ca(2+)-ATPase was labeled with the fluorescent probe 5-(2-[(iodoacetyl)amino]ethyl)aminonaphthalene-1-sulfonic acid before monolayer formation. Consequently, fluorescence measurements performed on amine-terminated SAM/enzyme monolayers formed on quartz substrates served to establish the nature of protein binding. Formation of the monolayers on inorganic multilayer substrates fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy made it possible to use x-ray interferometry to determine the profile structure for the system, which was proved correct by x-ray holography. The profile structures established the vectorial orientation of the Ca(2+)-ATPase within these monolayers, to a spatial resolution of approximately 12 A. Such vectorially oriented monolayers of detergent-solubilized Ca(2+)-ATPase from SR make possible a wide variety of correlative structure/function studies, which would serve to elucidate the mechanism of Ca(2+) transport by this enzyme. Images FIGURE 8 PMID:9172737

  18. Single stage batch adsorber design for efficient Eosin yellow removal by polyaniline coated ligno-cellulose.

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    Debnath, Sushanta; Ballav, Niladri; Maity, Arjun; Pillay, Kriveshini

    2015-01-01

    Polyaniline-coated lignin-based adsorbent (PLC) was synthesized and used for uptake of reactive dye eosin yellow (EY) from aqueous solution. The adsorption capability of the adsorbent was found to be more effective than the unmodified adsorbent (LC). In particular, the adsorption capability of the PLC was effective over a wider pH range. This could be owing to its higher point of zero charge, which is more favorable for the uptake of the anionic dye. Adsorption isotherm models suggested a monolayer adsorption was predominant. The mean free energy of adsorption (E(DR)) was found to have values between 8 and 16 kJ mol(-1) which suggests that an electrostatic mechanism of adsorption predominated over other underlying mechanisms. The adsorption process was also found to be spontaneous, with increasing negative free energy values observed at higher temperatures. Chemisorption process was supported by the changes in enthalpy above 40 kJ mol(-1) and by the results of desorption studies. This new adsorbent was also reusable and regenerable over four successive adsorption-desorption cycles. The single stage adsorber design revealed that PLC can be applicable as an effective biosorbent for the treatment of industrial effluents containing EY dye. PMID:25256550

  19. 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).

  20. Photocatalytic nanolithography of self-assembled monolayers and proteins.

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    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

  1. Photocatalytic Nanolithography of Self-Assembled Monolayers and Proteins

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    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

  2. Dip-pen nanolithography on (bio)reactive monolayer and block-copolymer platforms: deposition of lines of single macromolecules.

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    Salazar, Ramon B; Shovsky, Alexander; Schönherr, Holger; Vancso, G Julius

    2006-11-01

    The application of atomic force microscopy (AFM) tip-mediated molecular transfer (dip-pen nanolithography or DPN) to fabricate nanopatterned (bio)reactive platforms based on dendrimers on reactive self-assembled monolayer (SAM) and polymer thin films is discussed. The transfer of high-molar-mass polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers (generation 5) and the rapid in situ covalent attachment of the deposited adsorbates onto reactive N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) terminated SAMs on gold and NHS-activated polystyrene-block-poly(tert-butyl acrylate) (PS(690)-b-PtBA(1210)) block copolymer thin films were investigated as strategies to suppress line broadening by surface diffusion in DPN. By exploiting carefully controlled environmental conditions (such as temperature and relative humidity), scan rates, and in particular the covalent attachment of the dendrimers to the reactive films, the observed line broadening and hence the lateral diffusion of dendrimers was substantially less pronounced compared to that observed with DPN of thiols on gold. By this method, high-definition patterns of dendrimers were conveniently fabricated down to 30-nm length scales. The presence of primary amino groups in the deposited dendrimers ultimately offers the possibility to anchor biochemically relevant molecules, such as proteins and polypeptides, to these nanostructured platforms for a wide range of possible applications in the life sciences and in particular for the investigation of controlled cell-surface interactions. PMID:17192974

  3. Coulomb bound states and resonances due to groups of Ca dimers adsorbed on suspended graphene

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    Saffarzadeh, Alireza; Kirczenow, George

    2014-10-01

    The electronic bound states and resonances in the vicinity of the Dirac point energy due to the adsorption of calcium dimers on a suspended graphene monolayer are explored theoretically using density functional theory (DFT) and an improved extended Hückel model that includes electrostatic potentials. The Mulliken atomic charges and the electrostatic potentials are obtained from DFT calculations and reveal charge transfer from the Ca dimers to the graphene which is responsible for the emergence of resonant states in the electronic spectrum. The number of resonant states increases as the number of adsorbed dimers is increased. We find a bound "atomic-collapse" state in the graphene local density of states, as has been observed experimentally [Wang et al., Science 340, 734 (2013), 10.1126/science.1234320]. We find the formation of the atomic-collapse state and its population with electrons to require fewer adsorbed Ca dimers than in the experiment, possibly due to the different spacing between dimers and the dielectric screening by a boron nitride substrate in the experiment. We also predict the onset of filling of a second atomic-collapse state with electrons when six Ca dimers are adsorbed on the suspended graphene monolayer. Experiments testing these predictions would be of interest.

  4. Towards 1D nanolines on a monolayered supramolecular network adsorbed on a silicon surface

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    Makoudi, Younes; Beyer, Matthieu; Lamare, Simon; Jeannoutot, Judicael; Palmino, Frank; Chérioux, Frédéric

    2016-06-01

    The growth of 3D extended periodic networks made up of π-conjugated molecules on semi-conductor surfaces is of interest for the integration of nano-components in the future generations of smart devices. In the work presented in this article, we successfully achieved the formation of bilayered networks on a silicon surface including 1D-isolated nanolines in the second layer. Firstly, we observed the formation of a 2D large-scale supramolecular network in the plane of a silicon surface through the deposition of tailored molecules. Then using the same molecules, a second-layer, based on 1D nanolines, grew above the first layer, thanks to a template effect. Mono- or bi-layered networks were found to be stable from 100 K up to room temperature. These networks were investigated by scanning tunnel microscopy imaging under an ultra-high vacuum (UHV-STM).The growth of 3D extended periodic networks made up of π-conjugated molecules on semi-conductor surfaces is of interest for the integration of nano-components in the future generations of smart devices. In the work presented in this article, we successfully achieved the formation of bilayered networks on a silicon surface including 1D-isolated nanolines in the second layer. Firstly, we observed the formation of a 2D large-scale supramolecular network in the plane of a silicon surface through the deposition of tailored molecules. Then using the same molecules, a second-layer, based on 1D nanolines, grew above the first layer, thanks to a template effect. Mono- or bi-layered networks were found to be stable from 100 K up to room temperature. These networks were investigated by scanning tunnel microscopy imaging under an ultra-high vacuum (UHV-STM). Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional STM images showing submolecular details of the adsorption of molecules on the surface. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr01826b

  5. Towards 1D nanolines on a monolayered supramolecular network adsorbed on a silicon surface.

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    Makoudi, Younes; Beyer, Matthieu; Lamare, Simon; Jeannoutot, Judicael; Palmino, Frank; Chérioux, Frédéric

    2016-06-16

    The growth of 3D extended periodic networks made up of π-conjugated molecules on semi-conductor surfaces is of interest for the integration of nano-components in the future generations of smart devices. In the work presented in this article, we successfully achieved the formation of bilayered networks on a silicon surface including 1D-isolated nanolines in the second layer. Firstly, we observed the formation of a 2D large-scale supramolecular network in the plane of a silicon surface through the deposition of tailored molecules. Then using the same molecules, a second-layer, based on 1D nanolines, grew above the first layer, thanks to a template effect. Mono- or bi-layered networks were found to be stable from 100 K up to room temperature. These networks were investigated by scanning tunnel microscopy imaging under an ultra-high vacuum (UHV-STM). PMID:27273449

  6. Savinase action on bovine serum albumin (BSA) monolayers demonstrated with measurements at the air-water interface and liquid Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imaging.

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    Balashev, Konstantin; Callisen, Thomas H; Svendsen, Allan; Bjørnholm, Thomas

    2011-12-01

    We studied the enzymatic action of Savinase on bovine serum albumin (BSA) organized in a monolayer spread at the air/water interface or adsorbed at the mica surface. We carried out two types of experiments. In the first one we followed the degradation of the protein monolayer by measuring the surface pressure and surface area decrease versus time. In the second approach we applied AFM imaging of the supported BSA monolayers adsorbed on mica solid supports and extracted information for the enzyme action by analyzing the obtained images of the surface topography in the course of enzyme action. In both cases we obtained an estimate for the turnover number (TON) of the enzyme reaction. PMID:21868205

  7. Cross linking molecular systems to form ultrathin dielectric layers

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    Feng, Danqin

    Dehydrogenation leads to cross linking of polymer or polymer like formation in very different systems: self-assembled monolayers and in closo -carboranes leading to the formation of semiconducting and dielectric boron carbide. We find evidence of intermolecular interactions for a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formed from a large molecular adsorbate, [1,1';4',1"-terphenyl]-4,4"-dimethanethiol, from the dispersion of the molecular orbitals with changing the wave vector k and from the changes with temperature. With the formation self assembled molecular (SAM) layer, the molecular orbitals hybridize to electronic bands, with indications of significant band dispersion of the unoccupied molecular orbitals. Although organic adsorbates and thin films are generally regarded as "soft" materials, the effective Debye temperature, indicative of the dynamic motion of the lattice normal to the surface, can be very high, e.g. in the multilayer film formed from [1,1'-biphenyl]-4,4'-dimethanethiol (BPDMT). Depending on molecular orientation, the effective Debye temperature can be comparable to that of graphite due to the 'stiffness' of the benzene rings, but follows the expected Debye-Waller behavior for the core level photoemission intensities with temperature. This is not always the case. We find that a monomolecular film formed from [1,1';4',1"-terphenyl]-4,4"-dimethanethiol deviates from Debye-Waller temperature behavior and is likely caused by temperature dependent changes in molecular orientation. We also find evidence for the increase in dielectric character with polymerization (cross-linking) in spite of the decrease in the HOMO-LUMO gap upon irradiation of TPDMT. The changes in the HOMO-LUMO gap, with cross-linking, are roughly consistent with the band dispersion. The decomposition and cross-linking processes are also accompanied by changes in molecular orientation. The energetics of the three isomeric carborane cage compounds [ closo-1,2-orthocarborane, closo-1

  8. 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.

  9. Actinide sequestration using self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports.

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    Fryxell, Glen E; Lin, Yuehe; Fiskum, Sandy; Birnbaum, Jerome C; Wu, Hong; Kemner, Ken; Kelly, Shelley

    2005-03-01

    Surfactant templated synthesis of mesoporous ceramics provides a versatile foundation upon which to create high efficiency environmental sorbents. These nanoporous ceramic oxides condense a huge amount of surface area into a very small volume. The ceramic oxide interface is receptive to surface functionalization through molecular self-assembly. The marriage of mesoporous ceramics with self-assembled monolayer chemistry creates a powerful new class of environmental sorbent materials called self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SAMMS). These SAMMS materials are highly efficient sorbents whose interfacial chemistry can be fine-tuned to selectively sequester a specific target species, such as heavy metals, tetrahedral oxometalate anions, and radionuclides. Details addressing the design, synthesis, and characterization of SAMMS materials specifically designed to sequester actinides, of central importance to the environmental cleanup necessary after 40 years of weapons-grade plutonium production, as well as evaluation of their binding affinities and kinetics are presented. PMID:15787373

  10. Specific interaction of lectins with liposomes and monolayers bearing neoglycolipids.

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    Faivre, Vincent; Costa, Maria de Lourdes; Boullanger, Paul; Baszkin, Adam; Rosilio, Véronique

    2003-10-01

    The interaction of three lectins (wheat germ, Ulex europaeus I, and Lotus tetragonolobus agglutinins: WGA, UEA-I and LTA) with either N-acetyl-D-glucosamine or L-fucose neoglycolipids incorporated into phospholipid monolayers and liposome bilayers was studied at the air/water interface and in bulk solution. The results show that for both systems studied, synthesized neoglycolipids were capable of binding their specific lectin and that, in general, the binding of lectins increased with the increase in the molar fraction of the saccharide derivative incorporated in either the monolayers or bilayers. However, whereas for UEA-I, molecular recognition was enhanced by a strong hydrophobic interaction, for WGA and LTA successful recognition was predominantly related to the distance between neighboring sugar groups. The observed lengthy adsorption times of these lectins onto their specific ligands were attributed to interfacial conformational changes occurring in the proteins upon their adsorption at the interfaces. PMID:14499473

  11. Actinide Sequestration Using Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Supports

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    Fryxell, Glen E.; Lin, Yuehe; Fiskum, Sandra K.; Birnbaum, Jerome C.; Wu, Hong; Kemner, K. M.; Kelly, Shelley

    2005-03-01

    Surfactant templated synthesis of mesoporous ceramics provides a versatile foundation upon which to create high efficiency environmental sorbents. These nanoporous ceramic oxides condense a huge amount of surface area into a very small volume. The ceramic oxide interface is receptive to surface functionalization through molecular self-assembly. The marriage of mesoporous ceramics with self-assembled monolayer chemistry creates a powerful new class of environmental sorbent materials called self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SAMMS). These SAMMS materials are highly efficient sorbents, whose interfacial chemistry can be fine-tuned to selectively sequester a specific target species, such as heavy metals, tetrahedral oxometallate anions and radionuclides. Details addressing the design, synthesis and characterization of SAMMS materials specifically designed to sequester actinides, of central importance to the environmental clean-up necessary after 40 years of weapons grade plutonium production, as well as evaluation of their binding affinities and kinetics are presented.

  12. Kinetics of self-assembled monolayer formation on individual nanoparticles.

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    Smith, Jeremy G; Jain, Prashant K

    2016-08-24

    Self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formation of alkanethiols on nanoparticle surfaces is an extensively studied surface reaction. But the nanoscale aspects of the rich microscopic kinetics of this reaction may remain hidden due to ensemble-averaging in colloidal samples, which is why we investigated in real-time how alkanethiol SAMs form on a single Ag nanoparticle. From single-nanoparticle trajectories obtained using in situ optical spectroscopy, the kinetics of SAM formation appears to be limited by the growth of the layer across the nanoparticle surface. A significant spread in the growth kinetics is seen between nanoparticles. The single-nanoparticle rate distributions suggest two distinct modes for SAM growth: spillover of adsorbed thiols from the initial binding sites on the nanoparticle and direct adsorption of thiol from solution. At low concentrations, wherein direct adsorption from solution is not prevalent and growth takes place primarily by adsorbate migration, the SAM formation rate was less variable from one nanoparticle to another. On the other hand, at higher thiol concentrations, when both modes of growth were operative, the population of nanoparticles with inherent variations in surface conditions and/or morphology exhibited a heterogeneous distribution of rates. These new insights into the complex dynamics of SAM formation may inform synthetic strategies for ligand passivation and functionalization of nanoparticles and models of reactive adsorption and catalysis on nanoparticles. PMID:27523488

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. A Quantitative Study of Tethered Chains in Various Solution Conditions Using Langmuir Diblock Copolymer Monolayers

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    Kent, Michael S.

    1999-08-13

    This article summarizes our investigations of tethered chain systems using Langmuir monolayer of polydimethysiloxane-poly styrene (PDMS-PS) diblock copolymers on organic liquids. In this system, the PDMS block adsorbs to the air surface while the PS block dangles into the subphase liquid. The air surface can be made either repulsive or attractive for the tethered PS chain segments by choosing a subphase liquid which has a surface tension lower or greater than that of PS, respectively. The segment profile of the PS block is determined by neutron reflection as a function of the surface density, the molecular weights of the PS and PDMS blocks, and the solution conditions. We cover the range of reduced surface density (SIGMA) characteristic of the large body of data in the literature for systems of chains tethered onto solid surfaces from dilute solution in good or theta solvent conditions (SIGMA < 12). We emphasize quantitative comparisons with analytical profile forms and scaling predictions. We find that the strong-stretching limit invoked in analytical SCF and scaling theories is not valid over this Z range. On the other hand, over a large portion of this range (SIGMA < 5) tethered layers are well described by a renormalization group theory addressing weakly interacting or noninteracting chains. Simultaneous with the study of the profile form, the free energy of the chains is examined through the surface tension. A strong increase in the surface pressure is observed with increasing surface density which determines the maximum surface density which can be achieved. This apparently nonequilibrium effect is attributed to steric interactions and limited lateral interpenetration. This effect may explain several outstanding discrepancies regarding the adsorption of end-functionalized chains and diblock copolymers onto solid surfaces.

  17. 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.

  18. Structural characterization of adsorbed helical and beta-sheet peptides

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    Samuel, Newton Thangadurai

    Adsorbed peptides on surfaces have potential applications in the fields of biomaterials, tissue engineering, peptide microarrays and nanobiotechnology. The surface region, the "biomolecular interface" between a material and the biological environment, plays a crucial role in these applications. As a result, characterization of adsorbed peptide structure, especially with respect to identity, concentration, spatial distribution, conformation and orientation, is important. The present research employs NEXAFS (near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy) and SFG (sum frequency generation spectroscopy) to provide information about the adsorbed peptide structure. Soft X-ray NEXAFS is a synchrotron-based technique which typically utilizes polarized X-rays to interrogate surfaces under ultra-high vacuum conditions. SFG is a non-linear optical technique which utilizes a combination of a fixed visible and a tunable infrared laser beams to generate a surface-vibrational spectrum of surface species. SFG has the added advantage of being able to directly analyze the surface-structure at the solid-liquid interface. The main goals of the present research were twofold: characterize the structure of adsorbed peptides (1) ex situ using soft X-ray NEXAFS, and (2) in situ using non-linear laser spectroscopy (SFG). Achieving the former goal involved first developing a comprehensive characterization of the carbon, nitrogen and oxygen k-edge NEXAFS spectra for amino acids, and then using a series of helical and beta-sheet peptides to demonstrate the sensitivity of polarization-dependent NEXAFS to secondary structure of adsorbed peptides. Characterizing the structure of adsorbed peptides in situ using SFG involved developing a model system to probe the solid-liquid interface in situ; demonstrating the ability to probe the molecular interactions and adsorbed secondary structure; following the time-dependent ordering of the adsorbed peptides; and establishing the ability to obtain

  19. Photochemistry of adsorbed nitrate on aluminum oxide particle surfaces.

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    Rubasinghege, Gayan; Grassian, Vicki H

    2009-07-01

    Nitrogen oxides, including nitrogen dioxide and nitric acid, react with mineral dust particles in the atmosphere to yield adsorbed nitrate. Although nitrate ion is a well-known chromophore in natural waters, little is known about the surface photochemistry of nitrate adsorbed on mineral particles. In this study, nitrate adsorbed on aluminum oxide, a model system for mineral dust aerosol, is irradiated with broadband light (lambda > 300 nm) as a function of relative humidity (RH) in the presence of molecular oxygen. Upon irradiation, the nitrate ion readily undergoes photolysis to yield nitrogen-containing gas-phase products including NO(2), NO, and N(2)O, with NO being the major product. The relative ratio and product yields of these gas-phase products change with RH, with N(2)O production being highest at the higher relative humidities. Furthermore, an efficient dark reaction readily converts the major NO product into NO(2) during post-irradiation. Photochemical processes on mineral dust aerosol surfaces have the potential to impact the chemical balance of the atmosphere, yet little is known about these processes. In this study, the impact that adsorbed nitrate photochemistry may have on the renoxification of the atmosphere is discussed. PMID:19534452

  20. A Unified Description of the DC Conductivity of Monolayer and Bilayer Graphene Based on Resonant Scatterers

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    Ferreira, Aires; Viana-Gomes, J.; Nilsson, Johan; Mucciolo, Eduardo R.; Peres, Nuno M. R.; Castro Neto, Antonio H.

    2011-03-01

    We show that a coherent picture for the dc conductivity of monolayer and bilayer graphene emerges from considering that strong short-range potentials are the main source of scattering in these two systems. The origin of the strong short range potentials may lie in adsorbed hydrocarbons at the surface of graphene. The equivalence between results based on the partial wave description of scattering, the Lippmann-Schwinger equation, and the T-matrix approach is established. Scattering due to resonant impurities close to the neutrality point is investigated via a numerical computation of the Kubo formula using a kernel polynomial method. We find that realistic adsorbates originate impurity bands in monolayer and bilayer graphene close to the Dirac point. In the midgap region, a plateau of minimum conductivity of about e2 / h (per layer) is induced by the resonant disorder. In bilayer graphene, a large adsorbate concentration can develop an energy gap between midgap states and high energy states. As a consequence, the conductivity plateau is supressed near the edges and a ``conductivity gap'' takes place.

  1. Competition between Displacement and Dissociation of a Strong Acid Compared to a Weak Acid Adsorbed on Silica Particle Surfaces: The Role of Adsorbed Water.

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    Fang, Yuan; Tang, Mingjin; Grassian, Vicki H

    2016-06-16

    The adsorption of nitric (HNO3) and formic (HCOOH) acids on silica particle surfaces and the effect of adsorbed water have been investigated at 296 K using transmission FTIR spectroscopy. Under dry conditions, both nitric and formic acids adsorb reversibly on silica. Additionally, the FTIR spectra show that both of these molecules remain in the protonated form. At elevated relative humidities (RH), adsorbed water competes both for surface adsorption sites with these acids as well as promotes their dissociation to hydronium ions and the corresponding anions. Compared to HNO3, the extent of dissociation is much smaller for HCOOH, very likely because it is a weaker acid. This study provides valuable insights into the interaction of HNO3 and HCOOH with silica surface on the molecular level and further reveals the complex roles of surface-adsorbed water in atmospheric heterogeneous chemistry of mineral dust particles-many of these containing silica. PMID:27220375

  2. Fluorinated monolayers at liquid-liquid and liquid-vapor interfaces

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    Zhang, Zhongjian

    Microscopic structure of several fluorinated monolayers at water-vapor and water-oil interfaces were examined using x-ray specular reflectivity and grazing incidence diffraction (GID) techniques. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction measurements of monolayers of perfluoro-n-eicosane (F(CFsb2)sb{20}F) and F(CFsb2)sb{m}(CHsb2)sb{n}H (denoted as Fsb{m}Hsb{n}) supported at the air-water interface demonstrated that even without the conventional polar head group, the surfactant molecules are capable of forming ordered in-plane structures defined by hexagonal close packing of the fluorinated blocks of adsorbed molecules due to the stronger chain-chain interaction between fluorocarbon chains than the corresponding hydrocarbons. The specular reflectivity data reveals a hydrocarbon-down, fluorocarbon-up orientation for Fsb{12}Hsb{18}. In contrast to the conventional expectation that soluble surfactants form disordered monolayers at the liquid-liquid interface, the studies on a fluoroalcohol (F(CFsb2)sb{10}(CHsb2)sb2OH) monolayer at water-hexane interface indicate that the surfactants are in a close packed hexagonal phase, similar to the in-plane structure of other fluorocarbon molecules at water-air interface. Above a transition temperature the monolayer is in a low density gas phase. Preliminary study shows that hysteresis effect occurs around the transition temperature. The first measurements of microscopic structure at common high interfacial tension liquid-liquid interfaces such as a simple oil-water (hexane-water) interface is also reported. Thermal expansion coefficient measurements indicate subtle structural differences in these monolayers.

  3. 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.

  4. EDITORIAL: Molecular switches at surfaces Molecular switches at surfaces

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    Weinelt, Martin; von Oppen, Felix

    2012-10-01

    In nature, molecules exploit interaction with their environment to realize complex functionalities on the nanometer length scale. Physical, chemical and/or biological specificity is frequently achieved by the switching of molecules between microscopically different states. Paradigmatic examples are the energy production in proton pumps of bacteria or the signal conversion in human vision, which rely on switching molecules between different configurations or conformations by external stimuli. The remarkable reproducibility and unparalleled fatigue resistance of these natural processes makes it highly desirable to emulate nature and develop artificial systems with molecular functionalities. A promising avenue towards this goal is to anchor the molecular switches at surfaces, offering new pathways to control their functional properties, to apply electrical contacts, or to integrate switches into larger systems. Anchoring at surfaces allows one to access the full range from individual molecular switches to self-assembled monolayers of well-defined geometry and to customize the coupling between molecules and substrate or between adsorbed molecules. Progress in this field requires both synthesis and preparation of appropriate molecular systems and control over suitable external stimuli, such as light, heat, or electrical currents. To optimize switching and generate function, it is essential to unravel the geometric structure, the electronic properties and the dynamic interactions of the molecular switches on surfaces. This special section, Molecular Switches at Surfaces, collects 17 contributions describing different aspects of this research field. They analyze elementary processes, both in single molecules and in ensembles of molecules, which involve molecular switching and concomitant changes of optical, electronic, or magnetic properties. Two topical reviews summarize the current status, including both challenges and achievements in the field of molecular switches on

  5. Low-voltage p- and n-type organic self-assembled monolayer field effect transistors.

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    Novak, Michael; Ebel, Alexander; Meyer-Friedrichsen, Timo; Jedaa, Abdesselam; Vieweg, Benito F; Yang, Guang; Voitchovsky, Kislon; Stellacci, Francesco; Spiecker, Erdmann; Hirsch, Andreas; Halik, Marcus

    2011-01-12

    We report on p- and n-type organic self-assembled monolayer field effect transistors. On the base of quaterthiophene and fullerene units, multifunctional molecules were synthesized, which have the ability to self-assemble and provide multifunctional monolayers. The self-assembly approach, based on phosphonic acids, is very robust and allows the fabrication of functional devices even on larger areas. The p- and n-type transistor devices with only one molecular active layer were demonstrated for transistor channel lengths up to 10 μm. The monolayer composition is proven by electrical experiments and by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, XPS, and AFM experiments. Because of the molecular design and the contribution of isolating alkyl chains to the hybrid dielectric, our devices operate at low supply voltages (-4 V to +4 V), which is a key requirement for practical use and simplifies the integration in standard applications. The monolayer devices operate in ambient air and show hole and electron mobilities of 10(-5) cm(2)/(V s) and 10(-4) cm(2)/(V s) respectively. In particular the n-type operation of self-assembled monolayer transistors has not been reported before. Hereby, structure-property relations of the SAMs have been studied. Furthermore an approach to protect the sensitive C(60) from immediate degradation within the molecular design is provided. PMID:21133354

  6. A novel fiber-based adsorbent technology

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    Reynolds, T.A.

    1997-10-01

    In this Phase I Small Business Innovation Research program, Chemica Technologies, Inc. is developing an economical, robust, fiber-based adsorbent technology for removal of heavy metals from contaminated water. The key innovation is the development of regenerable adsorbent fibers and adsorbent fiber cloths that have high capacity and selectivity for heavy metals and are chemically robust. The process has the potential for widespread use at DOE facilities, mining operations, and the chemical process industry.

  7. Electrochemically adsorbed Pb on Ag (111) studied with grazing- incidence x-ray scattering

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    Kortright, J.B.; Ross, P.N.; Melroy, O.R.; Toney, M.F.; Borges, G.L.; Samant, M.G.

    1989-04-01

    Grazing-incidence x-ray scattering studies of the evolution of electrochemically deposited layers of lead on silver (111) as a function of applied electrochemical potential are presented. Measurements were made with the adsorbed layers in contact with solution in a specially designed sample cell. The observed lead structures are a function of the applied potential and range from an incommensurate monolayer, resulting from underpotential deposition, to randomly oriented polycrystalline bulk lead, resulting from lower deposition potentials. These early experiments demonstrate the ability of in situ x-ray diffraction measurements to determine structures associated with electrochemical deposition. 6 refs., 4 figs.

  8. Quasiparticle excitations of adsorbates on doped graphene

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    Lischner, Johannes; Wickenburg, Sebastian; Wong, Dillon; Karrasch, Christoph; Wang, Yang; Lu, Jiong; Omrani, Arash A.; Brar, Victor; Tsai, Hsin-Zon; Wu, Qiong; Corsetti, Fabiano; Mostofi, Arash; Kawakami, Roland K.; Moore, Joel; Zettl, Alex; Louie, Steven G.; Crommie, Mike

    Adsorbed atoms and molecules can modify the electronic structure of graphene, but in turn it is also possible to control the properties of adsorbates via the graphene substrate. In my talk, I will discuss the electronic structure of F4-TCNQ molecules on doped graphene and present a first-principles based theory of quasiparticle excitations that captures the interplay of doping-dependent image charge interactions between substrate and adsorbate and electron-electron interaction effects on the molecule. The resulting doping-dependent quasiparticle energies will be compared to experimental scanning tunnelling spectra. Finally, I will also discuss the effects of charged adsorbates on the electronic structure of doped graphene.

  9. Theory of raman scattering from molecules adsorbed at semiconductor surfaces

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    Ueba, H.

    1983-09-01

    A theory is presented to calculate the Raman polarizability of an adsorbed molecule at a semiconductor surface, where the electronic excitation in the molecular site interacts with excitons (elementary excitations in the semiconductor) through non-radiative energy transfer between them, in an intermediate state in the Raman scattering process. The Raman polarizability thus calculated is found to exhibit a peak at the energy corresponding to a resonant excitation of excitons, thereby suggesting the possibility of surface enhanced Raman scattering on semiconductor surfaces. The mechanism studied here can also give an explanation of a recent observation of the Raman excitation profiles of p-NDMA and p-DMAAB adsorbed on ZnO or TiO 2, where those profiles were best described by assuming a resonant intermediate state of the exciton transition in the semiconductors. It is also demonstrated that in addition to vibrational Raman scattering, excitonic Raman scattering of adsorbed molecules will occur in the coupled molecule-semiconductor system, where the molecular returns to its ground electronic state by leaving an exciton in the semiconductor. A spectrum of the excitonic Raman scattering is expected to appear in the background of the vibrational Raman band and to be characterized by the electronic structure of excitons. A desirable experiment is suggested for an examination of the theory.

  10. Distribution of metal and adsorbed guest species in zeolites

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    Chmelka, B.F.

    1989-12-01

    Because of their high internal surface areas and molecular-size cavity dimensions, zeolites are used widely as catalysts, shape- selective supports, or adsorbents in a variety of important chemical processes. For metal-catalyzed reactions, active metal species must be dispersed to sites within the zeolite pores that are accessible to diffusing reactant molecules. The distribution of the metal, together with transport and adsorption of reactant molecules in zeolite powders, are crucial to ultimate catalyst performance. The nature of the metal or adsorbed guest distribution is known, however, to be dramatically dependent upon preparatory conditions. Our objective is to understand, at the molecular level, how preparatory treatments influence the distribution of guest species in zeolites, in order that macroscopic adsorption and reaction properties of these materials may be better understood. The sensitivity of xenon to its adsorption environment makes {sup 129}Xe NMR spectroscopy an important diagnostic probe of metal clustering and adsorbate distribution processes in zeolites. The utility of {sup 129}Xe NMR depends on the mobility of the xenon atoms within the zeolite-guest system, together with the length scale of the sample heterogeneity being studied. In large pore zeolites containing dispersed guest species, such as Pt--NaY, {sup 129}Xe NMR is insensitive to fine structural details at room temperature.

  11. Adsorption of poly(vinyl alcohol) from water to a hydrophobic surface: effects of molecular weight, degree of hydrolysis, salt, and temperature.

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    Kozlov, Mikhail; McCarthy, Thomas J

    2004-10-12

    The adsorption of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH) from aqueous solutions to a silicon-supported fluoroalkyl monolayer is described. Thickness, wettability, and roughness of adsorbed films are studied as a function of polymer molecular weight, degree of hydrolysis (from the precursor, poly(vinyl acetate)), polymer concentration, salt type and concentration, and temperature. The data suggest a two-stage process for adsorption of the polymer: physisorption due to a hydrophobic effect (decrease in interfacial free energy) and subsequent stabilization of the adsorbed layer due to crystallization of the polymer. Adsorption of lower-molecular-weight polymers results in thicker films than those prepared with a higher molecular weight; this is ascribed to better crystallization of more mobile short chains. Higher contents of unhydrolyzed acetate groups on the poly(vinyl alcohol) chain lead to thicker adsorbed films. Residual acetate groups partition to the outermost surface of the films and determine wettability. Salts, including sodium chloride and sodium sulfate, promote adsorption, which results in thicker films; at the same time, their presence over a wide concentration range leads to formation of rough coatings. Sodium thiocyanate has little effect on PVOH adsorption, only slightly reducing the thickness in a 2 M salt solution. Increased temperature promotes adsorption in the presence of salt, but has little effect on salt-free solutions. Evidently, higher temperatures favor adsorption but cause crystallization to be less thermodynamically favorable. These competing effects result in the smoothest coatings being formed in an intermediate temperature range. PMID:15461502

  12. Revealing Defect-State Photoluminescence in Monolayer WS2 by Cryogenic Laser Processing.

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    He, Zhengyu; Wang, Xiaochen; Xu, Wenshuo; Zhou, Yingqiu; Sheng, Yuewen; Rong, Youmin; Smith, Jason M; Warner, Jamie H

    2016-06-28

    Understanding the stability of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides in atmospheric conditions has important consequences for their handling, life-span, and utilization in applications. We show that cryogenic photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) is a highly sensitive technique to the detection of oxidation induced degradation of monolayer tungsten disulfide (WS2) caused by exposure to ambient conditions. Although long-term exposure to atmospheric conditions causes massive degradation from oxidation that is optically visible, short-term exposure produces no obvious changes to the PL or Raman spectra measured at either room temperature or even cryogenic environment. Laser processing was employed to remove the surface adsorbents, which enables the defect states to be detected via cryogenic PL spectroscopy. Thermal cycling to room temperature and back down to 77 K shows the process is reversible. We also monitor the degradation process of WS2 using this method, which shows that the defect related peak can be observed after one month aging in ambient conditions. PMID:27295362

  13. Coadsorption of human milk lactoferrin into the dipalmitoylglycerolphosphatidylcholine phospholipid monolayer spread at the air/water interface.

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    Miano, Fausto; Zhao, Xiubo; Lu, Jian R; Penfold, Jeff

    2007-02-15

    The coadsorption of human milk lactoferrin into a spread monolayer of dipalmitoylglycerol phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) at the air/water interface has been studied by neutron reflection. The system is a good model of the preocular tear film outer interface, which was the motivation for the study. The association of the protein with the surface was indicated by an increase of the surface pressure exerted by the DPPC monolayer. The extent of lactoferrin coadsorption was found to decrease with increasing surface pressure in the lipid monolayer, a trend consistent with the observation reported for other proteins, such as lysozyme and beta-lactoglobulin. The neutron reflectivity measurements were subsequently carried out at the three surface pressures of 8, 15, and 35 mN/m to examine the structure and composition of lactoferrin coadsorbed at the interface. Whereas the DPPC monolayer effectively prevented lactoferrin insertion at the high surface pressure, a measurable amount of lactoferrin was found at the air/water interface at the two lower surface pressures. At 15 mN/m it was difficult to identify the distribution of lactoferrin with respect to the DPPC monolayer, due to its relatively low adsorbed amount and much broader distribution. At the lowest surface pressure of 8 mN/m, the lactoferrin coadsorption was found to increase with time over the first few hours. After 5 h the distribution of the lactoferrin layer became similar to, though quantitatively lower than, that adsorbed in the absence of the DPPC monolayer. It is characterized by a top dense sublayer of 15 A with a bottom diffuse sublayer of 60 A, indicating structural unfolding induced by surface adsorption under these conditions. PMID:17114223

  14. Coadsorption of Human Milk Lactoferrin into the Dipalmitoylglycerolphosphatidylcholine Phospholipid Monolayer Spread at the Air/Water Interface

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    Miano, Fausto; Zhao, Xiubo; Lu, Jian R.; Penfold, Jeff

    2007-01-01

    The coadsorption of human milk lactoferrin into a spread monolayer of dipalmitoylglycerol phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) at the air/water interface has been studied by neutron reflection. The system is a good model of the preocular tear film outer interface, which was the motivation for the study. The association of the protein with the surface was indicated by an increase of the surface pressure exerted by the DPPC monolayer. The extent of lactoferrin coadsorption was found to decrease with increasing surface pressure in the lipid monolayer, a trend consistent with the observation reported for other proteins, such as lysozyme and β-lactoglobulin. The neutron reflectivity measurements were subsequently carried out at the three surface pressures of 8, 15, and 35 mN/m to examine the structure and composition of lactoferrin coadsorbed at the interface. Whereas the DPPC monolayer effectively prevented lactoferrin insertion at the high surface pressure, a measurable amount of lactoferrin was found at the air/water interface at the two lower surface pressures. At 15 mN/m it was difficult to identify the distribution of lactoferrin with respect to the DPPC monolayer, due to its relatively low adsorbed amount and much broader distribution. At the lowest surface pressure of 8 mN/m, the lactoferrin coadsorption was found to increase with time over the first few hours. After 5 h the distribution of the lactoferrin layer became similar to, though quantitatively lower than, that adsorbed in the absence of the DPPC monolayer. It is characterized by a top dense sublayer of 15 Å with a bottom diffuse sublayer of 60 Å, indicating structural unfolding induced by surface adsorption under these conditions. PMID:17114223

  15. Molecular Plasmonics.

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    Wilson, Andrew J; Willets, Katherine A

    2016-06-12

    In this review, we survey recent advances in the field of molecular plasmonics beyond the traditional sensing modality. Molecular plasmonics is explored in the context of the complex interaction between plasmon resonances and molecules and the ability of molecules to support plasmons self-consistently. First, spectroscopic changes induced by the interaction between molecular and plasmonic resonances are discussed, followed by examples of how tuning molecular properties leads to active molecular plasmonic systems. Next, the role of the position and polarizability of a molecular adsorbate on surface-enhanced Raman scattering signals is examined experimentally and theoretically. Finally, we introduce recent research focused on using molecules as plasmonic materials. Each of these examples is intended to highlight the role of molecules as integral components in coupled molecule-plasmon systems, as well as to show the diversity of applications in molecular plasmonics. PMID:27049633

  16. Optical modulation of nano-gap tunnelling junctions comprising self-assembled monolayers of hemicyanine dyes

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    Pourhossein, Parisa; Vijayaraghavan, Ratheesh K.; Meskers, Stefan C. J.; Chiechi, Ryan C.

    2016-01-01

    Light-driven conductance switching in molecular tunnelling junctions that relies on photoisomerization is constrained by the limitations of kinetic traps and either by the sterics of rearranging atoms in a densely packed monolayer or the small absorbance of individual molecules. Here we demonstrate light-driven conductance gating; devices comprising monolayers of hemicyanine dyes trapped between two metallic nanowires exhibit higher conductance under irradiation than in the dark. The modulation of the tunnelling current occurs faster than the timescale of the measurement (∼1 min). We propose a mechanism in which a fraction of molecules enters an excited state that brings the conjugated portion of the monolayer into resonance with the electrodes. This mechanism is supported by calculations showing the delocalization of molecular orbitals near the Fermi energy in the excited and cationic states, but not the ground state and a reasonable change in conductance with respect to the effective barrier width. PMID:27272394

  17. Optical modulation of nano-gap tunnelling junctions comprising self-assembled monolayers of hemicyanine dyes.

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    Pourhossein, Parisa; Vijayaraghavan, Ratheesh K; Meskers, Stefan C J; Chiechi, Ryan C

    2016-01-01

    Light-driven conductance switching in molecular tunnelling junctions that relies on photoisomerization is constrained by the limitations of kinetic traps and either by the sterics of rearranging atoms in a densely packed monolayer or the small absorbance of individual molecules. Here we demonstrate light-driven conductance gating; devices comprising monolayers of hemicyanine dyes trapped between two metallic nanowires exhibit higher conductance under irradiation than in the dark. The modulation of the tunnelling current occurs faster than the timescale of the measurement (∼1 min). We propose a mechanism in which a fraction of molecules enters an excited state that brings the conjugated portion of the monolayer into resonance with the electrodes. This mechanism is supported by calculations showing the delocalization of molecular orbitals near the Fermi energy in the excited and cationic states, but not the ground state and a reasonable change in conductance with respect to the effective barrier width. PMID:27272394

  18. 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)

  19. Optical modulation of nano-gap tunnelling junctions comprising self-assembled monolayers of hemicyanine dyes

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    Pourhossein, Parisa; Vijayaraghavan, Ratheesh K.; Meskers, Stefan C. J.; Chiechi, Ryan C.

    2016-06-01

    Light-driven conductance switching in molecular tunnelling junctions that relies on photoisomerization is constrained by the limitations of kinetic traps and either by the sterics of rearranging atoms in a densely packed monolayer or the small absorbance of individual molecules. Here we demonstrate light-driven conductance gating; devices comprising monolayers of hemicyanine dyes trapped between two metallic nanowires exhibit higher conductance under irradiation than in the dark. The modulation of the tunnelling current occurs faster than the timescale of the measurement (~1 min). We propose a mechanism in which a fraction of molecules enters an excited state that brings the conjugated portion of the monolayer into resonance with the electrodes. This mechanism is supported by calculations showing the delocalization of molecular orbitals near the Fermi energy in the excited and cationic states, but not the ground state and a reasonable change in conductance with respect to the effective barrier width.

  20. Optical anisotropy of flagellin layers: in situ and label-free measurement of adsorbed protein orientation using OWLS.

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    Kovacs, Noemi; Patko, Daniel; Orgovan, Norbert; Kurunczi, Sandor; Ramsden, Jeremy J; Vonderviszt, Ferenc; Horvath, Robert

    2013-06-01

    The surface adsorption of the protein flagellin was followed in situ using optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy (OWLS). Flagellin did not show significant adsorption on a hydrophilic waveguide, but very rapidly formed a dense monolayer on a hydrophobic (silanized) surface. The homogeneous and isotropic optical layer model, which has hitherto been generally applied in OWLS data interpretation for adsorbed protein films, failed to characterize the flagellin layer, but it could be successfully modeled as an uniaxial thin film. This anisotropic modeling revealed a significant positive birefringence in the layer, suggesting oriented protein adsorption. The adsorbed flagellin orientation was further evidenced by monitoring the surface adsorption of truncated flagellin variants, in which the terminal protein regions or the central (D3) domain were removed. Without the terminal regions the protein adsorption was much slower and the resulting films were significantly less birefringent, implying that intact flagellin adsorbs on the hydrophobic surface via its terminal regions. PMID:23631669