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Surface Organization of a Spontaneously Adsorbed Monolayer of Arachidic Acid on Silver
Author(s): N. E. Schlotter; T. Bright; D. L. Allara
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Paper Abstract

Grazing incidence infrared (GI-IR) spectra of spontaneously adsorbed monolayers of arachidic acid on ambient silver surfaces have been recorded. These spectra are very similar to previously obtained measurements on Langmuir - Blodgett (L-B) deposited films prepared from the corresponding carboxylate salts indicating great similarity between the L-B and spontaneously formed films. The acidic head group has reacted with the silver/silver oxide surface to form a carboxylate salt. Additionally, the hydrocarbon chains have assumed a planar zig-zag conformation. These chains are oriented approximately normal to the surface. The spectrum of arachidic acid, CH3(CH2 -) 18COOH, indicates an orthorhombic subcell packing arrangement. Studies with isotopically labeled n-alkanoic acids have been carried out to confirm some mode assignments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 December 1985
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 0553, Fourier and Computerized Infrared Spectroscopy, (20 December 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.970932
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N. E. Schlotter, Bell Communications Research (United States)
T. Bright, Bell Communications Research (United States)
D. L. Allara, Bell Communications Research (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0553:
Fourier and Computerized Infrared Spectroscopy
David G. Cameron; Jeannette G. Grasselli, Editor(s)

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