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Self-Assembly of Monolayers of Semiconductor Nanocrystallites

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Department of Chemistry, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland
School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland
Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Universita' di Catania, Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
Department of Interface Physics, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80000, 3508 TA Utrecht, The Netherlands
Cite this: Chem. Mater. 1997, 9, 12, 2969–2982
Publication Date (Web):December 16, 1997
Copyright © 1997 American Chemical Society

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    Described is the self-assembly of a monolayer of TiO2 nanocrystallites on a gold substrate by two related methods. In the first of these methods, a crystalline monolayer of the functionalized thiol HS−(CH2)10−COOH is self-assembled at an annealed gold substrate by adsorption from ethanolic solution. The modified gold substrate is then immersed in an ethanolic TiO2 colloid. TiO2 nanocrystallites are adsorbed at the terminal −COOH group of the molecules constituting the monolayer. In the second of these methods, an ethanolic colloid of TiO2 nanocrystallites is prepared in the presence of the functionalized thiol HS−(CH2)10−COOH. The modified nanocrystallites are adsorbed at the surface of an annealed gold substrate. For each method, there is some evidence for short-range ordering of the nanocrystallites constituting the close-packed monolayer adsorbed at the gold substrate. Some potential applications of these methods are considered.

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     Abstract published in Advance ACS Abstracts, October 1, 1997.

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