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Molecule−Molecule versus Molecule−Substrate Interactions in the Assembly of Oligothiophenes at Surfaces

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Service de Chimie des Matériaux Nouveaux, Université de Mons-Hainaut, Place du Parc 20, B-7000 Mons, Belgium, Laboratory of Photochemistry and Spectroscopy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200F, B-3001 Heverlee-Leuven, Belgium, and IRC in Polymer Science and Technology, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, United Kingdom
Cite this: J. Phys. Chem. B 2006, 110, 15, 7898–7908
Publication Date (Web):March 30, 2006
Copyright © 2006 American Chemical Society

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    In this paper we present a joint experimental and theoretical approach for the study of the assembly of end-substituted oligothiophenes at surfaces with different polarities (i.e., mica vs graphite). Scanning probe microscopy studies of (sub)monolayer deposits show various types of structures (one-dimensional fibrils, two-dimensional regular layers, and monolayers), depending on the nature of the end groups and the substrate. Using molecular modeling with an atomistic approach, we focus on the interplay between the molecule−molecule (and segment−segment) interactions and the molecule−substrate interactions and their influence on the observed morphologies and the stacking geometry. Such information is relevant for controling the structural order in thin layers of thiophene oligomers for use in field-effect transistor applications, for example, by modifying the nature of dielectric material over which those compounds are deposited.

     Université de Mons-Hainaut.

     Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.


     Durham University.


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