Electrochemical formation of a polyaniline-analogue monolayer on a gold electrode

Susumu Kuwabata, Ryozo Fukuzaki, Matsuhiko Nishizawa, Charles R. Martin, Hiroshi Yoneyama

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Electrochemical preparation of polymerized self-assembled monolayers on an Au(111) substrate has been attempted by using aminobenzenethiol and 3-aminophenethylthiol. A self-assembled monolayer of aminobenzenethiol was easily polymerized if it consisted of ortho and meta isomers in their molar ratio of 1:1 but not at a single component monolayer of each isomer. In contrast, a self-assembled monolayer of a single component of 3-aminophenethylthiol allowed its easy electrochemical polymerization. The polymerized monolayers gave electrochemical activities very similar to those of conventional polyaniline and its derivatives. Furthermore, the self-assembled monolayer of these thiols got high stability against reductive desorption in an alkaline solution when polymerized. Underpotential deposition of Cu gave Cu coverage of 41% and 65% on the electrodes coated with the polymerized monolayers of aminobenzenethiol and 3-aminophenethylthiol, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6807-6812
Number of pages6
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Sept 28
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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