Heads and tails: Simultaneous exposed and buried interface imaging of monolayers

Patrick Han, Adam R. Kurland, Andrea N. Giordano, Sanjini U. Nanayakkara, Meaghan M. Blake, Chris M. Pochas, Paul S. Weiss

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    We have simultaneously imaged the chemically bound head groups and exposed tail groups in bicomponent alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers on Au{111} with molecular resolution. This has enabled us to resolve the controversy of scanning tunneling microscopy image interpretation and to measure the molecular polar tilt and azimuthal angles. Our local measurements demonstrate that ordered domains with different superstructures also have varied buried sulfur head group structures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3115-3121
    Number of pages7
    JournalACS Nano
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct 27


    • Barrier height
    • Molecular tilt
    • Scanning tunneling microscopy
    • Self-assembled monolayers
    • Sulfur-gold interface

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Materials Science(all)
    • Engineering(all)
    • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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