Studies of Self-Assembled Biferrocenyl Alkanethiol Monolayers on Au (111) Surface and on Gold Clusters.

by Tseng, I-Min

Abstract (Summary)
We examine the electrochemical properties of SAM of alkanethiols terminated with biferrocenyl group (complex 7) to understand the interactions between metal surface and molecules. The cyclic voltammogram of complex 8 shows two successive reversible one-electron redox waves corresponding to the oxidation of the biferrocenyl moiety and all peak-to-peak separations are smaller than 59 mV (ideal value of one electron transfer with diffusing controlling). In addition, the peak currents are linear to scan rate, i.e., i£\V. This observation is corresponding to the electrochemical property of SAM, and we would like to suggest that the electron transfer process in the electrochemical measurements is direct controlling. Furthermore, we synthesized a nano-material by using of redox stable biferrocenylalkanethiol attached to gold cluster (complex 10). The clusters are stable in air, soluble in nonpolar organic solvents and the characters could be examining by traditional chemical instruments such as NMR, IR, UV/Vis, TEM. The cyclic voltammogram shows that the electron transfer process in the electrochemical measurements is also direct controlling. Finally, the well-known mechanism of intramolecular electron transfer in mixed-valence biferroceniums and the stable biferrocene on Au (111) surface and on gold clusters let to the more advanced concept. We believe that the microstructure of biferrocene assembled on an electrode surface or on gold clusters might enable to carry out a particular function extraordinarily well, for example, optical switch.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:michael yen-nan chiang; wen-yann yeh; Teng-Yuan Dong

School:National Sun Yat-Sen University

School Location:China - Taiwan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:gold cluster self assembled monolayer biferrocene alkanethiol


Date of Publication:06/27/2002

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