We have investigated the radical functionalization of gold surfaces with a derivative of the perchlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) radical using two methods: by chemisorption from the radical solution and by on-surface chemical derivation from a precursor.
We have investigated the obtained self-assembled monolayers by photon-energy dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Our results show that the molecules were successfully anchored on the surfaces. We have used a robust method that can be applied to a variety of materials to assess the stability of the functionalized interface. The monolayers are characterized by air and X-ray beam stability unprecedented for films of organic radicals. Over very long X-ray beam exposure we observed a dynamic nature of the radical–Au complex. The results clearly indicate that (mono)layers of PTM radical derivatives have the necessary stability to withstand device applications.
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Stability of radical-functionalized gold surfaces by self-assembly and on-surface chemistry
Tobias Junghoefer, Ewa Malgorzata Nowik-Boltyk, J. Alejandro de Sousa, Erika Giangrisostomi, Ruslan Ovsyannikov, Thomas Chassé, Jaume Veciana, Marta Mas-Torrent, Concepció Rovira, Núria Crivillers and Maria Benedetta Casu *