Characterization of alkyl monolayer covalently bonded to Si(111) and soft-landing of vanadium-benzene sandwich clusters onto the alkyl monolayer substrate

T. Matsumoto, S. Nagaoka, K. Ikemoto, M. Mitsui, M. Ara, H. Tada, A. Nakajima

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A hexadecyl monolayer covalently attached to Si(111) surfaces (C 16-Si(111)) was prepared at 200 °C from 1-hexadecene. Formation of the monolayer was characterized by water contact angle measurement, attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Gas phase synthesized vanadium (V)-benzene (Bz) 1:2 (VBz2) sandwich clusters were size-selectively deposited onto the C16-Si(111) substrate thus prepared and an oxidized Si substrate. Investigation of the resultant clusters was implemented by thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). About 30 K increase in threshold desorption temperature of the landed clusters was observed on going from the oxidized Si to the C16-Si(111) substrate, a result indicating that the clusters are more strongly bound to the C16-Si(111) than to the oxidized Si. This result was explained by the penetration of the landed clusters into the hexadecyl monolayer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 1


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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