Room-temperature isolation of V(benzene)2 sandwich clusters via soft-landing into n-alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers

Shuhei Nagaoka, Takeshi Matsumoto, Eiji Okada, Masaaki Mitsui, Atsushi Nakajima

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The adsorption state and thermal stability of V(benzene)2 sandwich clusters soft-landed onto a self-assembled monolayer of different chain-length n-alkanethiols (Cn-SAM, n -8, 12, 16, 18, and 22) were studied by means of infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD). The IRAS measurement confirmed that V(benzene)2 clusters are molecularly adsorbed and maintain a sandwich structure on all of the SAM substrates. In addition, the clusters supported on the SAM substrates are oriented with their molecular axes tilted 70-80° off the surface normal. An Arrhenius analysis of the TPD spectra reveals that the activation energy for the desorption of the supported clusters increases linearly with the chain length of the SAMs. For the longest chain C22-SAM, the activation energy reaches ∼150 kJ/mol, and the thermal desorption of the supported clusters can be considerably suppressed near room temperature. The clear chain-length-dependent thermal stability of the supported clusters observed here can be explained well in terms of the cluster penetration into the SAM matrixes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16008-16017
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug 17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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