Soft-and reactive-landing of Cr(aniline)2 sandwich complexes onto self-assembled monolayers: Separation between functional and binding sites

Shuhei Nagaoka, Kaori Ikemoto, Kazuki Horiuchi, Atsushi Nakajima

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Soft-and reactive-landing of gas-phase synthesized cationic Cr(aniline)2 complexes onto self-assembled monolayers of methylterminated (CH3-SAM) and carboxyl-terminated (COOH-SAM) organothiolates coated on gold were performed at hyperthermal collision energy (5-20 eV). The properties of the Cr(aniline)2 complexes on the SAM surfaces were characterized using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD), together with theoretical calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). For the CH 3-SAM, the Cr(aniline)2 complexes were embedded inside the SAM matrix in a neutral charge state, keeping a sandwich structure. For the COOH-SAM, the IRAS and TPD study revealed that the amine-containing Cr(aniline)2 complexes were bound to the SAM surface in two forms of physisorption and chemical linking through an amide bond. In the desorption, the latter form appeared as the reaction product between organothiolates and Cr(aniline)2 above 400 K, where the organothiolate molecules, forming the SAM, were desorbed from the gold surface. The results show that the hyperthermal depositions onto a COOH-SAM bring about reactive-landing followed by covalent linking of an amide bond between the amine-containing Cr(aniline)2 complexes to the carboxyl-terminated SAM surface, in which the binding sites can be separated from the functional sites of the d-π interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18719-18727
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov 23

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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