Facile Route to Ultraflat SAM-Protected Gold Surfaces by "Amphiphile Splitting"

Pooja Gupta, Katja Loos, Alexander Korniakov, Chiara Spagnoli, Mary Cowman, Abraham Ulman

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Self-assembled monolayers of both aliphatic and aromatic thiols can be produced with no, apparent contact-angle hysteresis by a modified "template-stripping" method. Organothiol solutions serve as splitting reagents for the removal of the mica from the gold surface. These new ultrasmooth SAM surfaces (see the AFM image) provide new information on interfacial properties including wetting and adhesion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-523
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number4
StatePublished - 16 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Gold
  • Monolayers
  • Self-assembly
  • Surface roughness
  • Thiols


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