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Self-assembly of alkylthiosulfates on gold: role of electrolyte and trace water in the solvent.

Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids (2011-06-23)
Rajesh G Pillai, Michael S Freund
ABSTRACT

Spontaneous self-assembly of alkylthiosulfates on gold produce monolayers similar to the corresponding alkanethiols. Alkylthiosulfate self-assembly from THF solutions is inhibited in the presence of tetrabutylammonium tetrafluoroborate electrolyte. The mechanism of alkylthiosulfate self-assembly and the role of electrolyte and trace water in the solvent are investigated using open-circuit potential measurements, contact angle goniometry and redox electron transfer blocking experiments to explore the hypothesis that trace water present in the solvent facilitates monolayer formation on gold. Furthermore, the unique behavior of tetrabutylammonium tetrafluoroborate, compared to other tetrabutylammonium electrolytes, on the inhibition of alkylthiosulfate self-assembly has been explained.

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Tetrabutylammonium tetrafluoroborate, 99%