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See detailComparative study of copper surface treatment with self-assembled monolayers of aliphatic thiol, dithiol and dithiocarboxylic acid
Denayer, Jessica ULg; Delhalle, J.; Mekhalif, Z.

in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (2009), 637(1-2), 43-49

The stability of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on metallic substrates, in particular copper, is an important aspect for their application. Some technologies, such as lithographic patterning ... [more ▼]

The stability of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on metallic substrates, in particular copper, is an important aspect for their application. Some technologies, such as lithographic patterning, can potentially benefit from the use of a transient easily removal protective coatings. Other applications like corrosion resistance, and thin-film lubrication request rather robust and stable films. The aim of this work consists in a comparative investigation of three organothiols (n-tetradecanethiol or RSH, 2-dodecylpropane-1,3-dithiol or R(SH)2 and n-tetradecanedithiocarboxylic or RS2H) on their ability to form SAMs on electrochemically reduced polycrystalline copper substrates and their respective stability. Characterizations of the SAMs are carried out using contact angle goniometry, XPS, PM-IRRAS and electrochemical studies (CV, LSV and cathodic desorption). R(SH)2 leads to monolayers with lower molecular organization than in the case of RSH and RS2H molecules. R(SH)2 monolayers are found the more stable when subjected to both anodic and cathodic desorption tests. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical properties and structure of nanodiamonds
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Galli, G.

in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (2005), 584(1 Sp. Iss. SI), 9-12

We present a theoretical study of the structure and optical properties of nanodiamonds. Using ab initio molecular dynamics simulation, we confirm that quantum confinement effects become negligible between ... [more ▼]

We present a theoretical study of the structure and optical properties of nanodiamonds. Using ab initio molecular dynamics simulation, we confirm that quantum confinement effects become negligible between 2 and 3 nm in size. In this size domain, specific surface reconstructions occur upon sample dehydrogenation, leading to fullerene-capped structures, or 'bucky diamonds' with absorption spectra similar to the experiment. We finally show that the HOMO and LUMO states are interface states in the reconstructed structures. (c) 2004 Elsevier B.V.. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMethanol dissociative adsorption on Pt(1 0 0) as studied by nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy
Vidal, Franck; Busson, B.; Six, C. et al

in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (2004), 563

The methanol dissociative adsorption on Pt(1 0 0) at low potentials in the hydrogen region is studied using nonlinear vibrational sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy. It is shown that adsorbed ... [more ▼]

The methanol dissociative adsorption on Pt(1 0 0) at low potentials in the hydrogen region is studied using nonlinear vibrational sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy. It is shown that adsorbed hydrogen atoms effectively block atop sites at the surface. In the hydrogen potential region, CO produced by the methanol dissociation adsorbs at step-edges and in bridge sites on terraces as shown by the characteristic stretching frequencies observed for adsorbed CO. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst synthesis of a '1,2-diquinone-calix[4]arene'. Interaction of its reduced form with Ag+
Vataj, Rame; Ridaoui, Hassan; Louati, Alain et al

in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (2002), 519(1-2), 123129

Electrochemical oxidation of 5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-25,26-bis(diphenylphosphinoylmethoxy)-27,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene (3), a calixarene with two phosphoryl units appended on proximal positions ... [more ▼]

Electrochemical oxidation of 5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-25,26-bis(diphenylphosphinoylmethoxy)-27,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene (3), a calixarene with two phosphoryl units appended on proximal positions, affords the corresponding '1,2-diquinonecalix[4]arene' (4). The formation of 4 results from nucleophilic attack of residual water on anodically generated diphenoxylium. cations. Preliminary voltammetric experiments in CH3CN on a platinum electrode showed that 4 is suitable for electrochemical detection of the silver metal cation. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of the cathodic electropolymerization of acrylonitrile, ethylacrylate and methylmethacrylate by coupled quartz crystal microbalance analysis and cyclic voltammetry
Baute, Noëlle; Martinot, Lucien; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (1999), 472(1), 83-90

The cathodic electropolymerization of acrylonitrile (AN), ethylacrylate (EA) and methylmethacrylate (MMA), has been monitored for the first time by coupled electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (QCM ... [more ▼]

The cathodic electropolymerization of acrylonitrile (AN), ethylacrylate (EA) and methylmethacrylate (MMA), has been monitored for the first time by coupled electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and cyclic voltammetry analyses. These data have been compared to the previously published analyses for methacrylonitrile (MAN). At the potential Ep1 of the less cathodic of the two voltammetric peaks observed (peak I), the polymer formed is anchored firmly to the cathode even in a good solvent for it, and it remains adsorbed when the voltammetric scan is repeated up to Ep1. In parallel, a linear relationship is observed between the frequency change recorded in situ by the QCM up to Ep1 and the PAN film thickness measured ex-situ by ellipsometry. However, when potentials more negative than peak I are scanned, the polymer desorption (degrafting) occurs as assessed by solubilization in a good solvent. Polymerization is also resumed but in solution and no longer as grafted chains. The major difference between the acrylic monomers (AN and EA) and the methacrylic ones (MMA and MAN) is that part of the methacrylic chains are not grafted at Ep1. This coexistence of adsorbed and desorbed chains is not observed for the polyacrylic chains in that potential range. The mass of PAN deposited onto the cathode has been approximated from the film thickness and the Sauerbrey equation, so allowing the Mn of the grafted chains to be estimated. [less ▲]

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See detailSolvent effect on the electrografting of acrylonitrile on nickel
Mertens, Marc; Calberg, Cédric ULg; Baute, Noëlle et al

in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (1998), 441(1-2), 237-244

The effect of solvent on the reductive electrografting of acrylonitrile (AN) onto nickel cathodes has been studied in dimethylformamide (DMF), a solvent for polyacrylonitrile (PAN), and in non-solvents ... [more ▼]

The effect of solvent on the reductive electrografting of acrylonitrile (AN) onto nickel cathodes has been studied in dimethylformamide (DMF), a solvent for polyacrylonitrile (PAN), and in non-solvents that include acetonitrile (ACN), propylene carbonate (PC) and pyridine (PY). Electrografting responsible for the cathode inhibition has been observed for the first time in PC and PY. Not only the polymer-solvent interactions but also the intrinsic polarity of the solvent have an effect on the intensity of the inhibition peak which is the signature of the electrografting reaction. Concentration of the monomer in the electrode double layer appears to decrease as the solvent polarity is increased, consistently with a more efficient displacement of the monomer by a more polar compound. That such a competition occurs is also supported by the effect of the nature and concentration of the conducting salt. The best quality films are formed in DMF, which is a solvent for PAN. Quartz microbalance experiments have emphasized the crucial importance of the potential range used for the AN electroreduction, particularly in a solvent of the polymer. [less ▲]

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