Photochemical attachment of organic monolayers onto H-terminated Si(111) : radical chain propagation observed via STM studies

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1021/ja045777x
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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of the American Chemical Society
ISSN0002-7863
Volume126
Issue44
Pages1431814319; # of pages: 2
AbstractPhotochemical reactions of terminal alkenes with hydrogen-terminated silicon surfaces are being used by many groups to produce covalently attached organic monolayers with a wide range of terminal functionalities. Despite the considerable activity in this area, the mechanism for these reactions has not been definitively established. Here we present STM and HREELS data on a sequence of partially reacted samples, showing the progress of the reaction. The attachment reaction is found to proceed via formation of irregularly shaped islands that appear to grow by a pseudorandom walk process. These data support a radical chain propagation mechanism previously suggested for this reaction. However, since the photons employed here (447 nm) lack sufficient energy for Si-H bond cleavage, an alternate mechanism for initiating the chain reaction appears to be required.
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PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
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Identifier10072378
NPARC number12338707
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