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Title: Formation of dense self-assembled monolayers of (n-decyl)trichlorosilanes on Ta/Ta2O5
Authors: De Palma, Randy ×
Laureyn, Wim
Frederix, Filip
Bonroy, Kristien
Pireaux, J.-J
Borghs, Gustaaf
Maes, Guido #
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Amer chemical soc
Series Title: Langmuir vol:23 issue:2 pages:443-451
Abstract: Tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) is a promising material for the realization of biological interfaces because of its high dielectric constant, its high chemical stability, and its excellent passivating properties. Nevertheless, the deposition of highly organized silane SAMs to realize well-defined and tailored Ta2O5-based (bio)interfaces, has not been studied in great detail as of yet. In this work, we have investigated the formation of a highly ordered, dense monolayer of trichlorosilanes on Ta2O5 surfaces. Specifically, two different cleaning procedures for Ta2O5 were compared and (n-decyl)trichlorosilane (DTS) was used to study the effect of both cleaning methods on the silanization of Ta2O5. Both types of cleaning allowed the formation of complete and crystalline DTS monolayers on Ta2O5, in contrast with the incomplete, disordered silane layer assembled on uncleaned Ta2O5. The deposited self-assembled monolayers were studied by means of contact angle goniometry, Brewster angle FTIR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and ellipsometry. Infrared analysis exhibited a highly ordered DTS silane film on Ta2O5 and indicated a larger tilt angle of the alkyl chains on this substrate by comparison to DTS on SiO2. Furthermore, with use of ellipsometry and XPS, the silane film thickness on Ta2O5 was determined to be substantially smaller than that reported in the literature for DTS on SiO2, supporting the observations of an increased tilt angle (similar to 45 degrees) on Ta2O5 than on SiO2 (similar to 10 degrees). By means of cyclic voltammetry, the formation of a dense, essentially pinhole-free, silane film was observed on the cleaned samples. In conclusion, the fully characterized and optimized procedure for the silanization of Ta2O5 surfaces with trichlorosilanes will allow the formation of well-defined, reproducible, and controllable chemical interfaces on Ta2O5.
Description: Afdeling Kwantumchemie en fysicochemie.
ISSN: 0743-7463
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Science - miscellaneous
Physics and Astronomy - miscellaneous
Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry Section
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