Formation of uniform ferrocenyl-terminated monolayer covalently bonded to Si using reaction of hydrogen-terminated Si(111) surface with vinylferrocene/n-decane solution by visible-light excitation.

Abstract

Electrochemically active self-assembled monolayers (SAM) have been successfully fabricated with atomic-scale uniformity on a silicon (Si)(111) surface by immobilizing vinylferrocene (VFC) molecules through Si-C covalent bonds. The reaction of VFC with the hydrogen-terminated Si (H-Si)(111) surface was photochemically promoted by irradiation of visible light on a H-Si(111) substrate immersed in n-decane solution of VFC. We found that aggregation and polymerization of VFC was avoided when n-decane was used as a solvent. Voltammetric quantification revealed that the surface density of ferrocenyl groups was 1.4×10(-10) mol cm(-2), i.e., 11% in substitution rate of Si-H bond. VFC-SAMs were then formed by the optimized preparation method on n-type and p-type Si wafers. VFC-SAM on n-type Si showed positive photo-responsivity, while VFC-SAM on p-type Si showed negative photo-responsivity.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2011.05.071

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@article{Sano2011FormationOU, title={Formation of uniform ferrocenyl-terminated monolayer covalently bonded to Si using reaction of hydrogen-terminated Si(111) surface with vinylferrocene/n-decane solution by visible-light excitation.}, author={Hikaru Sano and Mingxiu Zhao and Daiji Kasahara and Kuniaki Murase and Takashi Ichii and Hiroyuki Sugimura}, journal={Journal of colloid and interface science}, year={2011}, volume={361 1}, pages={259-69} }