A simple, reproducible approach to the preparation of reproducible surface chemical gradients

S Morgenthaler, S Lee, S Zürcher, ND Spencer

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Abstract

We demonstrate a very simple and reproducible preparative approach for the fabrication of surfacechemical gradients. A surface concentration gradient of adsorbed methyl- or hydroxyl-terminated thiolates was achieved upon gradually immersing a gold-coated substrate into a very dilute thiol solution (0.0033 mM) by means of a linear-motion drive. Subsequent immersion of the substrate into the complementary thiol solution provided a hydrophobicity gradient with a large range (50° of the water-contact angle) and over a significant distance (35 mm). The self-assembled monolayer gradient produced in this way also displayed a high packing density, as demonstrated by dynamic contact-angle and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLangmuir
Volume19
Issue number25
Pages (from-to)10459-10462
ISSN0743-7463
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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