Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Journal or Book Title

Analytical Chemistry

Volume

78

Issue

20

First Page

7335

Last Page

7340

DOI

10.1021/ac061191c

Abstract

We demonstrate how grating-coupler assisted infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy can be used to simultaneously determine the chemical identity and relative thickness of organic thin films. With a grating substrate, a threshold anomaly associated with passing off of the −1 diffracted order occurs at grazing angles of incidence, resulting in a sharp absorbance in the infrared. The position of this peak is sensitive to the grating geometry as well as the dielectric environment near its surface. Thus, shifts in the peak position can be used to determine the relative thickness of adsorbed films or quantify molecular adsorption events. To illustrate the characteristics and sensitivity of this phenomenon, several samples were prepared and tested, including self-assembled alkanethiolate monolayers with 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid, 11-mercapto-1-undecanol, decanethiol, and a covalently linked layer of bovine serum albumin on a commercial, gold-coated grating. For these samples, the position of the threshold absorbance peak shifted to lower wavenumbers as film thickness increased, which is consistent with calculated shifts based upon an increasing refractive index at the interface. The sensitivity of this shift was measured to be 3.7 cm-1 nm-1. These results illustrate how a grating substrate can be exploited in a standard infrared reflectance measurement to provide additional information about the relative thickness of adsorbed surface films.

Comments

This article is from Analytical Chemistry78 (2006): 7335-7340, doi:10.1021/ac061191c. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Chemical Society

Language

en

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