Disorganised self-assembled monolayers (SAMs): The incorporation of amphiphilic molecules

I. Markovich, D. Mandler*

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A new approach for designing a voltammetric selective electrode is presented. The approach is based on the formation of a disorganised inert self-assembled monolayer (SAM), in which an amphiphilic molecule is incorporated. The latter serves as the selectivity factor, which extracts the analyte. The purpose of these experiments is to study the parameters that affect the capability of a monolayer to host amphiphiles. As model systems we focused on the incorporation of simple amphiphilic molecules (quaternary alkyl ammonium salts), electroactive amphiphiles (dialkylviologens) and a macrocycle ligand (tetramethylcyclam) into octadecyl silane monolayers formed on indium tin oxide (ITO) and purposely made disorganised alkanethiols on gold. We find that basically, the incorporation of amphiphiles into a hydrophobic inert SAM resembles a reversed stationary phase in liquid chromatography and this configuration can be used for designing selective electrodes.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1850-1856
Number of pages7
JournalThe Analyst
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2001


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