Synthesis and characterization of single-layer silver-decanethiolate lamellar crystals

Liang Hu, Lito P. De La Rama, Mikhail Y. Efremov, Yonathan Anahory, Francois Schiettekatte, Leslie H. Allen

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We report the synthesis of silver-decanethiolate (AgSC10) lamellar crystals. Nanometer-sized Ag clusters grown on inert substrates react with decanethiol vapor to form multilayer AgSC10 lamellar crystals with both layer-by-layer and in-plane ordering. The crystals have strong (010) texture with the layers parallel to the substrates. The synthesis method allows for a precise control of the number of layers. The thickness of the lamellae can be manipulated and systematically reduced to a single layer by decreasing the amount of Ag and lowering the annealing temperature. The single-layer AgSC10 lamellae are two-dimensional crystals and have uniform thickness and in-plane ordering. These samples were characterized with nanocalorimetry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray reflectivity (XRR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS).

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)4367-4376
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number12
StatePublished - 30 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


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