Organophosphonates characterization using MP-SPR

Application Note #150


SAM thicknesses: vinylphosphonic (VPA), octylphosphonic (OPA), and tetradecylphosphonic acid (TPA)

Phosphonic acids adsorption behavior was studied using Multi-Parametric Surface Plasmon Resonance (MP-SPR). Tetradecylphosphonic acid (TPA) adsorption onto differently treated gold surfaces was measured. Piranha and ammonia/hydrogenperoxide  treatments were found to be the most optimal for  the SAM formation. TPA, vinylphosphonic acid (VPA), and octylphosphonic acid (OPA) adsorption onto  the piranha treated surface was studied, and the thickness and the refractive index of the deposited layers were determined. The  SAMs  were  0.68nm (VPA), 1.41nm (OPA) and 1.73 nm (TPA) thick, and thicknesses were in good agreement with the expected molecular length.

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Further reading

  • If you are interested in reading more, see AN#128 about thickness and refractive index of polyelectrolytes and AN#149 about polymer characterization using MP-SPR.

  • Do you want to find out how to calculate thickness out of MP-SPR measurements? Click here.

  • Do you want to see how MP-SPR instruments work? Click here.


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