Potential of zero charge as a sensitive probe for the titration of ionisable self-assembled monolayers

Pablo Ramirez, Adrian Granero, Rafael Andreu, Angel Cuesta, Willem H. Mulder, Juan J. Calvente

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Abstract

Potential of zero charge and interfacial capacitance values of ω-mercaptoalkanoic acid monolayers deposited on Au(1 1 1) are derived from immersion current transients, and are applied to the analysis of their acid properties. Potential of zero charge and capacitance titration curves extend over six pH units, and exhibit apparent pK1/2 values that vary with electrolyte concentration. Electrostatic adsorption of protons at the monolayer-solution boundary provides a quantitative explanation of these observations, and leads to a diffuse layer corrected pKa value of 4.3, which is independent of the thiol chain-length.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1548-1550
Number of pages3
JournalElectrochemistry Communications
Volume10
Issue number10
Early online date11 Aug 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

Keywords

  • potential of zero charge
  • capacitance
  • thiol monolayer
  • surface dipole
  • Surface pKa
  • carboxylic acid

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