Local Probe Oxidation of Self-Assembled Monolayers: Templates for the Assembly of Functional Nanostructures
Article first published online: 22 JAN 2009
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Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume 48, Issue 10, pages 1732–1739, February 23, 2009
How to Cite
Wouters, D., Hoeppener, S. and Schubert, Ulrich S. (2009), Local Probe Oxidation of Self-Assembled Monolayers: Templates for the Assembly of Functional Nanostructures. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 48: 1732–1739. doi: 10.1002/anie.200801013
- Issue published online: 17 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 22 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Received: 2 MAR 2008
- Nederlandse Wetenschappelijk Organisatie
- scanning probe microscopy;
- surface chemistry
Surfaces with purposes: The electroinitiated patterning of self-assembled monolayers enables the fabrication of a variety of complex nanostructures (see picture). The possibilities offered by the introduction of chemical selectivity through the local generation of chemically active groups and subsequent derivatization are reviewed, with a focus on progress in this area of research over the last four years.
The local oxidation of self-assembled monolayers with a scanning probe is a promising method for the generation of structures with chemical functionalities on the nanometer scale. This technique, which takes advantage of the chemical stability and versatility of self-assembled monolayers and the ability to pattern these monolayers by scanning-probe-based oxidation methods, enables the hierarchical assembly of complex structures in a controlled manner. Surface modification can be followed by the assembly of a further functional monolayer and/or additional surface-modification reactions in the targeted, sequential construction of functional device features.