Synthesis of Nanostructured Metal-Organic Films: Surface X-ray Radiolysis of Silver Ions Using a Langmuir Monolayer as a Template

Abstract : An application of the radiolysis method using an X-ray synchrotron beam is developed as a novel approach to the synthesis of metal-organic films with controlled shapes and thickness. We demonstrate that a Langmuir monolayer deposited onto a silver ion containing subphase, irradiated by an incident beam impinging below the critical angle for total reflection, induces the synthesis of a stable nanostructured silver-organic ultrathin film at the air-water interface. The X-ray scattering is also used to monitor in situ the structure of the silver layer during the synthesis process. The layer is observed by atomic force microscopy after its transfer onto a silicon substrate. One observes a film thickness of 4.6 nm, in good agreement with the X-ray penetration depth, about 4.5 nm. The silver structure is oriented by the initial organic film phase. This experiment demonstrates the considerable potential of this approach to produce various controlled metal-organic films with a surfactant self-assembly as a template.
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François Muller, Pascal Fontaine, Samy Remita, Marie-Claude Fauré, Emmanuelle Lacaze, et al.. Synthesis of Nanostructured Metal-Organic Films: Surface X-ray Radiolysis of Silver Ions Using a Langmuir Monolayer as a Template. Langmuir, American Chemical Society, 2004, 20, pp.4791-4794. ⟨10.1021/la049534u⟩. ⟨hal-00005075⟩

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