Near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS) was used to study the structure of self-assembled monolayers presenting aromatic rings at a surface. It was observed that the fluorine substitution at asymmetric positions in the aromatic rings was used to generate a layer of dipoles at the surface of the monolayer. It was observed that the fluorine substituted aromatic rings were more ordered than unsubstituted aromatic rings by a factor of two based on the polarization dependence of the lowest C 1s to π * transition. It was found that this result was consistent with the influence of dipole-dipole interactions and quadrupolar interactions between the aromatic groups due to the substitution of fluorine atoms.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry