- Structural, electrochemical and photophysical properties of a molecular shuttle attached to an acid-terminated self-assembled monolayer
- The journal of Physical Chemistry. B
- Volume | Issue number
- 108 | 39
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
A benzylic amide macrocycle containing a pyridine moiety (macrocycle 2) and a benzylic amide rotaxane (naphtalimide rotaxane) with two pyridine moieties in the macrocycle unit were grafted onto a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (11-MUA) on gold. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) indicates that the molecules are linked to the SAM by hydrogen-bonding. Electrochemical investigations show that the self-assembled monolayer is densely packed and well ordered and allow the estimate of the average thickness of the SAM alone and of the SAM functionalised with either macrocycle 2 or the naphtalimide rotaxane. The estimated thickness values suggest that the 11-MUA chains in the SAM are tilted with respect to the surface normal, as expected for ordered and stable SAMs, while the rotaxane molecules are oriented with the thread parallel to the SAM surface and macrocycle plan preferentially perpendicular to the surface. The photophysical studies of naphtalimide rotaxane grafted onto the SAM on gold demonstrated that fluorescence is partially quenched, but remains still easily measurable because the presence of the SAM reduces the quenching effect of the metal substrate. Moreover, the photophysical analysis clearly indicates that the naphthalimide part of the rotaxane strongly interacts with the carboxylic groups of the SAM, in agreement with the orientation of the molecule obtained from the electrochemistry.
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