Alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold exhibit a series of sharp resonances in their surface-enhanced Raman spectrum that depend dramatically on carbon chain length. This unusual behavior suggests a coupling of the gold-sulfur bond stretch with the longitudinal acoustic, "accordion", vibrations of the molecular alkane chain. A simple model of a one-dimensional chain attached to a surface quantitatively reproduces these previously unreported experimental observations in this important nanomaterial system.
- Materials Testing
- Sensitivity and Specificity
- Spectrum Analysis, Raman
- Sulfhydryl Compounds
- Surface Properties
- Journal Article
- Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
- Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
- Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.