Structural characterization of microcontact printed arrays of hexa(ethylene glycol)-Terminated alkanethiols on gold
2004 (English)In: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, Vol. 20, no 15, 6206-6215 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper reports on the structural characteristics of microcontact printed oligo(ethylene glycol)-terminated alkanethiol layers, HS(CH 2)15CONH-(CH2CH2O)6-H (hereafter EG6), on gold. Microwetting, contact angle goniometry, imaging null ellipsometry, and infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) are used to characterize the printed EG6 layers, and the quality of these layers in terms of layer thickness and the crystallinity of the alkyl and ethylene glycol portions is compared with data obtained from analogous layers prepared by solution self-assembly. The outcome of the printing process is critically dependent on the experimental parameters used to prepare the patterns. It is found that high quality layers, consisting of densely packed all-trans alkyl chains terminated with relatively helical hexa( ethylene glycol) tails, are formed by inking the poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) stamp with a 1 mM EG6 solution and contacting it with gold for 15 min. The homogeneity of printed layers is not as good as the homogeneity of those prepared from solution under similar conditions, most likely because of simultaneous transfer of low molecular weight residues from the PDMS stamp. These residues, however, can be easily removed upon ultrasonication in ethanol without affecting the quality of the printed layer. Further on, the microscopic square-shaped bare gold patterns formed after microcontact printing (µCP) are subsequently filled with 16-hexadecanoic acid (hereafter THA) or HS(CH 2)15CONH-(CH2CH2O)6-COOH (hereafter EG6COOH) to provide a microarray platform for further covalent attachment of biomolecules. Well-defined structures in terms of wettability contrast, sharpness, and height differences between the printed and back-filled areas are confirmed by imaging null ellipsometry and microscopic wetting.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 20, no 15, 6206-6215 p.
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45686DOI: 10.1021/la049421aOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-45686DiVA: diva2:266582