Paper: 2008 An anchoring strategy for photoswitchable biosensor technology: azobenzene-modified SAMs on Si(111)

An anchoring strategy for photoswitchable biosensor technology: azobenzene-modified SAMs on Si(111)

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P. Dietrich , F. Michalik , R. Schmidt , C. Gahl , G. Mao , M. Breusing , M.B. Raschke , B. Priewisch, T. Elsässer, R. Mendelsohn, M. Weinelt, K. Rück-Braun
Appl. Phys. A 93, 285 (2008)
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A mild and efficient procedure has been developed to obtain covalently attached self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Si(111) with photochromic azobenzene head-groups. Starting from neat or diluted carboxylic acid functionalized monolayers on-chip coupling reactions were applied to attach hydroxyl-functionalized azobenzene units to the SAMs by ester bond formation. The modified surfaces were characterized by high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and contact angle measurements. Reversible cis ↔ trans isomerizations of photoswitchable SAMs were monitored by wettability measurements.