Nanotech 2007 Vol. 4
Nanotech 2007 Vol. 4
Technical Proceedings of the 2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 4

Nanoscale Characterization Chapter 1

Analysis of Interfacial Water Structure close to Mixed Langmuir Monolayers by Sum-Frequency Spectroscopy

Authors: Z.S. Nickolov, D.W. Britt and J.D. Miller

Affilation: Drexel University, Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, United States

Pages: 32 - 35

Keywords: sum-frequency spectroscopy, Langmuir films, interfacial water structure

Sum frequency spectroscopy (SFS) in the OH stretching region was employed to obtain structural information about the interfacial water structure underneath Langmuir monolayers on H2O subphase. The films were composed by the model lipid dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DOMA or DODAB), the surfactants methyl stearate (SME) and stearic acid (STA), and their mixtures. The results demonstrated that the uncompensated head group charge of DODAB at the interface is the reason for structuring of interfacial water close to the mixed DODAB-methyl stearate monomolecular films. To get insight into this charge-induced effect SFS studies of the structure of the stearic acid monolayer _ water interface as a function of pH were performed. At low pH values the stearic acid monolayer is neutral and the water structure close to it is mostly disordered, while at high pH values it is negatively charged and interfacial water structure is strongly promoted by the surface electric field.

ISBN: 1-4200-6376-6
Pages: 768
Hardcopy: $139.95

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