Mediated coadsorption at the liquid-solid interface: Stabilization through hydrogen bonds
Journal of Physical Chemistry B 109(29): 14074-14078
Stable adsorption of 1,3,5-tris(4-pyridyl)-2,4,6-triazine (TPT) molecules from the liquid phase was only observed in binary solutions, that is, in the presence of a second (adsorptive) species. The process of mediated coadsorption of a molecular species at the liquid-solid interface was accomplished through complexation of TPT with a second type of molecule acting as a "molecular glue" via hydrogen bonds. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was utilized to investigate the structure of the coadsorbed monolayers at the liquid-solid interface. Trimesic acid (TMA) and terephthalic acid (TPA)-both benzene rings with disposed carboxylic acid groups-were appropriate to precipitate the stable adsorption of TPT. According to the different symmetry and number of carboxylic acid groups, various networks were observed.