Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

CMP Seminar - Self-assembled monolayers as a smart strategy to arrange electro- and photo-active organic molecules at surfaces

Lionel Patrone
Chargé de Recherche au CNRS – HDR / Research Fellow at CNRS -
Institut Matériaux Microélectronique Nanosciences de Provence
IM2NP - CNRS UMR 7334 -
ISEN-Toulon -

Date: Thursday October 29th, 2015
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Stirling 401


Molecular self-assembly [1,2] is one of the most promising strategy for giving surface specific properties with a nanoscale control. An important field of application of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) [2] is the so-called “molecular electronics” within which self-assembly is a very powerful way to obtain the organization at large surface scale of molecules showing particular electro-optical properties.

After the principle of SAM preparation, the motivation of developing SAMs of small organic molecules will be illustrated by some examples of controlling the molecular structuration on silicon surfaces [3, 4]. How organization at the molecular scale acts on electro-optical properties of molecular chromophores will then be discussed through two examples: a structure-electrical properties relationship probed by STM [5] and the SAM of a novel push-pull thiophene-based chromophore [6].

1. G.M. Whitesides, B. Grzybowski, Science 295, 2418 (2002).
2. A. Ulman, An introduction to ultrathin organic films (Academic Press: Boston, 1991)
3. S. Desbief, L. Patrone, D. Goguenheim, D. Guérin, D. Vuillaume, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 2870 (2011); S. Desbief, L. Patrone, D. Goguenheim, D. Vuillaume, RSC Adv. 2, 3014 (2012); L. Patrone, V. Gadenne, S. Desbief, Langmuir 26 (22), 17111–17118 (2010)
4. V. Gadenne, L. Porte, L. Patrone, RSC Adv. 4 (110), 64506 (2014)
5. X. Lefèvre, F. Moggia, O. Segut, Y.-P. Lin, Y. Ksari, G. Delafosse, K. Smaali, D. Guérin, V. Derycke, D. Vuillaume, S. Lenfant, L. Patrone, B. Jousselme, J. Phys. Chem. C 119(10) 5703 (2015)
6. V. Malytskyi,J.−J. Simon, L. Patrone, J.−M. Raimundo, RSC Adv. 5, 26308 (2015)