Humidity Effect on the Stability of an Octadecyltriethoxysilane Monolayer Self-Assembled on Mica
Self-assembled organic monolayers (SAMs) can be used to alter and control the chemical nature of surfaces. Self-assembly is simple, relatively low cost and widely applicable in areas such as lubrication, templating, optoelectronics and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)1. In addition, SAMs are potentially useful as base substrates for construction of model-biomembranes and protein attachment. For this purpose the monolayer should be very stable and ideally chemically bonded to the substrate.
KeywordsContact Angle Plasma Treatment Water Film Mica Surface Surface Separation
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