Ultrathin film self-assembly of hybrid organic-inorganic metal coordination polymers

Houston Byrd, Charles E. Holloway, Jessica Pogue, Sandy Kircus, Rigoberto C. Advincula, Wolfgang Knoll

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We have investigated the self-assembly of ultrathin zirconium coordination monomer and polymer films using a layer-by-layer approach. These materials are of great interest for incorporating metal ion (inorganic) moieties in organic (polymer) films with applications ranging from conductors to catalytic materials. The differences between the polymer and monomer assembly from solution are described. These differences were investigated using UV-vis spectroscopy, AFM, and surface plasmon spectroscopy. The differences in orientation, morphology, roughness, and linearity of deposition reflect the conformational limitations of the polymer toward self-assembly. On the other hand, the sequential assembly of the monomer and Zr metal ion indicates the strong coordination between the metal and the organic ligands, resulting in robust homogeneous films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10322-10328
Number of pages7
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec 26
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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