Effect of functional group (fluorine) of aromatic thiols on electron transfer at the molecule-metal interface.

Research paper by Wei W Chen, Li L Wang, Chun C Huang, Ting Ting TT Lin, Xing Yu XY Gao, Kian Ping KP Loh, Zhi Kuan ZK Chen, Andrew Thye Shen AT Wee

Indexed on: 19 Jan '06Published on: 19 Jan '06Published in: Journal of the American Chemical Society


Electron transfer at the molecule-metal interface of self-assembled monolayers of 1,1';4',1''-terphenyl-4''-thiol (BBB) and its partially fluorinated counterpart (BFF: p-thiophenyl-nonafluorobiphenyl) on Au(111) is investigated by core-hole clock spectroscopy. Ultrafast electron transfer at the BBB/Au(111) interface in the low-femtosecond regime (on the same time scale as the C 1s core-hole lifetime, approximately 6 fs) was observed. In contrast, for BFF/Au(111), the interface electron transfer was forbidden during the core-hole decay. This strongly suggests that fluorination of phenyl rings significantly enhances the localization of the excited electrons in the LUMO.