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Electrochemical THz-SERS Observation of Thiol Monolayers on Au(111) and (100) Using Nanoparticle-assisted Gap-Mode Plasmon Excitation

Electrochemical THz-SERS Observation of Thiol Monolayers on Au(111) and (100) Using Nanoparticle-assisted Gap-Mode Plasmon Excitation
Kenta Motobayashi, Motoharu Inagaki, Katsuyoshi Ikeda
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) microscopy using nanoparticle-assisted gap-mode plasmon excitation, which enables us to observe an atomically defined planar metal surface, was combined with THz-Raman spectroscopy to observe ultra-low-frequency vibration modes under electrochemical conditions. This combination helps us to gain deeper insights into electrode/electrolyte interfaces via direct observation of extramolecular vibrations including information on intermolecular and substrate/molecule interactions. Electrochemical reductive desorption of benzenethiol derivatives from Au(111) and (100) was monitored to demonstrate the power of this spectroscopy. Structural differences of the monolayers between these surfaces were seen only in the extramolecular vibration modes such as a large-amplitude hinge-bending motion of the phenyl ring. On the Au(111), where hollow-site and bridge-site adsorption coexisted, the electrochemical reductive desorption was preferentially induced at the hollow sites.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01901

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01901

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