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Fabrication of chemical templates via selective laser-induced desorption of hexadecanethiol self-assembled monolayers

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Feydt,  J.
Electron Microscopy and Analytics, Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar), Max Planck Society;

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Irsen,  S.
Electron Microscopy and Analytics, Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar), Max Planck Society;

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Schröter, A., Mathieu, M., Franzka, S., Feydt, J., Irsen, S., & Hartmann, N. (2013). Fabrication of chemical templates via selective laser-induced desorption of hexadecanethiol self-assembled monolayers. Applied Surface Science, 278, 57-61. doi:DOI 10.1016/j.apsusc.2012.12.135.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0028-60BE-8
Abstract
A nonlinear photothermal laser patterning technique for rapid fabrication of chemical templates is demonstrated. Hexadecanethiol monolayers on Au-coated Si substrates are processed at lambda = 532 nm, a 1/e(2) spot diameter of d(1/e)(2) = 2.8 mu m and ambient conditions. Local laser irradiation at high laser powers and short irradiation times in the micro-/millisecond range induces desorption of thiol molecules. The laser-depleted areas are backfilled with mercaptohexadecanoic acid in order to build up chemical templates. Atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and scanning Auger electron spectroscopy are used for characterization of these templates. In agreement with a selective laser process, the results indicate the formation of flat chemical patterns with well-defined boundaries. Complementary condensation experiments demonstrate the functionality of the patterns as hydrophilic/hydrophobic templates. In particular, upon decreasing the temperature below the dew point, selective formation of water droplets on the backfilled areas is observed. (C) 2013 Elsevier B. V. All rights reserved.