Interaction of dimethylamine with clean and partially oxidized copper surfaces

J. A. Kelber, J. W. Rogers, B. A. Banse, Bruce E. Koel

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The interaction of dimethylamine (DMA) with partially oxidized polycrystalline copper [Cu(poly)] and clean and partially oxidized Cu(110) between 110 and 500 K has been examined using electron stimulated desorption (ESD), high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD). ESD mass spectra of the DMA adsorbed on O/Cu(poly) between 112 and 230 K consistently display peaks at 44 amu [(CH3)2N]+ and 46 amu [(CH3)2NH-H]+, but no significant parent peak at 45 amu [(CH3)2NH]+, even though this last feature is prominent in the gas-phase mass spectrum. OH- is not observed at temperatures below 184 K and the yield at higher temperatures is much less than that of O+. HREELS of DMA on clean and oxygen covered Cu(110) obtained at temperatures between 100 and 320 K show characteristic vibrational spectra for molecular DMA and no OH(a) vibrational modes. TPD results show that the desorption profiles of all the major peaks in the DMA mass spectrum follow that of the parent peak with no evidence for production of H2O. The ESD, HREELS and TPD results all indicate that DMA is molecularly and reversibly adsorbed, with no significant formation of surface hydroxyl species. The results indicate that preferential adsorption of amines from amine/epoxy mixtures onto metal oxide surfaces could passivate the surface and prevent subsequent bonding to the epoxy resin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-204
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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