Monolayer and multilayer films of nitrobenzene on Au(111) surfaces: Bonding and geometry

Denis Syomin, Jiang Wang, Bruce E. Koel

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We have investigated the interaction of nitrobenzene (C6H5NO2) with a Au(111) surface. Nitrobenzene adsorbs molecularly and reversibly on Au(111) at 90 K. Three peaks occur in temperature programmed desorption at 290, 210 and 195 K due to desorption from the monolayer, bilayer and multilayer (as measured at low coverage for each phase). We report the infrared reflection-absorption spectra (IRAS) of nitrobenzene at submonolayer, monolayer and multilayer coverages. In the monolayer, nitrobenzene adsorbs with its molecular plane parallel to the surface and only two, out-of-plane molecular vibrations are observed in IRAS. In thicker films grown at 90 K, nitrobenzene molecules in the next several layers have an overall preferential orientation toward being parallel with the Au(111) surface plane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L827-L833
JournalSurface Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 20 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


  • Aromatics
  • Chemisorption
  • Gold
  • Infrared absorption spectroscopy
  • Reflection spectroscopy
  • Thermal desorption
  • Vibrations of adsorbed molecules


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