Journal article

Surface-Confined Amorphous Films from Metal-Coordinated Simple Phenolic Ligands

Md Arifur Rahim, Kristian Kempe, Markus Muellner, Hirotaka Ejima, Yi Ju, Martin P van Koeverden, Tomoya Suma, Julia A Braunger, Michael G Leeming, Brendan F Abrahams, Frank Caruso

CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2015

Abstract

Coordination chemistry of natural polyphenols and transition metals allows rapid self-assembly of conformal coatings on diverse substrates. Herein, we report that this coordination-driven self-assembly process applies to simple phenolic molecules with monotopic or ditopic chelating sites (as opposed to macromolecular, multitopic polyphenols), leading to surface-confined amorphous films upon metal coordination. Films fabricated from gallic acid, pyrogallol, and pyrocatechol, which are the major monomeric building blocks of polyphenols, have been studied in detail. Pyrocatechol, with one vicinal diol group (i.e., bidentate), has been observed to be the limiting case for such assembly. This stu..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology (project number CE140100036). This work was also supported by the Australian Research Council under the Australian Laureate Fellowship (F.C., FL120100030) scheme.