Thermal reactions and desorption behaviors of 2,5-diiodothiophene on Au were studied with temperature programmed desorption (TPD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Diiodo-substituted hetero-cyclic molecules are an important precursor molecule for photochemical production of conjugated polymers. This paper describes the surface reactions and multilayer structure of 2,5-diiodothiophene in the absence of photon irradiation. 2,5-Diiodothiophene adsorbs molecularly on Au at 100 K. At 200-300 K, the C-I bond of the molecule dissociates producing atomic iodine. The C-I bond cleavage appears to induce further dissociation of the thiophene ring structure. The iodine species desorb at 600-750 K from the surface. The dissociated carbon and sulfur remain on the Au surface even at 800 K. The desorption of thin multilayers occurs at ∼220 K. During the desorption of these layers, a clustering process seems to occur. The desorption of thick multilayer occurs at ∼235 K.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry