Adsorption structure and work function of dicarboxylic acid on Cu(1 1 0) surface

Shinjiro Yagyu, Michiko Yoshitake, Toyohiro Chikyow

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We investigated the relation between work function and the adsorption structure of dicarboxylic acids (organic molecules) such as succinic acid (HOOC-CH 2 -CH 2 -COOH) and an adipic acid (HOOC-(CH 2 ) 4 -COOH) on a Cu(1 1 0) surface (electrode) as a function of the surface temperature using a Kelvin probe (KP). The work function changes of the two acids are similar. The work function increases by adsorption at room temperature due to ionization of molecules and then decreases with increasing temperature until 450 K due to the effects of change in the dipole moment of the conformational change of the molecule. From 450 to 600 K, the work function is constant because of competition between desorption and change in the dipole moment of molecules. It then reached the clean-surface value. Experiments clarified that the work function was affected by the adsorbed difference in conformation of molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7835-7837
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Sep 30
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption
  • Carboxylic acid
  • Copper
  • Molecular dipole
  • Work function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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