Magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) measurements were performed on a monolayer of oleic-acid-modified Fe3O4 nanocrystals chemically adsorbed on a catechol-group-functionalized Si substrate. By functionalizing the substrate with catechol groups that have a high affinity for Fe3O4 and form chemical bonds in exchange for the oleic acid, a magnetic nanocrystalline monolayer with a sufficiently high coverage could be fabricated uniformly on the macroscopic scale. After the completion of the organic-molecule-directed self-assembly process and subsequent rinsing with a dispersing solvent, only a monolayer of chemisorbed nanocrystals remained on the substrate. This resulted in the substrate exhibiting uniform MOKE signals on the macroscopic scale. The monolayer synthesis technique developed in this study should lead to the fabrication of printable MOKE devices.
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- Materials Chemistry