Chemical Journal of Chinese Universities

• Review •    

Status and Prospect of Surface Wettability of Molecular Self-assembled Monolayers

MA Zhuoyuan, WANG Dayang()   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry,College of Chemistry,Jilin University,Changchun 130012,China
  • Received:2020-08-31 Online:2020-12-15 Published:2020-12-15
  • Contact: WANG Dayang
  • Supported by:
    ? Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China(21932003)


This article aims to revisit the research of surface wetting on self-assembled monolayers(SAMs) of organic molecules. It starts with a brief overview of the growth mechanism governing the self-assembly of organic molecules, followed by discussion of temperature-induced phase transition of SAMs. In the following sections, the surface wettability of SAMs is discussed in three main aspects on the basis of a collection of studies reported in a time span of 100 years, including (1) the contribution of terminal methyl groups to total surface energy of SAMs; (2) manifestation of the interactions between terminal polar groups and their interactions with water in SAM surface wettability, and the newly-discovered effect of molecular-level roughness of SAMs on their surface wettability. These studies will be put in new prospective in order to shift conventional thermodynamic description of surface wetting phenomena to new molecular-level interpretation and design of surface wettability.

Key words: Self-assembled monolayers, Intermolecular interaction, Surface energy, Interfacial water, Surface wetting (Ed.: N, K)

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