Elucidation of the Structure of a Thiol Functionalized Cu-tmpa Complex Anchored to Gold via a Self-Assembled Monolayer


Leiden University, Eindhoven University of Technology


The structure of the copper complex of the 6-((1-butanethiol)oxy)-tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine ligand (Cu-tmpa-O(CH2)4SH) anchored to a gold surface has been investigated. To enable covalent attachment of the complex to the gold surface, a heteromolecular self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of butanethiol and a thiol-substituted tmpa ligand was used…These results show that upon immobilization of Cu-tmpa-O(CH2)4SH, the resulting structure is not identical to the homogeneous CuII-tmpa complex. Upon anchoring, a novel CuI species is formed instead. This illustrates the importance of a thorough characterization of heterogenized molecular systems before drawing any conclusions regarding the structure–function relationships.