Self-protective action in multicomponent fluorescent self-assembled monolayers

Marianna Barbalinardo, Denis Gentili, Marco Brucale, Francesco Valle, Ilse Manet, Giulia Foschi, Massimo Zambianchi, Manuela Melucci and Massimiliano Cavallini

RSC Adv. 2016, 6, 17106-17109.


We report on the fabrication of self-protective self-assembled monolayers constituted by a highly fluorescent component and a linear alkyl chain. We demonstrate the formation of an interpenetrated molecular network in which the alkyl component acts as an ultra-thin protective layer able to effectively shield the functional component from several types of aqueous solution.