Phase separation of carboxylic acids on graphite surface at submonolayer regime
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- Alba, M., Bickerstaffe, A., Castro, M. et al. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2009) 167: 151. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2009-00951-6
Mixing behaviour of solid crystalline monolayers adsorbed onto graphite from different mixtures of undecanoic and dodecanoic acids at submonolayer coverage has been investigated. X-ray diffraction measurements have been collected from a variety of compositions as a function of temperature. An extensive phase separation is found for all the compositions – the scattering patterns characteristic of the pure material crystalline structures being preserved across the entire composition range. The temperature dependence of the monolayer melting points and their depression is also clearly indicative of separation of the two surface components, in clear contrast to that expected if the two carboxylic acids mixed ideally in the monolayer.