The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 167, Issue 1, pp 157–162 | Cite as

X-ray surface radiolysis: Kinetics of the metal-organic interface formation

  • P. Fontaine
  • M.-C. FauréEmail author
  • S. Remita
  • F. Muller
  • M. Goldmann
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Grazing incidence x-ray irradiation of a Langmuir monolayer deposited at the interface between an aqueous silver salt solution and the air leads to the formation of a metallic silver layer of thickness about 4.5 nm, in agreement to the x-ray penetration depth at the air – water interface. Moreover using the scattering and fluorescence induced by the x-ray, we show that it is possible to follow the kinetics of formation of the layer. It appear that the silver layer is formed in two steps: first, the formation of small oriented cristallites, and second, the coalescence of the cristallites forming large plates.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Silver Atom Silver Layer Langmuir Monolayer Behenic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Fontaine
    • 1
  • M.-C. Fauré
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • S. Remita
    • 2
    • 4
  • F. Muller
    • 2
  • M. Goldmann
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Synchrotron SOLEIL, L’Orme des Merisiers, Saint Aubin, BP. 48Gif-sur-Yvette CedexFrance
  2. 2.Institut des NanoSciences de Paris (INSP), Université Paris VI et VII, UMR CNRS 7588ParisFrance
  3. 3.UFR Biomédicale des Saint-Pères, Université René DescartesParis Cedex 06France
  4. 4.Concervatoire National des Arts et Metiers (CNAM), 292 rue Saint MartinParis Cedex 03France

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