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Volume 98, 201716th International Conference on Organized Molecular Films (ICOMF16-LB16)
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett Films|
|Published online||08 February 2017|
First observation of 3D aggregates in a single-component Langmuir film below the equilibrium spreading pressure
1 NanoBioSense Ltd., compl. Yavorov, bl. 38, entr. B, 1111 Sofia, Bulgaria
2 University Laboratory for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, blvd. Hr. Smirnenski 1, 1046 Sofia, Bulgaria
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Single component monolayers from Dipalamitoyl Phosphatidyl Ethanolamine head labelled with the fluorescent chromophore NitroBenzoxaDiazole (DP-NBD-PE) were investigated at the air-water interface as Langmuir films and deposited on silicon wafers or glass plates as Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films. A step compression and monitoring of the pressure relaxation together with domain formation as observed with Brewster angle microscopy suggests that main transition from liquid expanded to liquid compressed state start at around 6.9 mN/m though on the isotherm it starts around 9 mN/m at 25° C. Brewster angle microscopy also reveals a nonuniform structure in the monolayer. 3D aggregates - cylinders with 50 – 150 nm diameter and bilayer height were observed with Atomic Force Microscopy when deposition was carried at 7 mN/m, above the main phase transition but considerably lower than the equilibrium spreading pressure of 19.6 mN/m for this molecule. When LB film deposition is carried just below the main phase transition a uniform height layer of film in a liquid phase is observed with AFM with no structures. Both compression and deposition were carried at very low speeds with large time to relax in ordered to avoid kinetic effects. These 3D aggregates are not due to the transfer process or interaction with the substrate. These aggregates provide a highly developed area combined with monolayer thick structure which can produce very fast and highly sensitive biosensors.
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