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Materials 2012, 5(7), 1206-1218; doi:10.3390/ma5071206

Effect of Alkyl Chain Length on Carboxylic Acid SAMs on Ti-6Al-4V

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA
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McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA
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Received: 23 May 2012 / Revised: 29 June 2012 / Accepted: 6 July 2012 / Published: 9 July 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Titanium Materials for Biomedical Application)
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Abstract

The formation of methyl-terminated carboxylic acid self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with even numbers of carbons, from eighteen to thirty, was investigated on the oxide surface of Ti-6Al-4V and component metal oxides. Modified surfaces were characterized using diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFT), matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and contact angle analysis. Infrared spectroscopy indicated that using aerosol spray deposition techniques, stable, all-trans SAMs of octacosanoic (28 carbons) and triacontanoic (30 carbons) acids were formed on the alloy. Films were similarly formed on titanium and aluminum oxide. The surface of vanadium oxide exhibited limited reactivity. MALDI-TOF MS confirmed that formed films were monolayers, without multilayers or aggregates present. Water contact angles are indicative of the presence of hydrophobic methyl groups at the interface. This stable carboxylic acid SAM formation could be a useful alternative to phosphonic acid SAMs for corrosion and other applications.
Keywords: self-assembled monolayers; Ti-6Al-4V; carboxylic acids; diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy; matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry; contact angle self-assembled monolayers; Ti-6Al-4V; carboxylic acids; diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy; matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry; contact angle
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Buckholtz, G.A.; Gawalt, E.S. Effect of Alkyl Chain Length on Carboxylic Acid SAMs on Ti-6Al-4V. Materials 2012, 5, 1206-1218.

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