Compression of a Stearic Acid Surfactant Layer on Water Investigated by Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

Harmen Jan Hoek, Tim Gerber, Clemens Richter, Rémi Dupuy, Rebecca J. Rapf, Holger Oertel, Tillmann Buttersack, Lena Trotochaud, Osman Karslıoğlu, Dana Goodacre, Monika Blum, Sabrina M. Gericke, Christin Buechner, Bruce Rude, Frieder G. Mugele, Kevin R. Wilson, Hendrik Bluhm*

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Abstract

We present a combined Langmuir–Pockels trough and ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (APXPS) study of the compression of stearic acid surfactant layers on neat water. Changes in the packing density of the molecules are directly determined from C 1s and O 1s APXPS data. The experimental data are fit with a 2D model for the stearic acid coverage. Based on the results of these proof-of-principle experiments, we discuss the remaining challenges that need to be overcome for future investigations of the role of surfactants in heterogeneous chemical reactions at liquid–vapor interfaces in combined Langmuir–Pockels trough and APXPS measurements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3755-3763
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Volume128
Issue number15
Early online date5 Apr 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2024

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