Spontaneous attachment of lithium-activated ferrocenylalkynes to carbon and gold

Matthew V. Sheridan, Kevin Lam, William E. Geiger

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Ferrocenes derivatized with a terminal lithioacetylide group react rapidly with unconnected glassy carbon and gold electrodes, giving up to monolayer-level surface coverage. The molecule-to-surface bonding is sufficiently robust to resist sonication, extended storage under dinitrogen, and thousands of repetitive voltammetric scans through the ferrocenyl oxidation wave. This "spontaneous" modification method provides a non-electrochemical pathway to the strong, apparently covalent, attachment of alkynyl-linked molecular tags to carbon and metal surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-66
Number of pages4
JournalElectrochemistry Communications
Publication statusPublished - Feb 3 2015


  • Chemically modified electrodes
  • Covalent attachment
  • Ferrocenyl acetylide monolayers
  • Glassy carbon electrodes
  • Lithioacetylide
  • Spontaneous attachment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrochemistry

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