Studies of the adsorption of methanethiol and dimethyl disulfide on an Au(111) surface under UHV conditions are described. Both adsorbates bind strongly, with the bonding of the disulfide being greatly favored. It is found that, under these conditions, the disulfide bond is dissociated to give a stable surface thiolate. Adsorption of methanethiol does not involve cleavage of the S-H bond. The implications of these results for solution adsorption experiments and the thermodynamics characterizing monolayer formation are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry