Structures and Dynamics of Self-Assembled Surface Monolayers Observed by Ultrafast Electron Crystallography
In this communication, we report our first study of self-assembled adsorbates on metal surfaces. Specifically, we studied single-crystal clean surfaces of Au(111) with and without a monolayer of reaction involving the assembly of 2-mercaptoacetic acid from 2,2'-dithiodiacetic acid. We also studied monolayers of iron hemes. With ultrafast electron crystallography, we are able to observe and isolate structural dynamics of the substrate (gold) and adsorbate(s) following an ultrafast temperature jump.