Spontaneous self-organization via cation exchange in fatty acid films immersed in aqueous media

P. Ganguly, S. Pal, Murali Sastry, M. N. Shashikala

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The spontaneous self-organization of vacuum-deposited films of fatty acids immersed in electrolyte solutions yield c-axis-oriented multilayer films of their metal salts. X-ray diffraction, electron takeoff angle dependent photoelectron spectroscopic studies, infrared spectroscopy, as well as ellipsometric studies have been used to demonstrate the self-organization via cation exchange. The solvation of the exchanged cation causes a swelling which in turn brings about the reorganization, c-axis oriented films of metal salts of lauric acid which cannot be deposited by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique may now be deposited.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1078-1080
Number of pages3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1995
Externally publishedYes

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