Molecular layering and local order in thin films of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium ionic liquids using X-ray reflectivity

A.J. Carmichael, Christopher Hardacre, John Holbrey, Mark Nieuwenhuyzen, Kenneth Seddon

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Abstract

X-ray reflectivity measurements in air of thin films of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium salts in the liquid, liquid crystalline and solid states supported on Si( 111) are described. The films show Bragg features in both liquid crystalline and solid phases, but only after an initial annealing cycle. Kiessig fringes are observed only for the 1-octadecyl-3-methyl-imidazolium hexafluorophosphate films and, following analysis using Parratt32, a bi-layer model is proposed whereby the molecules are orientated with ionic groups at both salt-air and salt-silicon interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)795-800
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular Physics
Volume99
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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