Absorption infrared spectroscopy (IRAS) and Rutherford backscattering (RBS) have been used to investigate the reaction of chlorine-terminated Si(111) surfaces with organometallic molecules (Grignard reagents). Although the predominant reaction leads to alkylation, with formation of covalent Si-C bonds, evidenced by a 678 cm-1 feature assigned to the Si-C stretch mode, solvents typically used during alkylation (tetrahydrofuran and methanol) can also react with Cl/Si(111) surfaces, either during the alkylation reaction or during the rinsing/cleaning process to form Si-OCnH2n+1 as observed by the presence of a SiO-C stretch mode at 1090 cm-1. We also address the origin of some silicon oxidation observed after the methylation or ethylation reactions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films