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Recordable CDs Are Source of Gold Substrates

Photonics Spectra
Dec 2001
Hua-Zhong Yu isn't burning mixes of MP3s from Napster with his stacks of recordable CDs. An assistant professor in the department of chemistry at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, Yu is investigating recordable CDs as a source of gold substrates for the fabrication of self-assembled monolayers.

Typically, researchers produce the monolayers with substrates that require cleaning in a dangerous bath of H2SO4 and H2O2. In a report of his work in the Oct. 1 issue of Analytical Chemistry, Yu described how a three- to five-minute surface treatment with nitric acid exposes the 50-nm-thick gold reflective layer in a disc.

Examinations with static contact angle and surface tension analysis, cyclic voltammetry and scanning tunneling microscopy revealed no significant difference between commercially available substrates and those produced from the CD reflective layers. Using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Yu also found no significant differences in the monolayers of long-chain alkanethiols that formed on both substrates.

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