Surface-enhanced infrared absorption of p-nitrobenzoic acid on planar silver halide fiber

Edward M. Kosower*, Gil Markovich, Galina Borz

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Surface-enhanced infrared absorption (SEIRA), recently discovered for trypsin on a planar silver halide surface, is now demonstrated for the small organic molecule, p-nitrobenzoic acid (pNBA). Evaporation of pNBA solutions in acetonitrile yields the acid dimer (confirmed by the unique IR signature of carboxylic acid dimers). The absorption changes for pNBA with quantity exhibit two regimes: "enhanced" and "regular". A plot of absorbance versus quantity reveals how SEIRA changes with distance from the surface. The surface orientation of pNBA has the long and short axes (unit cell) parallel to the surface (packing density/carbonyl peaks). "Slice" spectra differentiate between surface pNBA and other layers. Most of the numerous previous reports on pNBA actually refer to the p-nitrobenzoate anion probably generated through reaction of surface silver oxide with the acid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12873-12876
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number34
StatePublished - 26 Aug 2004


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