Vibrational spectroscopy has provided significant insights into both the organization and order of long chain molecules in thin film geometries. Understanding the role of molecular architecture in determining orientation is also essential if the ultimate goal of establishing a design protocol for thin film structures is to be achieved. For more than a decade our work has focused on the use of chemistry to design novel molecules which can organize into unique morphologies on a surface and at interfaces. Rigid and flexible side chains and spacer groups, intermolecular bonding moieties and functional end groups have all been incorporated into long chain molecules and their effect on the structural organization studied by polarized IR and Raman spectroscopy as well as other surface sensitive techniques (XPS, neutron reflectivity, NEXAFS, ellipsometry and wetting).
John F. Rabolt, John F. Rabolt,
"Molecular design through spectroscopic insights", Proc. SPIE 2089, 9th International Conference on Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, (31 January 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.166728; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.166728