I am studying molecular monolayers. My research concerns two distinct
types of monolayers, Langmuir films at the air/water interface and
self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on solid substrates. The amphiphile
molecules, which form the Langmuir films, are closely related to soap
molecules and the phospholipids that form biomembranes. I am trying to
learn the details of how these systems work. I am studying the
intermolecular interactions, which determine the behavior
of the molecules in the monolayers, using a combination of
measurements and infrared spectroscopy of the monolayers. The
self-assembled monolayers are systems where a monolayer coating forms
spontaneously on a surface when the surface is dipped in a solution of
the appropriate molecules. Presently only two systems are known to
produce robust SAMs: thiols on gold, silver or copper and
trichlorosilanes on hydroxylated oxides. Both these systems
have been shown to protect the surfaces and allow for exquisite control
the chemical species exposed on the outer surface. My research group
an additional SAM forming system. We are investigating physical and
methods of surface preparation and variations in the SAM growing
The SAMs and surfaces are monitored with techniques such as contact
measurements, infrared spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and
Professor, University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.
Visiting Professor , University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University.
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Stanford University.
A.B. in Chemistry, Summa cum laude, Princeton University.
Professional Organization Memberships:
External grants from: The National Science Foundation
(NSF), ACS-Petroleum Research Fund, Research Corporation, The American
Internal UWO grants: Many Student-Faculty Collaborative
grants and multiple Faculty Development grants.
*= UW Oshkosh Undergraduate Coauthor
- J. Seefeldt* and J. H. Gutow "Kinetics
of Solvent Association with Surfaces Investigated Using IR Spectroscopy"
Presented as Sci-Mix Poster and a
Physical Chemistry Poster at the Spring 2005 American Chemical Society
- J. H. Gutow “Halide (Cl-) Quenching of Quinine
Fluorescence: a Time-Resolved Fluorescence Experiment for Physical
Chemistry” Journal of Chemical
2005, Pp. 302-305.
Kleisner*, B. H. Koeck*, M. R. Phillips*, J. A. Wieland*, J. H. Gutow,
Boiadjiev and W. T. Tysoe. "A System Based on Metal Alkyl Species that
Chemically Bound Organic Overlayers on Hydroxylated Planar Surfaces." Thin
Solid Films 381(1), 2001, P.10.
- V. Boiadjiev, A. Blumenfeld, J. Gutow and W. T. Tysoe. "Infrared
and NMR Spectroscopic Studies of n-Alkanethiols Chemically Grafted on
Dimethylzinc-Modified Silica Surfaces." Chem. Mater. 12(9),
2000, P. 2604.
- D. Zhang, J. H. Gutow, K. B. Eisenthal "Structural phase
transitions of small molecules at air/water interfaces." J. Chem.
Soc. Farad. Trans. 92(4), 1996, P. 539.
- D. Zhang, J. Gutow, K. B. Eisenthal "Vibrational spectra,
Orientations, and Phase Transitions in Long-Chain Amphiphiles at the
Air/Water Interface: Probing the Head and Tail Groups by Sum Frequency
Generation" J. Phys. Chem. 98(51), 1994, P. 13729.
- K. B. Eisenthal, J. H. Gutow "Second Harmonic and Sum Frequency
Studies of Chemical Equilibria and Phase Transitions at Liquid
Interfaces."Jerusalem Symp. 26. 1994.
- D. Zhang, J. H. Gutow, K. B. Eisenthal, T. F. Heinz. "Sudden
Structural Change at an Air/Binary Liquid Interface: Sum Frequency
Study of the Air/Acetonitrile-Water Interface." J. Chem. Phys. 98,
1993, Pp. 5099-5101.
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