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Soft Sci 2022;2:[Accepted].10.20517/ss.2022.04© The Author(s) 2022
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Crosslinked organosulfur-based self-assembled monolayers: formation and applications 

*Correspondence to: Prof T. Randall Lee, Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, Texas 77204-5003, United States. E-mail:


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Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) have found use in diverse applications that range from corrosion prevention to biosensing. However, for all of these applications, stability remains a key challenge for the utilization of SAMs. Over the last decade, intermolecular crosslinking as a method to enhance the thermal and chemical stability of SAMs has attracted increasing attention from scientists and engineers. As such, this review introduces a variety of crosslinked SAMs: (1) aromatic thiol-based SAMs; (2) olefinic- and acetylenic-based alkanethiols; (3) other aliphatic alkanethiols; (4) silane-based alkanethiols; (5) boronic acid-based alkanethiols; and (6) crosslinked SAMs realized by hydrogen bonding. By offering insight into the structure-application relationships of the aforementioned SAMs, this review seeks to inspire researchers toward the development of new classes of SAMs with enhanced stabilities and working lifetimes. 

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Yu T, Marquez MD, Tran HV, Lee TR. Crosslinked organosulfur-based self-assembled monolayers: formation and applications. Soft Sci 2022;2:[Accept].

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