Hydroxylation Structure and Proton Transfer Reactivity at the Zinc Oxide-Water Interface
2011 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 115, no 17, 8573-8579 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The hydroxylation structural features of the first adsorption layer and its connection to proton transfer reactivity has been studied for the ZnO–liquid water interface at room temperature. Molecular Dynamics simulations employing the ReaxFF forcefield were performed for water on seven ZnO surfaces with varying step concentration. At higher water coverage a higher level of hydroxylation was found, in agreement with previous experimental results. We have also calculated the free energy barrier for transferring a proton to the surface, showing that stepped surfaces stabilizes the hydroxylated state and decreases the water dissociation barrier. On highly stepped surfaces the barrier is only 2 kJ/mol or smaller. Outside the first adsorption layer no dissociation events were observed during almost 100 ns of simulation time; this indicates that these reactions are much more likely if catalysed by the metal oxide surface. Also, when exposed to a vacuum, the less stepped surfaces stabilizes adsorption beyond monolayer coverage.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Chemical Society , 2011. Vol. 115, no 17, 8573-8579 p.
Research subject Chemistry with specialization in Inorganic Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-129298DOI: 10.1021/jp106144pISI: 000289824200015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-129298DiVA: diva2:338955