Water Adsorption on TiOx Thin Films Grown on Au(111)
2015 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 119, no 12, 6660-6669 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
High resolution photoelectron spectroscopy has been used to investigate water adsorption on four different TiOx ultrathin film structures, grown on Au(111) by chemical vapor deposition. Two of the structures are reduced TiOx single layer phases, forming a honeycomb (HC) and a pinwheel (PW) structure, respectively. The other two phases have TiO2 stoichiometry, one in the form of islands and one in the form of a TiO2(B)(001) extended layer. Partial water dissociation is observed for all phases but the HC phase, and the dissociation propensity and adsorbate thermal stability structure result from interplay between the atomic structure of the particular TiOx phase and defects formed in the preparation. The dissociation on the TiO2(B) film is mainly related to different types of defect sites. The TiO2 islands, interpreted as surface reconstructed rutile TiO2(100), generate the highest amount of hydroxyls with a behavior consistent with reconstruction into a mixed (100) and (110) termination. Water dissociation on the PW layer can be assigned to particular sites of the structure and it stands out by leading to oxidation of Ti species.
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2015. Vol. 119, no 12, 6660-6669 p.
Condensed Matter Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252223DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b00561ISI: 000351970800021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-252223DiVA: diva2:810133