Water Adsorption on ZnO(0001): Transition from Triangular Surface Structures to a Disordered Hydroxyl Terminated phase
2010 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 114, no 25, 11157-11161 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We present room temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and photoemission spectroscopy studies of water adsorption on the Zn-terminated ZnO(0001) surface. Data indicates that the initial adsorption is dissociative leaving hydroxyl groups on the surface. At low water coverage, the adsorption occurs next to the oxygen-terminated step edges, where water is believed to bind to zinc cations leaving off hydrogen atoms to under-coordinated oxygen anions. When increasing the water dose, triangular terraces grow in size and pits diminish until the surface is covered with wide irregular terraces and a large number of small pits. Higher water exposure (20 Langmuir) results in a much more irregular surface. Hydrogen, which is produced in the dissociation reaction is believed to have an important role in the changed surface structure at high exposures. The fact that adsorbed water completely changes the structure of ZnO(0001) is an important finding toward the understanding of this surface at atmospheric conditions.
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2010. Vol. 114, no 25, 11157-11161 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27268DOI: 10.1021/jp1004677ISI: 000278982300022ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77954066762OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-27268DiVA: diva2:378720
QC 201012162010-12-162010-12-092011-05-16Bibliographically approved