Towards a first-principles picture of the oxide-water interface

Zhang, Changjun and Lindan, Philip J. D. (2003) Towards a first-principles picture of the oxide-water interface. Journal of Chemical Physics, 119 (17). pp. 9183-9190. ISSN 0021-9606. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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We apply first-principles molecular dynamics and static calculations in the study of several layers of water adsorbed at an oxide surface. Our aim is to bridge the gap between the well-explored monolayer and the complex, little-understood oxide-water interface by probing this middle ground where there is still contact with vacuum surface experiments. By examining coverages up to three monolayers on rutile TiO2(110) we emerge with three major conclusions. First, there is a trend with increasing coverage for water near the surface to become more molecular in nature, viz. the coordination of H to O for all near-surface molecules tends to lower values as the coverage increases. This means the hydroniumlike and other partially dissociated structures predicted up to 1.5 monolayers become less favorable as the coverage increases. Second, the templating influence of the surface disrupts the structure of the second and third layers at 3 ML coverage. Third, we can make a very satisfactory interpretation of experimental results (HREELS and TPD) gaining some new insights in the process. The assignment of TPD peaks to layer-by-layer desorption is shown to be open to question, as some second-layer molecules may contribute to the same peak as do those in the third layer. (C) 2003 American Institute of Physics.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: 27 AMER INST PHYSICS 733FH
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Maggie Francis
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2008 14:49
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