Mechanistic aspects of the photooxidation of water at the n-TiO/aqueous interface: optically induced transients as a kinetic probe

Alexandra P. Norton, Steven L. Bernasek, Andrew Bruce Bocarsly

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Abstract

The method of optically induced photocurrent transients is a powerful tool for probing the mechanisms of photoinduced charge transfer at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface. Using this technique on the TiO2/aqueous interface, we conclude that water oxidation occurs via an outer-sphere process for electrolyte pH <12 and an inner-sphere mechanism at more basic pH's. Hydrogen isotope effects on the observed transient substantiate this finding. These isotope effects along with selective poisoning studies suggest a ″Ti-OH″ surface species as the key intermediate for the inner-sphere channel, along with the cleavage of a hydrogen bond as the rate-limiting process (H/D kinetic isotope effect of ≈ 10) in basic electrolyte. These studies further indicate a strong crystal face dependence on the observed photoelectrochemistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6009-6016
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Volume92
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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