Nucleation and growth of 1D water clusters on rutile TiO 2 (011)-2×l

Yunbin He, Wei Kun Li, Xue Qing Gong, Olga Dulub, Annabella Selloni, Ulrike Diebold

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We present a combined experimental and theoretical study of the adsorption of water on the rutile TiO 2(011)2×1 surface, whose "brookite (001)-like" reconstruction has been recently elucidated. By using scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory calculations, we provide evidence that water adsorbs weakly on the stoichiometric surface, while hydroxyls resulting from water dissociation at surface O vacancies act as nucleation centers for the growth of H-bonded water clusters that are confined in one dimension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10329-10332
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 18 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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