Reaction between Tetra-tert-butoxyzirconium and Al(110)—OH in UHV

John B. Miller, Steven L. Bernasek, Jeffrey Schwartz

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Single crystal Al(110) was hydroxylated in UHV to give a disordered overlayer. Protolytically labile tetraneopentylzirconium did not react with hydroxylated Al(110) in UHV, which was interpreted through a mechanistic proposal for proton-transfer-based surface chemical modification. According to this proposal, a zirconium alkoxide, although less thermodynamically basic than a zirconium alkyl, could be a kinetically viable substrate for proton-transfer-based organometallic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) in UHV, and tetra-tert-butoxyzirconium did react with hydroxylated Al(110) to give a surface bound di-tert-butoxyzirconium species. The deposition reaction was readily studied by HREELS, XPS, and AES.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4037-4041
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number14
StatePublished - Apr 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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