Water on TiO2 studied by work function change: adsorption in cycles

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The nature of water adsorption on TiO2(110) rutile surface attracts a lot of attention for quite some time. In spite of the considerable experimental and theoretical efforts a lot of details remain unclear. We have been using work function study to follow the adsorption of water on TiO2 at room temperature, and interpreted the results in terms of fast dissociative adsorption on bridging oxygen vacancies (BOV) and much slower non-dissociative adsorption on Ti-5f rows. Additionally, we concluded that water from Ti-5f rows efficiently desorbs at room temperature which is not the case for BOV adsorption sites. Here we propose a novel experimental approach which consists of monitoring in real-time the work function change during cycles of water adsorption. Since desorption at BOVs does not take place at room temperature, this method allows us to resolve the adsorption dynamics on the two adsorption sites. The first results changed our understanding of the phenomenon: we show that both, adsorption on BOVs and Ti-5f are both very fast. Additionally, slow exponential decay of the work function is observed, which is not directly related to water adsorption. The possible explanation of the third slow contribution could be related to the migration of hydrogen atoms along the bridging oxygen rows.
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationJournal of Physics Conference Series
Pagesnr. 012024
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
EventICTF-15: 15th International Conference on Thin Films -
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


ConferenceICTF-15: 15th International Conference on Thin Films
Period1/01/11 → …

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