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A refined LEED analysis of water on Ru{0001}: an experimental test of the partial dissociation model

Puisto, S., Lerotholi, T., Held, G. and Menzel, D. (2003) A refined LEED analysis of water on Ru{0001}: an experimental test of the partial dissociation model. Surface Review and Letters, 10 (2-3). pp. 487-492. ISSN 1793-6667

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1142/S0218625X03005086

Abstract/Summary

Despite a number of earlier studies which seemed to confirm molecular adsorption of water on close-packed surfaces of late transition metals, new controversy has arisen over a recent theoretical work by Feibelman, according to which partial dissociation occurs on the Ru{0001} surface leading to a mixed (H2O + OH + H) superstructure. Here, we present a refined LEED-IV analysis of the (root3 x root3)R30degrees-D2O-Ru{0001} structure, testing explicitly this new model by Feibelman. Our results favour the model proposed earlier by Held and Menzel assuming intact water molecules with almost coplanar oxygen atoms and out-of-plane hydrogen atoms atop the slightly higher oxygen atoms. The partially dissociated model with an almost identical arrangement of oxygen atoms can, however, not unambiguously be excluded, especially when the single hydrogen atoms are not present in the surface unit cell. In contrast to the earlier LEED-IV analysis, we can, however, clearly exclude a buckled geometry of oxygen atoms.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:16690
Publisher:World Scientific Publishing

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