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Title: Complete wetting of Pt(111) by nanoscale liquid water films

The melting and wetting of nanoscale crystalline ice films on Pt(111) that are transiently heated above the melting point using nanosecond laser pulses are studied with infrared refection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) and Kr temperature programmed desorption (TPD). The as-grown crystalline ice films consist of isolated nanoscale ice crystallites embedded in a hydrophobic water monolayer. Upon heating above the melting point, these ice crystallites rapidly melt to form nanoscale droplets of liquid water. Rapid cooling of the system to cryogenic temperatures after each laser pulse quenches the water films and allows them to be interrogated with IRAS, Kr TPD and other ultrahigh vacuum surface science techniques. With each successive heat pulse, these liquid drops spread across the surface until it is entirely covered with multilayer water films after several pulses. These results, which show that nanoscale water films completely wet Pt(111), are in contrast to molecular dynamics simulations predicting partial wetting of nanoscale water drops on a hydrophobic water monolayer. The results provide valuable new insights into the wetting characteristics of nanoscale water films on a clean, well-characterized single crystal surface.
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Journal ID: ISSN 1948-7185; KC0301050
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters; Journal Volume: 7; Journal Issue: 3
American Chemical Society
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States