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Title: Influence of cluster–support interactions on reactivity of size-selected Nb xO y clusters

Size-selected niobium oxide nanoclusters (Nb 3O 5, Nb 3O 7, Nb 4O 7, and Nb 4O 10) were deposited at room temperature onto a Cu(111) surface and a thin film of Cu 2O on Cu(111), and their interfacial electronic interactions and reactivity toward water dissociation were examined. These clusters were specifically chosen to elucidate the effects of the oxidation state of the metal centers; Nb 3O 5 and Nb 4O 7 are the reduced counterparts of Nb 3O 7 and Nb 4O 10, respectively. From two-photon photoemission spectroscopy (2PPE) measurements, we found that the work function increases upon cluster adsorption in all cases, indicating a negative interfacial dipole moment with the positive end pointing into the surface. The amount of increase was greater for the clusters with more metal centers and higher oxidation state. Additional analysis with DFT calculations of the clusters on Cu(111) indicated that the reduced clusters donate electrons to the substrate, indicating that the intrinsic cluster dipole moment makes a larger contribution to the overall interfacial dipole moment than charge transfer. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements showed that the Nb atoms of Nb 3O 7 and Nb 4O 10 are primarily Nb 5+ on Cu(111), while formore » the reduced Nb 3O 5 and Nb 4O 7 clusters, a mixture of oxidation states was observed on Cu(111). Temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) experiments with D 2O showed that water dissociation occurred on all systems except for the oxidized Nb 3O 7 and Nb 4O 10 clusters on the Cu 2O film. A comparison of our XPS and TPD results suggests that Nb 5+ cations associated with Nb=O terminal groups act as Lewis acid sites which are key for water binding and subsequent dissociation. TPD measurements of 2-propanol dehydration also show that the clusters active toward water dissociation are indeed acidic. DFT calculations of water dissociation on Nb 3O 7 support our TPD results, but the use of bulk Cu 2O(111) as a model for the Cu 2O film merits future scrutiny in terms of interfacial charge transfer. The combination of our experimental and theoretical results suggests that both Lewis acidity and metal reducibility are important for water dissociation.« less
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  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  2. Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States)
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1932-7447; R&D Project: CO007; KC0301020
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physical Chemistry. C
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 119; Journal Issue: 26; Journal ID: ISSN 1932-7447
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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