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Title: Electron-stimulated reactions in nanoscale water films adsorbed on α-Al 2 O 3 (0001)

The radiation-induced decomposition and desorption of nanoscale amorphous solid water (D 2O) films adsorbed on an α-Al 2O 3(0001) surface was studied at low temperature in ultrahigh vacuum using temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and electron stimulated desorption (ESD) with a mono-energetic, low energy electron source. ESD yields of molecular products (D 2, O 2 and D 2O) and the total sputtering yield increased with increasing D 2O coverage up to ~15 water monolayers (i.e. ~15 x 10 15 cm -2) to a coverage-independent level for thicker water films. Experiments with isotopically-layered water films (D 2O and H 2O) demonstrated that the highest water decomposition yields occurred at the interfaces of the nanoscale water films with the alumina substrate and vacuum. However, the increased reactivity of the water/alumina interface is relatively small compared to the enhancements in the non-thermal reactions previously observed at the water/Pt(111) and water/TiO 2(110) interfaces. Here, we propose that the relatively low activity of Al 2O 3(0001) for the radiation-induced production of molecular hydrogen is associated with lower reactivity of this surface with hydrogen atoms, which are likely precursors for the formation of molecular hydrogen.
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  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Physical Sciences Division
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Journal ID: ISSN 1463-9076
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. PCCP (Print)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. PCCP (Print); Journal Volume: 20; Journal Issue: 17; Journal ID: ISSN 1463-9076
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 08 HYDROGEN; water; alumina; non-thermal chemistry; nuclear waste; hydrogen; electron-stimulated desorption
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