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Title: Infrared spectroscopy study of adsorption and photodecomposition of formic acid on reduced and defective rutile TiO{sub 2} (110) surfaces

Adsorption and photodecomposition of formic acid on rutile TiO{sub 2} (110) have been investigated with infrared reflection–absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) employing p- and s-polarized light along the [001] and [11{sup ¯}0] crystal directions. The single crystal surfaces were prepared either by sputtering and annealing in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) to obtain a reduced surface (r-TiO{sub 2}), or by sputtering without annealing to create a rough, highly defective surface (sp-TiO{sub 2}). Results are compared with corresponding measurements on rutile nanocrystals performed in synthetic air. IRRAS spectra obtained on r-TiO{sub 2} and rutile nanocrystals are very similar, and show that in both cases formic acid dissociates and is predominately adsorbed as a bridging bidentate formate species, and that the formate adsorption structure on the nanocrystals is dominated by interactions with majority (110) surfaces. In contrast, the IRRAS spectra on sp-TiO{sub 2} are different, with only minor spectral features associated with (110) surfaces and lost azimuthal symmetry, both of which imply changed adsorption geometry due to bonding to low-coordinated Ti atoms with lower valences. The UV-induced rate of formate photodecomposition is about 30 times higher on rutile nanocrystals in synthetic air compared with sp-TiO{sub 2} under UHV conditions, and even larger than on r-TiO{sub 2}.more » These differences are explained by the lack of oxygen and limited hydroxyl coverage under UHV conditions. The difference in reactivity between the r-TiO{sub 2} and sp-TiO{sub 2} surfaces is attributed to a high concentration of strongly bonded bridging bidentate formate species on the (110) surface, which lowers its reactivity. The results point to a pressure gap where the availability of molecular oxygen and the hydroxyl concentration limit the photoreactivity in UHV leading to an almost 20-fold decrease of the formate degradation rate in UHV. In contrast, the structure represented by the single crystal (110) surface is shown to capture the essential structural properties, which dictates the formic acid adsorption and adsorption structure of rutile nanocrystals.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Department of Engineering Sciences, The Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 534, SE-75121 Uppsala (Sweden)
  2. Department of Chemistry, The Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 538, SE-75121 Uppsala (Sweden)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22317933
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology. A, Vacuum, Surfaces and Films; Journal Volume: 32; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2014 American Vacuum Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY; ADSORPTION; FORMATES; FORMIC ACID; HYDROXIDES; INFRARED SPECTRA; MONOCRYSTALS; OXYGEN; RUTILE; SURFACES; TITANIUM OXIDES