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Title: The dissociative chemisorption of water on Ni(111): Mode- and bond-selective chemistry on metal surfaces

A fully quantum approach based on an expansion in vibrationally adiabatic eigenstates is used to explore the dissociative chemisorption of H{sub 2}O, HOD, and D{sub 2}O on Ni(111). For this late barrier system, excitation of both the bending and stretching modes significantly enhances dissociative sticking. The vibrational efficacies vary somewhat from mode-to-mode but are all relatively close to one, in contrast to methane dissociation, where the behavior is less statistical. Similar to methane dissociation, the motion of lattice atoms near the dissociating molecule can significantly modify the height of the barrier to dissociation, leading to a strong variation in dissociative sticking with substrate temperature. Given a rescaling of the barrier height, our results are in reasonable agreement with measurements of the dissociative sticking of D{sub 2}O on Ni(111), for both laser-excited molecules with one or two quanta of excitation in the antisymmetric stretch and in the absence of laser excitation. Even without laser excitation, the beam contains vibrationally excited molecules populated at the experimental source temperature, and these make significant contributions to the sticking probability. At high collision energies, above the adiabatic barrier heights, our results correlate with these barrier heights and mode softening effects. At lower energies, dissociative stickingmore » occurs primarily via vibrationally nonadiabatic pathways. We find a preference for O–H over O–D bond cleavage for ground state HOD molecules at all but the highest collision energies, and excitation of the O–H stretch gives close to 100% O–H selectivity at lower energies. Excitation of the O–D stretch gives a lower O–D cleavage selectivity, as the interaction with the surface leads to energy transfer from the O–D stretch into the O–H bond, when mode softening makes these vibrations nearly degenerate.« less
Authors:
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  1. Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22489541
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 23; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; CHEMISORPTION; COLLISIONS; DISSOCIATION; EIGENSTATES; ENERGY TRANSFER; EXCITATION; GROUND STATES; HEAVY WATER; INTERACTIONS; MOLECULES; SUBSTRATES; SURFACES