Adsorption of water on alkoxy modified Si(1 0 0), Si(1 1 3) and Si(1 1 5) surfaces

A Lopez, T Bitzer, T Heller, Neville Vincent Richardson

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The passivation of Si(1 0 0), Si(1 1 3) and Si(1 1 5) with ethanol, isopropanol and tert-butanol has been studied with high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) and low electron energy diffraction (LEED). The HREEL spectra show clearly that the alcohols chemisorb dissociatively with the formation of a Si-O-C linkage on the three surfaces. We observe a considerable chemisorption of water on the ethoxy and tert-butoxy passivated Si(1 0 0)-2 x 1 surfaces. From the disappearance of the 2 x 1 LEED pattern, it can be concluded that the chemisorption of water occurs through a cleavage of the Si-Si dimer bond. In contrast, isopropoxy species on Si(1 0 0)-2 x 1 reduces dramatically the reactivity towards water. However, Si(1 1 3) and Si(1 1 5) turn out to be much more reactive towards water molecules after the adsorption of any of the alcohols. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2001


  • silicon
  • alcohols
  • water
  • chemisorption
  • electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS)
  • low energy electron diffraction (LEED)


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