Electron Transfer-Induced Dynamics of Oxygen Molecules on the TiO2(110) Surface

Erik Wahlström, Ebbe K. Vestergaard, Renald Schaub, Anders Rønnau, Maiken Vestergaard, Erik Lægsgaard, Flemming Besenbacher

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Abstract

Diffusion of oxygen molecules on transition metal oxide surfaces plays a vital role for the understanding of catalysis and photocatalysis on these materials. By means of time-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy, we provide evidence for a charge transfer-induced diffusion mechanism for O2 molecules adsorbed on a rutile TiO2(110) surface. The O2 hopping rate depended on the number of surface donors (oxygen vacancies), which determines the density of conduction band electrons. These results may have implications for the understanding of oxidation processes on metal oxides in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-513
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume303
Issue number5657
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

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