Tuning the reactivity of oxide surfaces by charge-accepting adsorbates

Yuemin Wang*, Xinyu Xia, Alexander Urban, Hengshan Qiu, Jennifer Strunk, Bernd Meyer, Martin Muhler, Christof Wöll

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Bridging the materials and pressure gaps : The adsorption of CO on ZnO surfaces becomes much stronger in the presence of preadsorbed CO2 (see picture; O red, Zn gray, C green). The increased strength of the interaction between CO and polycrystalline ZnO powder originates from the formation of tridentate carbonate species on the mixed-terminated (1010) surfaces, which increase the Lewis acidity of neighboring Zn2+ cations. (Figure Presented).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7315-7318
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2007


  • Ab initio calculations
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Microcalorimetry
  • Vibrational spectroscopy
  • Zinc oxide


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