Adsorption of water on thin V2O3(0 0 0 1) films

M. A. Haija, S. Guimond, A. Uhl, H. Kuhlenbeck, H. J. Freund

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V2O3(0 0 0 1) films have been grown epitaxially on Au(1 1 1) and W(1 1 0). Under typical UHV conditions these films are terminated by a layer of vanadyl groups as has been shown previously [A.-C. Dupuis, M. Abu Haija, B. Richter, H. Kuhlenbeck, H.-J. Freund, V2O3(0 0 0 1) on Au(1 1 1) and W(1 1 0): growth, termination and electronic structure, Surf. Sci. 539 (2003) 99]. Electron irradiation may remove the oxygen atoms of this layer. H2O adsorption on the vanadyl terminated surface and on the reduced surface has been studied with thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), vibrational spectroscopy (IRAS) and electron spectroscopy (XPS) using light from the BESSY II electron storage ring in Berlin. It is shown that water molecules interact only weakly with the vanadyl terminated surface: water is adsorbed molecularly and desorbs below room temperature. On the reduced surface water partially dissociates and forms a layer of hydroxyl groups which may be detected on the surface up to T ∼ 600 K. Below ∼330 K also co-adsorbed molecular water is detected. The water dissociation products desorb as molecular water which means that they recombine before desorption. No sign of surface re-oxidation could be detected after desorption, indicating that the dissociation products desorb completely.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)1040-1047
Number of pages8
JournalSurface Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2006


  • Adsorption
  • Electronic structure
  • Infrared absorption spectroscopy
  • Phonons
  • Thermal desorption spectroscopy
  • Thin films
  • V O(0 0 0 1)/W(1 1 0)
  • VO(0 0 0 1)/Au(1 1 1)
  • Water
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy


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