Partial dissociation of water leads to stable superstructures on the surface of zinc oxide

B. Meyer, D. Marx, O. Dulub, U. Diebold, M. Kunat, D. Langenberg, C. Wöll

Department of Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118, U.S.A.
Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany
Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie I, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 43 (2004) 6641-6645

Half-dissociated: Experimental and computational findings conclude that water forms a highly ordered superstructure on defect-free surfaces of zinc oxide, in which every second water molecule is dissociated. The results are of general relevance for heterogeneous catalysis.

Reprints available from U. Diebold (diebold at iap_tuwien_ac_at).

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There is also a version in German: Angewandte Chemie 116 (2004) 6809.