Formation of Linear Water Chains on Ni(110)

Gerrard, Nikki, Mistry, Kallum, Darling, George R ORCID: 0000-0001-9329-9993 and Hodgson, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0001-8677-7467
(2020) Formation of Linear Water Chains on Ni(110). JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS, 11 (6). pp. 2121-2126.

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Materials that bind strongly to water structure the contact layer, modifying its chemical and physical properties in a manner that depends on the symmetry and reactivity of the surface. Although detailed models have been developed for several inert surfaces, much less is known about reactive surfaces, particularly those with a symmetry different from that of ice. Here we investigate water adsorption on a rectangular surface, Ni(110), an active re-forming catalyst that interacts strongly with water. Instead of forming a network of H-bonded cyclic rings, water forms flat 1D water chains, leaving half the Ni atoms exposed. Second layer water also follows the surface symmetry, forming chains of alternating pentamer and heptamer rings in preference to an extended 2D structure. This behavior is different from that found on other surfaces studied previously and is driven by the short lattice spacing of the solid and the strength of the Ni-water bond.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 15:24
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 23:59
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c00407
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