Adsorption and dissociation of water on LaB 6(100) investigated by surface vibrational spectroscopy

Thomas Yorisaki, Aashani Tillekaratne, Yuan Ren, Yukihiro Moriya, Chuhei Oshima, Shigeki Otani, Michael Trenary*

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The chemisorption of water (H 2O and D 2O) on a LaB 6(100) surface was studied with reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). The clean surface was exposed to H 2O and D 2O at temperatures from 90 K to room temperature, and spectra were acquired after heating to temperatures as high as 1200 K. It was found that water molecularly adsorbs on the surface at 90 K as a monomer at low coverages and as amorphous solid water at higher coverages. Water adsorbs dissociatively at room temperature to produce surface hydroxyl species as indicated by OH/OD stretch peaks at 3676/2701 cm -1. Room temperature adsorption also reveals low frequency loss features in HREEL spectra near 300 cm -1 that are quite similar to results obtained following the dissociative adsorption of O 2. In the latter case, the loss features were attributed to the LaO stretch of O atoms bridge-bonded between two La atoms. In the case of dissociative adsorption of H 2O, the low frequency loss features could be due to either the LaO vibrations of adsorbed O or of adsorbed OH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-252
Number of pages6
JournalSurface Science
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb


  • High resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy
  • Lanthanum hexaboride
  • Reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy
  • Surface vibrational spectroscopy
  • Water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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