Dresden 2009 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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O: Fachverband Oberflächenphysik

O 17: Oxides and insulators III

O 17.3: Vortrag

Dienstag, 24. März 2009, 11:00–11:15, SCH A01

Correlation between bonding geometry and band gap states at organic-inorganic interfaces: catechol on rutile TiO2(110) — •Annabella Selloni1, Jian-guo Wang1, Shao-Chun Li2, Peter Jacobson2, Xue-qing Gong1, and Ulrike Diebold21Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton NJ 08544 — 2Department of Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 (USA)

Adsorbate-induced band gap states in semiconductors are of particular interest due to the potential of increased light absorption and photoreactivity. A combined theoretical and experimental (STM, photoemission) study of the molecular-scale factors involved in the formation of gap states in TiO2 is presented. Using the organic catechol on rutile TiO2(110) as a model system it is found that the bonding geometry strongly affects the molecular electronic structure. At saturation catechol forms an ordered 4 x 1 overlayer. This structure is attributed to catechol adsorbed on rows of surface Ti atoms with the molecular plane tilted from the surface normal in an alternating fashion. In the computed lowest-energy structure one of the two terminal OH groups at each catechol dissociates and the O binds to a surface Ti atom in a monodentate configuration, while the other OH group forms a H-bond to the next catechol neighbor. Through proton exchange with the surface this structure can easily transform into one where both OH groups dissociate and the catechol is bound to two surface Ti in a bidentate configuration. Only bidendate catechol introduces states in the band gap of TiO2.

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