Electric charge of single Au atoms adsorbed on TiO2(110) and associated band bending

Zhen Zhang, Wenjie Tang, Matthew Neurock, John T. Yates

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The influence of charge transfer from single Au atoms to TiO 2(110) on the photostimulated desorption (PSD) of 18O 2 has been studied using a measurement of the rate of hole transport which mediates PSD. Band bending effects observed experimentally and theoretically by density functional theory indicate that Auσ+ atoms are present. The presence of atomically dispersed Au on the TiO 2(110) surface with a constant coverage of preadsorbed 18O2 depresses the photoinduced hole transport rate from the bulk to the TiO2 surface and decreases the 18O 2 PSD yield. This indicates that single Au atoms donate a fraction of an electron to the surface, causing downward band bending. DFT calculations show that ∼0.2 electron transfers from single Au atoms to the O 2/TiO2(110) surface and the valence and conduction bands bend ∼0.6 eV downward. With increasing Au coverage, the positive charge per Au atom decreases due to the formation of small Au clusters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23848-23853
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number48
StatePublished - Dec 8 2011


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