Ordered hydroxyls on Ca3Ru2O7(001)

Daniel Halwidl, Wernfried Mayr-Schmölzer, David Fobes, Jin Peng, Zhiqiang Mao, Michael Schmid, Florian Mittendorfer, Josef Redinger, Ulrike Diebold

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As complex ternary perovskite-type oxides are increasingly used in solid oxide fuel cells, electrolysis and catalysis, it is desirable to obtain a better understanding of their surface chemical properties. Here we report a pronounced ordering of hydroxyls on the cleaved (001) surface of the Ruddlesden-Popper perovskite Ca3Ru2O7 upon water adsorption at 105 K and subsequent annealing to room temperature. Density functional theory calculations predict the dissociative adsorption of a single water molecule (E ads = 1.64 eV), forming an (OH)ads group adsorbed in a Ca-Ca bridge site, with an H transferred to a neighboring surface oxygen atom, Osurf. Scanning tunneling microscopy images show a pronounced ordering of the hydroxyls with (2 × 1), c(2 × 6), (1 × 3), and (1 × 1) periodicity. The present work demonstrates the importance of octahedral rotation and tilt in perovskites, for influencing surface reactivity, which here induces the ordering of the observed OH overlayers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number23
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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