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The adsorption of oxygen and carbon monoxide on cleaved polar and nonpolar ZnO surfaces studied by electron energy loss spectroscopy

Surface Science
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DOI: 10.1016/0039-6028(77)90226-6


Abstract Electron energy loss spectroscopy (ELS) with primary energies e 0 ⩽ 80 eV has been performed on ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) cleaved nonpolar (11̄00) and polar zinc (0001) and oxygen (0001̄) surfaces of ZnO to study the adsorption of oxygen and carbon monoxide. Except for CO on the nonpolar surface where no spectral changes in ELS are observed a surface transition near 11.5 eV is strongly affected at 300 K on all surfaces by CO and O 2. At 300 K clear evidence for new adsorbate characteristic transitions is found for oxygen adsorbed on the Zn polar surface near 7 and 11 eV. At 100 K on all three surfaces both CO and O 2 adsorb in thick layers and produce loss spectra very similar to the gas phase, thus indicating a physisorbed state.

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