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Surface photochemistry probed by two-photon photoemission spectroscopy

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Abstract

Two-photon photoemission (2PPE) has been widely used in the study of electronic structure and dynamics of unoccupied electronic states on different types of surfaces and interfaces. Since 2PPE probes electronically excited states, it should be sensitive to surface excited electronic structure changes that accompany surface chemical reactions. Therefore, this method could potentially be used to study the kinetics and dynamics of surface chemical reactions as well as surface photocatalysis. In this article, we briefly review recent progress made in the study of surface photochemistry and photocatalysis using the time-dependent 2PPE (TD-2PPE) method. A few examples are given to demonstrate the application of this method in probing surface photochemistry and photocatalysis, particularly photocatalysis of methanol on TiO2 surfaces. Since many problems associated with surface photochemistry and surface photocatalysis are related to energy and environmental issues, the 2PPE technique could have important applications in the study of the fundamental problems in energy and environmental sciences.

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The article was received on 27 Feb 2012, accepted on 07 Mar 2012 and first published on 07 Mar 2012


Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE21493H
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 6833-6844
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    Surface photochemistry probed by two-photon photoemission spectroscopy

    C. Zhou, Z. Ma, Z. Ren, A. M. Wodtke and X. Yang, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 6833
    DOI: 10.1039/C2EE21493H

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