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High coverage water adsorption on CuO(011) surface

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Spin-polarized density functional theory calculations (GGA+U) and atomic thermodynamics have been used to study the adsorption of water on the CuO(011) surface at different coverages. It was found that H2O molecular adsorption on CuO(011) surface is energetically favorable for one H2O molecule, but dissociative adsorption is preferred for two and three molecules, while a mixed molecular and dissociative coadsorption is favorable for four water molecules. The phase diagram of water adsorption on the CuO(011) surface shows that the adsorption of three and four water molecules is favorable thermodynamically. Different single-water adsorption states were analyzed by the Boltzmann model at different temperatures. The adsorption energy is contributed to by the surface uncoordinated copper and oxygen atoms, and by hydrogen chemical bonding. The energetic trends are related to the underlying electronic mechanisms.

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The article was received on 07 May 2017, accepted on 03 Jul 2017 and first published on 03 Jul 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03003G
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 18652-18659
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    High coverage water adsorption on CuO(011) surface

    X. Yu and X. Zhang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 18652
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03003G

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