Orientation of acetic acid hydrogen bonded to acetate terminated TiO2(110)

David C. Grinter, Chi Ming Yim, Christopher A. Muryn, Hendrik Bluhm, Miquel Salmeron

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Acetic acid is a common pollutant for which photocatalytic degradation over titania provides a mitigating strategy. Knowledge of the bonding of acetate/acetic acid to this substrate is needed to aid interpretation of the photocatalytic data. In this work we use ambient pressure near edge X-ray absorption fine structure to measure the coverage and geometry of acetate in the TiO2(110) contact layer as well as acetic acid in an additional layer. A saturation coverage of 0.5 monolayers in both layers is found up to an acetic acid pressure of 10−1 Torr at 266 K. The geometry of acetate appears to be unchanged by adsorption of an additional layer of acetic acid, with the contact layer involving a majority acetate species bidentate bonded to neighboring Ti5c sites and a minority acetate species bonded in a perpendicular geometry. Acetic acid has a similar geometry dictated by hydrogen bonding to the contact layer as well as the substrate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121628
JournalSurface Science
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2020


  • acetic acid
  • ambient pressure photoemission, NEXAFS
  • Model photocatalysis
  • rutile TiO(110)


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