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Intrinsic Point Defects on a TiO2(110) Surface and Their Reaction with Oxygen: A Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study

  • Markus Kuhn (a1), J. F. Anderson (a1), Jeremy Lehman (a1), Talib Mahmoud (a1) and Ulrike Diebold (a1)...

Abstract

The interaction of molecular oxygen, at room temperature, with a reduced TiO2(110) surface has been studied in situ by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Oxygen vacancies (point defects) were created on a clean TiO2(110) surface by annealing in ultra-high vacuum and successfully imaged on the atomic scale. These point defect sites were stable under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. During exposure to molecular oxygen, new point defects appear at different locations on the surface although their overall number is reduced. A mechanism for this dynamic healing process is proposed.

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