Scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory are used to develop a new structural model for surface reconstructions driven by Ti interstitials on TiO2(110). Ti interstitials form the edge- or face-sharing octahedra that serve as building blocks for (1×1) reconstruction. Thus, contrary to conventional wisdom, the 1×1 periodicity is insufficient to establish the correct surface stoichiometry. Furthermore, in our structural and compositional model the reversible oxidation or reduction between (1×1) and (1×2) is entirely achieved by transfer of the added rows.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical review letters|
|State||Published - 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)