The impact of non-ideal surfaces on the solid-water interaction: a time-resolved adsorption study

Matthias M. May, Helena Stange, Jonas Weinrich, Thomas Hannappel, Oliver Supplie

SciPost Phys. 6, 058 (2019) · published 13 May 2019


The initial interaction of water with semiconductors determines the electronic structure of the solid-liquid interface. The exact nature of this interaction is, however, often unknown. Here, we study gallium phosphide-based surfaces exposed to H2O by means of in situ reflection anisotropy spectroscopy. We show that the introduction of typical imperfections in the form of surface steps or trace contaminants not only changes the dynamics of the interaction, but also its qualitative nature. This emphasises the challenges for the comparability of experiments with (idealised) electronic structure models for electrochemistry.

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Electrochemistry Semiconductors Solid-liquid interface Time-resolved adsorption

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