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Theoretical Study of Water Decomposition on TiO2 Surface

WEI Zhi-Gang1,2, LI Qian-Shu2, ZHANG Hong-Xing1, Lewis James P.3   

    1. School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China;
    2. State Key Laboratory of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Institute of Theoretical Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130023, China;
    3. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA
  • Received:2006-11-13 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2007-02-10 Published:2007-02-10
  • Contact: ZHANG Hong-Xing

Abstract: Density functional theory and pseudopotential method were employed to investigate one water molecule decomposition on perfect TiO2 rutile(110) surface. First we build up a surface, which is large enough to simulate this reaction as under the real condition. Then we put a water molecule on the top of one five-fold-coordinate Ti atom on the surface as the reactant; we put two OH radicals at the corresponding position of the surface as the product. At last we simulate the reaction from the reactant to the product to get the reaction free energy, which is about 15.562 kJ/mol. This free energy can fit well with the experimental results.

Key words: TiO2 Rutile surface, Water decomposition, Fireball program

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