Water adsorption on Cu(111): evidence for Volmer-Weber film growth

B. J. Hinch, L. H. Dubois

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Time-resolved high-resolution electron-energy-loss spectroscopy was used to monitor directly the concentration of water on the Cu(111) surface as a function of substrate temperature and time. At low mass coverages ({less-than or approximate} 2 3 monolayer), a metastable species is formed which desorbs with zero-order kinetics. Above a critical coverage, this species converts to a second, more stable form consisting of 3D clusters of polycrystalline ice. The metastable species arises because of kinetic limitations in Volmer-Weber (3D island) film growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-15
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 14 1991
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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