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Title: First Principles Studies on Anatase Surfaces
Authors: Selcuk, Sencer
Advisors: Selloni, Annabella
Contributors: Chemistry Department
Keywords: anatase
metal oxides
surface chemistry
titanium dioxide
Subjects: Chemistry
Condensed matter physics
Theoretical physics
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: TiO2 is one of the most widely studied metal oxides from both the fundamental and the technological points of view. A variety of applications have already been developed in the fields of energy production, environmental remediation, and electronics. Still, it is considered to have a high potential for further improvement and continues to be of great interest. This thesis describes our theoretical studies on the structural and electronic properties of anatase surfaces, and their (photo)chemical behavior. Recently much attention has been focused on anatase crystals synthesized by hydrofluoric acid assisted methods. These crystals exhibit a high percentage of {001} facets, generally considered to be highly reactive. We used first principles methods to investigate the structure of these facets, which is not yet well understood. Our results suggest that (001) surfaces exhibit the bulk-terminated structure when in contact with concentrated HF solutions. However, 1×4‑reconstructed surfaces, as observed in UHV, become always more stable at the typical temperatures used to clean the as-prepared crystals in experiments. Since the reconstructed surfaces are only weakly reactive, we predict that synthetic anatase crystals with dominant {001} facets should not exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity. Understanding how defects in solids interact with external electric fields is important for technological applications such as memristor devices. We studied the influence of an external electric field on the formation energies and diffusion barriers of the surface and the subsurface oxygen vacancies at the anatase (101) surface from first principles. Our results show that the applied field can have a significant influence on the relative stabilities of these defects, whereas the effect on the subsurface-to-surface defect migration is found to be relatively minor. Charge carriers play a key role in the transport properties and the surface chemistry of TiO2. Understanding their behavior is essential for further improving the technologically relevant features of this material. We used first principles simulations to study the dynamical behavior of excess electrons near the anatase (101) and (001) surfaces, and their interfaces with water. Excess electrons prefer localizing on the (101) surface, also triggering water dissociation on this surface, while they strongly avoid the (001) surface.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
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