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Electron tunnelling at the Pt(100)vertical bar water interface

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Electron tunnelling through the Pt(100)\water interface was studied by numerical methods. Molecular dynamics simulation was used to generate equilibrated configurations of the system. Then the potential barrier profiles, experienced by a tunnelling electron, were obtained by calculating the potential energy of the electron due to the surrounding water molecules. Finally the tunnelling probability profile of the electron was computed in one dimension perpendicular to the platinum surface above different adsorption sites. The potential barrier profiles show that tunnelling is highly improbable from a top site and that it is also hindered from a bridge site. At a hollow site, however, the probability of tunnelling through the adsorbed water layer is highly increased; it is only restrained by the second water layer. The potential barrier in the bulk is nearly constant as it is expected for homogeneous dielectrics. The tunnelling probability profiles show that on average there is a steep decrease of the probability next to the Pt(100) surface and that it increases if the tip is 0.2 to 0.3 nm farther away in accordance with experimental observations. This indicates that our calculations give at least a qualitatively correct approximation of the tunnelling barrier. The agreement between theory and experiment also strongly supports the validity of our present picture of the structure of the Pt(100)\water interface. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science S.A.

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Nagy, G. and Denuault, G. (1997) Electron tunnelling at the Pt(100)vertical bar water interface Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 437, (1-2), pp. 37-44.

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Published date: 1997
Additional Information: YN632
Keywords: electron tunnelling, pt(100)vertical bar water interface, numerical simulation scanning-tunneling-microscopy, electrochemical stm, molecular-dynamics, water, mechanisms, simulation, barriers, surfaces, liquid

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Local EPrints ID: 179257
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/179257
ISSN: 1572-6657
PURE UUID: f50cef54-d9a7-49c6-8db0-fbf39f1f9e44
ORCID for G. Denuault: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8630-9492

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Date deposited: 08 Apr 2011 08:22
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:03

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Author: G. Nagy
Author: G. Denuault ORCID iD

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