Water-Ice Analogues of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Water Nanoclusters on Cu(111)
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

Water has an incredible ability to form a rich variety of structures, with 16 bulk ice phases identified, for example, as well as numerous distinct structures for water at interfaces or under confinement. Many of these structures are built from hexagonal motifs of water molecules, and indeed, for water on metal surfaces, individual hexamers of just six water molecules have been observed. Here, we report the results of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy experiments and density functional theory calculations which reveal a host of new structures for water-ice nanoclusters when adsorbed on an atomically flat Cu surface. The H-bonding networks within the nanoclusters resemble the resonance structures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and water-ice analogues of inene, naphthalene, phenalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, and triphenylene have been observed. The specific structures identified and the H-bonding patterns within them reveal new insight about water on metals that allows us to refine the so-called "2D ice rules", which have so far proved useful in understanding water-ice structures at solid surfaces.


Melissa L. Liriano

Tufts University

Chiara Gattinoni

University College London (UCL)

Emily A. Lewis

Tufts University

Colin Murphy

Tufts University

Chalmers, Fysik, Kemisk fysik

E. Charles H. Sykes

Tufts University

Angelos Michaelides

University College London (UCL)

Journal of the American Chemical Society

0002-7863 (ISSN) 1520-5126 (eISSN)

Vol. 139 18 6403-6410


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