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Interaction of acetic acid with solid water


The interaction of acetic acid (AA, CH3COOH), with solid water, deposited on metals, tungsten and gold, at 80 K, was investigated. We have prepared acid/water interfaces at 80 K, namely, acid layers on thin films of solid water and H2O adlayers on thin acid films; they were annealed between 80 and 200 K. Metastable impact electron spectroscopy (MIES) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy UPS(HeII) were utilized to obtain information on the electronic structure of the outermost surface from the study of the electron emission from the weakest bound MOs of the acids, and of the molecular water. Temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) provided information on the desorption kinetics, and Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) provided information on the identification of the adsorbed species as well as on the water and acid crystallization. The results are compatible with the finding of ref 1 (preceding paper), made on the basis of DFT calculations, that AA adsorbs on ice as cyclic dimers. Above 120 K, a rearrangement of the AA dimers is suggested by a sharpening of the spectral features in the IR spectra and by spectral changes in MIES and UPS; this is attributed to the glass transition in AA around 130 K. Above 150 K the spectra transform into those characteristic for polycrystalline polymer chains. This structure is stable up to about 180 K; desorption of water takes place from underneath the AA film, and practically all water has desorbed through the AA film before AA desorption starts. There is no indication of water-induced deprotonation of the acid molecules. For the interaction of H2O molecules adsorbed on amorphous AA films, the comparison of MIES with the DFT results of ref 1 shows that the initial phase of exposure does not lead to the formation of a top-adsorbed closed water film at 80 K. Rather, the H2O molecules become attached to or incorporated into the preexisting AA network by H bonding; no water network is formed in the initial stage of the water adsorption. Also under these conditions no deprotonation of the acid can be detected.

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hal-00367566 , version 1 (11-03-2009)



Stephan Bahr, A. Borodin, Volker Kempter, Alain Allouche, Fabien Borget, et al.. Interaction of acetic acid with solid water. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2006, 110 (17), pp.8649. ⟨10.1021/jp055980u⟩. ⟨hal-00367566⟩


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