Selective Oxygen and Hydrogen Functionalization of the h-BN/Rh(111) Nanomesh

Freiberger EM, Späth F, Bauer U, Düll F, Bachmann P, Steinhauer J, Hemauer F, Waleska N, Schwaab V, Steinrück HP, Papp C (2021)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2021


DOI: 10.1002/chem.202101946


We present detailed studies on the covalent adsorption of molecular oxygen and atomic hydrogen on the hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) nanomesh on Rh(111). The functionalization of this two-dimensional (2D) material was investigated under ultra-high vacuum conditions using synchrotron radiation-based in situ high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, temperature-programmed X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. We are able to provide a deep insight into the adsorption behavior and thermal stability of oxygen and hydrogen on h-BN/Rh(111). Oxygen functionalization was achieved via a supersonic molecular beam while hydrogen functionalization was realized using an atomic hydrogen source. Adsorption of the respective species was observed to occur selectively in the pores of h-BN leading to spatially defined modification of the 2D layer. The adsorption of the observed molecular oxygen species was found to be an activated process that requires high-energy oxygen molecules. Upon heating to 700 K, oxygen functionalization was observed to be almost reversible except for small amounts of boron oxides evolving due to the reaction of oxygen with the 2D material. Hydrogen functionalization of h-BN/Rh(111) was fully reversed upon heating to about 640 K.

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Freiberger, E.M., Späth, F., Bauer, U., Düll, F., Bachmann, P., Steinhauer, J.,... Papp, C. (2021). Selective Oxygen and Hydrogen Functionalization of the h-BN/Rh(111) Nanomesh. Chemistry - A European Journal.


Freiberger, Eva Marie, et al. "Selective Oxygen and Hydrogen Functionalization of the h-BN/Rh(111) Nanomesh." Chemistry - A European Journal (2021).

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