The morphology of thin water films on Pt(111) probed by chloroform adsorption

G. Zimbitas, A. Hodgson

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We have investigated water adsorption on Pt(111) using chloroform to probe the structure and binding sites available on the ice surface. A stable adsorption site appears, associated with growth of ice crystallites on the (39×39)R16° wetting layer, and disappears slowly as the film grows and loses its registry to the wetting layer. The 39 multilayer consists of ordered crystalline ice nuclei which aggregate progressively into a continuous incommensurate ice as the film grows to ∼40 layers, the entire film and wetting layer restructuring into an oriented bulk ice only for films more than 50 layers thick.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2006


  • water adsorption
  • Pt(111)
  • chloroform
  • thin water films

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