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Core-level binding energy shifts between interior, terrace and edge atoms in MnO(001) thin films


Freund,  Hans-Joachim
Chemical Physics, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Barreto, J., Caetano, R., Ramos, M. I., Alí, A., Félix, G., Annese, E., et al. (2022). Core-level binding energy shifts between interior, terrace and edge atoms in MnO(001) thin films. Surface Science, 725: 122159. doi:10.1016/j.susc.2022.122159.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-DFDA-6
Understanding the physical origin of core-level photoemission line shapes can offer valuable information about the chemical and physical properties of surfaces. For instance, in a large number of transition metals oxides, changes in the line shape allow the accurate determination of their oxidation states and cation site symmetry. Yet, despite this importance, experimental investigations on core-level shifts have been much neglected in recent years. In order to provide further evidence of the physical relevance, we have, in this contribution, introduced a new aspect of interior-, terrace- and edge- atom core-level binding energy shifts to describe monolayers of MnO(001) films grown on an Au(111) substrate. By this means we were able to distinguish the line shape contributions related to different types of atomic sites. We show that their relative intensities and energy shifts are able to provide information about the relative amount of under coordinated atoms on the surface and, thus give insights into their catalytic properties. Our findings reveal the importance of a detailed surface science characterization to provide the correct interpretation of distinct photoemission line shapes when considering thin film samples as well as nanostructures in general.