Fluorination of the Hydroxylated α-Al2O3 (0001) and Its Implications for Water Adsorption: A Theoretical Study
Wirth, Jonas and Schacht, Julia and Saalfrank, Peter and Paulus, Beate – 2016
Fluorination of the hydroxylated α-Al2O3 (0001) surface is studied using periodic density functional theory calculations. On the basis of a hypothetical reaction substituting surface hydroxyl groups with fluorine atoms, we find surface fluorination to be strongly exergonic but kinetically hindered. Fluorinated surface areas turn out to be rather hydrophobic as compared to hydroxylated areas, suggesting fluorination as a potential route for tuning oxide surface properties such as hydrophilicity.