X-ray standing wave (XSW) analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are used to trace the electronic and atomic-scale structural changes of a supported vanadium oxide system at different stages of its oxidation-reduction cycle. Both the oxidation state and adsorption geometry of the vanadium oxide and its α-Fe2O2(0001) single crystal support show reversible changes through the oxidation-reduction cycle characteristic of catalytic behavior. The 3D V atomic distribution maps, derived from the summation of the XSW measured Fourier components, reveal that the V undergoes adsorption site exchange during the oxidation and reduction cycle.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films