Surface spectroscopy

Definition

Surface spectroscopy involves the use of surface-sensitive spectroscopic techniques to analyse samples. These techniques include X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy and sum frequency generation spectroscopy.

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  • News and Views |

    The slow kinetics of light-driven water oxidation on haematite is an important factor limiting the material's efficiency. Now, an intermediate of the water-splitting reaction has been identified offering hope that the full mechanism will soon be resolved.

    • Alexander J. Cowan
    Nature Chemistry 8, 740–741
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    The critical step in water splitting is the formation of a peroxo bond; the mechanism, thought to involve oxyl radical formation, remains elusive. Now, experiments reveal a distinct bond vibration directly connected to an oxyl radical that is simultaneously coupled to both the semiconductor electronic states and the motion of the surrounding water.

    • Heather Vanselous
    •  & Poul B. Petersen
    Nature Chemistry 8, 527–528
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    Nuclear magnetic resonance is a versatile analytical technique, but acquiring well-resolved NMR spectra of chemical surfaces has been hard. The coming of age of a spectral enhancement method should change all that.

    • Robert G. Griffin
    Nature 468, 381–382