STM study of glycine on TiO2(110) single crystal surfaces. Academic Article uri icon


  • The adsorption of glycine (NH2CH2COOH) was examined by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) on TiO2(110) surfaces at room temperature. A (2x1) ordered overlayer was observed on the TiO2(110)-(1x1) surface. The adsorption of acetic acid and propanoic acid was also investigated on this surface and their STM images were quite similar to that of glycine. Since acetate and propanoate are formed by dissociative adsorption of these acids on TiO2(110), it is proposed that glycine adsorbs in the same way to form a glycinate. The amino group in the glycinate adlayer structurally analogous to those formed from aliphatic carboxylic acids would be extended away from the surface and potentially free to participate in additional reactions. The underlying structure of the TiO2 surface is important in determining the structure of the glycinate adlayer; no ordering of these adsorbates was observed on the TiO2(110)-(1x2) surface.

published proceedings

  • J Colloid Interface Sci

citation count

  • 57

complete list of authors

  • Qiu, Tingzhu||Barteau, Mark A

publication date

  • July 2006