A near ambient pressure XPS study of Au oxidation.

The surface of a gold foil under ozone oxidation was examined by near ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (NAP-XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Our in situ observations show that a surface oxide phase is formed during the exposure to ozone; however this phase decomposes under vacuum and even in the presence of ozone at temperatures… CONTINUE READING