Manipulation and control of hydrogen bond dynamics in absorbed ice nanoclusters

Phys Rev Lett. 2008 Sep 26;101(13):136102. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.136102. Epub 2008 Sep 24.


Inelastic electron tunneling is used to explore the dynamics of ice nanoclusters adsorbed on Ag(111). The diffusion of entire nanoclusters or internal hydrogen bond rearrangement can be selectively controlled by injecting electrons either directly into the clusters themselves or indirectly ("indirect inelastic electron tunneling") into the substrate at distances of up to 20 nm from them; a reaction probability that oscillates with the tip-cluster lateral distance presents evidence that surface state electrons mediate the excitation. Density functional theory calculations reveal a strong sensitivity of the computed activation energies of the individual processes to the applied electrical field.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Absorption
  • Deuterium Oxide / chemistry*
  • Hydrogen Bonding
  • Ice*
  • Models, Molecular
  • Nanostructures / chemistry*
  • Water / chemistry*


  • Ice
  • Water
  • Deuterium Oxide