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Synergetic effects of the Cu/Pt{110} surface alloy: enhanced reactivity of water and carbon monoxide

Gladys, M.J., Inderwildi, O.R., Karakatsani, S., Fiorin, V. and Held, G. (2008) Synergetic effects of the Cu/Pt{110} surface alloy: enhanced reactivity of water and carbon monoxide. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112 (16). pp. 6422-6429. ISSN 1932-7447

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1021/jp711588v

Abstract/Summary

We have used synchrotron-based high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in combination with ab initio density functional theory calculations to investigate the characteristics of water and CO adsorption on the bimetallic Cu/Pt{110}-(2 x 1) surface at a Cu coverage near 0.5 ML. Cu fills the troughs of the reconstructed clean surface forming nanowires, which are stable up to 830 K. Their presence dramatically influences the adsorption of water and CO. Water adsorption changes from intact to partially dissociated while the desorption temperature of CO on this surface increases by up to 27 K with respect to the clean Pt{110} surface. Ab initio calculations and experimental valence band spectra reveal that the Cu 3d-band is narrowed and shifted upward with respect to bulk Cu surfaces. This and electron donation to surface Pt atoms cause the increase in the bond strength between CO and the Pt surface atoms. The pathway for water dissociation occurs via Cu surface atoms. The heat of adsorption of water bonding to Cu surface atoms was calculated to be 0.82 eV, which is significantly higher than on the clean Pt{110} surface; the activation energy for partial dissociation is 0.53 eV (not corrected for zero point energy).

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:11276
Uncontrolled Keywords:RHODIUM BIMETALLIC SURFACES, CORE-LEVEL SHIFTS, DISSOCIATIVE ADSORPTION, CATALYTIC-ACTIVITY, NOX DECOMPOSITION, METAL-SURFACES, RU(0001), PT(110), CU(110), CU

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