The interplay between geometry, electronic structure, and reactivity of Cu-Ni bimetallic (111) surfaces
Held, G. (2003) The interplay between geometry, electronic structure, and reactivity of Cu-Ni bimetallic (111) surfaces. Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing, 76 (5). pp. 689-700. ISSN 0947-8396
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The mutual influence of surface geometry (e.g. lattice parameters, morphology) and electronic structure is discussed for Cu-Ni bimetallic (111) surfaces. It is found that on flat surfaces the electronic d-states of the adlayer experience very little influence from the substrate electronic structure which is due to their large separation in binding energies and the close match of Cu and Ni lattice constants. Using carbon monoxide and benzene as probe molecules, it is found that in most cases the reactivity of Cu or Ni adlayers is very similar to the corresponding (111) single crystal surfaces. Exceptions are the adsorption of CO on submonolayers of Cu on Ni(111) and the dissociation of benzene on Ni/Cu(111) which is very different from Ni(111). These differences are related to geometric factors influencing the adsorption on these surfaces.