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A RAIRS, TPD and femtosecond laser-induced desorption study of CO, NO and coadsorbed CO + NO on Pd(111)

Butorac, J; Wilson, EL; Fielding, HH; Brown, WA; Minns, RS; (2016) A RAIRS, TPD and femtosecond laser-induced desorption study of CO, NO and coadsorbed CO + NO on Pd(111). RSC Advances , 6 (70) pp. 66346-66359. 10.1039/c6ra13722a. Green open access

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Abstract

Here we present a systematic study of the adsorption and laser induced desorption of CO, NO and CO + NO from a Pd(111) surface at a number of different coverages. We begin by characterising the surfaces using reflection–absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD). Experiments show that NO displaces pre-adsorbed CO considerably, but that CO has a much smaller effect on pre-adsorbed NO. In both cases, the preferred binding sites of CO are occupied by NO, displacing it to less favourable adsorption sites. Femtosecond laser induced desorption (fs-LID) shows that desorption of CO on Pd(111) follows a power law and is fairly independent of CO coverage, but for NO on Pd(111) we observe a clear deviation from a power law curve at higher coverages, with saturation being observed. This suggests that the cross-section for LID of NO is much larger than that for CO and that NO on Pd(111) is more photoactive than CO on Pd(111). Interestingly, for CO + NO on Pd(111) we find that coadsorption has a strong influence on the photodesorption process and that the structure of the overlayer is also important in controlling the photodesorption products, regardless of the order in which the two molecules are dosed.

Type: Article
Title: A RAIRS, TPD and femtosecond laser-induced desorption study of CO, NO and coadsorbed CO + NO on Pd(111)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1039/c6ra13722a
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6ra13722a
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2016.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Multidisciplinary, Chemistry, Single-crystal Surfaces, PD(111) Surfaces, Pd Surfaces, Adsorption, Femtochemistry, Pulses, RH(111), PT(111), Chemisorption, Coadsorption
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Chemistry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508044
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