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The surface specificity of the oscillating CO oxidation on platinum investigated by field ion microscopy

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Drachsel,  Wolfgang
Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Block,  Jochen H.
Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Gorodetskii, V., Drachsel, W., & Block, J. H. (1994). The surface specificity of the oscillating CO oxidation on platinum investigated by field ion microscopy. Applied Surface Science, 76-77, 122-128. doi:10.1016/0169-4332(94)90332-8.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-8E63-8
Abstract
The in-situ observation of the CO oxidation in the field ion microscope is possible due to the preferential field ionization of molecular oxygen which acts as imaging gas and displays Oad sites with atomic resolution. A dynamic bistability of the oxidation reaction is caused by catalytically inactive COad-covered Pt surfaces and active Oad-covered ones. Self-sustained long-lasting oscillations of the CO + 12 O2 → CO2 reaction are investigated at pCO ≈ 10-6 to 10-5 mbar, pO2 ≈ 1 × 10-4 to 5 × 10-4 mbar, and temperatures of T = 330 K to 550 K. Oscillation frequencies increase from 10-3 s-1 at 330 K to 1 s-1 at 550 K. A pronounced surface selectivity is found, surface regions near the {110} planes, i.e. {331} terraces, act as pacemakers. The Pt{111} planes are always COad-covered and do not participate in oscillations. Some general conclusions are drawn on the surface specificity of catalytic surface reactions and on still open questions of oscillating surface reactions.