Chemisorption of atomic hydrogen on clean and Cl-covered Ag(111)

X. L. Zhou, J. M. White, Bruce E. Koel

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The chenaisorption of atomic hydrogen and deuterium on clean and Cl-covered Ag(111) has been studied using temperature programmed desorption (TPD), work function change (δφ) measurements and ultra-violet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). The desorption of molecular hydrogen and deuterium follows a fractional-order kinetic description with an activation energy of 5.5 kcal/mol (H2) and 6.4 kcal/mol (D2). Based on these results and the absence of dissociative chemisorption at 100 K, an upper limit for the Ag-D(H) bond of 53. (52) kcal mol-1 is derived. UPS reveals an H(1s)-derived bonding state at about 7.3 eV below the Fermi level. There are no significant changes in the shape of the Ag d-band, consistent with its, at most, very weak involvement in the D-Ag bond. Saturation exposure of the clean Ag(111) surface to atomic D results in a Δφ of -0.17 eV. Surface Cl alters the bonding and reduces the saturation coverage of D, results that are interpreted in terms of each Cl controlling a large number of D(a) adsorption sites and leading to widely varying local surface coverages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-210
Number of pages10
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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