Influence of alloyed Sn on adsorption and reaction of NO on Pt(100) surfaces

Chameli Panja, Bruce E. Koel

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Adsorption and reaction of NO on the (5 × 20)-Pt(100) surface and two Sn/Pt(100) surface alloys have been studied using temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). On the (5 × 20)-Pt(100) surface, in the absence of Sn, NO is primarily reversibly adsorbed, and most of the chemisorbed NO desorbs molecularly from the surface during TPD. Approximately 25% of the adsorbed NO monolayer decomposes at temperatures higher than 400 K, and this leads to N2 and O2 desorption from the surface. Alloying Sn into the surface layer of Pt(100) forms two ordered surface alloys having c(2 × 2) and (3√2 × √2)R45°Sn/Pt(100) surface structures with θSn = 0.5 and 0.67 ML, respectively. Alloying reduced the saturation coverage of NO in the chemisorbed monolayer from that on Pt(100) at 100 K, and it also reduced the adsorption energy of molecularly bound NO by more than a factor of 2. Alloyed Sn, which removes all pure-Pt 2-fold bridge and 4-fold hollow sites, completely changed the NO reaction pathway: nitrogen in NO was partially reduced to form N2O on these alloys so that N2O, along with NO and O2, desorption was observed in TPD. NO is bonded at the same site with a similar geometry on both Pt(100) and the Sn/Pt(100) alloyed surfaces at low NO coverages, based on the HREELS spectra. At saturation (monolayer) coverages, however, quite different HREELS spectra were observed on both of the Sn/Pt(100) alloyed surfaces compared to that on Pt(100). Vibrations were observed from adsorbed N2O, along with a shift of more than 60 cm-1 for two vNO peaks on both of the Sn/Pt(100) alloys compared to Pt(100). The two vNO peaks can be assigned either as (i) two vs modes of bent (tilted) and linearly bonded atop NO or as (ii) vs and vas stretching modes of a surface dinitrosyl species, that is, two NO molecules bound to one Pt atom. Dinitrosyl species have been proposed as intermediates for N2O formation in reactions of NO on Mo(110) (Queeney and Friend, J. Chem. Phys. 1997, 107, 6432), and we suggest that a similar reaction mechanism occurs on Sn/Pt(100) alloys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2486-2497
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 23 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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