Influence of coadsorbed hydrogen on ethylene adsorption and reaction on a (√3√3)R30°-Sn/Pt(111) surface alloy

Haibo Zhao, Bruce E. Koel

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The effect of surface-bound hydrogen adatoms on adsorption, desorption, and reaction of ethylene (CH 2= CH 2) on a (√3√3)R30°-Sn/Pt(111) surface alloy with θ sn = 0.33 was investigated by using temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Preadsorbed H decreased the saturation coverage of chemisorbed ethylene and less H was required to completely block ethylene chemisorption on this alloy than that on Pt(111). This is also the first report of extensive H site-blocking of ethylene chemisorption on Pt(111). Preadsorbed H also decreased the desorption activation energy of ethylene on the alloy surface. The reaction chemistry of ethylene on this Sn/Pt(111) alloy is dramatically different than on the Pt(111) surface: the H-addition reaction channel taking ethylene to ethane on Pt(111) is totally inhibited on the alloy. This is important information for advancing understanding of the surface chemistry involved in hydrogenation and dehydrogenation catalysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-975
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • General Materials Science
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Electrochemistry


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