Interaction of oxygen with Pd(111): High effective O2 pressure conditions by using nitrogen dioxide

Barbara A. Banse, Bruce E. Koel

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High effective O2 pressures can be simulated by using NO2 as a source of atomic oxygen on Pd(111) at exposure temperatures at or above 530 K. Large oxygen concentrations (θO=0.0-3.1 ML) have been studied using TPD, AES, HREELS, and XPS. TPD results show four O2 desorption peaks at 625, 715, 765, and 800 K. The low temperature desorption states have never been reported in previous work concerning oxygen adsorption on Pd(111). Upon heating an atomic oxygen adlayer, diffusion of oxygen into the near surface region is competitive with O2 desorption for θO=0.76-1.4 ML. For θO > 1.4 ML, spectroscopic evidence shows the presence of an oxide on or near the surface. Our results for the interaction of atomic oxygen with Pd(111) are compared with the behavior of atomic hydrogen on Pd(111). Finally, a model for the chemical state and desorption behavior of oxygen for these coverages is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-285
Number of pages11
JournalSurface Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2 1990
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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