Mass transport of alkali metal with pulses in a surface reaction

Liu Hong, H. Uecker, M. Hinz, L. Qiao, I. G. Kevrekidis, S. Günther, T. O. Mentes, A. Locatelli, R. Imbihl

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It is shown that the pulses which develop in the NO+ H2 reaction on an alkali promoted Rh(110) surface reaction can transport alkali metal. This leads to the accumulation of a substantial alkali-metal concentration in the collision area of pulse trains. Realistic simulations revealed that the effect is due to the strong energetic interactions of the alkali metal with coadsorbates, i.e., the attractive interaction with coadsorbed oxygen and the effectively repulsive interaction with coadsorbed nitrogen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number055203
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 20 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability


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