Oscillatory thermomechanical instability of an ultrathin catalyst

Fehmi Cirak, Jaime E. Cisternas, Alberto M. Cuitiño, Gerhard Ertl, Philip Holmes, Ioannis G. Kevrekidis, Michael Ortiz, Harm Hinrich Rotermund, Michael Schunack, Janpeter Wolff

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Because of the small thermal capacity of ultrathin (∼200 nanometers) metal single crystals, it is possible to explore the coupling of catalytic and thermal action at low pressures. We analyzed a chemothermomechanical instability in this regime, in which catalytic reaction kinetics interact with heat transfer and mechanical buckling to create oscillations. These interacting components are separated and explored through experimentation, mathematical modeling, and scientific computation, and an explanation of the phenomenon emerges from their synthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1932-1936
Number of pages5
Issue number5627
StatePublished - Jun 20 2003

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