The adsorption and decomposition of ethylene on Ni(100)

B. E. Koel, J. M. White, D. W. Goodman

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The adsorption behavior of ethylene on Ni(100) at a variety of temperatures has been studied using temperature programmed desorption, and X-ray and UV photoemission. The adsorption of ethylene at 98 K results in molecular adsorption with a saturation C/Ni ratio of 0.76. Heating this surface to any temperature between 213 and 683 K reduces the C/Ni ratio to 0.5. Exposure to ethylene at 300 K leads to decomposition producing surface carbide, adsorbed hydrogen atoms and an adsorbed CxH2x species. A comparison with other work on Ni(111) indicates that ethylene adsorption processes are structure sensitive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-242
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 30 1982
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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