The coadsorption of CO and H2 on Fe(100)

Jay Burton Benziger, R. J. Madix

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The coadsorption of CO and hydrogen on an Fe(100) surface was studied by temperature programmed desorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It was found that CO adsorption blocked the subsequent dissociative adsorption of H2, although it did not seem to affect the hydrogen binding energy. Preadsorption of hydrogen was observed to reduce the binding energy of CO subsequently adsorbed and to inhibit the dissociation of CO. A new surface species was identified in a coadsorbed layer of CO and hydrogen. This species was evidenced by the formation of a desorption peak for H2 at 475 K when CO was adsorbed subsequent to H2 adsorption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-289
Number of pages11
JournalSurface Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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