Fast x-ray spectroscopy study of ethene on clean and SO4 precovered Pt{111}

Adam F. Lee, Karen Wilson

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The adsorption and decomposition of ethylene over a Pt{111} single crystalsurface has been investigated by fast x-ray spectroscopy. At 100 K ethene displays precursor-mediated adsorption kinetics, adopting a single environment with a saturation C2H4 coverage of 0.25 ML and binding energy of 283.2 eV. Thermal decomposition proceeds above 240 K via dehydrogenation to ethylidyne with an activation barrier of 57±3 kJ mol−1 and preexponential factor ν=1×1010±0.5 s−1. Site-blocking by preadsorbed SO4 reduces the saturation ethene coverage but induces a new, less reactive π-bonded ethene species centered around 283.9 eV, which in turn decomposes to ethylidyne at 350 K.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-568
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology Part A
Issue number3
Early online date18 Mar 2003
Publication statusPublished - May 2003

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