The reduction of a thin surface oxide on the Rh(1 1 1) surface by CO is studied in situ by photoemission spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and density functional theory. CO molecules are found not to adsorb on the surface oxide at a sample temperature of 100 K, in contrast to on the clean and chemisorbed oxygen covered surface. Despite this behavior, the surface oxide may still be reduced by CO, albeit in a significantly different fashion as compared to the reduction of a phase containing only chemisorbed on surface oxygen. The experimental observations combined with theoretical considerations concerning the stability of the surface oxide, result in a model of the reduction process at these pressures suggesting that the surface oxide behaves as a source of oxygen for the CO-oxidation reaction.
|Journal||Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
Subject classification (UKÄ)
- Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics