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Electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopic observation of the preoxidation process of CO on Pt(111) electrode surface.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Langmuir
0743-7463
Publisher
American Chemical Society
Publication Date
Volume
23
Issue
18
Pages
9495–9500
Identifiers
PMID: 17650016
Source
Medline

Abstract

Presented are sequential images of CO on Pt(111), observed with electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy, during its electrochemical preoxidation process. In the course of the well-known phase transition from the (2 x 2)-3CO-alpha structure to the (radical 19 x radical 19)R23.4 degrees-13CO structure, various structures were observed: (2 x 2)-3CO-beta (Chem. Comm. 2006, 2191-2193), (1 x 1)-CO, and (radical 13 x radical 13)R46.1 degrees-9CO. Based on an analysis of the populations of the structures averaged over imaging time and imaged location at the preoxidation potential range (0-0.25 V vs Ag/AgCl), the structures of CO domains changed sequentially in the order of (2 x 2)-3CO-alpha, (2 x 2)-3CO-beta, (1 x 1)-CO, (radical 13 x radical 13)R46.1 degrees-9CO, and (radical 19 x radical 19)R23.4 degrees-13CO as the potential shifted from 0 to 0.25 V. Such a sequential structural change demonstrates that the structures of (2 x 2)-3CO-beta, (1 x 1)-CO, and (radical 13 x radical 13)R46.1 degrees-9CO are transient ones during the preoxidation of CO on Pt(111). Discussed are the transient structures in terms of various aspects, such as the absence of CO in solution and the origin of compressed structures.

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