The Journal of chemical physics

The molecular dynamics of adsorption and dissociation of O2 on Pt(553).

PMID 26156488


Molecular adsorption and dissociation of O2 on the stepped Pt(553) surface have been investigated using supersonic molecular beam techniques and temperature programmed desorption. The initial and coverage-dependent sticking probability was determined with the King and Wells technique for various combinations of incident kinetic energy, surface temperature, incident angle, and surface coverage. A comparison with similar data for Pt(533) and Pt{110}(1 × 2) shows quantitatively the same high step-induced sticking at low incident energies compared to Pt(111). The enhancement is therefore insensitive to the exact arrangement of atoms forming surface corrugation. We consider energy transfer and electronic effects to explain the enhanced sticking. On the other hand, dissociation dynamics at higher incident kinetic energies are strongly dependent on step type. The Pt(553) and Pt(533) surfaces are more reactive than Pt(111), but the (100) step shows higher sticking than the (110) step. We relate this difference to a variation in the effective lowering of the barrier to dissociation from molecularly adsorbed states into atomic states. Our findings are in line with results from experimental desorption studies and theoretical studies of atomic binding energies. We discuss the influence of the different step types on sticking and dissociation dynamics with a one-dimensional potential energy surface.