Adsorption and desorption of NO, CO and H2 on Pt(111): Laser-induced thermal desorption studies

E. G. Seebauer, A. C.F. Kong, L. D. Schmidt

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The adsorption, desorption, and equilibrium behavior of NO. CO, and H2 have been investigated using laser-induced thermal desorption (LITD). A pulsed infrared laser beam is focused onto a Pt(111) surface, causing very rapid heating ( ≈ 1010 K/s) and nearly instantaneous desorption of surface species. The desorbed molecules produce a pressure rise in the vacuum system that is proportional to the coverage and is detected with a quadrupole mass spectrometer. For surface temperatures between 160 and 280 K, S0 for D2 increases by ≈ 50% and for H2 by ≈ 70%. Low-coverage sticking coefficients S0 for both NO and CO are found to be independent of surface temperature in the range 160 to 430 K and indicate adsorption through a precursor state. Isosteric heats of adsorption of NO and CO decline as the coverage increases from initial values of 26 ± 2 and 32 ± 2 kcal/mol to 12 ± 2 and 16 ± 2 kcal/mol, respectively. By combining the equilibrium and adsorption data, pre-exponential factors for desorption have been determined as a function of coverage. Laser-induced surface damage does not appear to be significant in these results. However, repeated desorption without high temperature annealing causes a drop in S0 for NO and CO by 30% and a rise in S0 for D2 by a factor of five. Measurements made with LITD agree well with available literature values obtained by other methods. However, LITD has several important advantages, especially the capability for the repeated measurement of surface coverages of a wide variety of adsorbates at high repetition rates in the presence of background pressures up to 10-4 Torr.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-156
Number of pages23
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 2 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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