The chemisorption and subsequent decomposition of methyl bromide on a Mg(0001) single-crystal surface is found to lead cleanly to the formation of a surface bromide and gas-phase hydrocarbon products including ethane. Stable surface alkyls are not observed even at temperatures as low as -150°C. Co-adsorbed dimethyl ether does not perturb this reactivity pattern. The formation of either a thin surface bromide or a surface oxide passivates this material to further reaction under UHV conditions. The implications of these results with respect to the mechanisms of carbon-halogen bond cleavage on magnesium and the formation of Grignard reagents are discussed.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry