The atomic structures of several distinct adlayers of Cd underpotentially deposited onto a Au(111) surface in sulfuric acid electrolyte were revealed by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Three ordered adlattices were observed, all of which have a long-range linear morphology rotated by 30° from the substrate's lattice directions. Complete geometric descriptions and proposed structures are presented for each. A purely electrostatic model is insufficient to explain the banded morphology which is observed; therefore, other structure-forming interactions, including lattice strain, are discussed as possible contributors.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry