The coadsorption of alkalis (K, Na) and CO on Cu(111) was investigated by high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy. Measurements performed at room temperature showed that CO adsorption is partially dissociative on a potassium-precovered Cu(111) surface and fully dissociative for Na/Cu(111). Carbon monoxide molecules occupy adsorption sites directly adjacent to those of alkali adatoms, as suggested by the absence of a threshold alkali precoverage for CO dissociation. On the contrary, for alkali+CO/Ni(111) a threshold alkali precoverage for CO dissociation was found to exist.
American Institute of Physics
28 Oct 2008
Volume: 129 Issue: 16 Pages: 164703
The Journal of chemical physics