Evidence for the formation of nitrogen islands on rhodium surfaces

Zaera, Francisco ; Wehner, Stefan ; Gopinath, Chinnakonda S. (2001) Evidence for the formation of nitrogen islands on rhodium surfaces Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 105 (32). pp. 7771-7774. ISSN 1520-6106

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Official URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp011427a

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Kinetic evidence is presented for the formation of nitrogen-atom islands on Rh(111) surfaces. The deposition of atomic nitrogen on that surface was carried out via the steady-state conversion of NO with CO by using effusive collimated beams. Isotopic labeling experiments were performed where 14N-dosed surfaces were subsequently exposed to 15NO + CO gas mixtures for varying times. Subsequent temperature-programmed desorption indicated a nonstatistical distribution of isotopes in the resulting molecular nitrogen, the yield of the mixed 14N15N isotopomer being significantly lower than that expected on statistical grounds. Monte Carlo simulations were used to explain the observed isotopic distributions in terms of the formation of islands with the nitrogen isotopes distributed in a layered structure, the 14N atoms in a core surrounded by a 15N outer shell.

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