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X-ray photoemission analysis of clean and carbon monoxide-chemisorbed platinum(111) stepped surfaces using a curved crystal

AuthorsWalther, Andrew L.; Schiller, Frederik ; Corso, Martina ; Lobo-Checa, Jorge ; Cabrera-Sanfélix, Pepa ; Sánchez-Portal, Daniel ; Ortega, J. Enrique
Issue Date2015
PublisherNature Publishing Group
CitationNature Communications 6: 8903 (2015)
AbstractSurface chemistry and catalysis studies could significantly gain from the systematic variation of surface active sites, tested under the very same conditions. Curved crystals are excellent platforms to perform such systematics, which may in turn allow to better resolve fundamental properties and reveal new phenomena. This is demonstrated here for the carbon monoxide/platinum system. We curve a platinum crystal around the high-symmetry (111) direction and carry out photoemission scans on top. This renders the spatial core-level imaging of carbon monoxide adsorbed on a 'tunable' vicinal surface, allowing a straightforward visualization of the rich chemisorption phenomenology at steps and terraces. Through such photoemission images we probe a characteristic elastic strain variation at stepped surfaces, and unveil subtle stress-release effects on clean and covered vicinal surfaces. These results offer the prospect of applying the curved surface approach to rationally investigate the chemical activity of surfaces under real pressure conditions.
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Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms9903
Identifiersdoi: 10.1038/ncomms9903
e-issn: 2041-1723
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