, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 505–513 | Cite as

Electrocatalytic Behavior of Pd and Pt Nanoislands Deposited onto 4,4′-Dithiodipyridine SAMs on Au(111)

  • Heiko Müller
  • Martin Metzler
  • Natalie Barth
  • Bert Conings
  • Hans-Gerd Boyen
  • Timo Jacob
  • Ludwig A. Kibler
Original Paper


Using different electrochemical techniques as well as in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), we investigated the electrocatalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide and methanol on palladium and on platinum nanoislands, which were deposited onto 4,4′-dithiodipyridine self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Au(111) single crystal electrodes. Electrochemical and morphological measurements performed on these monoatomic high metal deposits on top of the SAM show rather different island growth along with variations in metal coverage and particle size. UPS He-II valence band spectra of all Pt deposits reveal no intensity at the Fermi energy, so that the resulting nanoislands can be considered as non-metallic. While the electronic and structural properties do not affect carbon monoxide adsorption, the metal coverage has a tremendous impact on the catalytic activity regarding CO oxidation as well as methanol oxidation.

Graphical abstract


Electrocatalysis Self-assembled monolayers Metallization CO oxidation Methanol oxidation 



The authors thank Claus Müller for his technical STM support.

Funding Information

Financial support has been received from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) through the grant KO 576/28-1.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heiko Müller
    • 1
  • Martin Metzler
    • 1
  • Natalie Barth
    • 1
  • Bert Conings
    • 2
  • Hans-Gerd Boyen
    • 2
  • Timo Jacob
    • 1
  • Ludwig A. Kibler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für ElektrochemieUniversität UlmUlmGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Materials Research (IMO-IMOMEC)Hasselt UniversityDiepenbeekBelgium

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