Oxygen chemisorption at Cu(110) at 120 K: dimers, clusters and mono-atomic oxygen states
Three distinct states of oxygen have been observed at a Cu(110) surface at 120 K by scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM): isolated oxygen adatoms; pairs or dimers, separated by about 6 Å and clusters of five or six atoms arranged anisotropically. There is also evidence for oxygen atoms undergoing ballistic motion as might be expected from “hot” oxygen atoms. Such states of oxygen have been central to the mechanistic models proposed earlier, and based on surface spectroscopic studies, for the oxidation of ammonia at copper surfaces under ammonia-rich conditions.
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