In-Situ scanning tunneling microscopy of carbon monoxide adsorbed on Au(111) electrode

Chia Haw Shue, Liang Yueh Ou Yang, Shueh Lin Yau, Kingo Itaya

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Abstract

In-situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) coupled with cyclic voltammetry was used to examine the adsorption of carbon monoxide (CO) molecules on an ordered Au(111) electrode in 0.1M HClO4. Molecular resolution STM revealed the formation of several commensurate CO adlattices, but the (9 × √ 3) structure eventually prevailed with time. The CO adlayer was completely electrooxidized to CO2 at 0.9 V versus RHE in CO-free 0.1 M HClO4, as indicated by a broad and irreversible anodic peak which appeared at this potential in a positive potential sweep from 0.05 to 1.6 V. A maximal coverage of 0.3 was estimated for CO admolecules from the amount of charge involved in this feature. Real-time in-situ STM imaging allowed direct visualization of the adsorption process of CO on Au(111) at 0.1 V, showing the lifting of (√3 × 22) reconstruction of Au(111) and the formation of ordered CO adlattices. The (9 × √3) structure observed in CO-saturated perchloric acid has a coverage of 0.28, which is approximately equal to that determined from coulometry. Switching the potential from 0.1 to -0.1 V restored the reconstructed Au(111) with no change in the (9 × √3)-CO adlattice. However, the reconstructed Au(111) featured a pairwise corrugation pattern with two nearest pairs separated by 74 ± 1 Å, corresponding to a 14% increase from the ideal value of 65.6 Å known for the (√3 × 22) reconstruction. Molecular resolution STM further revealed that protrusions resulting from CO admolecules in the (9 × √3) structure exhibited distinctly different corrugation heights, suggesting that the CO molecules resided at different sites on Au(111). This ordered structure predominated in the potential range between 0.1 and 0.7 V; however, it was converted into new structures of (7 × √7) and (√43 × 2√13) on the unreconstructed Au(111) when the potential was held at 0.8 V for ca. 60 min. The coverage of CO adlayer decreased accordingly from 0.28 to 0.13 before it was completely removed from the Au(111) surface at more positive potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1942-1948
Number of pages7
JournalLangmuir
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2005

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