The epitaxial growth of Pd adlayers electrochemically deposited onto Au(1 0 0) has been studied by LEED, RHEED and AES. For the first 6 ML, the Pd deposits grow pseudomorphically on Au(1 0 0) with a lateral expansion of 4.5% with respect to bulk Pd. The strain in the expanded commensurate (1 × 1) Pd layers on Au(1 0 0) begins to be relieved at the Pd coverage between 6 and 9 ML range by formation of a compressed Pd film with respect to Au(1 0 0) surface and the compression increases continuously with thickness. At ca. 20 ML Pd the lattice constant of the film approaches to the bulk Pd and three-dimensional Pd islands develop since around 30 ML coverage. No superstructure due to the Pd-Au surface alloy can be found for coverages from monolayer up to 30 ML Pd on Au(1 0 0). A c(2 × 2) phase has been observed on the Pd-deposited Au(1 0 0) electrodes, which is ascribed to an ordered Cl adlayers adsorbed on Pd adlayers rather than a Pd-Au surface alloy.
- Auger electron spectroscopy
- Cyclic voltammetry
- Metal-electrolyte interfaces
- Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED)
- Single crystal epitaxy