Owens, T. G., Jones, T. E., Noakes, T. C. Q., Bailey, Paul and Baddeley, C. J. (2006) The Effects of Gold and Co-adsorbed Carbon on the Adsorption and Thermal Decomposition of Acetic Acid on Pd{111}. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 110 (42). pp. 21152-21160. ISSN 1520-6106

The growth and annealing behavior of ultrathin Au films on Pd{111} were monitored with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and medium energy ion scattering (MEIS). The adsorption of acetic acid on both clean and deliberately carbon-contaminated bimetallic surfaces was investigated with reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD). We report that the surface chemistry of acetic acid is strongly modified by the presence of Au in the bimetallic surface which acts both to stabilize adsorbed acetate and to decrease the tendency of acetic acid to decompose on adsorption to produce adsorbed carbon. The adsorption of acetic acid at 300 K is found to cause measurable segregation of Pd to the surface for all surface compositions tested.

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