The influence of CO adsorption on the surface composition of cobalt/palladium alloys

A. Murdoch, A.G. Trant, J. Gustafson, Timothy Edward Jones, T.C.Q. Noakes, P. Bailey, C.J. Baddeley

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Segregation induced by the adsorption of gas phase species can strongly influence the composition of bimetallic surfaces and can therefore play an important role in influencing heterogeneous catalytic reactions. The addition of palladium to cobalt catalysts has been shown to promote Fischer Tropsch catalysis. We investigate the adsorption of CO onto bimetallic CoPd surfaces on Pd{111} using a combination of reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy and medium energy ion scattering. The vibrational frequency of adsorbed CO provides crucial information on the adsorption sites adopted by CO and medium energy ion scattering probes the surface composition before and after CO exposure. We show that cobalt segregation is induced by CO adsorption and rationalise these observations in terms of the strength of adsorption of CO in various surface adsorption sites.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSurface Science
VolumeIn press
Early online date12 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • Medium energy ion scattering
  • Vibrational spectroscopy
  • Alloy


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