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Probing the crossover in CO desorption from single crystal to nanoparticulate Ru model catalysts

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Using model catalysts, we demonstrate that CO desorption from Ru surfaces can be switched from that typical of single crystal surfaces to one more characteristic of supported nanoparticles. First, the CO desorption behaviour from Ru nanoparticles supported on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite was studied. Both mass-selected and thermally evaporated nanoparticles were deposited. TPD spectra from the mass-selected nanoparticles exhibit a desorption peak located around 410 K with a broad shoulder extending from around 480 K to 600 K, while spectra obtained from thermally evaporated nanoparticles exhibit a single broad feature from ∼350 K to ∼450 K. A room temperature deposited 50 Å thick Ru film displays a characteristic nanoparticle-like spectrum with a broad desorption feature at ∼420 K and a shoulder extending from ∼450 K to ∼600 K. Subsequent annealing of this film at 900 K produced a polycrystalline morphology of flat Ru(001) terraces separated by monatomic steps. The CO desorption spectrum from this surface resembles that obtained on single crystal Ru(001) with two large desorption features located at 390 K and 450 K due to molecular desorption from terrace sites, and a much smaller peak at ∼530 K due to desorption of dissociatively adsorbed CO at step sites. In a second experiment, ion sputtering was used to create surface defects on a Ru(0 1 54) single crystal surface. A gradual shift away from the desorption spectrum typical of a Ru(001) surface towards one resembling desorption from supported Ru nanoparticles was observed with increasing sputter time.

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The article was received on 11 Feb 2011, accepted on 01 Apr 2011 and first published on 03 May 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1CP20371A
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 10333-10341
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    Probing the crossover in CO desorption from single crystal to nanoparticulate Ru model catalysts

    S. Murphy, C. Strebel, S. B. Vendelbo, C. Conradsen, Y. Tison, K. Nielsen, L. Bech, R. M. Nielsen, M. Johansson, I. Chorkendorff and J. H. Nielsen, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 10333
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CP20371A

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