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Issue 16, 2019
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Acetaldehyde polymerization on Co(0001): the role of CO

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The adsorption and polymerization of acetaldehyde (CH3CHO) have been investigated on clean and CO pre-covered Co(0001) surfaces using the temperature programmed desorption (TPD) method. On the clean Co(0001) surface, CH3CHO molecules can polymerize to produce paraldehyde with very low efficiency. With pre-dosed CO molecules on Co(0001), the decomposition of CH3CHO is greatly inhibited. When the coverage of pre-dosed CO is <0.33 ML, no enhancement of CH3CHO polymerization is observed. However, when the pre-dosed CO coverage is >0.33 ML, the polymerization of CH3CHO is significantly enhanced during the TPD process. Further results suggest that CO molecules adsorbed at the bridge/hollow sites may initialize the polymerization by nucleophilic attack of CH3CHO molecules with their O atoms. Moreover, the polymerization product induced by CO molecules is not paraldehyde, but linear polymer chains of CH3CHO at low CH3CHO coverages and probably three dimensional polymer structures at high CH3CHO coverages.

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The article was received on 23 Jan 2019, accepted on 27 Feb 2019 and first published on 11 Mar 2019

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9CP00441F
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019,21, 8275-8281

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    Acetaldehyde polymerization on Co(0001): the role of CO

    J. Chen, Q. Guo, J. Wu, D. Dai, M. Chen and X. Yang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, 21, 8275
    DOI: 10.1039/C9CP00441F

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