Proceedings of the 43rd International Field Emission Symposium
J. Phys. IV France 06 (1996) C5-5-C5-14
Energy-Resolved Field Ion Spectroscopy of Surface Reactions: H2/O2 and H2/H2O on PlatinumB. Sieben, G. Bozdech and N. Ernst
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Applications of field ion mass and appearance energy spectroscopy on catalytic surface reactions are reviewed. The investigations have been stimulated by in-situ FIM observations in the group of the late J.H. Block suggesting that single, active sites can be visualized. We have especially examined the energetics and kinetics of H2- O2 and H2-H2O reactions on  oriented Pt-tips. For single surface sites field ion yields have been measured as a function of Hz partial pressure showing (different) hysteresis behavior for both reaction systems. For H2/O2/Pt the results agree qualitatively with features earlier observed at field-free conditions. This finding and the different kinetics of the two reaction systems suggest a less pronounced influence of the applied electric field on the surface catalyzed H20 formation for H2/O2/Pt. At distinct control parameter (pressures, temperature) dynamic phenomena, such as kinetic instabilities and oscillating reaction diffusion fronts, were characterized by probe hole FIM combined with FIMS and FIAPS. For H2/O2/Pt comparative measurements have recently revealed a different behavior in FIM and FEM modes possibly caused by the different facets contributing to FI and FE emission currents.
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