Spatio-Temporal Pattern Formation on Polycrystalline Platinum Surfaces During Catalytic CO Oxidation

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Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Polymer and Organic Materials


The individual grains of a polycrystalline platinum surface as well as the spatio-temporal concentration patterns associated with catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide were imaged by means of photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM). For CO and O2 partial pressures in the 10−4 mbar range and at temperatures between 420 and 560 K different categories of pattern formation are observed which may be correlated with similar features observed previously with low-index single crystal planes, namely bistable behavior, propagating reaction fronts as well as spirals and target patterns. A novel effect concerns the appearance of regions with work functions considerably below those of the respective clean surfaces which are presumably due to the formation of subsurface oxygen species.

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© Surface Science, 1993, Elsevier

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Lauterbach, A.J., Haas, G., Rotermund, H.H., Ertl, G. (1993). Spatio-temporal pattern formation on polycrystalline platinum surfaces during catalytic CO oxidation. Surface Science, 294(1-2), 116-130.