Chemisorption of CO on Ni(100) by SIMS and XPS

T. Fleisch, G. L. Ott, W. N. Delgass, N. Winograd

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Adsorption of CO on a Ni(100) surface has been investigated using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). At room temperature the positive ion spectra show Ni+, Ni+2, Ni+3, NiCO+ and Ni2CO+. At saturation coverage, small amounts of Ni3CO+ and Ni+4 appear. All ions show a smooth increase in intensity with CO adsorption and reach saturation after 2 L CO or half monolayer coverage as measured by XPS. The NiCO+/Ni+ ratio shows a plateau at 2 L and a rise at 4-6 L that reflects the change from the c(2 × 2) to a hexagonal LEED structure observed by Tracy. The measured Ni2CO+ ratio is higher at very low coverages than at saturation. Based on ejection-yield calculations this observation suggests that a high percentage of bridged bonded CO may be present in the early stages of adsorption. Ni(2p 3 2), O(1s) and C(1s) XPS spectra from the clean and CO saturated surface are presented. CO adsorption on a partly C covered Ni(100) surface caused a strong increase in the C(1s) intensity but no increase in the O(1s) intensity and is taken to indicate the presence of a disproportionation reaction. Exposure to CO at 523 K showed no NiCO+ or Ni2CO+, but appearance of ions like C+, C+2, NiC+ Ni2C+, and Ni2O+ indicated dissociative adsorption. A sputtered Ni(100) surface had a much larger capacity for CO uptake as indicated by increased ion yields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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