Water desorption from an oxygen covered Pt(111) surface: multichannel desorption

G. S. Karlberg, G. Wahnström, C. Clay, G. Zimbitas, A. Hodgson

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Mixed OH H2 O structures, formed by the reaction of O and water on Pt(111), decompose near 200 K as water desorbs. With an apparent activation barrier that varies between 0.42 and 0.86 eV depending on the composition, coverage, and heating rate of the film, water desorption does not follow a simple kinetic form. The adsorbate is stabilized by the formation of a complete hydrogen bonding network between equivalent amounts of OH and H2 O, island edges, and defects in the structure enhancing the decomposition rate. Monte Carlo simulations of water desorption were made using a model potential fitted to first-principles calculations. We find that desorption occurs via several distinct pathways, including direct or proton-transfer mediated desorption and OH recombination. Hence, no single rate determining step has been found. Desorption occurs preferentially from low coordination defect or edge sites, leading to complex kinetics which are sensitive to both the temperature, composition, and history of the sample.

Original languageEnglish
Article number204712
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2006


  • OH
  • H2O
  • Pt(111)
  • desorption
  • hydrogen reactions
  • reaction mechanisms
  • surface structure
  • decomposition reactions

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