Kinetic study of CO oxidation on step decorated Pt(111) vicinal single crystal electrodes
Feliu, Juan M. ( Univ Alicante, Inst Electrochem)
Berna, Antonio ( Univ Alicante, Inst Electrochem)
Climent, Victor ( Univ Alicante, Inst Electrochem)
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In this work, surface modification at atomic level was applied to study the reactivity of step sites on platinum single crystal surfaces. Stepped platinum single crystal electrodes with (1 1 1) terraces separated by monoatomic step sites with different symmetry were decorated with irreversibly adsorbed adatoms, without blocking the terrace sites, and characterized in 0.1 M HClO(4) solution. The kinetics of CO oxidation on the different platinum single crystal planes as well as on the step decorated surfaces has been studied using chronoamperometry. The apparent rate constants, which were determined by fitting the experimental data to a mean-field model, decrease after the steps of platinum single crystal electrodes have been blocked by the adatoms. This behavior indicates that steps are active sites for CO oxidation. Tafel slopes measured from the potential dependence of the apparent rate constants of CO oxidation were similar in all cases. This result demonstrates that the electrochemical oxidation of the CO adlayer on all the surfaces follows the same Langmuir-Hinshelwood model, irrespectively of step modification. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.