We have studied the interaction between CO and H on Pt(111) employing Temperature Programmed Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation. Pre-coverage of the Pt(111) crystal with hydrogen redshifts the atop CO stretch vibration by 7-8 cm-1. Below 180 K an inhomogeneous broadening of the CO stretch vibration is observed. Both effects are attributed to hydrogen induced lateral displacement of atop CO. The inhomogeneous broadening is lifted in a thermally activated process, accompanied with a blueshift of the CO stretch vibration of ~ 1 cm-1. Corroborated by DFT calculations we suggest that the latter is due to a small tilt of the CO molecule towards the H atom.

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Roeterdink, W. G., Bonn, M., & Olsen, R. A. (2005). The CO-H interaction on Pt(111) studied using temperature programmed vibrational sum frequency generation. Chem. Phys. Lett., 412, 482–487. doi:10.1016/j.cplett.2005.07.055