Adsorption and dissociation of NO on stepped Pt (533)
We present an experimental and theoretical investigation of the adsorption, desorption, and dissociation of NO on the stepped Pt (533) surface. By combining temperature programmed desorption and reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy, information about the adsorption sites at different temperatures is obtained. Surprisingly, metastable adsorption structures of NO can be produced through variation of the dosing temperature. We also show that part of the NO molecules adsorbed on the step sites dissociates around 450 K. After dissociation the N atoms can desorb either by combining with an O fragment, or with another N atom, resulting in NO and N2. The N2 production can be enhanced by coadsorbing CO on the surface: CO scavenges the oxygen atom, thereby suppressing associative recombinative desorption of N and O atoms. Density functional theory calculations are used to reveal the adsorption energies and vibrational frequencies of adsorbed NO as well as barriers for dissociation of NO and for diffusion of N atoms. The combined experimental results and theoretical calculations reveal that dissociation of NO is the rate limiting step in the formation of N2.