Hydrogen adsorption and desorption at the Pt(110)-(1×2) surface: Experimental and theoretical study

Sigrídur Gudmundsdóttir*, Egill Skúlason, Kees Jan Weststrate, Ludo Juurlink, Hannes Jónsson

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The interaction of hydrogen with the Pt(110)-(1×2) surface is studied using temperature programmed desorption (TPD) measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The ridges in this surface resemble edges between micro-facets of Pt nano-particle catalysts used for hydrogen evolution (HER) and hydrogen oxidation reactions (HOR). The binding energy and activation energy for desorption are found to depend strongly on hydrogen coverage. At low coverage, the strongest binding sites are found to be the low coordination bridge sites at the edge and this is shown to agree well with the He-atom interaction and work function change which have been reported previously. At higher hydrogen coverage, the higher coordination sites on the micro-facet and in the trough get populated. The simulated TPD spectra based on the DFT results are in close agreement with our experimental spectra and provide microscopic interpretation of the three measured peaks. The lowest temperature peak obtained from the surface with highest hydrogen coverage does not correspond to desorption directly from the weakest binding sites, the trough sites, but is due to desorption from the ridge sites, followed by subsequent, thermally activated rearrangement of the H-adatoms. The reason is low catalytic activity of the Pt-atoms at the trough sites and large reduction in the binding energy at the ridge sites at high coverage. The intermediate temperature peak corresponds to desorption from the micro-facet. The highest temperature peak again corresponds to desorption from the ridge sites, giving rise to a re-entrant mechanism for the thermal desorption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6323-6332
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2013


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