The dissociative chemisorption of singly deuterated methane (CH3D) has been studied on the steps and terraces of a Pt(211) surface by quantum state resolved molecular beam methods. At incident translational energy (Et) below 50 kJ/mol, CH3D dissociates only on the more reactive steps of Pt(211), where both C–H and C–D cleavage products CH2D(ads) and CH3(ads) can be detected by reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy. Vibrational excitation of a slow beam of CH3D (Et = 10 kJ/mol), prepared with one quantum of antisymmetric C–H stretch excitation by infrared laser pumping, allows for fully bond- and site-selective dissociation forming exclusively CH2D(ads) on the step sites. At higher kinetic energies (Et > 30 kJ/mol), bond selective dissociation by C–H bond cleavage is observed on the terrace sites for stretch excited CH3D (ν4) while on the steps, the C–H/C–D cleavage branching ratio approaches the statistical 3/1 limit. Finally, at Et > 60 kJ/mol, both C–H and C–D cleavages are observed on both step and terrace sites of Pt(211). Our experiments show how careful control of incident translational and vibrational energy can be used for site and bond selective dissociation of methane on a catalytically active Pt surface.
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Research Article| August 16 2018
Bond selective dissociation of methane (CH3D) on the steps and terraces of Pt(211)
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F. Fleming Crim ;
Ana Gutiérrez-González, F. Fleming Crim, Rainer D. Beck; Bond selective dissociation of methane (CH3D) on the steps and terraces of Pt(211). J. Chem. Phys. 21 August 2018; 149 (7): 074701. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5041349
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