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The effect of surface coverage on N2, NO and N2O formation over Pt(111).

A new interesting article has been published in Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2018 Oct 10;20(39):25314-25323. doi: 10.1039/c8cp04066d. and titled:

The effect of surface coverage on N2, NO and N2O formation over Pt(111).

Authors of this article are:
Gonzalez JD Shojaee K Haynes BS Montoya A .

A summary of the article is shown below:
The effect of surface coverage of species, θ, on the kinetic parameters of N2, NO and N2O formation in a system simulating ammonia oxidation over Pt(111) has been studied by using periodic density functional theory (DFT). The energy barriers for product formation decrease as θ increases, with the effect being more significant above 0.25 ML. The heat of surface reaction decreases as θ increases, making the dissociation of the products less favourable due to a weaker interaction of the intermediates with the surface. The effect of θ on the binding energy is stronger for N* than for either O* or NO*, but it is more apparent in the co-adsorption with O* and NO*. Similarly, the coverage of N* more strongly affects the activation energy of N2 and N2O desorption than does the coverage of O* for NO* and N2O formation.

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