Chemical Imaging of Terrace-Based Active Sites on Gold

Kevin S. Schneider, Kenneth T. Nicholson, Bradford G. Orr, Mark M. Banaszak Holl

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Scanning tunneling microscopy data of a mixed monolayer comprised of a 40:60 ratio of H 8Si 18O 12 and C 6H 13-H 7Si 8O 12 clusters on gold are presented. The images display a composite monolayer surface with well-defined domain regions of the individual components. Holes present at face-centered cubic (fcc) sites of the starting Au/H 7Si 8O 12 adsorbate layer indicate the location of active sites for impinging C 6H 13-H 7Si 8O 12 clusters. Adsorption of a C 6H 13-H 7Si 8O 12 cluster likely yields a mobile hydrogen atom available to recombine with and desorb an adjacent H 8Si 8O 12 cluster. Hydrogen atom diffusion along substrate directions is the proposed pattern formation mechanism of the mixed monolayer. Imaging of the spherosiloxane cluster domains identifies a novel terrace-based active site located in the fcc regions of the Au(111) 23 × √3 surface reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2250-2256
Number of pages7
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes

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