The thermal chemistry of adsorbed ethyl on the Pt(111) surface: infrared evidence for an ethylidene intermediate in the ethyl to ethylidyne conversion

Helen E Newell, Martin McCoustra, Michael A Chesters, Carlos De La Cruz

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Abstract

The reflection absorption infrared (RAIR) spectrum of the adsorbed ethyl (C2H5) moiety produced by the dissociative adsorption of ethane from a supersonic molecular beam onto Pt(111) at 150 K is reported. The thermal chemistry of the C2H5 fragment so produced was then followed using a combination of RAIR spectroscopy and temperature programmed desorption (TPD). The RAIR spectra indicate the presence of ethylidene (CHCH3) and ethylidyne (CCH3) at 250 and 350 K respectively. This implies the stepwise loss of one and two hydrogen atoms from the ethyl moiety during the heating process. Temperature programmed desorption (TPD) measurements show that hydrogen desorption is not accompanied by desorption of either saturated or unsaturated C-2 hydrocarbons or methane into the gas phase.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3695-3698
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions
Volume94
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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