Low-temperature reduction of NO(2) on oxidized Mo(110).

Research paper by L J LJ Deiner, D-H DH Kang, C M CM Friend

Indexed on: 21 Jul '06Published on: 21 Jul '06Published in: Journal of Physical Chemistry B


The reactions of nitrogen dioxide (NO(2)) were investigated on oxidized Mo(110) containing both chemisorbed oxygen and a thin film oxide. NO(2) reacts on both oxidized Mo(110) surfaces via a combination of reversible adsorption and reduction to NO, N(2), and trace amounts of N(2)O below 200 K. On the surface containing chemisorbed O, there is some complete dissociation of NO(2) to yield N(a) and O(a). N(2) forms at high temperatures through atom combination. On both surfaces, NO is the predominant product of NO(2) reduction. However, the chemisorbed layer which has a low oxidation state, and hence a greater capacity to accept oxygen, more effectively reduces NO(2). The selectivity for N(2) formation over N(2)O is greater for NO(2) as compared with NO on both surfaces studied. The selectivity changes are largely attributed to an increase in the concentration of Mo=O species and a change in the distribution of oxygen on the surface. Notably, more oxygen, in particular Mo=O moieties, is deposited by NO(2) reaction than by O(2) reaction, indicating that NO(2) is a stronger oxidant. The fact that there are several N-containing species on the surface at low temperatures may also affect the product distribution. On both surfaces, N(2)O(4), NO(2), and NO are identified by infrared spectroscopy upon adsorption at 100 K. All N(2)O(4) desorbs by 200 K, leaving only NO(2) and NO on the surface. Infrared spectroscopy of NO(2) on (18)O-labeled surfaces provides evidence for oxygen transfer or exchange between different types of sites even at low temperatures.