Structure of Nitric Oxide Adsorbed on 4A Molecular Sieve Academic Article uri icon


  • We have studied the ESR of nitric oxide (NO) adsorbed onto Linde 4A molecular sieve, and have observed that at least two different surfaces sites can be produced, depending on the nature of the surface activation process. Upon quench cooling the sieve activated at high temperature to 77°K, we find trapping of NO at metastable sites and subsequent migration to equilibrium sites. We have obtained the hyperfine interaction constants for NO adsorbed onto the equilibrium sites. Comparison of these values with those of a series of molecules which can be formally considered as substituted nitric oxide radicals apparently rules out a model in which NO is singly coordinated to the surface. The comparison also suggests as a possible model NO doubly coordinated at nitrogen, and bridging two surface atoms.

author list (cited authors)

  • Hoffman, B. M., & Nelson, N. J.

citation count

  • 27

publication date

  • March 1969