Coadsorbate Induced Reconstruction of a Stepped Pt(111) Surface by Sulfur and CO: A Novel Surface Restructuring Mechanism Observed by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. Academic Article uri icon


  • The chemisorption of sulfur and CO was found to have profound effects on the structure of a stepped platinum surface. By itself, sulfur chemisorbs, forming a p(22) ordered structure, and induces doubling of the terrace widths and step heights. Subsequent coadsorption of CO displaces the sulfur, compressing it to distances of 3 times the Pt lattice spacing, and induces surface restructuring. New terraces form which contain exclusively CO and are separated by monatomic steps from the terraces containing the compressed sulfur overlayer. This coadsorbate induced restructuring phenomenon has strong implications in the mechanisms of surface catalyzed reactions. 1996 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Batteas, J. D., Dunphy, J. C., Somorjai, G. A., & Salmeron, M.

citation count

  • 46

complete list of authors

  • Batteas, JD||Dunphy, JC||Somorjai, GA||Salmeron, M

publication date

  • July 1996