The role of adsorbate-adsorbate interactions in the rate controlling step and the most abundant reaction intermediate of NH3 decomposition on Ru Academic Article uri icon


  • N-N adsorbate-adsorbate interactions on a Ru(0001) surface are first estimated using quantum mechanical density functional theory (DFT) calculations, and subsequently incorporated, for the first time, in a detailed microkinetic model for NH 3 decomposition on Ru using the unity bond index-quadratic exponential potential (UBI-QEP) method. DFT simulations indicate that the cross N-H interactions are relatively small. Microkinetic model predictions are compared to ultra-high vacuum temperature programmed desorption and atmospheric fixed bed reactor data. The microkinetic model with N-N interactions captures the experimental features quantitatively. It is shown that the N-N interactions significantly alter the rate determining step, the most abundant reaction intermediate, and the maximum N*-coverage, compared to mechanisms that ignore adsorbate-adsorbate interactions.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Mhadeshwar, A. B., Kitchin, J. R., Barteau, M. A., & Vlachos, D. G.

citation count

  • 66

complete list of authors

  • Mhadeshwar, AB||Kitchin, JR||Barteau, MA||Vlachos, DG

publication date

  • July 2004