Role of translational and vibrational energy in the dissociative chemisorption of methane on Pd{1 1 0}

  • Hirsimäki M
  • Paavilainen S
  • Nieminen J
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Dissociative adsorption of methane has been investigated on Pd{1 1 0} by using molecular beam surface scattering. The initial sticking probability has been determined in the translational energy range of 7-95 kJ/mol and at selected vibrational energies from 300 to 700 K. The measured initial sticking probability is found to increase strongly with both translational and vibrational energy of CH4molecules. The activation of the dissociative chemisorption of CH4induced by the vibrational energy is shown to depend on the translational energy and is attributed to the excitation of the bending modes of the incident molecule. We have also performed molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the dissociation mechanism theoretically. The simulations clearly demonstrate that an efficient energy transfer occurs upon adsorption between the translational and vibrational energies of the incident CH4molecule, which thereby facilitates the deformation of the molecular structure of CH4resulting in dissociation. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V.

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  • Alkane
  • Chemisorption
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Palladium

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  • M. Hirsimäki

  • S. Paavilainen

  • J. A. Nieminen

  • M. Valden

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