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Title: Facile C-O Bond Scission in Alcohols on Zn Surfaces
Authors: Harikumar, K R
Vinod, C P
Kulkarni, G U
Rao, C N R
Keywords: Single-Crystal Surfaces
Methanol Decomposition
Ethanol Decomposition
Issue Date: 1-Apr-1999
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Citation: Journal Of Physical Chemistry B 103(13), 2445-2452 (1999)
Abstract: Interaction of methanol, ethanol, and 2-propanol with polycrystalline as well as (0001) surfaces of Zn has been investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy and vibrational energy loss spectroscopy. All the alcohols show evidence for the condensed species along with the chemisorbed species at 80 K. With increase in temperature to similar to 120 K, the condensed species desorbs, leaving the chemisorbed species which decomposes to give the alkoxy species. The alkoxy species is produced increasingly at lower temperatures as we go from methanol to 2-propanol, the 2-propoxy species occurring even at 80 K. The alkoxy species undergo C-O bond scission giving rise to a hydrocarbon species and oxygen. The C-O bond cleavage occurs at a relatively low temperature of similar to 150 K. The effect of preadsorbed oxygen is to stabilize the methoxy species and prevent C-O bond scission. On the other hand, coadsorption of oxygen with methanol favors the formation of the methoxy species and gives rise to hydrocarbon species arising from the C-O bond scission even at 80 K.
Description: Restricted Access
Other Identifiers: 1089-5647
Appears in Collections:Research Papers (Prof. C.N.R. Rao)

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