Binding Behavior of Carbonmonoxide to Gold Atoms on Ag(001)
Kuhness, David; Pal, Jagriti; Yang, Hyun Jin; Mammen, Nisha; Honkala, Karoliina; Häkkinen, Hannu; Schneider, Wolf-Dieter; Heyde, Markus; Freund, Hans-Joachim (2020). Binding Behavior of Carbonmonoxide to Gold Atoms on Ag(001). Topics in Catalysis, Early online. DOI: 10.1007/s11244-020-01290-3
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The adsorption behavior of single CO molecules at 4 K bound to Au adatoms on a Ag(001) metal surface is studied with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS). In contrast to earlier observations two different binding configurations are observed—one on top of a Au adatom and the other one adsorbed laterally to Au on Ag(001). Moreover, IETS reveals different low-energy vibrational energies for the two binding sites as compared to the one for a single CO molecule bound to Ag(001). Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of the adsorption energies, the diffusion barriers, and the vibrational frequencies of the CO molecule on the different binding sites rationalize the experimental findings.