Effect of Gold on the Adsorption Properties of Acetaldehyde on Clean and h-BN Covered Rh(111) Surface

Arnold Péter Farkas, Ádám Szitás, Gábor Vári, Richárd Gubó, László Óvári, András Berkó, János Kiss, Zoltán Kónya

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Auger electron spectroscopy, high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy and temperature programmed desorption methods have been used in order to investigate the adsorption properties and reactions of acetaldehyde on gold decorated rhodium and BN/Rh(111) surfaces. Scanning tunneling microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements were carried out to characterize the gold nanoparticles on clean and hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) covered Rh(111). The adsorption of acetaldehyde was not completely hindered by gold atoms; however, depending on the structure of the outermost bimetallic layer (surface alloy) the dissociation of the parent molecule was suppressed, namely the production of carbon monoxide was inhibited by the gold domains. Our measurements with acetaldehyde on Au/h-BN/Rh(111) confirmed the observation that the lack of suitable adsorption sites eliminates the formation of CO. Nevertheless, increased coverage of gold enhanced the amount of adsorbed aldehyde at low temperature. We may predict that the low reactivity of acetaldehyde on Au/h-BN/Rh(111) significantly determine the ethanol decomposition mechanism on this surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1247-1256
Number of pages10
JournalTopics in Catalysis
Issue number12-13
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2018


  • Acetaldehyde
  • Boron nitride
  • Effect of gold
  • Polymerization
  • Rh(111)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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