Spectromicroscopy study of the dynamics of submonolayer Pd on a polycrystalline Ni surface

A W Potts, G R Morrison, L Gregoratti, M Kiskinova, A Locatelli

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The lateral distribution of submonolayer Pd deposited at room temperature on the surface of a polycrystalline Ni sample has been studied with scanning photoelectron microscopy (SPEM). The Ni sample consisted of differently oriented crystal grains, as evidenced by low-energy electron microscopy and micro-low-energy electron diffraction measurements and by SPEM Ni 3p maps showing surface topography. The elemental contrast of the SPEM Pd 3d images have revealed that the different grains of the polycrystalline surface show different activity, resulting in differences in the local Pd concentrations. The chemical state of Pd was well described by the Pd 3d(5/2) spectra. They consisted of two components interpreted in terms of adsorbed Pd species (Pd 3d(5/2) binding energy of 336.0 eV) and Pd embedded in the Ni a surface lattice, forming surface PdxNiy alloy (Pd 3d(5/2) binding energy at 335.5 eV). Chemical imaging in terms of these Pd 3d(5/2) components confirmed that the ability of Pd to alloy or form clusters also depends on the individual structure of the grains on the polycrystalline Ni surface.
Original languageEnglish
Article number045411
Pages (from-to)454111-454116
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2003


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