Surface-molecule proton transfer: A demonstration of the Eley-Rideal mechanism

E. W. Kuipers, A. Vardi, A. Danon, A. Amirav

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Hyperthermal molecular DABCO [N(C2H4)3N] is scattered from hydrogen-covered Pt(111). Some of the scattered molecules are protonated at the surface and leave with a kinetic energy which is strongly dependent on the incident energy. This means that proton abstraction is occurring immediately on collision and it serves as a clear demonstration of an Eley-Rideal mechanism. No isotope effect was observed, excluding a tunneling mechanism. The proton transfer shows a threshold energy equal to the difference between the surface work function and the molecular ionization potential. The reaction therefore proceeds via a molecule-surface electron transfer and a subsequent H-atom abstraction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-119
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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