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Title: Periodic domain boundary ordering in a dense molecular adlayer: Sub-saturation carbon monoxide on Pd(111)

Here, we describe a previously unreported ordered phase of carbon monoxide adsorbed on the (111) facet of single crystal palladium at near-saturation coverage. The adlayer superstructure is identified from low energy electron diffraction to be c(16×2) with respect to the underlying Pd(111) surface net. The ideal coverage is determined to be 0.6875 ML, approximately 92% of the 0.75–ML saturation coverage. Density functional theory calculations support a model for the molecular packing characterized by strips of locally-saturated (2×2) regions, with the CO bound near high-symmetry surface sites, separated by antiphase domain boundaries. The structure exists in a narrow coverage range and is prepared by heating the saturated adlayer to desorb a small fraction of the CO. Comparison of the c(16×2) domain-boundary structure with structural motifs at lower coverages suggests that between 0.6 and 0.6875 ML the adlayer order may be more strongly influenced by interadsorbate repulsion than by adsorption-site-specific interactions. The system is an example of the structural complexity that results from the compromise between adsorbate–substrate and adsorbate–adsorbate interactions.
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  1. Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  3. Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0039-6028; R&D Project: CO007; KC0301050
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Surface Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 658; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0039-6028
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; Palladium; Carbon monoxide; Low energy electron diffraction (LEED); Temperature programmed desorption (TPD); Density functional theory (DFT); Antiphase domain boundary
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OSTI ID: 1397477