Sulfur poisoning of the CO adsorption on Co(0001)

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CO adsorption on a sulfur covered cobalt surface at 185 K has been studied using XPS, TDS, LEED, and WF measurements. As in the case of CO adsorption on the clean Co(0 0 0 1) surface, CO adsorbs and desorbs molecularly and no dissociation was observed. The saturation coverage of CO decreases linearly from 0.54 ML to 0.27 ML when the S pre-coverage increases to 0.25 ML. The WF increased during CO adsorption, but did not reach the value obtained for CO adsorption on the clean surface. The smaller work function change is explained by the reduced adsorption of CO on the sulfur-precovered surface. A reduction in the activation energy of desorption for CO from 113 kJ/mol to 88 kJ/mol was observed indicating weaker bonding of the CO molecules to the surface. The behavior of the CO/S/Co(0 0 0 1) system was explained by a combination of steric and electronic effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalSurface Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cobalt
  • Low energy electron diffraction (LEED)
  • Low index single crystal surfaces
  • Sulphur
  • Thermal desorption spectroscopy
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Work function measurements


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