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Reversible oxidation and reduction of gold-supported iron oxide islands at room temperature.
The Journal of Chemical Physics  (IF4.304),  Pub Date : 2020-02-21, DOI: 10.1063/1.5136279
Yixuan Jiang,Yaguang Zhu,Dechun Zhou,Zhao Jiang,Nan Si,Dario Stacchiola,Tianchao Niu

Monolayer iron oxides grown on metal substrates have widely been used as model systems in heterogeneous catalysis. By means of ambient-pressure scanning tunneling microscopy (AP-STM), we studied the in situ oxidation and reduction of FeO(111) grown on Au(111) by oxygen (O2) and carbon monoxide (CO), respectively. Oxygen dislocation lines present on FeO islands are highly active for O2 dissociation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements distinctly reveal the reversible oxidation and reduction of FeO islands after sequential exposure to O2 and CO. Our AP-STM results show that excess O atoms can be further incorporated on dislocation lines and react with CO, whereas the CO is not strong enough to reduce the FeO supported on Au(111) that is essential to retain the activity of oxygen dislocation lines.