In heterogeneous catalysis, the two main reaction mechanisms which have been proposed are the Langmuir-Hinshelwood and the Eley-Rideal. For the vast majority of surface catalytic reactions, it has been accepted that the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism is preferred. In this study, we investigate catalytic CO oxidation on Pt(111). It is found that reaction barriers for Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanisms actually tend to be higher than those for Eley-Rideal ones. An explanation is presented as to why it is still more probable for the reaction to proceed via the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism, despite its higher reaction barrier. (C) 2002 American Institute of Physics.
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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics