Density functional theory calculations are used to study the stability of molecularly adsorbed CO and CN over transition metal surfaces. The minimum energy reaction pathways, corresponding reaction barriers (E-a), and reaction enthalpies (Delta H) for the dissociation of CO and CN to atomic products over the 4d transition metals from Zr to Pd have been determined. CO is found to be the more stable adsorbate on the right hand side of the period (from Tc onwards), whereas CN is the more stable surface species on the early metals (Zr, Nb and Mo). A single linear relationship is found to exist that correlates the barriers of both reactions with their respective reaction enthalpies. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces