Reaction Dynamics and Charge Transfer in the Scattering of State-Selected Ions on Surfaces

Doctoral Dissertation


Investigating the detailed dynamics that govern gas-surface reactions is critical to understanding and predicting chemical behavior at the gas-solid interface. As energetic atomic and molecular ions scatter from surfaces, many fundamental chemical processes can be observed, including electron transfer, dissociation, and atom abstraction. The interactions of Br+(3P2) with Pt(111), Br2+(2Pg3/2, v=0 and v=2) with Pt(111), and NO+(X1S+) with oxygen-covered Al(111) provide three unique systems to investigate various reaction processes activated within the 5 – 105 eV energy regime. In contrast to conventional charge transfer theory, the scattering of Br+(3P2) and Br2+(2Pg3/2) on Pt(111) show a dramatic enhancement in the formation of negative ions at an impact velocity near 8 km/s. Coincident with this resonance, the anions scatter with additional translational energy. For the Br+ projectiles a three-site model is developed to fit the product velocity–, energy–, and angular–distributions. The observed scattering behaviors are consistent with a surface site-specific collision-induced deformation of the lattice that rebounds in phase with the departing projectile. The sensitivity of the emergence of Br– to the Br2+ incident energy suggests a collision-induced dissociation mechanism at higher collision energies and dissociative resonant neutralization at lower collision energies. The latter mechanism is further supported by the reduction of the Br– yield when the initial vibrational state changes from n=0 to n=2 at low collision energies. The strong electronic coupling between the motion of the platinum lattice and the surface electronic states responsible for charge transfer is further evidenced by the unique relationship between the surface temperature and the formation of negative ions. Energetic collisions of NO+(X1S+) with O/Al(111) results in a highly improbable abstraction reaction. The relative ion yields and mean translational energies of scattered NO2– are presented as a function of oxygen exposure and NO+ collision energy. The formation of NO2– is assigned to the direct, Eley-Rideal abstraction of an adsorbed O– atom by an incident NO molecule. These results suggest further experimental and theoretical investigations are necessary to fully understand the transient couplings that operate when reactive projectiles scatter on clean and adsorbate-covered metal surfaces.


Attribute NameValues
  • etd-04152004-162717

Author Patricia L. Maazouz
Advisor Michael Hildreth
Contributor Dan Gezelter, Committee Member
Contributor Greg Hartland, Committee Member
Contributor S. Alex Kandel, Committee Member
Contributor Dennis Jacobs, Committee Member
Contributor Michael Hildreth, Committee Chair
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Chemistry and Biochemistry
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2004-04-07

Submission Date 2004-04-15
  • United States of America

  • electron transfer

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

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Content License
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