Uv/HREELS measurements of the excited states of adsorbed CO: Benchmarks for ab initio calculations

L. P. Ford, P. Blowers, N. C. Chen, I. C. Lee, R. I. Masel

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Recently there has been some controversy about CO adsorption on platinum, with some researchers supporting the Blyholder model and others saying that corrections are needed. We have used UV/HREELS to examine the electronic structure of adsorbed CO to distinguish between the various models. We have found that the 5σ to 2π* triplet peak shifts from 6.2 to 5.6 eV upon adsorption while the 5σ to 2π* singlet peak shifts from 8.3 to 8.2 eV. Both peaks also broaden, as expected from the Blyholder model. A comparison of these results to previous calculations shows that only Hückel calculations predict a shift that is within 0.5 eV of the experimental shift. Most of the previous calculations predict shifts that are in the wrong direction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-149
Number of pages6
JournalSurface Science
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 4 1999


  • Ab initio quantum chemical calculations
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Electron energy loss spectroscopy
  • Platinum
  • UV-spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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