Coexisting multi-states in catalytic hydrogen oxidation on rhodium
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2021

Catalytic hydrogen oxidation on a polycrystalline rhodium foil used as a surface structure library is studied by scanning photoelectron microscopy (SPEM) in the 10−6 mbar pressure range, yielding spatially resolved X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. Here we report an observation of a previously unknown coexistence of four different states on adjacent differently oriented domains of the same Rh sample at the exactly same conditions. A catalytically active steady state, a catalytically inactive steady state and multifrequential oscillating states are simultaneously observed. Our results thus demonstrate the general possibility of multi-states in a catalytic reaction. This highly unusual behaviour is explained on the basis of peculiarities of the formation and depletion of subsurface oxygen on differently structured Rh surfaces. The experimental findings are supported by mean-field micro-kinetic modelling. The present observations raise the interdisciplinary question of how self-organising dynamic processes in a heterogeneous system are influenced by the permeability of the borders confining the adjacent regions.


P. Winkler

Technische Universität Wien

Johannes Zeininger

Technische Universität Wien

M. Raab

Technische Universität Wien

Y. Suchorski

Technische Universität Wien

A. Steiger-Thirsfeld

Technische Universität Wien

M. Stoger-Pollach

Technische Universität Wien

M. Amati

Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste

L. Gregoratti

Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste

Henrik Grönbeck

Chalmers, Fysik, Kemisk fysik

G. Rupprechter

Technische Universität Wien

Nature Communications

2041-1723 (ISSN) 20411723 (eISSN)

Vol. 12 1 6517


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Coexisting multi-states in catalytic hydrogen oxidation on rhodium - Supplementary Database 1 [dataset]

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5535786

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