Reactions of azomethane on a clean, H-covered, and O-covered Pt(111) surface

P. Berlowitz, B. L. Yang, J. B. Butt, H. H. Kung*

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The reactions of azomethane were studied on a clean, H-covered, and O-covered Pt(111) surface at different coverages of azomethane, and ratios of hydrogen or oxygen to azomethane, by temperature programmed desorption. On a clean surface, dehydrogenetion, together with breaking of the NN bond to produce HCN and H2 were the major reactions. Small amounts of methylamine and cyanogen were also observed. On an H-covered surface at high hydrogen coverage, methane was the dominant product, in addition to H2. This adsorbed hydrogen promoted breaking of the CN bond. In addition, the dehydrogenation product HCN was also observed, as was methylamine. On the O-covered surface, CO, CO2, H2O, and small amounts of NO were observed together with the products typical for a clean surface. Comparison of the results with those for acetylene, ethylene, and diazomethane is made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-82
Number of pages14
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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