Molecular-Scale Mechanistic Investigation of Oxygen Dissociation and Adsorption on Metal Surface-Supported Cobalt Phthalocyanine

Duc Nguyen, Gyeongwon Kang, Mark C Hersam, George C. Schatz, Richard P. Van Duyne

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Ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory are used to investigate adsorption of oxygen on cobalt phthalocyanine (CoPc), a promising nonprecious metal oxygen reduction catalyst, supported on Ag(111), Cu(111), and Au(111) surfaces at the molecular scale. Four distinct molecular and atomic oxygen adsorption configurations are observed for CoPc supported on Ag(111) surfaces, which are assigned as O2/CoPc/Ag(111), O/CoPc/Ag(111), CoPc/(O)2/Ag(111), and (O)2/CoPc/Ag(111). In contrast, no oxygen adsorption is observed for CoPc supported on Cu(111) and Au(111) surfaces. The results show that for Ag(111), atomic O that is predominantly catalytically produced from the dissociation of molecular O2 at metal surface step edges is responsible for the observed adsorption configurations. However, Cu(111) binds atomic O too strongly, and Au(111) does not produce atomic O. These results show the active role of the supporting metal surface in facilitating oxygen adsorption on CoPc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3966-3971
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Volume10
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 28 2019

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Molecular-Scale Mechanistic Investigation of Oxygen Dissociation and Adsorption on Metal Surface-Supported Cobalt Phthalocyanine. / Nguyen, Duc; Kang, Gyeongwon; Hersam, Mark C; Schatz, George C.; Van Duyne, Richard P.

In: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Vol. 10, No. 14, 28.06.2019, p. 3966-3971.

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Nguyen, Duc ; Kang, Gyeongwon ; Hersam, Mark C ; Schatz, George C. ; Van Duyne, Richard P. / Molecular-Scale Mechanistic Investigation of Oxygen Dissociation and Adsorption on Metal Surface-Supported Cobalt Phthalocyanine. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 2019 ; Vol. 10, No. 14. pp. 3966-3971.
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