Diffusion mechanisms of n-butane on Pt(111) and Cu(001): Unique molecular features

Janhavi S. Raut, Kristen A. Fichthorn

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We have used transition-state theory to estimate diffusion-energy barriers and to determine the characteristic mechanisms by which n-butane diffuses on model Pt(111) and Cu(001) surfaces. Our studies reveal some of the unique features associated with molecular mobility, including one-jump mechanisms for molecular hopping between non-nearest-neighbor binding sites; conformational correlation in molecular hopping; short-ranged, directional anisotropy in diffusion induced by the molecular degrees of freedom; and the role of multiple-binding sites in various hopping mechanisms. We discuss some experimental ramifications of these unique features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1542-1547
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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