- AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Reactions of oxygen-chemisorbed cobalt and iron cluster cations (Co(n)O(m)(+) and Fe(n)O(m)(+); n = 3-6, m = 1-3) with an NH(3) molecule have been investigated in comparison with their bare metal cluster cations at a collision energy of 0.2 eV by use of a guided ion beam tandem mass spectrometer. We have observed three kinds of reaction products, which come from NH(3) chemisorption with and without release of a metal atom from the cluster and dehydrogenation of the chemisorbed NH(3). Reaction cross sections and branching fractions are strongly influenced by the number of oxygen atoms introduced onto the metal clusters. Oxygen-chemisorbed metal clusters with particular compositions such as Co(4)O(+), Co(5)O(2)(+), and Fe(5)O(2)(+) are extremely reactive for NH(3) dehydrogenation, whereas Co(4)O(2)(+) and Fe(4)O(2)(+) exhibit high reactivity for NH(3) chemisorption with metal release. The enhancement of dehydrogenation for specific compositions can be interpreted in terms of competition between O-H and neighboring Co-H (or Fe-H) formation.
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