The dynamics of the (2 × 2)-3CO ↔ dilute phase transition involving CO adsorbed on Pt(111) microfacets has been monitored in situ in a CO-saturated acidic electrolyte using potential step-second harmonic generation techniques. Apparent time constants derived strictly from the optical data were found to be orders of magnitude slower for the forward process as compared to those of the reverse process. This behavior is consistent with the activated nature of CO electrooxidation, which requires the presence of a neighboring adsorbed oxygenated species, for example, hydroxyl, for the process to ensue.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry