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Can Atomic Buckling Control a Chemical Reaction? The Case of Dehydrogenation of Phthalocyanine Molecules on GdAu₂/Au(111)
- Farnesi Camellone, Matteo, Correa, Alexander, Barragán, Ana, Pedio, Maddalena, Fabris, Stefano, Cepek, Cinzia, Vitali, Lucia
- Journal of physical chemistry 2019 v.123 no.11 pp. 6496-6501
- alloys, dehydrogenation, gadolinium, geometry, gold, physical chemistry
- The efficiency of chemical reactions on surfaces is traditionally related to their lattice structures. The periodic out-of-plane lattice distortions of supported two-dimensional layers offer an alternative strategy to surface functionalization, scarcely investigated so far. Here, we show that the variable buckling geometry of a GdAu₂ Moiré overlayer supported on the Au(111) surface exposes specific single-atom sites that control the dehydrogenation process of phthalocyanine (H2-PC) molecules, limiting their reactivity to about 1/3 of the monolayer. The lattice mismatch between the substrate and the alloy layer leads to the previously reported outward displacement of distinct Gd sites. We show that these atomic sites promote the selective dehydrogenation of H2-PC molecules.