Reactive and Inelastic Scattering Dynamics of Hyperthermal O and O2 from a Carbon Fiber Network Journal Article uri icon



  • The reactive and inelastic scattering dynamics of ground-state atomic and molecular oxygen from a carbon fiber network at 1023-1823 K was investigated with a molecular beam-surface scattering technique. A molecular beam containing hyperthermal O and O2 with a mole ratio of 0.92:0.08 and nominal velocity of 8 km s-1 was directed at the network, and time-of-flight distributions of the scattered products were collected at various angles with the use of a rotatable mass spectrometer detector. O atoms exhibited both impulsive scattering (IS) and thermal desorption (TD) dynamics, where the TD O-atom flux increased with surface temperature and the IS O-atom flux remained relatively constant. While the majority of the TD O atoms desorbed promptly after the beam pulse struck the network, signatures of thermal processes occurring over long residence times were also observed. Evidence of O2 reactions was not observed, and the behavior of the inelastically scattered O2 was invariant to the temperature of the network and showed both IS and TD dynamics. The dominant reactive product was CO, whereas CO2 was a minor product. Both these products showed only TD dynamics. The observed flux of CO initially increased with temperature and then reached a plateau above which the flux no longer increased with temperature, over the temperature range studied. Thermally desorbed CO products exited the network promptly or after relatively long residence times, and two populations of CO with long residence times were distinguished. Hysteresis was observed in the temperature-dependent flux of thermally desorbed O and CO, with opposing trends for the two products. This work follows similar studies in our laboratory where the target materials were vitreous carbon and highly oriented pyrolytic graphite. The data suggest that the chemical reactivity of the three forms of sp2 carbon surfaces is similar and that the differences arise from the variations of the morphology.

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  • March 24, 2021

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  • November 23, 2021 4:16 AM

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  • Poovathingal S; Qian M; Murray V; Minton T

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  • 4

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