Deuterium and deuterium sulfide adsorption on MoS < inf> 2 (0001)

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The adsorption of deuterium and deuterium sulfide was studied on the MoS2(0001) basal surface using temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and four-point surface conductivity measurements. Deuterium did not dissociatively adsorb to the basal MoS2(0001) surface upon exposure, and thus was dissociated with a platinum wire during dosing. D2 and D2S were both observed as products following adsorption of dissociated D on the MoS2(0001) surface. The presence of D2S as a desorption product demonstrates that lattice sulfur was removed to form anion vacancies on the MoS2(0001) surface. D2S TPD experiments on an MoS2 surface with anion vacancies showed both D2S and D2 as desorption products. The presence of D2 in the D2S TPD shows that some deuterium sulfide dissociatively adsorbs. Further, the amount of D2 desorbing was found to decrease as a function of exposure, suggesting that D2S was leaving sulfur behind to "heal" anion vacancies. The desorption traces resulting from both deuterium and deuterium sulfide exposures were very broad, and are thought to occur via the recombination of two different desorption states. The possible implications of these experiments to HDS catalytic systems are also discussed. © 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.

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Surface Science