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Oxidation of polycrystalline Ni studied by spectromicroscopy: Phase separation in the early stages of crystallite growth

By A. Cornish, Tugce Eralp, Andrey Shavorskiy, Roger Alexander Bennett, Georg Franz Konrad Held, S.A. Cavill, A. Potenza, H Marchetto and S.S. Dhesi

Abstract

Low-energy and photoemission electron microscopy enables the determination of facet planes of polycrystalline\ud surfaces and the study of their chemical composition at the sub-m scale. Using these techniques the\ud early oxidation stages of nickel were studied. After exposing the surface to 20 L of oxygen at 373 K a uniform\ud layer of chemisorbed oxygen was found on all facets. After oxygen exposure at 473–673 K, small NiO\ud crystallites are formed on all facets but not in the vicinity of all grain boundaries. The crystallites are separated by areas of bare Ni without significant oxygen coverage

Publisher: American Physical Society
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:centaur.reading.ac.uk:15532

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