Promotor: M.T.M. Koper, Co-promotors: A.I. Yanson, L.B.F. Juurlink
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This thesis uses the surface science approach to address questions regarding the interaction of oxygen with platinum and its subsequent reaction with carbon monoxide. A Pt(111) single crystal surface is used as a model for the catalyst. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the literature on the subject. The description of employed experimental techniques and their backgrounds are presented in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 discusses the adsorption of oxygen on Pt(111) at various temperatures and its role in the oxidation of carbon monoxide. Chapter 4 gives an atomic scale insight into the reaction between adsorbed oxygen and carbon monoxide for different ratios of oxygen and carbon monoxide pressures. In Chapter 5, the reaction between CO and oxygen on Pt(111) was used to register noise in tunneling current due to diffusion and recombination of molecules on the catalytically active surface, to draw conclusions on the most likely rate-limiting step in the process.