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Annu Rev Phys Chem. 2000;51:381-403.

Reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy and the structure of molecular adsorbates on metal surfaces.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7061, USA.


Infrared (IR) spectroscopy is widely used to identify molecular adsorbates that form on metals in the course of surface chemical reactions. Because IR spectroscopy is one of the few surface-sensitive probes that provide molecule-specific information without perturbing the chemisorbed state, there is great interest in extracting as much structural information from the spectra as possible. The various ways IR spectroscopy is used to determine the structure of molecular adsorbates, from strictly qualitative interpretations based on symmetry selection rules to the use of ab initio electronic structure calculations to predict the IR spectrum of a chemisorbed molecule, are reviewed.

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