The electron stimulated chemistry of methyl lactate on Cu(111)

C. Fleming, M. Kadodwala

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The electron stimulated chemistry of monolayers of (R)/(S)-methyl lactate ((S)/(R)-MLAc) adsorbed on Cu(1 1 1) has been investigated. Monolayers of MLAc undergo highly efficient electron stimulated processes predominately desorption, but also a significant fraction is converted to an adsorbed alkoxide moiety through the selective cleavage of the O-H bond. The efficiency of the depletion of the adsorbed MLAc state and the absence of significant non-selective fragmentation contrasts with previous studies of the electron beam irradiation of monolayers of oxygen containing organic molecules.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-414
Number of pages5
JournalSurface Science
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2010


  • chiral
  • electron stimulated
  • non-thermal

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