Density functional theory calculations were applied to a study on ligand effects on a Pd surface oxide formed on RhPd(100) alloy surfaces. It was found that chemical composition of the topmost layer of alloy significantly influences on the electronic structure of the Pd surface oxide. Such interlayer ligand effects are originating from the Rh−O and Pd−O interactions between the topmost layer of alloy and the Pd surface oxide. These effects give rise to substantial changes in binding energies of adsorbates and could change catalytic activity depending on atomic fraction of the Rh−Pd alloy.
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