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We have measured W and Pt 4f7/2 core-level photoemission spectra from interfaces formed by ultrathin Pt layers on W(110), completing our core-level measurements of W(110)-based bimetallic interfaces involving the group-10 metals Ni, Pd, and Pt. With increasing Pt coverage the sequence of W spectra can be described using three interfacial core-level peaks with binding-energy (BE) shifts (compared to the bulk) of −0.220 ± 0.015, −0.060 ± 0.015, and +0.110 ± 0.010 eV. We assign these features to 1D, 2D pseudomorphic (ps), and 2D closed-packed (cp) Pt phases, respectively. For ~1 ps ML the Pt 4f7/2 BE is 71.40 ± 0.02 eV, a shift of +0.46 ± 0.09 eV with respect to the BE of bulk Pt metal. The W 4f7/2 core-level shifts induced by all three adsorbates are semiquantitatively described by the Born-Haber-cycle based partial-shift model of Nilsson et al. [Phys. Rev. B 38 (1988) 10357]. As with Ni/W(110), the difference in W 4f7/2 binding energies between ps and cp Pt phases has a large structural contribution. The Pt 4f lineshape is consistent with a small density of states at the Fermi level, reflective of the Pt monolayer having noble-metal-like electronic structure.


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