Autocatalytic oxidation of lead crystallite surfaces.

@article{Thrmer2002AutocatalyticOO,
  title={Autocatalytic oxidation of lead crystallite surfaces.},
  author={Konrad Th{\"u}rmer and Ellen D. Williams and Janice E Reutt-Robey},
  journal={Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={297 5589},
  pages={
          2033-5
        }
}
Growth of an ultrathin lead oxide layer causes massive changes in the shape of lead crystallites. The dynamics of this process was investigated with time-lapsed scanning tunneling microscopy. Pure lead crystallites proved extremely resistant to oxidation. Once nucleated by surface impurities, monolayer films of lead oxide grew readily on lead (111) microfacets in an autocatalytic process. The anisotropic growth of orthorhombic lead oxide films (massicot structure) was most rapid along the… 
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