Increased interest in the oxidation process of polycrystalline rhodium, observed in recent years, is the result of its application in exhaust catalytic converters. However, most studies have involved sample surfaces with low Miller indices. In our research, we investigated polycrystalline rhodium foil containing crystallographically different, highly stepped, µm-sized crystallites. These crystallites were exposed to identical oxidizing conditions. To determine crystallographic orientation, the electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD) method was used. To investigate the initial stages of oxidation on the individual crystallites of Rh, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) studies were performed. The results obtained for the individual crystallites were compared and analyzed using chemical state quantification of XPS data and multivariate statistical analysis (MVA).
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