A situation in which molecules of adsorbate
are free to move about the surface. Mobility
of the adsorbate
will increase with temperature and mobile adsorption may be either localized or non-localized.
In localized mobile adsorption the adsorbate
spends most of the time on the adsorption sites but can migrate or be desorbed and
readsorbed elsewhere. In non-localized adsorption the mobility
is so great that a small fraction of the adsorbed species is on the desorption
sites and a large fraction at other positions on the surface.
PAC, 1976, 46, 71
(Manual of Symbols and Terminology for Physicochemical Quantities and Units - Appendix
II. Definitions, Terminology and Symbols in Colloid and Surface Chemistry. Part II:
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