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  2. The extensive research on ultrathin ferrous oxide (FeO) islands and films over the last few decades has significantly contributed to the understanding of their structural and catalytic properties. In this regard, the local chemical properties of FeO edges, such as their metal affinity, play a critical role in determining and tuning the catalytic reactivity of FeO, which however remains largely unexplored. In this work, we use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to study the interaction of Pd and Pt with FeO grown on Au(111). Different Fe affinities for Pd and Pt are demonstrated by the preferential growth of Pd on the Fe-terminated edge and Pt on the O-terminated edge of FeO nanoislands, resulting in selectively blocked FeO edges. In addition to revealing the different metal affinities of FeO edges, our results provide new insights into the edge reactivity of FeO/Au(111) and suggest an approach for controlling the selectivity of FeO catalysts. 
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  3. Gaining valuable insight into chemistry-related fields, such as molecular and catalytic systems, surface science, and biochemistry, requires probing physical and chemical processes at the sub-nanoscale level. Recent progress and advancements in nano-optics and nano-photonics, particularly in scanning near-field optical microscopy, have enabled the coupling of light with nano-objects using surface plasmons with sub-nanoscale precision, providing access to photophysical and photochemical processes. Herein, this review highlights the basic concepts of surface plasmons and recent experimental findings of tip-assisted plasmon-induced research works and offers a glimpse into future perspectives.

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