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O-2 adsorption and dissociation on neutral, positively and negatively charged Au-n (n=5-79) clusters

Roldan Martinez, Alberto, Manel Ricart, Josep, Illas, Francesc and Pacchioni, Gianfranco 2010. O-2 adsorption and dissociation on neutral, positively and negatively charged Au-n (n=5-79) clusters. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics -Cambridge- Royal Society of Chemistry 12 (36) , pp. 10723-10729. 10.1039/C004110F

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Abstract

The adsorption and dissociation of an O2 molecule on gas-phase gold clusters of size varying from 5 to 79 atoms have been investigated by means of first principles density functional theory calculations. The adsorption energies and dissociation barriers have been determined for neutral, positively and negatively charged gold clusters in order to analyze in a systematic way the role of the charge on the cluster reactivity. While there is beneficial effect on O2 activation of an extra electron on the small gold clusters (Au5 and Au13), the effect is absent for positively charged clusters. The effect of the charge vanishes rapidly by increasing the cluster size and is not visible for clusters containing about 40 atoms or more. Au38 appears to be the most reactive among the clusters considered and strong oscillations in adsorption energies and dissociation barriers are found even for clusters containing several tens of atoms like Au38, Au55, and Au79.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN: 1463-9076
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:04
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/72412

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