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Density functional studies of coinage metal nanoparticles: scalability of their properties to bulk

Roldan Martinez, Alberto, Vines, Francesc, Illas, Francesc, Ricart, Josep Manel and Neyman, Konstantin M. 2008. Density functional studies of coinage metal nanoparticles: scalability of their properties to bulk. Theoretical Chemistry Accounts 120 (4-6) , pp. 565-573. 10.1007/s00214-008-0423-x

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Abstract

Density functional plane-wave calculations have been carried out for series of Cu n ,Ag n and Au n particles containing up to 146 (Cu, Ag) and 225 (Au) atoms. Full geometry optimization has been performed for all particles starting from the structures created by cuts from the bulk. In line with previous studies, calculated average nearest-neighbour distances and cohesive energies of the particles linearly depend on such size-derived parameters as the average coordination number of metal atoms and the inverse of the mean particle radius, respectively. Rather accurate linear extrapolation of the observables under scrutiny to the bulk values has been achieved. However, we show that the scalability for particles made of various elements of the same d10s1 electron configuration differs, e.g. for bond lengths in Au n species it is noticeably less perfect than that for Cu n and Ag n ones. Implications of encountered structural peculiarities of the nanoparticles for their reactivity are outlined.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1432-881X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:04
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/72418

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