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Issue 36, 2010

O2 adsorption and dissociation on neutral, positively and negatively charged Aun (n = 5–79) clusters

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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.

Graphical abstract: O2 adsorption and dissociation on neutral, positively and negatively charged Aun (n = 5–79) clusters

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Submitted
09 Mar 2010
Accepted
11 May 2010
First published
08 Jul 2010

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 10723-10729
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Paper

O2 adsorption and dissociation on neutral, positively and negatively charged Aun (n = 5–79) clusters

A. Roldán, J. M. Ricart, F. Illas and G. Pacchioni, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 10723 DOI: 10.1039/C004110F

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