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Chemphyschem. 2009 Feb 2;10(2):348-51. doi: 10.1002/cphc.200800702.

Critical size for O(2) dissociation by au nanoparticles.

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Departament de Química Física & Institut de Química Teòrica i Computacional (IQTCUB), Universitat de Barcelona, C/Martí i Franquès 1, 08028 Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

Density functional theory calculations predict that the presence of low-coordination Au atoms is not enough to dissociate O(2), that there is a common pathway for O(2) dissociation on Au nanoparticles and that there is critical size for Au nanoparticles to dissociate O(2) (see figure).Density functional theory calculations carried out for a series of Au nanoparticles as well as for extended systems containing low-coordinated sites show that the presence of low-coordinate Au atoms is not enough to dissociate O(2). Strong adsorption of molecular oxygen on Au nanoparticles is a necessary but not sufficient condition for O(2) dissociation, there is a common pathway for O(2) dissociation on these nanoparticles and there is critical size for Au nanoparticles to dissociate O(2).

PMID:
19117010
DOI:
10.1002/cphc.200800702

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