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Density functional theory study of Ni clusters supported on the ZrO2 (111) surface

Cadi-Essadek, A., Roldan Martinez, Alberto ORCID: and De Leeuw, Nora ORCID: 2017. Density functional theory study of Ni clusters supported on the ZrO2 (111) surface. Fuel Cells 17 (2) , pp. 125-131. 10.1002/fuce.201600044

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The nickel/zirconia (Ni/ZrO2) interface plays a key role in the performance of the anode of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and it is therefore important to understand the interaction between nickel nanoparticles and the ZrO2 surface. Here, we have described the interaction of five Nin (n = 1–5) clusters with the (111) surface of cubic zirconia, c-ZrO2(111), using spin polarized density functional theory (DFT) calculations with inclusion of long-range dispersion forces. We have systematically evaluated the geometric and electronic structure of different cluster configurations and sizes and shown how the clusters interact with the oxygen and zirconium surface atoms. The cluster-surface interaction is characterized by a charge transfer from the Ni clusters to the surface. From calculations of the hopping rate and clustering energies, we have demonstrated that Ni atoms prefer to aggregate rather than wet the surface and we would therefore suggest that modifications in the synthesis could be needed to modify the coalescence of the supported metal particles of this catalytic system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ab initio calculations, fuel cells, hopping rate, oxide surface supported cluster, zirconia.
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1615-6846
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 January 2017
Date of Acceptance: 14 November 2016
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2024 14:41

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