Computational Studies of the Interactions of Oxygen with Platinum Clusters Academic Article uri icon


  • Density functional theory is used to compute electronic and thermodynamic interactions between atomic and molecular oxygen and small Ptn clusters (n = 2-6). Binding energies, vibrational frequencies, and charge distributions are reported. Two states are identified for the adsorption of molecular oxygen: the superoxo species (O2δ-) and the peroxo species (O22δ-) formed by charge transfer from the metal cluster to the O2 molecule. An analysis of the adsorbed O2 dissociation on Pt clusters illustrates the dependence of the activation barrier for dissociation on the metal cluster size.

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, T., & Balbuena, P. B.

publication date

  • January 1, 2001 11:11 AM