Surface atomic distribution and water adsorption on Pt-Co alloys Academic Article uri icon


  • Density functional theory is used to study surface atomic distributions on slabs of PtCo and Pt3Co overall compositions, as well as water molecule adsorption on PtCo(1 1 1) and Pt-skin structures. Pt-rich surfaces are energetically favored under vacuum in the PtCo and Pt3Co alloys. The adsorption trend on the studied structures agrees with the d-band model, with stronger adsorption at higher surface Co composition. The most stable adsorption site for a water molecule on PtCo surfaces is on top of Co atoms, with the dipole vector parallel to the surface. This water/surface interaction is as strong as that of water molecule on Pt(1 1 1), whereas bonding to Pt-skin monolayers is found much weaker than that on Pt(1 1 1). It is found that water interacts mainly through its 1b1 and 3a1 orbitals with d orbitals of the Pt(1 1 1), PtCo(1 1 1) and Pt-skin surface atoms. Compared to the sum of the electron densities of the separated systems, the electron density of the water/surface gets depleted along O-Pt on Pt-skin surfaces while it becomes richer in the O-Co bonding region of PtCo. 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Hirunsit, P., & Balbuena, P. B.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Hirunsit, Pussana||Balbuena, Perla B

publication date

  • January 2009