Biatomic substrates for bulk-molecule interfaces: the PtCo-oxygen interface. Academic Article uri icon


  • We develop an ab initio procedure for materials participating in electron transfer reactions, to consider biatomic backgrounds (e.g., substrates, catalysts, electrodes), thus the precise effects of the continuum and long-range interactions as well as the effects of the discrete and local nature of the chemistry can be combined to study molecules under such biatomic backgrounds. We test this new procedure by studying the reactivity of molecular oxygen on bimetallic clusters of platinum and cobalt. The reaction of molecular oxygen on the surface of the L1(2) phase of Co(3)Pt yields three distinct chemisorbed precursors, two of which are energetically almost degenerate. One precursor is formed across a bridge site with the molecule parallel to the surface, the second one is formed at the bridge with the molecule again parallel to the surface, and the third is formed in the threefold fcc hollow site, with the molecule slightly tilted in a top-hollow-bridge geometry.

published proceedings

  • J Chem Phys

author list (cited authors)

  • Sotelo, J. C., & Seminario, J. M.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Sotelo, Juan C||Seminario, Jorge M

publication date

  • December 2007