Theoretical study of ammonia oxidation on platinum clusters - Adsorption of intermediate nitrogen dimer molecules

Damilola A. Daramola, Gerardine G. Botte

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Density Functional Theory calculations with the hybrid B3LYP functional and the LANL2DZ and 6-311++g** basis sets were used to calculate the adsorption energies, geometries and vibration modes of N2Hz (z=0-4) molecules on a cluster of 20 platinum atoms. Based on calculated binding energies, the trans conformations of N2H4 and N2H2 were predicted to adsorb with one nitrogen in contact with the cluster; N2H3 and N2H radicals adsorb with both nitrogen atoms in contact with the catalyst; while N2 was not found to adsorb to any appreciable degree. Calculated frequencies showed N-N bond stretching frequency occurs at 913cm-1 and 953cm-1 for N2H4 and N2H3, respectively and is blueshifted to 1603cm-1 and 1631cm-1 for N2H and N2H2, respectively. This trend suggests that the formation of this bond could indicate the presence of these species during ammonia oxidation as a shift from 900 to 1600cm-1 is expected when the single bond becomes a double bond. Finally, this study combined with earlier studies predicts the following trend for the adsorption energies of species formed: N2<H2O<NH3<N2H2<N2H4<N2H<N2H3<OH<NH2<NH<N.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-214
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
StatePublished - Jul 15 2013


  • Ammonia electrolysis
  • Ammonia oxidation
  • Density Functional Theory methods
  • Diazene adsorption
  • Hydrazine adsorption
  • Hydrazyl adsorption
  • Hydrogen production
  • Platinum catalyst


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