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

Damilola Daramola, Gerardine Botte

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Abstract

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 913 cm-1 and 953 cm-1 for N2H4 and N2H3, respectively and is blueshifted to 1603 cm-1 and 1631 cm-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 1600 cm-1 is expected when the single bond becomes a double bond. Finally, this study combined with
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-214
JournalDefault journal
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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