Clean Technology 2010
L. Xiao, J. Srinivasan, L. Subramanian
Accelrys, Inc, US
Cu, alumina, catalyst, nanoparticle
Oxide supported transition metal catalysts are widely used in variety of heterogeneous catalytic processes. Knowledge of the interaction of metals with oxide surfaces provides insight into understanding a broad variety of properties of the catalysts. However, relatively little is known about the interfaces due to lack of experimental evidence. In our work, the interaction between cupper clusters and -alumina (0001) surface were studied using density functional theory. We report the most energetically preferred structures and adsorption sites for Cu clusters on the aluminum-terminated -alumina surface which is demonstrated as the most stable (0001) surface. Little effort has been made to investigate the environmental effect on the adsorption of Cu clusters on the -alumina (0001) surface. We examined adsorption of Cu clusters on fully hydroxylated -alumina surface and compared the results with that of the “dry” surface. The Cu-alumina system may serve as a prototype interface to help us establish knowledge on growth pathway of supported metal clusters.