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Adsorption of noble-Gas atoms on the TiO2(110) surface: an ab initio-assisted study with van der waals-corrected DFT

AutorTamijani, Ali A.; Salam, Akbar; Lara Castells, María Pilar de
Fecha de publicación2016
EditorAmerican Chemical Society
CitaciónJournal of Physical Chemistry C 120: 18126- 18139 (2016)
ResumenWeakly bound noble gases (Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) are being utilized as probes to monitor the photocatalytic activity of the TiO2(110) surface. In this work, this adsorption problem is examined using different van der Waals-corrected DFT-based treatments on periodic systems. The assessment of their performance is assisted by the application of nonperiodic DFT-based symmetry adapted perturbation theory [SAPT(DFT)]. It is further verified by comparing with experimentally based determinations of the adsorption energies at one-monolayer surface coverage. Besides being dispersion-dominated adsorbate/surface interactions, the SAPT(DFT)-based decomposition reveals that the electrostatic and induction energy contributions become highly relevant for the heaviest noble-gas atoms (krypton and xenon). The most reliable results are provided by the revPBE-D3 approach: it predicts adsorption energies of ¿118.4, ¿165.8, and ¿2231.7 meV for argon, krypton, and xenon, which are within 6% of the experimental values, and attractive long-range tails which are consistent with our ab initio benchmarking. Moreover, the revPBE density functional describes the short-range part of the potential energy curve more precisely, avoiding the exchange-only binding effects of the PBE functional. The nonlocal vdW-DF2 density functional performs well at the long-range potential region but largely overestimates the adsorption energies of noble gas atoms as light as argon. The Tkatchenko¿Scheffler dispersion correction combined with the revPBE functional produces accurate estimations of the adsorption energies (to within 10%) but long-range attractive tails that decay too slowly as in first-generation nonlocal vdW-DF density functional. Lateral interactions between coadsorbate atoms contribute up to about 15¿20%, being key in achieving good agreement with experimental measurements. The interaction with the noble-gas atoms reduces the work function of the TiO2(110) surface, agreeing to the experimental observation of an inhibited photodesorption of coadsorbed molecular oxygen. © 2016 American Chemical Society
Descripción14 págs.; 4 figs.; 5 tabs.
Versión del editorhttp://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b05949
Identificadoresdoi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b05949
issn: 1932-7447
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