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Adsorption dynamics of molecular nitrogen at an Fe(111) surface

AuthorsNosir, M. A.; Martin-Gondre, L.; Bocan, Gisela A.; Díez Muiño, Ricardo
Issue Date2017
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
CitationPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics 19(10): 7370-7379 (2017)
AbstractWe present an extensive theoretical study of N adsorption mechanisms on an Fe(111) surface. We combine the static analysis of a six-dimensional potential energy surface (6D-PES), based on ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations for the system, with quasi-classical trajectory (QCT) calculations to simulate the adsorption dynamics. There are four molecular adsorption states, usually called γ, δ, α, and ε, arising from our DFT calculations. We find that N adsorption in the γ-state is non-activated, while the threshold energy is associated with the entrance channel for the other three adsorption states. Our QCT calculations confirm that there are activated and nonactivated paths for the adsorption of N on the Fe(111) surface, which is in agreement with previous experimental investigations. Molecular dynamics at a surface temperature T = 300 K and impact energies E in the 0-5 eV range show the relative occupancy of the γ, δ, α, and ε states. The δ-state, however, is only marginally populated despite its adsorption energy being very similar to that of the γ-state. Our QCT calculations trace the dependence of molecular trapping on the surface temperature T and initial impact energy E and quantify the rates of the different competitive channels that eventually lead to molecular adsorption.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1039/C6CP07174K
Identifiersdoi: 10.1039/C6CP07174K
issn: 1463-9076
e-issn: 1463-9084
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