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Development of Interatomic Potentials for Supported Nanoparticles: The Cu/ZnO Case

Development of Interatomic Potentials for Supported Nanoparticles: The Cu/ZnO Case
C. Richard A. Catlow, David Mora-Fonz, Alexey A. Sokol, Tomas Lazauskas, Stefan T. Bromley, Scott M. Woodley
We present a potential model that has been parametrized to reproduce accurately metal−metal oxide interactions of Cu clusters supported on ZnO. Copper deposited on the nonpolar (101̅0) ZnO surface is investigated using the new pairwise Cu–ZnO interatomic potentials including repulsive Born–Mayer Cu–O and attractive Morse Cu–Zn potentials. Parameters of these interactions have been determined by fitting to periodic supercell DFT data using different surface terminations and Cu cluster sizes. Results of interatomic potential-based simulations show a good agreement both structurally and energetically with DFT data, and thus provide an efficient filter of configurations during a search for low DFT energy structures. Upon examining the low energy configurations of Cu clusters on ZnO nonpolar surfaces for a range of cluster sizes, we discovered why Cu islands are commonly observed on step edges on the (101̅0) surface but are rarely seen on terraces.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04502

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04502

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