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Surface Reaction Barriometry: Methane Dissociation on Flat and Stepped Transition-Metal Surfaces

Surface Reaction Barriometry: Methane Dissociation on Flat and Stepped Transition-Metal Surfaces
Eric A. High, Davide Migliorini, Rainer D. Beck, Francesco Nattino, Helen Chadwick, Bret Jackson, Eric Dombrowski, Ana Gutiérrez-González, Arthur L. Utz, Han Guo, Geert-Jan Kroes
Accurately simulating heterogeneously catalyzed reactions requires reliable barriers for molecules reacting at defects on metal surfaces, such as steps. However, first-principles methods capable of computing these barriers to chemical accuracy have yet to be demonstrated. We show that state-resolved molecular beam experiments combined with ab initio molecular dynamics using specific reaction parameter density functional theory (SRP-DFT) can determine the molecule-metal surface interaction with the required reliability. Crucially, SRP-DFT exhibits transferability: the functional devised for methane reacting on a flat (111) face of Pt (and Ni) also describes its reaction on stepped Pt(211) with chemical accuracy. Our approach can help bridge the materials gap between fundamental surface science studies on regular surfaces and heterogeneous catalysis in which defected surfaces are important.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01905

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01905

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