Testing the pairwise additive potential approximation using DFT: coadsorption of CO and N on Rh(100)

D. Curulla Ferre, A.P. Bavel, van, J.W. Niemantsverdriet

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    The interaction between adsorbates is a key issue in surface science, because these interactions can influence strongly the properties of chemisorbed species with consequences for the thermodn. and kinetics of surface processes. The simplest representation of adsorbate-adsorbate interactions is based on the assumption that all interactions are pairwise additive. This approach has been satisfactorily used in the modeling of temp.-programmed desorption (TPD) spectra using both continuum and Monte Carlo methods. However, the energies estd. within the pairwise approxn. have never been compared to the energies calcd. using d. functional theory (DFT) methods. We demonstrate that the pairwise additive potential approxn. is indeed a good representation of the adsorbate-adsorbate interactions, and that we do not need to include three-body interactions or higher-order terms to est. the perturbation of the adsorption energy of an adsorbate by the presence of other coadsorbates. Moreover, we show for the first time how DFT can be used to explain the desorption features that one finds in TPD expts., thus linking the TPD desorption features with actual microscopic configurations. [on SciFinder (R)]
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)473-480
    Number of pages8
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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