271720 On the Adsorption of Thiol Molecules On a Nickel Catalyst: A Theoretical Approach

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hall B (Convention Center )
Damilola A. Daramola, Brian L. Hassler and Gerardine G. Botte, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Self-assembled molecules (SAMs) have been studied in literature and shown to modify the surface structure of the substrate on which they are adsorbed [1]. This surface modification results in a modification of the substrate’s properties. Specifically, adsorbed sulfur and thiols have been shown to rearrange the structure of metals including Ni [2-4]. It is expected that this would result in a modification of the electronic and geometric properties of the Ni surface and subsequently enhance (or hinder) its catalytic properties.
Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations have been performed using Crystal 09 [5] to study the effect of adsorbed thiols molecules on the properties of Ni. Two nickel surfaces were modeled: Ni (1 1 1) and Ni (1 0 0) because it has been reported that adsorption of sulfur causes a reconstruction of (1 1 1) to (1 0 0)[6]. Geometry optimizations and frequency calculations were performed to elucidate the adsorption geometry, adsorbate -- adsorbate interactions, and the electronic properties of the catalyst and these results will be presented at the meeting.


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