Support and oxidation effects on subnanometer palladium nanoparticles

Christopher Heard, S. Vajda, R.L. Johnston

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The effect of cluster size, oxidation state, and the support upon the structures and energetics of subnanometer palladium nanoparticles is investigated within a density functional framework. Gas phase global minima of Pd and Pd along with their suboxide counterparts are determined using a genetic algorithm and deposited upon MgO (001) and a high-index alumina surface. It is observed that there is an oxidation-dependent transition in the smaller clusters from three-dimensional to two-dimensional structures both in the gas phase and when supported by a surface. MgO strongly promotes a change from tetrahedral- and icosahedral-based structures toward cubic forms, while alumina induces significant distortion of the cluster and the breaking of Pd-Pd bonds. Increased oxygenation contributes cooperatively to these effects, causing disruption of the Pd-Pd bond network, favoring the incorporation of oxygen into the cluster structure, further complicating unambiguous structure prediction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3581-3589
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2014


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