Methanol adsorption on the clean CeO 2(111) saurface: A density functional theory study

Donghai Mei, N. Aaron Deskins, Michel Dupuis, Qingfeng Ge

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Molecular and dissociative adsorption of methanol at various sites on the stoichiometric CeO 2(111) surface have been studied using density functional theory periodic calculations. At 0.25 monolayer (ML) coverage, the dissociative adsorption with an adsorption energy of 0.55 eV is slightly favored. The most stable state is the dissociative adsorption of methanol via C-H bond breaking, forming a coadsorbed hydroxymethyl group and hydrogen adatom on two separate O 3C surface sites. The strongest molecular adsorption occurs through an O-Ce 7c connection with an adsorption energy of 0.48 eV. At methanol coverage of 0.5 ML, the dissociative adsorption and the molecular adsorption became competitive. The adsorption energy per methanol molecule for both adsorption modes falls into a narrow range of 0.46-0.55 eV. As methanol coverage increases beyond 0.5 ML, the molecular adsorption becomes more energetically favorable than the dissociative adsorption because of the attractive hydrogen bonding between coadsorbed methanol molecules. At full monolayer, the adsorption energy of molecular adsorption is 0.40 eV per molecule while the adsorption energy for total dissociative adsorption of methanol is only 0.17 eV. The results at different methanol coverages indicate that methanol can adsorb on a defect-free CeO 2(111) surface, which are also consistent with experimental observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10514-10522
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - Jul 19 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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