Density functional theory (DFT) has been used to determine reaction pathways for several reactions taking place on Pt(111) and Cu(111) surfaces. On Pt(111), the reactions of C+O and C+N were studied, and on Cu(111) we investigated the reaction of C+H. The structures of the transition states accessed in each reaction are similar. An equivalent distance separates the reactants with the first located at a three-fold hollow site and the second close to a bridge site. Previous DFT studies have, in fact, often identified transition states of this type and in every case it is the reactant with the weaker chemisorption energy that is located close to the bridge site. An explanation as to why this is so is provided. (C) 2001 American Institute of Physics.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Chemical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Apr 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics