A catalyst preparation by design is one of the ultimate goals in chemistry. The first step towards this goal is to understand the origin of reaction barriers. In this study, we have investigated several catalytic reactions on some transition metal surfaces, using density functional theory. All the reaction barriers have been determined. By detailed analyses we obtain some insight into the reaction barrier. Each barrier is related to (i) the potential energy surface of reactants on the surface, (ii) the total chemisorption energy of reactants, and (iii) the metal d orbital occupancy and the reactant valency. (C) 2001 American Institute of Physics.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Chemical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Sep 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics