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Title: Applicability of Density Functional Theory in Reproducing Accurate Vibrational Spectra of Surface Bound Species

Abstract

The structural equilibrium parameters, the adsorption energies, and the vibrational frequencies of the nitrogen molecule and the hydrogen atom adsorbed on the (111) surface of rhodium have been investigated using different generalized-gradient approximation (GGA), nonlocal correlation, meta-GGA, and hybrid functionals, namely, Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof (PBE), Revised-RPBE, vdW-DF, Tao, Perdew, Staroverov, and Scuseria functional (TPSS), and Heyd, Scuseria, and Ernzerhof (HSE06) functional in the plane wave formalism. Among the five tested functionals, nonlocal vdW-DF and meta-GGA TPSS functionals are most successful in describing energetics of dinitrogen physisorption to the Rh(111) surface, while the PBE functional provides the correct chemisorption energy for the hydrogen atom. It was also found that TPSS functional produces the best vibrational spectra of the nitrogen molecule and the hydrogen atom on rhodium within the harmonic formalism with the error of 22.62 and 21.1% for the NAN stretching and RhAH stretching frequency. Thus, TPSS functional was proposed as a method of choice for obtaining vibrational spectra of low weight adsorbates on metallic surfaces within the harmonic approximation. At the anharmonic level, by decoupling the RhAH and NAN stretching modes from the bulk phonons and by solving one- and two-dimensional Schr€odinger equation associated with the RhAH, RhAN, andmore » NAN potential energy we calculated the anharmonic correction for NAN and RhAH stretching modes as 231 cm21 and 277 cm21 at PBE level. Anharmonic vibrational frequencies calculated with the use of the hybrid HSE06 function are in best agreement with available experiments.« less

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Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1222126
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Computational Chemistry, 35(26):1921–1929
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of Computational Chemistry, 35(26):1921–1929
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

Citation Formats

Matanovic, Ivana, Atanassov, Plamen, Kiefer, Boris, Garzon, Fernando, and Henson, Neil J. Applicability of Density Functional Theory in Reproducing Accurate Vibrational Spectra of Surface Bound Species. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.1002/jcc.23707.
Matanovic, Ivana, Atanassov, Plamen, Kiefer, Boris, Garzon, Fernando, & Henson, Neil J. Applicability of Density Functional Theory in Reproducing Accurate Vibrational Spectra of Surface Bound Species. United States. doi:10.1002/jcc.23707.
Matanovic, Ivana, Atanassov, Plamen, Kiefer, Boris, Garzon, Fernando, and Henson, Neil J. Sun . "Applicability of Density Functional Theory in Reproducing Accurate Vibrational Spectra of Surface Bound Species". United States. doi:10.1002/jcc.23707.
@article{osti_1222126,
title = {Applicability of Density Functional Theory in Reproducing Accurate Vibrational Spectra of Surface Bound Species},
author = {Matanovic, Ivana and Atanassov, Plamen and Kiefer, Boris and Garzon, Fernando and Henson, Neil J.},
abstractNote = {The structural equilibrium parameters, the adsorption energies, and the vibrational frequencies of the nitrogen molecule and the hydrogen atom adsorbed on the (111) surface of rhodium have been investigated using different generalized-gradient approximation (GGA), nonlocal correlation, meta-GGA, and hybrid functionals, namely, Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof (PBE), Revised-RPBE, vdW-DF, Tao, Perdew, Staroverov, and Scuseria functional (TPSS), and Heyd, Scuseria, and Ernzerhof (HSE06) functional in the plane wave formalism. Among the five tested functionals, nonlocal vdW-DF and meta-GGA TPSS functionals are most successful in describing energetics of dinitrogen physisorption to the Rh(111) surface, while the PBE functional provides the correct chemisorption energy for the hydrogen atom. It was also found that TPSS functional produces the best vibrational spectra of the nitrogen molecule and the hydrogen atom on rhodium within the harmonic formalism with the error of 22.62 and 21.1% for the NAN stretching and RhAH stretching frequency. Thus, TPSS functional was proposed as a method of choice for obtaining vibrational spectra of low weight adsorbates on metallic surfaces within the harmonic approximation. At the anharmonic level, by decoupling the RhAH and NAN stretching modes from the bulk phonons and by solving one- and two-dimensional Schr€odinger equation associated with the RhAH, RhAN, and NAN potential energy we calculated the anharmonic correction for NAN and RhAH stretching modes as 231 cm21 and 277 cm21 at PBE level. Anharmonic vibrational frequencies calculated with the use of the hybrid HSE06 function are in best agreement with available experiments.},
doi = {10.1002/jcc.23707},
journal = {Journal of Computational Chemistry, 35(26):1921–1929},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2014},
month = {10}
}