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Title: Structures of 38-atom gold-platinum nanoalloy clusters

Bimetallic nanoclusters, such as gold-platinum nanoclusters, are nanomaterials promising wide range of applications. We perform a numerical study of 38-atom gold-platinum nanoalloy clusters, Au{sub n}Pt{sub 38−n} (0 ≤ n ≤ 38), to elucidate the geometrical structures of these clusters. The lowest-energy structures of these bimetallic nanoclusters at the semi-empirical level are obtained via a global-minimum search algorithm known as parallel tempering multi-canonical basin hopping plus genetic algorithm (PTMBHGA), in which empirical Gupta many-body potential is used to describe the inter-atomic interactions among the constituent atoms. The structures of gold-platinum nanoalloy clusters are predicted to be core-shell segregated nanoclusters. Gold atoms are observed to preferentially occupy the surface of the clusters, while platinum atoms tend to occupy the core due to the slightly smaller atomic radius of platinum as compared to gold’s. The evolution of the geometrical structure of 38-atom Au-Pt clusters displays striking similarity with that of 38-atom Au-Cu nanoalloy clusters as reported in the literature.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang (Malaysia)
  2. Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, Melaka Campus, 75450 Melaka (Malaysia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22391546
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1657; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: PERFIK 2014: National Physics Conference 2014, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 18-19 Nov 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; ALGORITHMS; ATOMIC CLUSTERS; ATOMS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; GOLD; INTERATOMIC FORCES; MANY-BODY PROBLEM; NANOMATERIALS; NANOSTRUCTURES; NUMERICAL ANALYSIS; PLATINUM; POTENTIALS; SURFACES; TEMPERING