skip to main content

Title: A theoretical investigation of the structural and electronic properties of 55-atom nanoclusters: The examples of Y–Tc and Pt

Several studies have found that the Pt{sub 55} nanocluster adopts a distorted reduced core structure, DRC{sub 55}, in which there are 8–11 atoms in the core and 47–44 atoms in the surface, instead of the compact and high-symmetry icosahedron structure, ICO{sub 55}, with 13 and 42 atoms in the core and surface, respectively. The DRC structure has also been obtained as the putative global minimum configuration (GMC) for the Zn{sub 55} (3d), Cd{sub 55} (4d), and Au{sub 55} (5d) systems. Thus, the DRC{sub 55} structure has been reported only for systems with a large occupation of the d-states, where the effects of the occupation of the valence anti-bonding d-states might play an important role. Can we observe the DRC structure for 55-atom transition-metal systems with non-occupation of the anti-bonding d-states? To address this question, we performed a theoretical investigation of the Y {sub 55}, Zr{sub 55}, Nb{sub 55}, Mo{sub 55}, Tc{sub 55}, and Pt{sub 55} nanoclusters, employing density functional theory calculations. For the putative GMCs, we found that the Y {sub 55} adopts the ICO{sub 55} structure, while Nb{sub 55} and Mo{sub 55} adopt a bulk-like fragment based on the hexagonal close-packed structure and Tc{sub 55} adopts a face-centered cubicmore » fragment; however, Zr{sub 55} adopts a DRC{sub 55} structure, like Zn{sub 55}, Cd{sub 55}, Pt{sub 55}, and Au{sub 55}. Thus we can conclude that the preference for DRC{sub 55} structure is not related to the occupation of the anti-bonding d-states, but to a different effect, in fact, a combination of structural and electronic effects. Furthermore, we obtained that the binding energy per atom follows the occupation of the bonding and anti-bonding model, i.e., the stability of the studied systems increases from Y to Tc with a small oscillation for Mo, which also explains the equilibrium bond lengths. We obtained a larger magnetic moment for Y {sub 55} (31 μ{sub B}) which can be explained by the localization of the d-states in Y at nanoscale, which is not observed for the remaining systems (0–1 μ{sub B})« less
Authors:
;  [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Department of Physics, Federal University of Pelotas, P.O. Box 354, 96010 − 900, Pelotas, RS (Brazil)
  2. São Carlos Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo, P.O. Box 780, 13560 − 970, São Carlos, SP (Brazil)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22493721
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 144; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2016 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ATOMIC CLUSTERS; ATOMS; BINDING ENERGY; BOND LENGTHS; D STATES; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; EQUILIBRIUM; FCC LATTICES; GOLD; HCP LATTICES; MAGNETIC MOMENTS; NANOSTRUCTURES; OSCILLATIONS; PHASE STABILITY; PLATINUM; SURFACES; VALENCE; YTTRIUM; ZINC