Plane-wave pseudopotential Density Functional Theory (DFT) periodic slab calculations have been performed to investigate carbon monoxide adsorption on the (1 1 1) surface of Cu2O. Negligible relaxation of this surface was found (surface energy = 0.71 J m-2), consistent with its non-polar nature. The on-top-Cu site of CO adsorption is favoured, with a binding energy of 1.50 eV. After adsorption, the Cu-C bond distance was found to be 1.82 Å and that of C-O was 1.15 Å. From the Density of States (DOS) plots, a distinct stabilization of both the Cu 3d and CO 5σ is observed with predominant back-bonding to CO 2π* from Cu. A red shift of -26 cm-1 in the C-O stretch was found in good agreement with experimental results.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry