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Published August 21, 2016 | Published + Supplemental Material
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The quantum mechanics derived atomistic mechanism underlying the acceleration of catalytic CO oxidation on Pt(110) by surface acoustic waves


Experimental evidence that surface acoustic waves (SAW) can significantly enhance the rate of catalytic oxidation of CO to CO_2 over the Pt(110) catalyst surface [S. Kelling et al., Faraday Disc., 1997, 107, 435–444] is examined using quantum mechanics (QM) simulations. First we determined the QM based mechanism for the O_2-rich régime of the reaction, and the energy landscape of CO interacting with an O-covered reconstructed Pt(110) surface at both static and dynamic levels, but in the absence of SAW. We then utilized ab initio molecular dynamic (AIMD) simulations to determine how SAW might modify the kinetics. We focus here on the short (picosecond time scale) shock spikes induced by switching of domains in the piezoelectric driver on which the catalyst is deposited. We find that SAW-induced spikes promote dynamic changes in the diffusion and desorption, from which we estimate the influence of SAW on CO oxidation rate over Pt(110). We find good agreement with the experimentally observed catalytic enhancement by SAW. With an atomistic mechanism in place one can now consider how to use SAW to enhance other catalytic reactions.

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© 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Received 2nd May 2016. Accepted 11th June 2016. First published online 14 Jun 2016. This work was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) under contract number DE-AR0000552.

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