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Computational Analysis of the Early Stage of Cuprous Oxide Sulphidation: A Top-Down Process
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry. (Brinck group)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3832-2331
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9453-1333
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2673-075X
2017 (English)In: Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology, ISSN 1478-422X, E-ISSN 1743-2782, Vol. 52, no S1, 50-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The initial steps of Cu2O sulphidation to Cu2S have been studied using plane-wave density functional theory at the PBE-D3+U level of sophistication. Surface adsorption and dissociation of H2S and H2O, as well as the replacement reaction of lattice oxygen with sulphur, have been investigated for the most stable (111) and (100) surface facets under oxygen-lean conditions. We find that the (100) surface is more susceptible to sulphidation than the (111) surface, promoting both H2S adsorption, dissociation and the continued oxygen–sulphur replacement. The results presented in this proceeding bridge previous results from high-vacuum experiments on ideal surface to more realistic corrosion conditions and set the grounds for future mechanistic studies. Potential implications on the long-term final disposal of spent nuclear fuel are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 52, no S1, 50-53 p.
Keyword [en]
Density functional theory, sulphidation, cuprite (Cu2O), corrosion, water (H2O), hydrogen sulphide (H2S), nuclear waste disposal, chalcocite (Cu2S)
National Category
Chemical Sciences
Research subject
Materials Science and Engineering; Chemistry; Theoretical Chemistry and Biology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-212933DOI: 10.1080/1478422X.2017.1284393OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-212933DiVA: diva2:1135934
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QC 20170829

Available from: 2017-08-24 Created: 2017-08-24 Last updated: 2017-08-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Computational Studies of Chemical Interactions: Molecules, Surfaces and Copper Corrosion
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Computational Studies of Chemical Interactions: Molecules, Surfaces and Copper Corrosion
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The chemical bond – a corner stone in science and a prerequisite for life – is the focus of this thesis. Fundamental and applied aspects of chemical bonding are covered including the development of new computational methods for the characterization and rationalization of chemical interactions. The thesis also covers the study of corrosion of copper-based materials. The latter is motivated by the proposed use of copper as encapsulating material for spent nuclear fuel in Sweden.

In close collaboration with experimental groups, state-of-the-art computational methods were employed for the study of chemistry at the atomic scale. First, oxidation of nanoparticulate copper was examined in anoxic aqueous media in order to better understand the copper-water thermodynamics in relation to the corrosion of copper material under oxygen free conditions. With a similar ambition, the water-cuprite interface was investigated with regards to its chemical composition and reactivity. This was compared to the behavior of methanol and hydrogen sulfide at the cuprite surface.

An overall ambition during the development of computational methods for the analysis of chemical bonding was to bridge the gap between molecular and materials chemistry. Theory and results are thus presented and applied in both a molecular and a solid-state framework. A new property, the local electron attachment energy, for the characterization of a compound’s local electrophilicity was introduced. Together with the surface electrostatic potential, the new property predicts and rationalizes regioselectivity and trends of molecular reactions, and interactions on metal and oxide nanoparticles and extended surfaces.

Detailed atomistic understanding of chemical processes is a prerequisite for the efficient development of chemistry. We therefore envisage that the results of this thesis will find widespread use in areas such as heterogeneous catalysis, drug discovery, and nanotechnology.

Abstract [sv]

Den kemiska bindningen – en hörnsten inom naturvetenskapen och oumbärlig för allt liv – är det centrala temat i den här avhandlingen. Både grundläggande och tillämpade aspekter behandlas. Detta inkluderar utvecklingen av nya beräkningsmetoder för förståelse och karaktärisering av kemiska interaktioner. Dessutom behandlas korrosion av kopparbaserade material. Det sistnämnda är motiverat av förslaget att använda koppar som inkapslingsmaterial för hanteringen av kärnavfall i Sverige.

Kvantkemiska beräkningsmetoder enligt state-of-the-art har använts för att studera kemi på atomnivå, detta i nära sammabete med experimentella grupper. Initialt studerades oxidation av kopparnanopartiklar under syrgasfria och vattenrika förhållanden. Detta för att bättre kartlägga koppar-vattensystemets termodynamik. Av samma orsak detaljstuderades även gränsskiktet mellan vatten och kuprit med fokus på dess kemiska sammansättning och reaktivitet. Resultaten har jämförts med metanols och vätesulfids kemiska beteende på ytan av kuprit.

En övergripande målsättningen under arbetet med att utveckla nya beräkningsbaserade analysverktyg för kemiska bindningar har varit att överbrygga gapet mellan molekylär- och materialkemi. Därför presenteras teoretiska aspekter samt tillämpningar från både ett molekylärt samt ett fast-fas perspektiv. En ny deskriptor för karaktärisering av föreningars lokala elektrofilicitet har introducerats – den lokala elektronadditionsenergin. Tillsammans med den elektrostatiska potentialen uppvisar den nya deskriptorn förmåga att förutsäga samt förklara regioselektivitet och trender för molekylära reaktioner, och för interaktioner på metal- och oxidbaserade nanopartiklar och ytor.

En detaljerad förståelse av kemiska processer på atomnivå är en nödvändighet för ett effektivt utvecklande av kemivetenskapen. Vi förutspår därför att resultaten från den här avhandlingen kommer att få omfattande användning inom områden som heterogen katalys, läkemedelsdesign och nanoteknologi.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 143 p.
Series
TRITA-CHE-Report, ISSN 1654-1081 ; 2017:35
Keyword
computational chemistry, density functional theory, chemical interactions, reactivity descriptors, copper corrosion, surface and materials science, nucleophilic substitution reactions, heterogeneous catalysis, transition metal oxides, nanotechnology, beräkningskemi, täthetsfunktionalteori, kemiska interaktioner, reaktivitetsdeskriptorer, kopparkorrosion, yt- och materialvetenskap, nukleofila substitutionsreaktioner, heterogen katalys, överångsmetalloxider, nanoteknologi
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Chemical Sciences Materials Chemistry Organic Chemistry Physical Chemistry Theoretical Chemistry
Research subject
Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-213028 (URN)978-91-7729-506-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-09-29, F3 (rumsnr: 132), Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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