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Application of reactivity descriptors to the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide at oxide surfaces
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0086-5536
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemical Engineering and Technology, Applied Electrochemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2673-075X
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0663-0751
2015 (English)In: Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, ISSN 2210-271X, E-ISSN 2210-2728, Vol. 1070, 108-116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We have employed density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the PBE0 functional to study the reaction of decomposition of H2O2 on clusters of: ZrO2, TiO2, Y2O3, Fe2O3, CeO2, CuO, Al2O3, NiO2, PdO2 and Gd2O3. The formation of the products of decomposition of H2O2 and their binding onto these oxides are discussed. The obtained energy barriers for H2O2 decomposition deviate from experimental data in absolute average by 4 kJ mol(-1). The only exceptions are CeO2 and Fe2O3 for which the deviations are very large. The adsorption of HO radicals onto the clusters was also studied. Reactivity descriptors obtained with DFT calculations are correlated with experimental data from literature. We found a direct correlation between the adsorption energy of HO radicals and the change in Mulliken charge of the cation present in the oxide, upon adsorption of these radicals. Other DFT and experimentally obtained reactivity descriptors based on properties of the cations present in the oxides, such as the ionization potential and electronegativity are plotted against experimental and DFT computed properties, respectively. Following the Bronsted-Evans Polanyi principle, there is a correlation between the adsorption energy of the product HO radical and the energy barrier for decomposition of H2O2. The good correlations between experimental data and the data obtained with DFF using minimalistic cluster models of the oxides surfaces indicates that on the real systems the processes that determine the reactivity of H2O2 are very dependent on localized properties of the surfaces.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 1070, 108-116 p.
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Physical Chemistry
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-119809DOI: 10.1016/j.comptc.2015.08.001ISI: 000361576000016ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84941272843OAI: diva2:612598

Updated from "In press" to "Published". QC 20151207. QC 20160304

Available from: 2013-03-22 Created: 2013-03-22 Last updated: 2016-03-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Reactions of aqueous radiolysis products with oxide surfaces: An experimental and DFT study
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reactions of aqueous radiolysis products with oxide surfaces: An experimental and DFT study
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The reactions between aqueous radiolysis products and oxide surfaces are important in nuclear technology in many ways. In solid-liquid systems, they affect (and at the same time are dependent on) both the solution chemistry and the stability of materials under the influence of ionizing radiation. The stability of surface oxides is a factor that determines the longevity of the materials where such oxides are formed. Additionally, the aqueous radiolysis products are responsible for corrosion and erosion of the materials.

  In this study, the reactions between radiolysis products of water – mainly H2O2 and HO radicals – with metal, lanthanide and actinide oxides are investigated. For this, experimental and computational chemistry methods are employed. For the experimental study of these systems it was necessary to implement new methodologies especially for the study of the reactive species – the HO radicals. Similarly, the computational study also required the development of models and benchmarking of methods. The experiments combined with the computational chemistry studies produced valuable kinetic, energetic and mechanistic data.

  It is demonstrated here that the HO radicals are a primary product of the decomposition of H2O2. For all the materials, the catalytic decomposition of H2O2 consists first of molecular adsorption onto the surfaces of the oxides. This step is followed by the cleavage of the O-O bond in H2O2 to form HO radicals. The HO radicals are able to react further with the hydroxylated surfaces of the oxides to form water and a surface bound HO center. The dynamics of formation of HO vary widely for the different materials studied. These differences are also observed in the activation energies and kinetics for decomposition of H2O2. It is found further that the removal of HO from the system where H2O2 undergoes decomposition, by means of a scavenger, leads to the spontaneous formation of H2.

  The combined theoretical-experimental methodology led to mechanistic understanding of the reactivity of the oxide materials towards H2O2 and HO radicals. This reactivity can be expressed in terms of fundamental properties of the cations present in the oxides. Correlations were found between several properties of the metal cations present in the oxides and adsorption energies of H2O, adsorption energies of HO radicals and energy barriers for H2O2 decomposition. This knowledge can aid in improving materials and processes important for nuclear technological systems, catalysis, and energy storage, and also help to better understand geochemical processes.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. 121 p.
Trita-CHE-Report, ISSN 1654-1081 ; 2013:12
hydrogen peroxide, hydrogen production, metal, oxides, lanthanide, catalysis, density functional theory, surface, reactions, chemistry
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Physical Chemistry Materials Chemistry Theoretical Chemistry
Research subject
SRA - Energy; SRA - Production
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-119780 (URN)978-91-7501-683-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-04-12, K2, Teknikringen 28, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20130322

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