The adsorption of water on bimetallic PtRu/Pt(111) surface alloys has been studied based on periodic density functional theory calculations including dispersion corrections. The Ru atoms of the PtRu surface alloy interact more strongly with water than Pt atoms, as far as both single water molecules and ice-like hexagonal structures are concerned. Within the surface alloy layer, the lateral ligand effect reducing the local reactivity of the surface atoms with increasing Ru content is more dominant than the opposing geometric effect due to the tensile strain. The structural preference for the Ru atoms also prevails at room temperature, as ab initio molecular dynamics simulations show.
One contribution to a special feature ‘Liquid/ Solid interfaces: structure and dynamics from spectroscopy and simulations’.
- Received August 4, 2016.
- Accepted September 22, 2016.
- © 2016 The Author(s)
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