Role of the Fermi surface in adsorbate-metal interactions: an energy decomposition analysis

P.H.T. Philipsen, E.J. Baerends

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Abstract

We present the result of a fragment-based energy decomposition analysis on some molecule-surface interactions. The analysis allows us to quantify the Pauli repulsion, its relief, and the attractive orbital interaction energy. In a metal, the existence of incompletely occupied energy bands causes significant relief of the Pauli repulsion due to escape of antibonding electrons to unoccupied states at the Fermi energy. This is the key electronic structure feature of metals that causes metal-molecule bond energies to be stronger and dissociation barriers of chemisorbed molecules to be much lower than those in comparable systems with no or one metal atom. As examples, we discuss the energy decomposition for the activated dissociation of hydrogen on the Cu surface and its unactivated dissociation on Pd, and for the (activated) chemisorption of N
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12470-9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume110
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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