Molecular dynamics simulations of CO2 reduction on Cu(111) and Cu/ZnO(10 (1)over-bar 0) using charge optimized many body potentials

T Liang and YT Cheng and XW Nie and WJ Luo and A Asthagiri and MJ Janik and E Andrews and J Flake and SB Sinnott, CATALYSIS COMMUNICATIONS, 52, 84-87 (2014).

DOI: 10.1016/j.catcom.2013.11.033

Density functional theory (OFT) calculations and classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with charge optimized many body (COMB) empirical potentials are used to examine the electrocatalytic CO2 reduction behavior of Cu(111) surfaces and Cu in the form of either a monolayer or nanoparticle supported on ZnO(10 (1) over bar 0). The MD simulations primarily focus on reactions starting from key intermediates as identified by the DFT calculations. The products formed in the simulations agree well with those that are experimentally measured, which suggests these computational methods can both describe and provide improved understanding of the fundamentals associated with the catalytic reduction of CO2. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Return to Publications page