Structural Stability of Ruthenium Nanoparticles: A Density Functional Theory Study

Yusuke Nanba, Takayoshi Ishimoto, Michihisa Koyama

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    We have analyzed the crucial factors that stabilize face-centered cubic (fcc) ruthenium nanoparticles (Ru-NPs) using the density functional theory method. We calculated the cohesive energy of the decahedral fcc, icosahedral fcc, truncated octahedral fcc, and hexagonal close-packed (hcp) Ru-NPs with between 55 and 1557 atoms. The cohesive energy of the icosahedral fcc Ru-NPs became closer to that of the hcp Ru-NPs with decreasing number of atoms, i.e., particle size. This characteristic is mainly caused by the high coordination number of the icosahedral fcc Ru-NP and the negative twin boundary energy for fcc {111}. On the other hand, the d-band center of Ru atoms in the surface layer of icosahedral fcc Ru-NPs is less negative than those of the other structures. This characteristic is caused by the longer interatomic distance between Ru atoms in the surface layer of the icosahedral fcc Ru-NP. Together with the structural stability, the icosahedral fcc structure shows a unique electronic structure compared with the other structures. Our results are expected to be helpful for controlling and designing the properties, such as stability and catalytic activity, of Ru-NPs from the shape of the NP.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27445-27452
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
    Issue number49
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 14 2017

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • General Energy
    • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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