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Adsorption of Methane on the (100) Surface of MgO: Insight into Surface-Adsorbate and Adsorbate-Adsorbate Interactions from First-Principles Calculations

  • Michael L Drummond (a1), Bobby G Sumpter (a2), William A Shelton (a3) and John Z Larese (a4)

Abstract

First principles calculations using density functional theory (DFT) are reported for two layers of methane adsorbed on the (100) surface of MgO. The lowest energy structure determined has a first layer with C2v methanes adsorbed above magnesium atoms, with hydrogen atoms pointed towards neighboring oxygen atoms, and a rotation of 90° in between each neighboring methane. The second layer methane layer has a similar structure, except the hydrogen atoms are directed towards nearest neighbor magnesium atoms. It is found that the structure of the first layer has a large effect on the relative energies of proposed bilayer structures, as does the calculated separation between the two layers of methane. Competing roles of surface-adsorbate and adsorbate-adsorbate interactions are also discussed.

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Adsorption of Methane on the (100) Surface of MgO: Insight into Surface-Adsorbate and Adsorbate-Adsorbate Interactions from First-Principles Calculations

  • Michael L Drummond (a1), Bobby G Sumpter (a2), William A Shelton (a3) and John Z Larese (a4)

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