Lauro Oliver Paz-Borbón

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Thirty eight-atom binary clusters composed of elements from groups 10 and 11 of the Periodic Table mixing a second-row with a third-row transition metal (TM) (i.e., clusters composed of the four pairs: Pd-Pt, Ag-Au, Pd-Au, and Ag-Pt) are studied through a combined empirical-potential (EP)/density functional (DF) method. A "system comparison" approach is(More)
The energetics, structures and segregation of 98-atom AuPd nanoclusters are investigated using a genetic algorithm global optimization technique with the Gupta empirical potential (comparing three different potential parameterisations) followed by local minimizations using Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. A shell optimization program algorithm(More)
The energetics of 98 atom bimetallic Pd-Pt clusters are studied using a combination of: a genetic algorithm technique (to explore vast areas of the configurational space); a basin-hopping atom-exchange routine (to search for lowest-energy homotops at fixed composition); and a shell optimisation approach (to search for high symmetry isomers). The interatomic(More)
Transition metal particles dispersed on oxide supports are used as heterogeneous catalysts in numerous applications. One example is platinum clusters supported on ceria which is used in automotive catalysis. Although control at the nm-scale is desirable to open new technological possibilities, there is limited knowledge both experimentally and theoretically(More)
Hydrogenation of ethene to ethane over single-site RuN and (RuSn)N clusters is investigated using Density Functional Theory calculations. The critical transition state barrier, namely the last hydrogenation step, correlates linearly for RuN with the adsorption energies of the reactants. Addition of Sn to the Ru-clusters breaks this relation and allows for(More)
On the basis of ab initio calculations, we present a new parametrisation of the Vervisch-Mottet-Goniakowski (VMG) potential (Vervisch et al 2002 Phys. Rev. B 24 245411) for modelling the oxide-metal interaction. Applying this model to mimic the finite temperature behaviour of large platinum icosahedra deposited on the pristine MgO(1 0 0), we find the(More)
The threshold method is used to explore the potential energy surface of the Pt(1)Pd(12) bimetallic cluster, defined by the Gupta semiempirical potential. A set of helical structures, which follow a Bernal tetrahelix pattern, correspond to local minima for the Pt(1)Pd(12) cluster, characterizing the region of the energy landscape where these structures are(More)
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