Pd surface and Pt subsurface segregation in Pt1-c Pd c nanoalloys.


The structure and chemical arrangement of Pt1-c Pd c nanoalloys with the icosahedral and face centered cubic symmetry are studied using Monte Carlo simulations with a tight binding interatomic potential fitted to density-functional theory calculations. Pd surface segregation from the lowest to the highest coordinated sites is predicted by the theory together with a Pt enrichment at the subsurface, whatever the structure and the size of the nanoparticles, and which subsists when increasing the temperature. The onion-shell chemical configuration is found for both symmetries and is initiated from the Pd surface segregation. It is amplified in the icosahedral symmetry and small sizes but when considering larger sizes, the oscillating segregation profile occurs near the surface on about three to four shells whatever the structure. Pd segregation results from the significant lower cohesive energy of Pd as compared to Pt and the weak ordering tendency leads to the Pt subsurface segregation. The very weak size mismatch does not prevent the bigger atoms (Pt) from occupying subsurface sites which are in compression whereas the smaller ones (Pd) occupy the central site of the icosahedra where the compression is an order of magnitude higher.

DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/28/6/064006

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@article{Clercq2016PdSA, title={Pd surface and Pt subsurface segregation in Pt1-c Pd c nanoalloys.}, author={Astrid De Clercq and Suzanne Giorgio and Christine Mottet}, journal={Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal}, year={2016}, volume={28 6}, pages={064006} }