Campus Units

Chemistry

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2008

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Chemical Physics

Volume

129

First Page

1

Last Page

6

DOI

10.1063/1.2977967

Abstract

The gas phase reaction of molecular oxygen and hydrogen catalyzed by a Au3cluster to yield H2O2 was investigated theoretically using second order Z-averaged perturbation theory, with the final energies obtained with the fully size extensive completely renormalized CR-CC(2,3) coupled clustertheory. The proposed reaction mechanism is initiated by adsorption and activation of O2 on the Au3cluster. Molecular hydrogen then binds to the Au3O2 global minimum without an energy barrier. The reaction between the activated oxygen and hydrogen molecules proceeds through formation of hydroperoxide (HO2) and a hydrogen atom, which subsequently react to form the product hydrogen peroxide. All reactants, intermediates, and product remain bound to the goldcluster throughout the course of the reaction. The steps in the proposed reaction mechanism have low activation energy barriers below 15kcal∕mol. The overall reaction is highly exothermic by ∼30kcal∕mol.

Comments

The following article appeared in Journal of Chemical Physics 129 (2008): 124705, and may be found at doi:10.1063/1.2977967.

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