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Hydrogen Adsorption and Dissociation on AlnRh2+ (n=1 to 9) Clusters: Steric and Coordination Effects

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Schöllkopf,  Wieland
Molecular Physics, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Fielicke,  André
Molecular Physics, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Jia, M., Vanbuel, J., Ferrari, P., Schöllkopf, W., Fielicke, A., Nguyen, M. T., et al. (2020). Hydrogen Adsorption and Dissociation on AlnRh2+ (n=1 to 9) Clusters: Steric and Coordination Effects. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 124(14), 7624-7633. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b11230.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-573E-4
Abstract
The interaction of molecular hydrogen with doubly rhodium doped aluminum clusters, AlnRh2+ (n = 1 to 9), is investigated by a combination of time-of-flight mass spectrometry, infrared multiple photon dissociation spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations. The reactivity of the AlnRh2+ clusters toward H2 is found to be sensitive to cluster size, with sizes n = 1 to 4 and 7 being the most reactive. Al3Rh2+ and Al4Rh2+ are the only species that thermodynamically prefer molecular over dissociative H2 adsorption. Calculated molecular adsorption energies of a single H2 molecule correlate well with the experimental abundances of the hydrogenated species, and the potential energy profiles reveal that H2 dissociation only has submerged barriers for n = 1, 2, and 7. In contrast, the molecularly hydrogenated complexes seem to be kinetically trapped for n = 5, 6, 8, and 9 due to significant energy barriers. This indicates that the initial molecular H2 adsorption on the Rh atoms and thereafter dissociation are the determining steps for the hydrogenation reaction. An analysis of the cluster geometries reveals that the coordination environment and the steric factor of the Rh atoms are the main descriptors for the size-dependent reactivity of the AlnRh2+ clusters.