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CELIS-CORNEJO, Carlos M.; GOMEZ-BALLESTEROS, J. Leonardo  and  GIRALDO, Sonia A.. Factors influencing the charge distribution on PdxPty bimetallic nanoparticles. Rev. ion [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.2, pp.65-72. ISSN 0120-100X.

We performed quantum mechanics calculations to elucidate the electronic behavior of Pd-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles, using density functional theory, in response to particle size and stoichiometric composition. Using neutrally charged nanoparticles and the Bader charge analysis, we found that external Pd atoms were positively charged, which agrees with previous XPS observations of supported Pd-Pt nanoparticles. From the calculations, unsupported nanoparticles exhibit an electron transfer from Pd to Pt. This result supports the idea that Pd electron-deficient species are possibly responsible of the hydrogenating function of these catalysts, in the hydrodesulfurization of dibenzothiophene. Additionally, it was found that the particle size does not affect the electronic charge distribution and the stoichiometric composition is the factor that greatly influences this property in nanoparticles.

Keywords : Pd-Pt nanoparticles; Bader charge analysis; DFT; bimetallic clusters.

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