Physisorption energy of successive layers of H2 molecules with a (1 0 0) surface of copper

Geraldine Cilpa, Gilberte Chambaud

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Many theoretical studies already dealt with the interaction of one H2 molecule with a metallic surface, but so far none aimed at the description of the interaction of additional layers of molecules, which is the goal of the present work. A model system consisting of a cluster of 13 Cu atoms and two/three H2 molecules has been used to calculate with highly correlated wavefunctions the interaction of successive layers of H2 with a surface of copper already covered by chemisorbed, dissociated H2 molecules. A second H2 molecule, approaching the Cu surface with different orientations, on top of a first one, is not dissociated and its physisorption interaction with the surface is calculated to be in the range 600-1000 cm-1, approximately twice that of the first H2 molecule. The physisorption interaction of H2 molecules forming a third layer is estimated to be in the range of 60-100 cm-1, which is much smaller than the interaction of the second layer with the surface but still larger than the H2/H2 interaction between a pair of isolated molecules. It is shown that this effect mainly results from the interactions with the ions H- and Cu+ formed on the surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-328
Number of pages9
JournalSurface Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Ab initio calculations
  • Cluster
  • Copper
  • H molecule
  • Physisorption

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