Characterization of O2-CeO2 interactions using in situ Raman spectroscopy and first-principle calculations

YongMan Choi, Harry Abernathy, Hsin Tsung Chen, Ming-Chang Lin, Meilin Liu*

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Interactions between O2 and CeO2 are examined experimentally using in situ Raman spectroscopy and theoretically using density-functional slab-model calculations. Two distinct oxygen bands appear at 825 and 1131 cm-1, corresponding to peroxo- and superoxo-like species, respectively, when partially reduced CeO2 is exposed to 10% O2. Periodic density-functional theory (DFT) calculations aid the interpretation of spectroscopic observations and provide energetic and geometric information for the dioxygen species adsorbed on CeO2. The O 2 adsorption energies on unreduced CeO2 surfaces are endothermic (0.91< ΔEads < 0.98 eV), while those on reduced surfaces are exothermic (-4. 0< ΔEads < -0.9 eV), depending on other relevant surface processes such as chemisorption and diffusion into the bulk. Partial reduction of surface Ce4+ to Ce 3+ (together with formation of oxygen vacancies) alters geometrical parameters and, accordingly, leads to a shift in the vibrational frequencies of adsorbed oxygen species compared to those on unreduced CeO2. Moreover, the location of oxygen vacancies affects the formation and subsequent dissociation of oxygen species on the surfaces. DFT predictions of the energetics support the experimental observation that the reduced surfaces are energetically more favorable than the unreduced surfaces for oxygen adsorption and reduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1957-1963
Number of pages7
Issue number9
StatePublished - 11 Sep 2006


  • Adsorption
  • Cerium
  • Density-functional calculations
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Surface chemistry

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