Through periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations we have investigated the catalytic mechanism of CO oxidation on an Ir1/FeOxsingle-atom catalyst (SAC). The rate-determining step in the catalytic cycle of CO oxidation is shown to be the formation of the second CO2between the adsorbed CO on the surface of Ir1/FeOxand the dissociated O atom from gas phase. Comparing with Pt1/FeOxcatalyst, the reaction activation barrier for CO oxidation is higher by 0.62 eV and the adsorption energy for CO molecule is larger by 0.69 eV on Ir1/FeOx. These results reveal that Ir1/FeOxcatalyst has a lower activity for CO oxidation than Pt1/FeOx, which is consistent with our experimental results. The results can help to understand the fundamental mechanism of monodispersed surface atoms and to design highly active single-atom catalysts.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films