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Publication | DFT studies of elemental mercury oxidation mechanism by gaseous advanced oxidation method: Co-interaction with H2O2 on Fe3O4 (111) surface

Dr. Changsong Zhou published his work in the journal of APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE (201712,426,647-655)
Density functional theory calculations have been carried out for H2O2 and Hg0 co-interaction on Fe3O4 (111) surface. On the Fetet1-terminated Fe3O4 (111) surface, the most favored configurations are H2O2 decomposition and produce two OH groups, which have strong interaction with Hg atom to form an OH-Hg-OH intermediate. The adsorbed OH-Hg-OH is stable and hardly detaches from the catalyst surface due to the highly endothermic process. A large amount of electron transfer has been found from Hg to the produced OH groups and has little irreversible effect on the Fe3O4 (111) surface. On the Feoct2-terminated Fe3O4 (111) surface, the Feoct2 site is more active than Fetet1 site. H2O2 decomposition and Hg0 oxidation processes are more likely to occur due to that the Feoct2 site both contains Fe2+ and Fe3+ cations. The calculations reveal that Hg0 oxidation by the OH radical produced from H2O2 is energetically favored. Additionally, Hg0 and H2O2 co-interaction mechanism on the Fe3O4 (111) interface has been investigated on the basis of partial local density of state calculation.