Comparison of Sintering by Particle Migration and Ripening through First-Principles-Based Simulations

Elisabeth M. Dietze, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Philipp N. Plessow
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The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

We introduce a kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) based model that can simulate migration of different size Pt nanoparticles on supports with point defects. Diffusion constants are obtained from 3D-lattice kMC simulations based on activation energies calculated from DFT. We study the effects of temperature, particle size, and particle concentration as well as defect concentration and defect binding on sintering. Additionally, we perform simulations that combine particle migration with ripening, where the latter is simulated through a mean-field model. This allows us to assess the relative importance of particle migration and ripening as well as their interaction.

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