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Site-dependence of surface segregation in size-mismatched nanoalloys application to Cu-Ag

Abstract : In order to determine the energetic driving forces for surface segregation in bimetallic clusters, we use a combined approach coupling numerical simulations within an N-body interatomic potential and a lattice-gas model. This approach, which has been used successfully to study both the superficial segregation in semi-infinite alloys and the intergranular segregation, allows us to determine the relative contributions of the three elementary driving forces for the different sites of the cluster surface (vertices, edges and facets) in both dilute limits for the Cu-Ag system. We show that the segregation hierarchy based on broken-bond argument (preferential segregation to the vertex sites, less to edge sites, and least to facet sites) is not at all universal. In particular, unusual hierarchies are predicted when the sizes of the constituents are strongly different. Furthermore, we compare the segregation driving forces for cubo-octahedral and icosahedral clusters. They are similar for the vertex sites and edge sites, whereas they differ significantly for the sites of the triangular facets. The segregation of the species with the largest atomic radius (Ag) is indeed largely enhanced in the icosahedral structure due to dilations of the orthoradial distances.
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B. Legrand, ?. Moreno, J. Creuze, F. Berthier, C. Mottet, et al.. Site-dependence of surface segregation in size-mismatched nanoalloys application to Cu-Ag. Surface Science, Elsevier, 2006, 600. ⟨cea-02355772⟩

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