Sampling the energy landscape of Pt with metadynamics*
Department of Physics, King’s College London, London, WC2R 2LS, UK
Received: 7 September 2012
Received in final form: 27 November 2012
Published online: 21 February 2013
The potential energy surface of a metallic nanoparticle formed by 13 atoms of platinum is efficiently explored using metadynamics in combination with empirical potential molecular dynamics. The scenario obtained is wider and more complex of what was previously reported: more than thirty independent energy basins are found, corresponding to different local minima of Pt. It is demonstrated that in almost all the cases these motifs are local minima even at ab-initio level, hence proving the effectiveness of the method to sample the energy landscape. A classification of the minima in structural families is proposed, and a discussion regarding the shape and the connections between energy basins is reported.
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