Growth of iron clusters on octahedral B12N12 cage: a time-dependent-DFT analysis


Aiming to search for new sensors of drugs and vehicles for their transportation, in this work is studied the growth of iron clusters, Fen n ≤ 4, on the surface of the B12N12 cage. Results of the quantum-simulation, done with time-dependent density functional theory, shows that the Fe4 cluster growths on a hexagonal face of the octahedral B12N12 cage. Tetrahedral (T) and parallelogram (P) forms of Fe4 are stabilized by adsorption, yielding B12N12/Fe4–T, with multiplicity (M) of 13, and B12N12/Fe4–P, with M = 9, nanocomposites. The T system behaves as semiconductor and the second one shows a semimetal pattern. The global quantum descriptors for the P composite indicate high polarity, low average chemical reactivity, and lower work function, 0.05 eV, as compared to that of the T form, 0.40 eV. That is, the B12N12/Fe4–P system is promising for the design of sensor devices or nanovehicle of organic molecules.

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This work was partially supported by the following projects: VIEP-BUAP (CHAE-ING18-G), Cuerpo Académico Ingeniería en Materiales (BUAP-CA-177), “Red Internacional para el estudio de sistemas híbridos grafeno-fullereno” of CONICYT (REDI170303), and by the National Laboratory Supercomputing Southeast housed in the BUAP. Financial support was provided by DGAPA-UNAM, under Project PAPIIT IN114619, and by the Facultad de Química, under the PAIP–FQ program. M. Castro deeply thanks the Dirección General de Cómputo y de Tecnologías de la Información (DGTIC-UNAM) Project LANCAD-UNAM-DGTIC-063 (M. Castro).

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Castro, M., Chigo Anota, E. Growth of iron clusters on octahedral B12N12 cage: a time-dependent-DFT analysis. Struct Chem 30, 195–200 (2019).

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  • Octahedral B12N12 cage
  • Parallelogram Fe4 cluster
  • Tetrahedral F4 cluster
  • Magnetism
  • TD-DFT theory