A dipole polarizable potential for reduced and doped CeO2 obtained from first principles
Journal article, 2011

In this paper we present the parameterization of a new interionic potential for stoichiometric, reduced and doped CeO2. We use a dipole polarizable potential (DIPPIM: the dipole polarizable ion model) and optimize its parameters by fitting them to a series of density functional theory calculations. The resulting potential was tested by calculating a series of fundamental properties for CeO2 and by comparing them against experimental values. The values for all the calculated properties (thermal and chemical expansion coefficients, lattice parameters, oxygen migration energies, local crystalline structure and elastic constants) are within 10-15% of the experimental ones, an accuracy comparable to that of ab initio calculations. This result suggests the use of this new potential for reliably predicting atomic scale properties of CeO2 in problems where ab initio calculations are not feasible due to their size limitations.


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M. Burbano

Trinity College Dublin

Dario Marrocchelli

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

B. Yildiz

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

H. L. Tuller

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Stefan Norberg

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Environmental Inorganic Chemistry

S. Hull

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Paul Madden

University of Oxford

G. W. Watson

Trinity College Dublin

Journal of Physics Condensed Matter

0953-8984 (ISSN)

Vol. 23 25 255402

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