Atomic-scale materials design

In the group we work on developing methodology for the design of materials at the atomic scale and we apply the techniques on a variety of problems some of them related to energy materials.

The methodology activities include:

In the area of materials screening and design we have recently focused on finding light harvesting materials for photoinduced water splitting. We have in particular investigated stability and bandgaps of oxides, oxynitrides, oxysulfides, oxyfluorides, and oxyfluoronitrides in the perovskite structure, and have identified a number of candidate materials for both one- and two-photon (tandem) water-splitting[10,11]. The data for the 20000 materials are available in our CMR database[6] and different genetic search strategies have been studied[12]. The investigations have recently been extended to double and layered perovskites[13,14] where we address the issue of bandgap engineering in these materials. In collaboration with the Materials Project in the US we are now performing a broader screening of already known materials within the ICSD database. The screening work is illustrated by the figure showing the calculated bandgaps for the discovered candidate materials for one-photon water splitting[10]. Some of the candidate materials are now under experimental investigation at CINF.

The figure shows the calculated bandgaps for a number of potential materials for water splitting. The dashed lines indicate the redox potentials for the hydrogen and oxygen evolution.


[1]  S. R. Bahn and K. W. Jacobsen, “An Object-Oriented Scripting Interface to a Legacy Electronic Structure Code,” Computing in Science and Engineering 4(3), 56–66 (2002).
[2] J. J. Mortensen, L. B. Hansen, and K. W. Jacobsen, “Real-space grid implementation of the projector augmented wave method,” Phys. Rev. B 71(3), 35109 (2005) [doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.71.035109].
[3] J. Enkovaara, C. Rostgaard, J. J. Mortensen, J. Chen, M. Dułak, L. Ferrighi, J. Gavnholt, C. Glinsvad, V. Haikola, et al., “Electronic structure calculations with GPAW: a real-space implementation of the projector augmented-wave method,” Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 22(2), 3202 (2010) [doi:10.1088/0953-8984/22/25/253202].  
[4] J. Yan, J. J. Mortensen, K. W. Jacobsen, and K. S. Thygesen, “Linear density response function in the projector augmented wave method: Applications to solids, surfaces, and interfaces,” Phys. Rev. B {83}({24}), 245122 (2011) [doi:{10.1103/PhysRevB.83.245122}]. 
[5]  J. Yan, K. W. Jacobsen, and K. S. Thygesen, “Optical properties of bulk semiconductors and graphene/boron nitride: The Bethe-Salpeter equation with derivative discontinuity-corrected density functional energies,” Phys. Rev. B 86(4), 45208 (2012) [doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.86.045208].  
[6]  D. D. Landis, J. S. Hummelshøj, S. Nestorov, J. Greeley, M. Dulak, T. Bligaard, J. K. Nørskov, and K. W. Jacobsen, “The Computational Materials Repository,” Computing in Science and Engineering 14(6), 51–57 (2012) [doi:10.1109/MCSE.2012.16].  
[7]  J. J. Mortensen, K. Kaasbjerg, S. L. Frederiksen, J. K. Nørskov, J. P. Sethna, and K. W. Jacobsen, “Bayesian Error Estimation in Density-Functional Theory,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95(2), 216401–216404 (2005) [doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.216401].  
[8]  V. Petzold, T. Bligaard, and K. W. Jacobsen, “Construction of New Electronic Density Functionals with Error Estimation Through Fitting,” Topics in Catalysis 55(5-6), 402–417 (2012) [doi:10.1007/s11244-012-9801-7].  
[9]  J. Wellendorff, K. T. Lundgaard, A. Møgelhøj, V. Petzold, D. D. Landis, J. K. Nørskov, T. Bligaard, and K. W. Jacobsen, “Density functionals for surface science: Exchange-correlation model development with Bayesian error estimation,” Phys. Rev. B 85(2), 235149 (2012) [doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.85.235149].  
[10]  I. E. Castelli, T. Olsen, S. Datta, D. D. Landis, S. Dahl, K. S. Thygesen, and K. W. Jacobsen, “Computational screening of perovskite metal oxides for optimal solar light capture,” Energy Environ. Sci. 5(2), 5814 (2012) [doi:10.1039/c1ee02717d].  
[11]  I. E. Castelli, D. D. Landis, K. S. Thygesen, S. Dahl, I. Chorkendorff, T. F. Jaramillo, and K. W. Jacobsen, “New cubic perovskites for one- and two-photon water splitting using the computational materials repository,” Energy Environ. Sci. 5(10), 9034 (2012) [doi:10.1039/c2ee22341d]. 
[12]  A. Jain, I. E. Castelli, G. Hautier, D. H. Bailey, and K. W. Jacobsen, “Performance of genetic algorithms in search for water splitting perovskites,” Journal of Materials Science 48, 6519–6534 (2013) [doi:10.1007/s10853-013-7448-9].  
[13]  I. E. Castelli, K. S. Thygesen, and K. W. Jacobsen, “Bandgap Engineering of Double Perovskites for One- and Two-photon Water Splitting,” presented at MRS Proceedings, 22 March 2013, mrsf12–1523–qq07–06 [doi:10.1557/opl.2013.450].  
 [14] I. E. Castelli, J. M. Garcia-Lastra, F. Hüser, K. S. Thygesen, and K. W. Jacobsen, “Stability and bandgaps of layered perovskites for one- and two-photon water splitting,” New Journal Of Physics 15(10), 105026 (2013) [doi:10.1088/1367-2630/15/10/105026].



Karsten Wedel Jacobsen
DTU Physics
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