Influence of impurity elements on the corrosion of α-uranium surface: a density functional theory study

  • Xin Qu
  • Rusong Li
  • Bin He
  • Fei Wang
  • Kailong Yuan


Influence of substitutional Fe, Al and Mg atoms on the corrosion of α-U(110) surface was studied by DFT + U method. The calculations results indicate that impurity atoms inhibit the dissociation of H2O molecular. Although the impurity atoms do not impede the dissociation of O2 molecular, they lower the binding energy of the dissociated O atoms with the substitutional surfaces. Through the investigation on the surface diffusion and into-bulk penetration, it could be confirmed that Fe, Al and Mg atoms accelerate the hydrogenation of α-uranium surface, while improve the anti-oxidizing ability of α-uranium.


α-U(110) surface Impurity atoms Corrosion DFT + U 



This work was supported by Nature Science Foundation of China under Contract Nos. 51401237, 11474358 and 51271198.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Xi’an High Technology InstituteXi’anPeople’s Republic of China

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