# Original Article

, Volume: 12( 1)## Transition Metals Doping Effects on Non-Linear Optical Properties of Be12O12 Nano-Cluster: A DFT Study

- *Correspondence:
- Shamlouei HR, Department of Chemistry, Lorestan University, Khorram Abad, Lorestan, I.R. Iran,
**Tel:**986633120618;**E-mail:**shamlouei.ha@lu.ac.ir

**Received:** July 09, 2017; **Accepted:** July 31, 2017; **Published:** August 09, 2017

**Citation:** Toosi AR, Shamlouei HR. Transition Metals Doping Effects on Non-Linear Optical Properties of Be_{12}O_{12} Nano-Cluster: A DFT Study. Phys Chem Ind J. 2017;S1:103.

### Abstract

Investigation about the effect of transition metal doping on structural, electronic, energetic, linear and nonlinear optical properties of Be12O12 nanocluster is the subject of this research. Results indicated that transition metals doping process leads to narrowing the energy gap (Eg) of them. Evidently the dipole moment and polarizability value of Be12O12 nanocluster increases because of that transition metals doping. The first hyperpolarizability value dramatically increases as substitute a magnesium atom with a transition metal atom. Among the transition metal atom doped nanocage, scandium has the largest first hyperpolarizability value (βâ¦ ≈ 4953 au). Also two-level model indicated that first hyperpolarizibility has severe dependence to excitation energies. The result of TD-DFT calculation indicates that the β0 has similar behavior as β2 which confirm the results of β0 obtained by ab initio calculation.

### Keywords

Transition metals; Be_{12}O_{12}; Doping; NLO; Nanocage; First hyperpolarizability

### Introduction

Due to the great applications, compounds with high nonlinear optical properties in the fields of optoelectronic and photonic devices, especially generation of optical harmonics, the scientists were attracted to investigate about m`aterial with high NLO properties [1-7]. There are many effective agents for enhancing the NLO properties such as: Electron donor and recipient groups, establishment of electron II, doping atom and etc. in original molecule [8-11]. Discovery of carbon nanotube [12] made a significant revolution in science and technology of nanomaterials. Scientists became interested to explore their new types of nanomaterial with unique properties and different functionalities. It has been shown that homologues of fullerene molecules have excellent applications in electronic devices, imaging materials, magnetic recording, and environmental processes; so, their investigation will be very interesting [13-16]. Theoretically, it is shown that, between different types of (XY)n structures, the nanocages with the general formula of (XY)12 have the most stable clusters [17-20] which employ in various application. To enhance the NLO properties of X_{12}Y_{12} nanoclusters many efforts were done [21,22]. Recently, the effect of transition metals atoms doping on geometric, electronic, linear and nonlinear optical properties of Mg12O_{12} nanocage was investigated and it was shown that the first hyperpolarizability of Mg_{12}O_{12} nanoclusters significantly enhanced through doping with transition metal atoms [23]. In present study, in the similar way, the effect of transition metal doping on Be_{12}O_{12} nanocluster was studied. Calculation of the energies of the singlet excited states using time-dependent density functional (TD-DFT) method is the benefit of this research in comparison of previous research.

**Computational Details**

In this paper, all theoretical computations were done using density functional theory (DFT) with Gaussian 09 package [24]. All optimization calculations for considered nanocluster structures Be_{12}O_{12} and Be_{11}XO_{12} (X= transition metals atom) in ground state and excited state were calculated by B_{3}LYP method in 6-31+g(d) basis set. Vertical energies of the singlet excited states were calculated using time-dependent density functional (TD-DFT) method at the B_{3}LYP/6-31+g(d) level. The values of < S^{2}> are 0.750 for a pure doublet and 0 for pure singlet systems, after spin annihilation. Recently has been developed for long-range interaction and charge transfer systems, a new density functional CAM-B_{3}LYP [25,26] that can be useful for (hyper) polarizabilities calculations [27,28] and for considered nanocluster structures linear and non-linear optic properties and hyperpolarization were investigated.

We used CAM-B_{3}LYP method in 6-31+g(d) level for determination of first hyperpolarizibility. The electronic properties of the considered nanocluster such as: the values of energies of HOMO (the highest occupied molecular orbital; EHOMO), LUMO (lowest unoccupied molecular orbital; ELUMO) and the energy gap (E_{g}) difference of between HOMO and LUMO levels as a critical parameter to determine molecular electrical transport properties investigated through their density of states (DOS) spectra obtained from GaussSum program [29].

The energy gap (E_{g}) is given as Eq. 1

E_{g}= E_{(HOMO)} – E_{(LUMO)} (1)

Where E_{g} is the energy gap, EHOMO and ELUMO are the values of energie of the highest and the lowest occupied molecular orbitals, respectively (in Ev).

The energy of an uncharged liner molecule in a weak and homogeneous external electric field can be defined as Eq. (2) [30,31].

E = E_{0}-μ_{α}F_{α} - 1/2 α_{αβ}F_{α}F_{β} - 1/6 β_{αβ}γF_{α}F_{β}F_{γ} -….. (2)

Where E_{0} is energy of system in zero electric field and F_{α} is the electric field component alongside α direction. μ_{α}, α_{αβ} and β_{α}β_{γ} are the components of dipole moment, polarizability, and the first hyperpolarizability tensor.

The polarizability (α), first hyperpolarizability (β?) and tensor components of first hyperpolarizability (βijk) are noted as: [32,33]

α=1/3(α_{xx}+α_{yy}+α_{zz}) (3)

β_{0} = (β_{ x}^{ 2} + β_{ y}^{ 2} + β_{ z }^{2})^{1/2} (4)

In which β_{i}= 3/5 (β_{iii} + β _{ijj} + β_{ikk}) i, j, k=x, y, z (5)

Where βijk (i, j, k = x, y, z) are tensor components of first hyperpolarizability.

### Results and Discussion

In this research, at first all structures, Be_{12}O_{12} and Be_{11}XO_{12} (X= transition metals atom), were optimized then electronic properties, Polarizability (α) and first hyperpolarizability (β_{0}) Be_{11}XO_{12} were studied. For all doped nano clusters (Be_{11}XO_{12}), calculated excitation energy was compared with the first hyperpolarizibility in ground state.

**Structural and energetic investigation**

All structures, Be_{12}O_{12} and Be_{11}XO_{12} (X= transition metals atom), were optimized in the ground state by B_{3}LYP method and in 6-31+g(d) basis set (**Figure. 1**). Be_{12}O_{12} nanocluster consist of square and hexagon rings that alternatively the Be atoms connected to O atoms. The Be–O and Be–Be bonds length in square ring were analyzed for pure Be_{12}O_{12}.

**Figure 1:** The optimized geometry and density of states (DOS) spectrum of the (a) Be_{12}O_{12}, (b) Be_{11}Sc O_{12}, (c) Be_{11}Ti O_{12}, (d) Be_{11}V O_{12}, (e) Be_{11}Cr O_{12}, (f) Be_{11}Mn O_{12}, (g) Be_{11}Fe O_{12}, (h) Be_{11}Co O_{12}, (i) Be_{11}Ni O_{12}, (j) Be_{11}Cu O_{12} and (k) Be_{11}Zn O_{12} nanocluster.

The Be–O and Be–Be bonds length were calculated and obtained 1.577 and 2.048 angstrom in pure Be_{12}O_{12}, respectively. Then, one of the Beryllium atoms in square ring was substituted with transition metals atom and subsequent their structures were optimized. The optimized structures of the Be_{12}O_{12} and doped nanoclusters with transition metals are presented in **Figure. 1**.

By doping transition metals atom in Be_{12}O_{12} nanocluster, X–Be bond length in square ring increase and was compared to Be–Be bond length in pure Be_{12}O_{12} and similar ring.

The variations maximum of bond length in among all of X-Be bonds appear for Sc-Be bond and Ni-Be bond length has the variations minimum; they were calculated 2.540 and 2.354 angstrom, respectively. Similarly, X-O bond length was increased for all doped atoms with transition metal.

The X–O, O-Be and X–Be bond length, O–X–O and O–Be–O bond angle in square ring, and doping energy for Be_{12}O_{12} and doped nano cluster (Be_{11}XO_{12}) were gathered in **TABLE. 1**.

Molecule | Bond length | Bond angle | E Be_{11}XO_{12} |
Edop | |||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

X-O | O-Be | X-Be | O-X-O | O-Be-O | |||

Be_{12}O_{12} |
1.577 | 1.578 | 2.048 | 98.211 | 98.199 | -1.72 | --- |

Be_{11}ScO_{12} |
2.027 | 1.588 | 2.54 | 77.346 | 105.86 | -2.91 | -5.87 |

Be_{11}TiO_{12} |
1.924 | 1.613 | 2.396 | 83.556 | 105.25 | -3.05 | -6.15 |

Be_{11}VO_{12} |
1.956 | 1.583 | 2.457 | 79.922 | 105.038 | -3.2 | -6.46 |

Be_{11}CrO_{12} |
1.935 | 1.576 | 2.453 | 79.777 | 103.827 | -3.36 | -6.78 |

Be_{11}MnO_{12} |
1.921 | 1.571 | 2.438 | 80.117 | 103.829 | -3.53 | -7.12 |

Be_{11}FeO_{12} |
1.894 | 1.574 | 2.403 | 81.719 | 103.841 | -3.71 | -7.47 |

Be_{11}CoO_{12} |
1.898 | 1.577 | 2.398 | 81.851 | 104.091 | -3.9 | -7.85 |

Be_{11}NiO_{12} |
1.84 | 1.575 | 2.354 | 82.745 | 101.078 | -4.1 | -8.25 |

Be_{11}CuO_{12} |
1.912 | 1.578 | 2.397 | 88.539 | 104.618 | -4.31 | -8.68 |

Be_{11}ZnO_{12} |
1.958 | 1.585 | 2.411 | 81.5 | 107.552 | -4.54 | -9.12 |

**TABLE 1:** X–O, O-Be and X–Be bond length (Angstrom), O–X–O and O–Be–O bond angle (degree) for square ring, EBe_{11}XO_{12} (Kcal mol-1) and Edop (Kcal mol-1) for Be 12O_{12} and other doped nano cluster (Be_{11}XO_{12}).

The maximum value was assigned to Sc-O bond and minimum value was calculated for Ni-O bond. Owing to **TABLE. 1** Be-O bond length in Be_{11}XO_{12} was shown negligible changes. The O–Be–O angle was equal to 98.2 degree. The bond angles for all of doped Be_{12}O_{12} nanocluster were decreased. The minimum decrement was assigned to O–Cu–O (88.539 degree) and maximum decrement occurs at O–Sc–O (77.346 degree).

The Be-X, Be-O and Be–Be bonds length and bond angles of O-X-O for square ring, are listed in TABLE 1 and depicted in **Figure. 1**.

**Electronic properties**

The obtained DOS spectrums are shown in **Figure. 1**. The Obtained E_{HOMO}, E_{LUMO} and E_{g} values from DOS spectrum (FIG. 1) are listed in **TABLE 2**. Energy gap for Be_{12}O_{12} was about 7.60 ev (Be_{12}O_{12} is an intrinsic semiconductor material because of large gap bond). As can be seen in TABLE 2, substitution 1 Be atom with 1 X atom (transition metals) in Be_{12}O_{12} nanocluster leads to decreasing of HOMO-LUMO energy gap (E_{g}) so that it is transformed from an intrinsic semiconductor (E_{g}≈7.60 eV) to a p-type one (E_{g}≈2.43eV). The least of E_{g} value among all considered clusters about 2.18 ev and it belongs to Be_{11}ScO_{12}. The plot of E_{g} as a function of atomic number (z) indicates in **Figure. 2**.

Molecule | EHOMO | ELUMO | E_{g} |
μ | ?E% | α | β? |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Be_{12}O_{12} |
-8.64 | -1.04 | 7.60 | 0.00 | 0 | 127.55 | 0 |

Be_{11}ScO_{12} |
-3.69 | -1.51 | 2.18 | -2.46 | -71.32 | 187.01 | 4953.19 |

Be_{11}TiO_{12} |
-3.99 | -1.56 | 2.43 | -2.78 | -68.03 | 165.94 | 2757.35 |

Be_{11}VO_{12} |
-4.64 | -1.88 | 2.76 | -3.50 | -63.68 | 155.83 | 2106.40 |

Be_{11}CrO_{12} |
-5.17 | -2.27 | 2.90 | -3.72 | -61.84 | 149.31 | 1343.50 |

Be_{11}MnO_{12} |
-5.43 | -2.17 | 3.26 | -4.07 | -57.11 | 145.03 | 1069.90 |

Be_{11}FeO_{12} |
-6.28 | -2.15 | 4.13 | -4.22 | -45.66 | 142.70 | 777.53 |

Be_{11}CoO_{12} |
-7.34 | -3.18 | 4.16 | -5.32 | -45.26 | 139.71 | 348.33 |

Be_{11}NiO_{12} |
-6.98 | -3.91 | 3.07 | -5.45 | -59.61 | 138.88 | 166.20 |

Be_{11}CuO_{12} |
-7.84 | -4.54 | 3.30 | -4.77 | -56.58 | 139.33 | 248.36 |

Be_{11}ZnO_{12} |
-8.13 | -2.30 | 5.83 | -5.22 | -23.29 | 136.23 | 175.34 |

**TABLE. 2.** The frontier molecular orbital energies E_{HOMO} and E_{LUMO} (eV), energy gap E_{g} (eV), chemical potential μ (ev), percent of difference energy gap from Be_{12}O_{12} Δ(E_{0g}-E_{g}) %, polarizability α (au) and First hyperpolarizability β? (au) values for the considered doped Be_{12}O_{12} nanocluster.

**Figure 2:** The changes of energy gap (E_{g}) as function of atomic number of the doped transition metal atom (Z) for all considered nano clusters Be_{11}XO_{12}

The energy gap values for doped nanocluster Be_{11}XO_{12} increase with increasing atomic number. The chemical potential of Be_{11}XO_{12} was calculated and summarized in TABLE 2. The energy gap values for doped nanocluster Be_{11}XO_{12} increase with increasing atomic number. The chemical potential analysis shows that doping of X atoms in Be_{12}O_{12} nanocluster leads to the increasing of chemical potential. The maximum chemical potential value occurs in Be_{11}TiO_{12}. In **Figure. 3**, we can see the reduction of Chemical potential Be_{12}O_{12} as a function of atomic number.

**Figure 3:** Chemical potential of considered nanoclusters as function of the doped atomic number of doped transition metal atom (Z).

**Optical properties**

Polarizability (α) and first hyperpolarizability (β_{0}) for all structures were calculated and listed in TABLE. 2.

The value of 127.55 and 0 a.u. were obtained for polarizability (α) and first hyperpolarizability (β_{0}) of Be_{12}O_{12} respectively. The results indicated that doping of transition metals atom in Be_{12}O_{12} leads to increase the polarizability (α) and first hyperpolarizability (β_{0}) of cluster. Among all of the considered doped nanoclusters by transition metals atom, Be_{11}ScO_{12} (X=Sc) has the largest first hyperpolarizability (β_{0}≈4953.2 au) and polarizability (α≈187.01 au) values. It was seen that by increasing the atomic number of doped transition metal the polarizability and first hyperpolarizability values was reduced (**Figure. 4** and **Figure. 5**).

**Figure 4:** The values of polarizability (α) as function of the doped transition metal atomic number (Z).

**Figure 5:** Logarithmic plot of first hyperpolarizability(β?) as a function of the doped transition metal atomic number (Z) for all considered nanoclustrers.

Similar to previous research, the Sc atom doping had maximum effect on the polarizability and first hyperpolarizability of Be_{11}XO_{12}. Additionally, polarizability and hyperpolarizability decrease when the atomic number of transition metal increases. However larger size of Mg_{11}ScO_{12} in comparison to Be_{11}ScO_{12} may explain the larger value of first hyperpolarizability of Mg_{11}ScO_{12}.

**TD-DFT calculations**

To understand how doping of different transition metals effect on the β_{0} values of Be_{12}O_{12}, the widely common two-level model is considered as [34-37]:

β_{0} αΔμ.f/ΔE^{3} (6)

where ΔE, f_{0} and Δμ are the transition energy, oscillator strength, and difference in the dipole moments between the ground state and the crucial excited state with the largest oscillator strength. In this model, the third power of the transition energy is reversely proportional to the β_{0} value; therefore the transition energy is the noteworthy factor in the first hyperpolarizability. The fraction of Δμ.f/ΔE^{3} in Eq 6, voluntary named as β_{2}. The crucial transition excited state is provided using the time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations at CAM-B_{3}LYP/6-31+G(d) level of theory. The obtained values of ΔE, λ (wavelength of adsorbed light), f_{0}, Δμ and the β_{2} as well as ln (β_{0}) are presented in **TABLE 3**.

System | Ln β (ev) | ?E (ev) | λ (nm) | ?µ ge(a.u) | f |
β2 (a.u) |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Be_{11}ScO_{12} |
8.51 | 2.17 | 570.80 | 0.49 | 0.09 | 15.00 |

Be_{11}TiO_{12} |
7.92 | 3.37 | 368.40 | 0.40 | 0.05 | 10.15 |

Be_{11}VO_{12} |
7.65 | 3.67 | 337.46 | 0.32 | 0.07 | 9.75 |

Be_{11}CrO_{12} |
7.20 | 4.17 | 297.39 | 0.24 | 0.13 | 8.61 |

Be_{11}MnO_{12} |
6.98 | 4.23 | 292.96 | 0.25 | 0.12 | 7.74 |

Be_{11}FeO_{12} |
6.66 | 4.48 | 276.89 | 0.23 | 0.12 | 6.00 |

Be_{11}CoO_{12} |
5.85 | 5.56 | 214.60 | 0.29 | 0.08 | 2.67 |

Be_{11}NiO_{12} |
5.11 | 6.11 | 202.98 | 0.49 | 0.03 | 1.34 |

Be_{11}CuO_{12} |
5.51 | 4.31 | 287.59 | 0.48 | 0.03 | 4.02 |

Be_{11}ZnO_{12} |
5.17 | 7.02 | 176.56 | 1.70 | 0.05 | 5.04 |

**TABLE. 3**. The first hyperpolarizability (β_{0}), the transition energy (ΔE), the difference of dipole moment (Δμ) between the ground state and the crucial excited state, the largest oscillator strength (f) of the considered nanoclusters.

For all doped nano clusters (Be_{11}XO_{12}), calculated excitation energy was compared with the first hyperpolarizibility obtained from TABLE 2 and was show that in the cases which have lower excitation energy, the hyperpolarizability has higher value. In **Figure. 6** the simultaneously the hyperpolarizability and excitation energy of transition of doped nanocages were plotted as function of atomic number of used transition metal atoms.

**Figure 6:** The plot of first hyperpolarizability (β?) and transition energy as function of the doped transition metal atomic number (Z) for all considered nanoclustrers.

As indicated in Eq 6, the first hyperpolarizability of the doped nanoclusters is inversely proportional to the transition energies. The highest first hyperpolarizability and the lowest transition energy were observed in Be_{11}ScO_{12}. Additionally, the lowest first hyperpolarizability was obtained for Be_{11}NiO_{12} had highest value of transition energy.

Finally, the first hyperpolarizability presented in TABLE 2, was compared with values of hyperpolarizability calculated by Eq 6. It was seen that the trend of both of them as function of atomic number of transition metals are similar. In **Figure. 7**, both of the plots of logarithm of first hyperpolarizability calculated from direct ab initio calculation and the β2 obtained from Eq 6 were plotted as function of atomic number of transition metals.

As illustrated in **Figure. 7**, logarithm of first hyperpolarizabilty calculated by ab initio calculation has same behavior as β_{0} obtained from Eq 6.

### Conclusion

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of doping transition metals atom on the structural, electronic, linear and nonlinear optical properties of Be_{12}O_{12} nanocluster by density functional theory (DFT) methods. The main conclusions of this paper can be summarized as follows:

1. Transition metals atom doping in Be_{12}O_{12} nanocluster due to reduction of energy gap Be_{12}O_{12}. The maximum decrement belongs to Be_{11}TiO_{12} (-68.03%) and the minimum decrement belongs to Be_{11}CuO_{12} (-12.89%).

2. The doping of transition metals atom in Be_{12}O_{12} leads to enhancement of polarizability (α). The Be_{11}ScO_{12} has the greatest polarizability (α = 187.01 eV) and Be_{11}ZnO_{12} has the lowest polarizability (α = 136.23 eV).

3. The first hyperpolarizability values increases with transition metals atom doping. The first hyperpolarizability for considered nanoclusters are change in the order of (Sc) > (Ti) > (V) > (Cr) > (Mn) > (Fe) > (Co) > (Cu) > (Ni) > (Zn).

4. The two-level model proposes that the considerable increment of β_{0} is mainly due to the ΔE values. Additionally, the TD-DFT calculation indicates that the first hyperpolarizability has similar behavior as β2 and inverse of ΔE3.

5. The doping process of transition metals atom in the Be_{12}O_{12} nanocluster plays an important role in enhancing the first hyperpolarizability and leads to the NLO response.

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