A1 Journal article (refereed)
Co-crystallization of atomically precise metal nanoparticles driven by magic atomic and electronic shells (2018)

Yan, J., Malola, S., Hu, C., Peng, J., Dittrich, B., Teo, B. K., Häkkinen, H., Zheng, L., & Zheng, N. (2018). Co-crystallization of atomically precise metal nanoparticles driven by magic atomic and electronic shells. Nature Communications, 9, Article 3357. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-05584-9

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All authors or editors: Yan, Juanzhu; Malola, Sami; Hu, Chengyi; Peng, Jian; Dittrich, Birger; Teo, Boon K.; Häkkinen, Hannu; Zheng, Lansun; Zheng, Nanfeng

Journal or series: Nature Communications

ISSN: 2041-1723

eISSN: 2041-1723

Publication year: 2018

Volume: 9

Issue number: 0

Article number: 3357

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-05584-9

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/59399


This paper reports co-crystallization of two atomically precise, different-size ligand-stabilized nanoclusters, a spherical (AuAg)267(SR)80 and a smaller trigonal-prismatic (AuAg)45(SR)27(PPh3)6 in 1:1 ratio, characterized fully by X-ray crystallographic analysis (SR = 2,4-SPhMe2). The larger cluster has a four concentric-shell icosahedral structure of Ag@M12@M42@M92@Ag120(SR)80 (M = Au or Ag) with the inner-core M147 icosahedron observed here for metal nanoparticles. The cluster has an open electron shell of 187 delocalized electrons, fully metallic, plasmonic behavior, and a zero HOMO-LUMO energy gap. The smaller cluster has an 18-electron shell closing, a notable HOMO-LUMO energy gap and a molecule-like optical spectrum. This is the first direct demonstration of the simultaneous presence of competing effects (closing of atom vs. electron shells) in nanocluster synthesis and growth, working together to form a co-crystal of different-sized clusters. This observation suggests a strategy that may be helpful in the design of other nanocluster systems via co-crystallization.

Keywords: nanoparticles

Free keywords: metal nanoparticles; co-crystallization

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Reporting Year: 2018

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