A1 Journal article (refereed)
Solvent-mediated assembly of atom-precise gold–silver nanoclusters to semiconducting one-dimensional materials (2020)


Yuan, Peng; Zhang, Ruihua; Selenius, Elli; Ruan, Pengpeng; Yao, Yangrong; Zhou, Yang; Malola, Sami; Häkkinen, Hannu; Teo, Boon K.; Cao, Yang; Zheng, Nanfeng (2020). Solvent-mediated assembly of atom-precise gold–silver nanoclusters to semiconducting one-dimensional materials. Nature Communications, 11, 2229. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-16062-6


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All authors or editors: Yuan, Peng; Zhang, Ruihua; Selenius, Elli; Ruan, Pengpeng; Yao, Yangrong; Zhou, Yang; Malola, Sami; Häkkinen, Hannu; Teo, Boon K.; Cao, Yang; et al.

Journal or series: Nature Communications

eISSN: 2041-1723

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 11

Article number: 2229

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16062-6

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/69057


Abstract

Bottom-up design of functional device components based on nanometer-sized building blocks relies on accurate control of their self-assembly behavior. Atom-precise metal nanoclusters are well-characterizable building blocks for designing tunable nanomaterials, but it has been challenging to achieve directed assembly to macroscopic functional cluster-based materials with highly anisotropic properties. Here, we discover a solvent-mediated assembly of 34-atom intermetallic gold–silver clusters protected by 20 1-ethynyladamantanes into 1D polymers with Ag–Au–Ag bonds between neighboring clusters as shown directly by the atomic structure from single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Density functional theory calculations predict that the single crystals of cluster polymers have a band gap of about 1.3 eV. Field-effect transistors fabricated with single crystals of cluster polymers feature highly anisotropic p-type semiconductor properties with ≈1800-fold conductivity in the direction of the polymer as compared to cross directions, hole mobility of ≈0.02 cm2 V−1 s−1, and an ON/OFF ratio up to ≈4000. This performance holds promise for further design of functional cluster-based materials with highly anisotropic semiconducting properties.


Keywords: nanostructures; nanomaterials; semiconductors

Free keywords: electronic properties and materials; nanoparticles; nanowires


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Reporting Year: 2020

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