How manipulating ligand interactions in metal clusters can spur advances in nanotechnology

Interactions among ligands dictate the final structure of metal clusters, which have various applications in modern electronic devices. Credit: Tokyo University of Science

When metal atoms form small clusters of a particular size, they show interesting and potentially useful electromagnetic characteristics, which are different from those of the actual bulk metal. To fully explore the potential of these properties, it is necessary to find ways to assemble precise macroscopic structures out of these clusters. But, how do these clusters bind together, and what exactly dictates their properties? These questions have remained unanswered, until now.

In a new study published in Materials Horizons, researchers from the Tokyo University of Science, led by Prof Yuichi Negishi, set out to find these answers. Prof Negishi explains the motivation behind this study, “Previous studies…

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