We report the synthesis and crystal structure of a nanocluster composed of 23 silver atoms capped by 8 phosphine and 18 phenylethanethiolate ligands. X-ray crystallographic analysis reveals that the kernel of the Ag nanocluster adopts a helical face-centered cubic structure with C 2 symmetry. The thiolate ligands show two binding patterns with the surface Ag atoms: tri- and tetra-podal types. The tetra-coordination mode of thiolate has not been found in previous Ag nanoclusters. No counter ion (e.g., Na+ and NO3 −) is found in the single-crystal and the absence of such ions is also confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis, indicating electrical neutrality of the nanocluster. Interestingly, the nanocluster has an open shell electronic structure (i.e., 23(Ag 5s 1)–18(SR) = 5e), as confirmed by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. Time-dependent density functional theory calculations are performed to correlate the structure and optical absorption/emission spectra of the Ag nanocluster.
Nature Communications – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 21, 2018
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