Structural properties of sub-nanometer metallic clusters

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Abstract

At the nanoscale, the investigation of structural features becomes fundamental as we can establish relationships between cluster geometries and their physicochemical properties. The peculiarity lies in the variety of shapes often unusual and far from any geometrical and crystallographic intuition clusters can assume. In this respect, we should treat and consider nanoparticles as a new form of matter. Nanoparticle structures depend on their size, chemical composition, ordering, as well as external conditions e.g. synthesis method, pressure, temperature, support. On top of that, at finite temperatures nanoparticles can fluctuate among different structures, opening new and exciting horizons for the design of optimal nanoparticles for advanced applications. This article aims to overview geometrical features of transition metal clusters and of their various rearrangements.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113001
Pages (from-to)113001
JournalJournal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal
Volume31
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2019

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