Doping the golden cage Au16- with Si, Ge, and Sn

Lei Ming Wang, Satya Bulusu, Wei Huang, Rhitankar Pal, Lai Sheng Wang, Cheng Zeng Xiao

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We report a joint experimental/theoretical study of a series of group IV atom-doped gold anion clusters MAu16- (M = Si, Ge, Sn). We find that their global minima possess exohedral structures, which are dominated by the strong M-Au local interactions reminiscent of the MAu4 clusters. In particular, a dangling Au atom is observed in the low-lying isomers of SiAu16- which confirms the Au/H analogy reported earlier in Si-Au mixed clusters. The nature of the dopant-Au local interactions is a critical factor in determining whether an impurity atom can be used to dope the golden cages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15136-15137
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number49
StatePublished - Dec 12 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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