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Endohedral Silicon Fullerenes SiN (27 ≤ N ≤ 39)

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journal contribution
posted on 27.10.2004, 00:00 by Soohaeng Yoo, Jijun Zhao, Jinlan Wang, Xiao Cheng Zeng
We have performed an unbiased search for the lowest-energy geometric structures of medium-sized silicon clusters SiN (27 ≤ N ≤ 39) using a genetic algorithm and nonorthogonal-tight-binding method, followed by a refining and biased search using basin-hopping method coupled with density-functional theory. We show that the carbon fullerene cages are most likely generic cage motifs (“magic cages”) to form low-lying stuffed-cage silicon clusters (beyond the size N > 27). An empirical rule that provides optimal “stuffing/cage” combinations for constructing low-energy endohedral silicon fullerenes is suggested, with a hope that it can provide guidance to future synthesis of “bucky” silicon.