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Investigation of the Effect of a Mixed-Ligand on the Accommodation of a Templating Molecule into the Structure of High-Nucleus Silver Clusters

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posted on 30.01.2020, 20:19 by Kuan-Guan Liu, Xue-Wen Wei, Fahime Bigdeli, Xue-Mei Gao, Jing-Zhe Li, Xiao-Wei Yan, Mao-Lin Hu, Ali Morsali
Advancement of the synthesis and control of the self-assembly process of new high-nucleus silver clusters with desired structures is important for both the material sciences and the many applications. Herein, three new silver clusters, 20-, 22-, and 8-nucleus, based on alkynyl ligands were constructed and their structures were confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, powder X-ray diffraction, elemental analyses, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). For the first time, the trivalent tetrahedron anion of AsO43–, as a template, and the surface ligand of Ph2PO2H, with new coordination modes, were employed in preparation of the silver clusters. The role of surface ligands and template anions in the size and structure of the clusters was investigated. The presence of the template in the structure of the clusters led to the formation of the high-nucleus clusters. Also, in this report, it was shown that the participation of the template in the assembly of a cluster can be controlled by the surface ligands. UV–vis absorption and luminescent properties of the clusters and the thermal stability of the 8-nucleus cluster were also studied.