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Tangential Ligand-Induced Strain in Icosahedral Au13

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posted on 12.09.2007, 00:00 by Olga Guliamov, Anatoly I. Frenkel, Laurent D. Menard, Ralph G. Nuzzo, Leeor Kronik
A quantitative comparison of first principles calculations with extended X-ray absorption fine structure and transmission electron microscopy measurements provides strong evidence that Au13 nanocrystals are stabilized in a slightly distorted icosahedral structure by on-top phosphine ligands and a combination of on-top and bridging thiol ligands. Importantly, the ligands change the icosahedral strain (i.e., the radial−tangential bond length ratio) significantly, with the tangential bonds within the Au core exhibiting much more disorder than the radial ones.