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Critical roles of metal–ligand complexes in the controlled synthesis of various metal nanoclusters

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Kim, Ji Soo; Chang, Hogeun; Kang, Sungsu; Cha, Seungwoo; Cho, Hanguk; Kwak, Seung Jae; Park, Namjun; Kim, Younhwa; Kang, Dohun; Song, Chyan Kyung; Kwag, Jimin; Hahn, Ji-Sook; Lee, Won Bo; Hyeon, Taeghwan; Park, Jungwon

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Nature Research
Nature Communications, Vol.14 No.1, p. 3201
Metal nanoclusters (NCs), an important class of nanoparticles (NPs), are extremely small in size and possess quasi-molecular properties. Due to accurate stoichiometry of constituent atoms and ligands, NCs have strong structure-property relationship. The synthesis of NCs is seemingly similar to that of NPs as both are formed by colloidal phase transitions. However, they are considerably different because of metal-ligand complexes in NC synthesis. Reactive ligands can convert metal salts to complexes, actual precursors to metal NCs. During the complex formation, various metal species occur, having different reactivity and fraction depending on synthetic conditions. It can alter their degree of participation in NC synthesis and the homogeneity of final products. Herein, we investigate the effects of complex formation on the entire NC synthesis. By controlling the fraction of various Au species showing different reactivity, we find that the extent of complex formation alters reduction kinetics and the uniformity of Au NCs. We demonstrate that this concept can be universally applied to synthesize Ag, Pt, Pd, and Rh NCs.
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