Electronic Structure Theory for Small Metallic Particles

  1. David R. Schryer
  1. R. P. Messmer

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM026p0077

Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry

Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry

How to Cite

Messmer, R. P. (1982) Electronic Structure Theory for Small Metallic Particles, in Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry (ed D. R. Schryer), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM026p0077

Author Information

  1. General Electric Co., Corporate Research and Development, Schenectady, New York 12301

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1982

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900513

Online ISBN: 9781118663813



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The electronic structure of small metallic particles or clusters determines their chemical and physical properties. Thus such diverse properties as the “molecular structure”—i.e., the geometric disposition of the atoms in a cluster, the magnetic properties, the catalytic properties, and the chemical interactions with molecules in the environment—are a consequence of the electronic structure of the metal clusters. Unlike the situation in molecular physics, where much theoretical and spectroscopic information exists on a very large number of molecules and provides detailed information on electronic structure, the situation for metal clusters is rather primitive. Indeed, the science of metal clusters is still in its infancy.

With this perspective in mind, the present paper reviews the recent theoretical work which has been carried out in an effort to characterize the electronic structure of metal clusters.