Electronic Structure Theory for Small Metallic Particles
- David R. Schryer
Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
Copyright 1982 by the American Geophysical Union.
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
- Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1982
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.