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Chenjie Zeng, Dr. Huifeng Qian, Tao Li, Dr. Gao Li, Prof. Nathaniel L. Rosi, Dr. Bokwon Yoon, Dr. Robert N. Barnett, Prof. Robert L. Whetten, Prof. Uzi Landman and Prof. Rongchao Jin Total Structure and Electronic Properties of the Gold Nanocrystal Au36(SR)24 Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Article first published online: 14 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201207098

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A golden opportunity: The total structure of a Au36(SR)24 nanocluster (see figure) reveals an unexpected face-centered-cubic tetrahedral Au28 kernel (magenta). The protecting layer exhibits an intriguing combination of binding modes, consisting of four regular arch-like staples and the unprecedented appearance of twelve bridging thiolates (yellow). This unique protecting network and superatom electronic shell structure confer extreme stability and robustness.

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