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Carboxylic acid stimulated silver shell isomerism in a triple core-shell Ag84 nanocluster.
Chem Sci ; 10(18): 4862-4867, 2019 May 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31183036
Isomerization is highly important in all aspects of science, yet it is rarely observed in nanoscience. Here, we synthesized a unique triple core-shell Ag84 nanocluster displaying isomerism, which is controlled by different carboxylic acids and a one-way transformation (SD/Ag84a → SD/Ag84b). The innermost core is a rare Ag10 nanocluster which comprises an Ag6 octahedral unit as seen in face-centred cubic (fcc) silver metal and four capped Ag atoms. It templates two crescent-shaped polyoxometalate (W7O26)10- shells which are then enclosed in a shell of silver shaped as rugby balls. The organic ligands (iPrS-, n PrCOO- and PhCOO-) finally shield the metallic clusters. Due to slight differences in structure at two poles and the steric hindrance of n PrCOO- and PhCOO-, SD/Ag84a and SD/Ag84b adopt the shapes of flat-headed and cuspidal prolate spheres, respectively. Interestingly, PhCOOH is dominant over n PrCOOH whereby crystals of SD/Ag84b were isolated if PhCOOH is added during the synthesis of SD/Ag84a. This demonstrates that PhCOOH not only alters the organic coats but also induces metal shell re-organization. This work reveals carboxylate-controlled skeletal isomerism in silver nanoclusters for the first time, thus deepening the understanding of silver nanocluster assembly, flexibility and reactivity.





Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Idioma: Inglês Revista: Chem Sci Ano de publicação: 2019 Tipo de documento: Artigo