Nanotechnology Now





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > News > 'Superatoms' Open Window to Nanoparticle Chemistry

August 7th, 2008

'Superatoms' Open Window to Nanoparticle Chemistry

Abstract:
The principles behind the stability and electronic properties of miniscule nano­clusters of magnetic gold have been analyzed and described in a seminal study by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta), Stanford University (Palo Alto, Calif.), the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and Chalmers University of Technology (Göterborg, Sweden). Gold and sulfur atoms aggregate in specific numbers and extremely symmetrical geometries, and can mimic the chemistry of single atoms of a different element. Researchers discovered that these clusters are stable because they behave like "superatoms" and exhibit a "divide and protect" bonding structure.

According to Robert Whetten, a professor at Georgia Tech's School of Physics and School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, although gold nanoparticles are widely used in many fields, nobody fully understood their molecular structures and physiochemical properties. Researchers use gold nanoparticles because of their stability and distinct optical, electronic, electrochemical and biolabeling properties.

Source:
semiconductor.net

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Clues to inner atomic life from subtle light-emission shifts: Hyperfine structure of light absorption by short-lived cadmium atom isotopes reveals characteristics of the nucleus that matter for high precision detection methods July 3rd, 2015

Pioneering Southampton scientist awarded prestigious physics medal July 3rd, 2015

Groundbreaking research to help control liquids at micro and nano scales July 3rd, 2015

Discovery of nanotubes offers new clues about cell-to-cell communication July 2nd, 2015

Nanospiked bacteria are the brightest hard X-ray emitters July 2nd, 2015

Chemistry

Groundbreaking research to help control liquids at micro and nano scales July 3rd, 2015

Carnegie Mellon chemists characterize 3-D macroporous hydrogels: Methods will allow researchers to develop new 'smart' materials June 30th, 2015

Discoveries

Clues to inner atomic life from subtle light-emission shifts: Hyperfine structure of light absorption by short-lived cadmium atom isotopes reveals characteristics of the nucleus that matter for high precision detection methods July 3rd, 2015

Groundbreaking research to help control liquids at micro and nano scales July 3rd, 2015

Producing spin-entangled electrons July 2nd, 2015

NIST Group Maps Distribution of Carbon Nanotubes in Composite Materials July 2nd, 2015

Announcements

Clues to inner atomic life from subtle light-emission shifts: Hyperfine structure of light absorption by short-lived cadmium atom isotopes reveals characteristics of the nucleus that matter for high precision detection methods July 3rd, 2015

Pioneering Southampton scientist awarded prestigious physics medal July 3rd, 2015

Groundbreaking research to help control liquids at micro and nano scales July 3rd, 2015

NIST Group Maps Distribution of Carbon Nanotubes in Composite Materials July 2nd, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project