Magic numbers of gold clusters stabilized by PVP

Hironori Tsunoyama, Tatsuya Tsukuda

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(Figure Presented) We applied matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) for mass analysis of Au clusters stabilized by poly(vinyl-pyrrolidone) (PVP) and discovered a series of magic numbers for Au cluster size: 35 ± 1, 43 ± 1, 58 ± 1, 70 ± 3, 107 ± 4, 130 ± 1, and 150 ± 2. Magic numbers smaller than ∼70 agree with those of free Au clusters and can be explained qualitatively by the electronic shell model. In contrast, magic numbers larger than ∼100 are obviously different from those of the free clusters. We suggest that the deviation from the electronic shell model is due to perturbation of the electronic and/or geometric structures caused by interaction with PVP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18216-18217
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 30
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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