Structures and stabilities of 3d-transition metal-benzene organometallic clusters

Tsuyoshi Kurikawa, Hiroaki Takeda, Atsushi Nakajima, Koji Kaya

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In the gas phase, we have successfully synthesized organometallic clusters, Mn(benzene)m (M = 3d transition metal atoms), by using a laser vaporization method. The measurements of mass spectra and ionization energies (Ei) have revealed that the organometallic clusters can take two types of structures; layered sandwich structures (m = n + 1) and metal clusters saturatedly covered with benzenes. For early transition metals of Sc, Ti, and V, only the multiple decker sandwich structure clusters were preferentially produced, in which benzene and metal atoms are alternately piled up. For late transition metals of Co and Ni, the metal clusters saturatedly surrounded by benzenes were also produced as well as the sandwich clusters. Furthermore, the Eis of M1(benzene)2 (M = Sc-Ni) were systematically measured and their electronic properties will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalZeitschrift fur Physik D-Atoms Molecules and Clusters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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