Magic number hybrid clusters
Monday 14 October 2013
Congratulations to Ivy and Quanmin for their beautiful demonstration (by STM) of "hybrid" Au-C60 clusters, just accepted by Phys. Rev. Letters.
Co-operative interactions between the C60 molecules, deposited onto a Au surface, and the Au atoms themselves lead to the spontaneous assembly
of combined Au19(C60)7 "magic number" clusters -
neither component of which would be stable at the temperatures where they are observed (400K).
How many more hybrid nano-architectures will now be found?