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?

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.186101