Assembly of Atomically Precise Silver Nanoclusters into Nanocluster-Based Frameworks

Mohammad Jaber Alhilaly, Renwu Huang, Rounak Naphade, Badriah Jaber Alamer, Mohamed N. Hedhili, Abdul-Hamid M. Emwas, Partha Maity, Jun Yin, Aleksander Shkurenko, Omar F. Mohammed, Mohamed Eddaoudi, Osman Bakr

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Here, we demonstrate an approach to synthesizing and structurally characterizing three atomically precise anion-templated silver thiolate nanoclusters, two of which form one- and two-dimensional structural frameworks composed of bipyridine-linked nanocluster nodes (referred to as nanocluster-based frameworks, NCFs). We describe the critical role of the chloride (Cl−) template in controlling the nanocluster’s nuclearity with atomic precision and the effect of a single Ag atom difference in the nanocluster’s size in controlling the NCF dimensionality, modulating the optical properties, and improving the thermal stability. With atomically precise assembly and size control, nanoclusters could be widely adopted as building blocks for the construction of tunable cluster-based framework materials.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9585-9592
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number24
StatePublished - May 28 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The authors sincerely thank the following people for their help and dedication at various stages of this project: Ayalew Assen, Karim Adil, and Osama Shekhah. The financial support for this work was provided by KAUST.


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