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Peeling the onion: a revised model of the electron count for matryoshka clusters

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Abstract

We have provided a model for understanding two isoelectronic matryoshka clusters, [Sn@Cu12@Sn20]12− and [As@Ni12@As20]3−. By dividing each of the clusters in a layer-by-layer manner and allowing each layer to follow a simple electron-filling rule, we can formulate a consistent model to explain experimental and computed properties of both matryoshka clusters that cannot be adequately explained by existing models. By analysing these clusters in a way analogous to peeling an onion, we can not only have an understanding of the structure and bonding of the two matryoshka clusters under study, but also have a generalizable model to handle certain p/d-block@d-block endohedral clusters.

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The article was received on 09 Jan 2015, accepted on 09 Mar 2015 and first published on 09 Mar 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5DT00097A
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Citation: Dalton Trans., 2015,44, 7251-7257
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    Peeling the onion: a revised model of the electron count for matryoshka clusters

    F. K. Sheong, W. Chen, H. Kim and Z. Lin, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 7251
    DOI: 10.1039/C5DT00097A

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