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Issue 11, 2017
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Alkynyl-protected gold and gold–silver nanoclusters

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Ligand-protected metal nanoclusters as unique nanomaterials have attracted great attention. The protecting ligands that directly bind on the cluster surfaces are crucial in dictating the structures and properties of the clusters. In contrast to the extensively studied thiolates, alkynyl ligands have been found recently to be important ligands for passivating gold/silver cluster surfaces. In this Frontier article, recent advances in alkynyl-protected metal nanoclusters are overviewed, and the structures, luminescence and catalytic activities are also discussed. It is demonstrated that alkynyls are very promising ligands in the control of the structures and properties of gold/silver nanoclusters.

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The article was received on 17 Dec 2016, accepted on 07 Feb 2017 and first published on 07 Feb 2017

Article type: Frontier
DOI: 10.1039/C6DT04763G
Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 3427-3434

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    Alkynyl-protected gold and gold–silver nanoclusters

    Z. Lei, X. Wan, S. Yuan, J. Wang and Q. Wang, Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 3427
    DOI: 10.1039/C6DT04763G

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