Nanoscale atoms in solid-state chemistry

Xavier Roy, Chul-Ho Lee, Andrew C. Crowther, Christine L. Schenck, Tiglet Besara, Roger A. Lalancette, Theo Siegrist, Peter W. Stephens, Louis E. Brus, Philip Kim, Michael L. Steigerwald, Colin Nuckolls

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We describe a solid-state material formed from binary assembly of atomically precise molecular clusters. [Co6Se8(PEt 3)6][C60]2 and [Cr 6Te8(PEt3)6][C60] 2 assembled into a superatomic relative of the cadmium iodide (CdI2) structure type. These solid-state materials showed activated electronic transport with activation energies of 100 to 150 millielectron volts. The more reducing cluster Ni9Te6(PEt3) 8 transferred more charge to the fullerene and formed a rock-salt-related structure. In this material, the constituent clusters are able to interact electronically to produce a magnetically ordered phase at low temperature, akin to atoms in a solid-state compound.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-160
Number of pages4
Issue number6142
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun 10
Externally publishedYes


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  • History and Philosophy of Science

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Roy, X., Lee, C-H., Crowther, A. C., Schenck, C. L., Besara, T., Lalancette, R. A., Siegrist, T., Stephens, P. W., Brus, L. E., Kim, P., Steigerwald, M. L., & Nuckolls, C. (2013). Nanoscale atoms in solid-state chemistry. Science, 341(6142), 157-160.