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Title: Revealing the etching process of water-soluble Au25 nanoclusters at the molecular level
Authors: Cao, Yitao 
Liu, Tongyu
Chen, Tiankai 
Zhang, Bihan
Jiang, De-en
Xie, Jianping 
Issue Date: 28-May-2021
Publisher: Nature Research
Citation: Cao, Yitao, Liu, Tongyu, Chen, Tiankai, Zhang, Bihan, Jiang, De-en, Xie, Jianping (2021-05-28). Revealing the etching process of water-soluble Au25 nanoclusters at the molecular level. Nature Communications 12 (1) : 3212. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Etching (often considered as decomposition) is one of the key considerations in the synthesis, storage, and application of metal nanoparticles. However, the underlying chemistry of their etching process still remains elusive. Here, we use real-time electrospray ionization mass spectrometry to study the reaction dynamics and size/structure evolution of all the stable intermediates during the etching of water-soluble thiolate-protected gold nanoclusters (Au NCs), which reveal an unusual “recombination” process in the oxidative reaction environment after the initial decomposition process. Interestingly, the sizes of NC species grow larger and their ligand-to-metal ratios become higher during this recombination process, which are distinctly different from that observed in the reductive growth of Au NCs (e.g., lower ligand-to-metal ratios with increasing sizes). The etching chemistry revealed in this study provides molecular-level understandings on how metal nanoparticles transform under the oxidative reaction environment, providing efficient synthetic strategies for new NC species through the etching reactions. © 2021, The Author(s).
Source Title: Nature Communications
ISSN: 2041-1723
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-23568-0
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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