De, H.S. and Sailaja, K. and Pal, S. (2009) Density Functional Investigation of Relativistic Effects on the Structure and Reactivity of Tetrahedral Gold Clusters. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113 (17). pp. 7101-7106.

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The influence of relativistic effects on the structure, vibrational modes, and reactivity of recently discovered tertrahedral gold clusters (Au19 and Au20) are investigated using density functional methods. The intramolecular reactivity of the clusters was analyzed using density functional-based reactivity descriptors. The work shows that whereas the structural properties and vibrational modes are considerably affected by the relativistic effects, the reactivity trends based on Fukui function calculation on various atoms within this cluster remain unaffected by the absence or presence of relativistic effects. The reactivity descriptors reveal that the vertex atoms are the most reactive ones in Au20 toward a nucleophilic attack. On the other hand, atoms connecting the missing vertex edge with the pyramid base along with the vertex atom are the most reactive for a nucleophilic attack in Au19. The atoms lying at the center of each face are favorable for an electrophilic attack in both cases. Interestingly, the atoms with a missing cap in Au19 are highly favorable for electrophilic attack, and Au20 has more sites for a favorable nucleophilic attack.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Electrochemical Materials Science
Depositing User: TTBD CECRI
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2012 12:30
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2012 12:30

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