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Roles of thiolate ligands in the synthesis, properties and catalytic application of gold nanoclusters

Nasaruddin, Ricca Rahman and Chen, Tiankai and Yan, Ning and Xie, Jianping (2018) Roles of thiolate ligands in the synthesis, properties and catalytic application of gold nanoclusters. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 368. pp. 60-79. ISSN 0010-8545

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Ultrasmall (<2 nm) ligand-protected metal nanoclusters (NCs) have been an emerging class of functional materials with rich coordination chemistry, finding increasing acceptance in both basic and applied research owing to their atomic precision, well-defined molecular structure, and intriguing molecular-like properties. The presence of ligands on metal NCs is crucial not only for maintaining their atomic precision and well-defined structure, but also for their rich coordination chemistry with noble metals, influencing the synthesis, and physicochemical and catalytic properties of metal NCs. In this review, we discuss the important roles of ligands to metal NCs, taking water-soluble gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) as an exampl e. The review covers the fundamental understandings (and advances) on the roles of ligands to water-soluble Au NCs in the synthesis (e.g., influencing the size and formation rate, and revealing the growth mechanisms), physicochemical properties (e.g., geometrical structure, chirality, stability, solubility, and electronic, photoluminescence and biological properties) and catalytic applications (e.g., accessibility, activity, selectivity, and coordination of catalytic mechanism of quasi-homogeneous catalysts and immobilization of heterogeneous catalysts). The review also highlights some challenging issues on how ligands and ligand engineering could expand the scope of metal NCs in the synthesis, physicochemical properties, and catalytic application.

Item Type: Article (Review)
Additional Information: 8629/66302
Uncontrolled Keywords: Metal nanoclusters, Gold nanoclusters, Ligand engineering, Synthesis, Physicochemical properties, Catalytic , application
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
T Technology > TP Chemical technology > TP155 Chemical engineering
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Biotechnology Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering
Depositing User: Dr Ricca Rahman Nasaruddin
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 16:33
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2019 16:33
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/66302

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