Superatom clusters, Au25(SR)18, and the silver analog and alloys of the two metals have been extensively investigated for their structure, stability, photoluminescence, and electronic properties. One can readily tune the physicochemical properties by varying the ratio of Au/Ag or the thiol ligand to attain desired properties, such as enhanced emission, increased stability, and catalytic activity. Herein, excitation emission matrix spectroscopy and pump–probe transient absorption spectroscopy are used to show that the excited state dynamics of Au25(SR)18, Ag25(SR)18, and their alloys differ significantly despite having similar structures. State-resolved excited state behavior that is well documented for gold clusters is largely affected by the metal composition, becoming less pronounced for silver analogs, resulting in diversity in terms of their excited state energy and relaxation dynamics and resultant photophysical properties, such as emission.
Photophysics of Ag and Au alloys of M25(SR)18 clusters
Note: This paper is part of the JCP Special Topic on From Atom-Precise Nanoclusters to Superatom Materials.
Goonay Yousefalizadeh, Kevin G. Stamplecoskie; Photophysics of Ag and Au alloys of M25(SR)18 clusters. J. Chem. Phys. 7 October 2021; 155 (13): 134301. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0059624
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