The chemistry of solid state alloys is well established, yet understanding why different alloys possess particular properties is a greater challenge. Using a bottom-up approach, scientists aim to build intermetallic materials from the smallest available components, and identify boundaries where molecular properties meet bulk material properties. Constructing molecular clusters which mimic such materials is a step in this direction, providing fundamental insights into the chemical bonding of the target materials.
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Molecular brass: Cu4Zn4, a ligand protected superatom cluster
Kerstin Freitag, Hung Banh, Christian Gemel, Rüdiger W. Seidel, Samia Kahlal, Jean-Yves Saillard and Roland A. Fischer
Chem. Commun., 2014, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC03401E, Communication