Nanoscale Editor features in Chemistry World

Nanoscale Associate Editor Professor Xiao Cheng Zeng‘s latest discovery has featured in Chemistry World this week. Zeng and colleagues have calculated the structure of a stable carbon dication with a coordination number of 7, higher than any yet seen experimentally. 

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Carbon clusters score lucky seven

14 August 2012 Andy Extance

The predicted cluster has a pentagon of titanium atoms around the central carbon, plus one above and one below. Credit: ACSUS and Chinese chemists say that they’ve calculated the structure of a stable carbon dication that would have a higher coordination number than any yet seen experimentally. Xiao Cheng Zeng from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and colleagues have found that a carbon surrounded with seven titanium atoms can fulfil the necessary stability criteria. ‘We examined all first-row transition-metal elements and most main group elements,’ Zeng tells Chemistry World. ‘Only titanium fits thus far.’ 

 Surrounding carbon with more than four other atoms moves beyond conventional two-centre, two-electron bonds to arrangements sharing fractional numbers of valence electrons. The current record largest cluster seen experimentally was a hexacoordinate carbon structure synthesised by Japanese researchers in 2008. But theoretical physical chemists are curious to see how much further coordination numbers might be pushed.

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Professor Zeng handles submissions to Nanoscale in the computational and theoretical fields, he also has a specialist interest in nanoclusters, computational nanocatalysis and computer-aided design and study of nanostructured materials.

Submit to Xiao Cheng Zeng’s Editorial Office today.

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