TITLE

Size dependence of the structures and energetic and electronic properties of gold clusters

AUTHOR(S)
Xi-Bo Li; Hong-Yan Wang; Xiang-Dong Yang; Zheng-He Zhu; Yong-Jian Tang
PUB. DATE
February 2007
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;2/28/2007, Vol. 126 Issue 8, p084505
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The structures and stabilities of gold clusters with up to 14 atoms have been determined by density-functional theory. The structure optimizations and frequency analysis are performed with the Perdew-Wang 1991 gradient-corrected functional combined with the effective core potential and corresponding valence basis set (LANL2DZ). The turnover point from two-dimensional to three-dimensional geometry for gold clusters occurs at Au12. The energetic and electronic properties of the small gold clusters are strongly dependent on sizes and structures, which are in good agreement with experiment and other theoretical calculations. The even-odd oscillation in cluster stability and electronic properties predicted that the clusters with even numbers of atoms were more stable than the neighboring clusters with odd numbers of atoms. The stability and electronic structure properties of gold clusters are also characterized by the maximum hardness principle of chemical reactivity and minimum polarizability principle.
ACCESSION #
24246154

 

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