Arthur C. Reber

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The quantum states in metal clusters are grouped into bunches of close-lying eigenvalues, termed electronic shells, similar to those of atoms. Filling of the electronic shells with paired electrons results in local minima in energy to give stable species called magic clusters. This led to the realization that selected clusters mimic chemical properties of(More)
Clusters have the potential to serve as building blocks of materials, enabling the tailoring of materials with novel electronic or magnetic properties. Historically, there has been a disconnect between magic clusters found in the gas phase and the synthetic assembly of cluster materials. We approach this challenge through a proposed protocol that combines(More)
It has recently been demonstrated that chosen clusters of specific size and composition can exhibit behaviors reminiscent of atoms in the periodic table and hence can be regarded as superatoms forming a third dimension. An Al(13) cluster has been shown to mimic the behavior of halogen atoms. Here, we demonstrate that superatom compounds formed by combining(More)
A synergistic effort combining experiments in beams and first principles theoretical investigations is used to propose mechanisms that could lead to the formation of silicates and nanoparticles with silicon-rich cores through agglomeration of SiO, an abundant oxygen-bearing species in space. The silicon oxygen species involved in the transformation have(More)
One pathway toward nanomaterials with controllable band gaps is to assemble solids where atomic clusters serve as building blocks, since the electronic structures of clusters vary with size and composition. To study the role of organization in cluster assemblies, we synthesized multiple architectures incorporating As(7)(3-) clusters through control of the(More)
A resistively heated metal wire is shown to be a source of charged atomic clusters consisting of only a few atoms. They are size classified with a differential mobility analyzer, and their relative abundance is determined as a function of size. AgnK + clusters are obtained from wires containing silver with traces of potassium to provide the electric charge.(More)
The reactions of metal clusters with small molecules often depend on cluster size. The selectivity of oxygen reactions with aluminum cluster anions can be well described within an electronic shell model; however, not all reactions are subject to the same fundamental constraints. We observed the size selectivity of aluminum cluster anion reactions with(More)
Assembling ionic solids where clusters are arranged in different architectures is a promising strategy for developing band gap-engineered nanomaterials. We synthesized a series of cluster-assembled ionic solids composed of [As(7)-Au(2)-As(7)](4-) in zero-, one-, and two-dimensional architectures. Higher connectivity is expected to decrease the band gap(More)
It is shown that spin accommodation plays a determining role in the reactivity of aluminum based anion clusters with oxygen. Experimental reactivity studies on aluminum and aluminum-hydrogen clusters show variable reactivity in even electron systems and rapid etching in odd electron systems. The reactivity of even electron clusters is governed by a spin(More)