Chanaka Kumara

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Determining the composition of plasmonic nanoparticles is challenging due to a lack of tools to accurately quantify the number of atoms within the particle. Mass spectrometry plays a significant role in determining the nanoparticle composition at the atomic level. Significant progress has been made in understanding ultrasmall gold nanoparticles such as(More)
Ultrastable gold nanomolecule Au144(SCH2CH2Ph)60 upon etching with excess tert-butylbenzenethiol undergoes a core-size conversion and compositional change to form an entirely new core of Au133(SPh-tBu)52. This conversion was studied using high-resolution electrospray mass spectrometry which shows that the core size conversion is initiated after 22 ligand(More)
The purpose of this work is to determine the chemical composition of the previously reported faradaurates, which is a large 76.3 kDa thiolated gold nanomolecule. Electrospray ionization quadrupole-time-of-flight (ESI Q-TOF) mass spectrometry of the title compound using three different thiols yield the 329:84 gold to thiol compositional assignment. The(More)
Herein, we report the X-ray crystallographic structure of a 38-metal atom Au-Ag alloy nanomolecule. The structure of monometallic Au38(SR)24 consists of 2 central Au atoms and 21 Au atoms forming a bi-icosahedral core protected by 6 dimeric and 3 monomeric units. In Au38-xAgx(SR)24,where x ranges from 1 to 5, the silver atoms are selectively incorporated(More)
Au137(SR)56, a nanomolecule with a precise number of metal atoms and ligands, was synthesized. The composition was confirmed by MALDI and ESI mass spectrometry using three unique ligands (-SCH2CH2Ph, -SC6H13, and -SC4H9) and nano-alloys with Ag and Pd. The electrocatalytic properties were tested for CO2 reduction.
(Au-Ag)(144)(SR)(60) alloy nanomolecules were synthesized and characterized by ESI mass spectrometry to atomic precision. The number of Ag atoms can be varied by changing the incoming metal ratio and plateaus at ∼60. UV-vis data demonstrates that the electronic structure of the nanomolecules can be tuned by incorporation of silver atoms. Based on the(More)
Au144-xPdx(SR)60 alloy nanomolecules were synthesized and characterized by ESI mass spectrometry to atomic precision. The number of Pd atoms can be varied by changing the incoming metal ratio and plateaus at 7 Pd atoms. Based on the proposed 3-shell structure of Au144(SR)60, we hypothesize that the Pd atoms are selectively incorporated into the central Au12(More)
The atomic arrangement of Au and Ag atoms in Au25-xAgx(SR)18 was determined by X-ray crystallography. Ag atoms were selectively incorporated in the 12 vertices of the icosahedral core. The central atom and the metal atoms in the six [-SR-Au-SR-Au-SR-] units were exclusively gold, with 100% Au occupancy. The composition of the crystals determined by X-ray(More)
The first hyperpolarizabilities of [Au25(SR)18](-1/0) and Au38(SR)24 clusters were determined by Hyper-Rayleigh Scattering. A strong dependence on the molecular symmetry was observed, and we explore two strategies to destroy the center of inversion in [Au25(SR)18](-1/0), protection by chiral ligands and alloying of the cluster with silver. This may open new(More)