The role of big metal clusters in nanoscience

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The miniaturisation of a metal particle to the nanosize regime produces quantum size behavior, i.e. the quasi-delocalized metallic electrons begin to form discrete energy levels. This transition from bulk to molecule is frequently observed for ligandprotected clusters in the size range 1–4 nm. Tunneling spectroscopic (STS) experiments on single clusters not… (More)

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