Anion photoelectron spectroscopy of free [Au25(SC12H25)18]-

Keisuke Hirata, Keishiro Yamashita, Satoru Muramatsu, Shinjiro Takano, Keijiro Ohshimo, Toshiyuki Azuma, Ryuzo Nakanishi, Takashi Nagata, Seiji Yamazoe, Kiichirou Koyasu, Tatsuya Tsukuda

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Previous theoretical studies have shown that the thiolated gold cluster compound [Au25(SR)18]- can be viewed as a prototypical superatom with a closed electronic structure. The quantized electronic structure of [Au25(SR)18]- has been experimentally demonstrated by optical and electrochemical methods in the dispersed state. Nevertheless, no direct information is available on the energy levels and densities of occupied states. Here, we report the photoelectron spectrum of [Au25(SC12H25)18]- isolated under vacuum for the first time. The spectrum exhibits two distinct peaks, corresponding to electron detachment from the superatomic 1P orbitals and Au 5d orbitals of the Au13 core. The adiabatic electron affinity of [Au25(SC12H25)18]0 was experimentally determined to be 2.2 eV, which is significantly smaller than that of [Au25(SCH3)18]0 predicted theoretically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13409-13412
Number of pages4
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sept 28

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  • Materials Science(all)


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