Issue Date: January 26, 2009
Atom Pairs In Metal Clusters Are Key To Reactivity
Pairs of complementary atoms in small aluminum cluster anions are responsible for the clusters’ reactivity with water, according to a research team led by A. Welford Castleman Jr. of Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and Shiv N. Khanna of Virginia Commonwealth University (Science 2009, 323, 492). Using a combination of experimental and computational methods, the researchers found that a lone pair of electrons on the oxygen atom . . .
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