Developing Superatom Science | April 15, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 15 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 91 Issue 15 | pp. 24-25
Issue Date: April 15, 2013

Developing Superatom Science

Intriguing, discrete species with atom-mimicking properties may lead to new catalysts or materials
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: superatom, cluster, catalyst, semiconductor, magnetic, dendrimer, nanostructure, nanoperiodic table

Mild-mannered atoms go about their business, perhaps transferring a few electrons or assembling into molecules. But in some cases, when they gather into superatom structures such as clusters or dendrimers, atoms can garner newfound powers.

Superatoms are stable assemblies of atoms or molecules that create discrete new species with unique atomlike properties; examples are inorganic clusters or dendrimers. “It’s not just the sum of the pieces,” says Donald A. Tomalia, founder and chief executive officer . . .

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