Cluster-assembled materials

Shelley A. Claridge, A. W. Castleman, Shiv N. Khanna, Christopher B. Murray, Ayusman Sen, Paul S. Weiss

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Cluster-assembled materials offer the ability to tune component properties, lattice parameters, and thus coupling of physical properties through the careful selection and assembly of building blocks. Multi-atom clusters have been found to exhibit physical properties beyond those available from the standard elements in the periodic table; classification of the properties of such clusters effectively enables expansion of the periodic table to a third dimension. Using clusters as superatomic building blocks for hierarchically assembled materials allows these properties to be incorporated into designer materials with tailored properties. Cluster-assembled materials are currently being explored and methods developed to control their design and function. Here, we discuss examples of building block syntheses, assembly strategies, and property control achieved to date.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-255
Number of pages12
JournalACS nano
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 24 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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