Gold cluster carbonyls: saturated adsorption of CO on gold cluster cations, vibrational spectroscopy, and implications for their structures

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1021/ja0509230
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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of the American Chemical Society
ISSN0002-7863
Volume127
Issue23
Pages84168423; # of pages: 8
AbstractWe report on the interaction of carbon monoxide with cationic gold clusters in the gas phase. Successive adsorption of CO molecules on the Aun+ clusters proceeds until a cluster size specific saturation coverage is reached. Structural information for the bare gold clusters is obtained by comparing the saturation stoichiometry with the number of available equivalent sites presented by candidate structures of Aun+. Our findings are in agreement with the planar structures of the Aun+ cluster cations with n 7 that are suggested by ion mobility experiments [Gilb, S.; Weis, P.; Furche, F.; Ahlrichs, R.; Kappes, M. M. J. Chem. Phys. 2001, 116, 4094]. By inference we also establish the structure of the saturated Aun(CO)m+ complexes. In certain cases we find evidence suggesting that successive adsorption of CO can distort the metal cluster framework. In addition, the vibrational spectra of the Aun(CO)m+ complexes in both the CO stretching region and in the region of the Au-C stretch and the Au-C-O bend are measured using infrared photodepletion spectroscopy. The spectra further aid in the structure determination of Aun+, provide information on the structure of the Aun+-CO complexes, and can be compared with spectra of CO adsorbates on deposited clusters or surfaces.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
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