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Silver Clusters in Zeolites: From Self-Assembly to Ground-Breaking Luminescent Properties

Silver Clusters in Zeolites: From Self-Assembly to Ground-Breaking Luminescent Properties
Johan Hofkens, Eduardo Coutiño-Gonzalez, Maarten B. J. Roeffaers, Cheol Woong Kim, Wouter Baekelant, Julian A. Steele
Interest for functional silver clusters (Ag-CLs) has rapidly grown over years due to large advances in the field of nanoscale fabrication and materials science. The continuous development of strategies to fabricate small-scale silver clusters, together with their interesting physicochemical properties (molecule-like discrete energy levels, for example), make them very attractive for a wide variety of applied research fields, from biotechnology and the environmental sciences to fundamental chemistry and physics. Apart from useful catalytic properties, silver clusters (Agn, n < 10) were recently shown to also exhibit exceptional optical properties. The optical properties and performance of Ag-CLs offer strong potential for their integration into appealing micro(nano)-optoelectronic devices. To date, however, the rational design and directed synthesis of Ag-CLs with specific functionalities has remained elusive.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00295

DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00295

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