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Advances in Metal and Semiconductor Clusters, Vol 4

  • ID: 1756500
  • Book
  • July 1998
  • 401 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Cluster Materials is the fourth volume of the highly successful series Advances in Metal and Semiconductor Clusters. In this volume the focus is on the properties of clusters which determine their potential applications as new materials. Metal and semiconductor clusters have been proposed as precursors for materials or as actual materials since the earliest days of cluster research. In the last few years, a variety of techniques have made it possible to produce clusters in sizes varying from a few atoms up to several thousand atoms. While some measurements are performed in the gas phase on non-isolated clusters, many cluster materials can now be isolated in macroscopic quantities and more convenient studies of their properties become possible.
In this volume the authors focus on measurement of optical, electronic, magnetic, chemical and mechanical properties of clusters or of cluster assemblies. All of these properties must fall into acceptable ranges of behaviour before useful materials composed of clusters can be put into practical applications. As evidenced by the various work described here, the realisation of practical products based on cluster materials seems to be approaching rapidly.

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List of Contributors. Preface. Preparation and properties of INAS and INP nanocrystals. Magnetization reversal in nanoparticles. Electron nanodiffraction and stem imaging of nanoparticles and nanotubes. Synthesis and characterisation of metal and semiconductor nanoparticles. Endohedral metallofullerenes. Endohedral metallofullerenes: structures and electronic properties. Synthesis and properties of encapsulated and intercalated inorganic fullerene-like structures. AB initio calculations on met-cars: a comparison on different levels of theory on model compounds. Structure and mechanical failure in nanophase silicon nitride: large-scale molecular dynamics simulations on parallel computers. Probing the electronic structure of transition metal clusters from molecular to bulk-like using photoelectron spectroscopy. Optical investigators of surfaces and interfaces of metal clusters. Index.
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Duncan, M.A.
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