Scientific article

Thiolato Protected Copper Sulfide Cluster with the Tentative Composition Cu74S15(2-PET)45

Published inInorganic Chemistry, vol. 59, no. 4, p. 2200-2208
Publication date2020

Ligand protected copper nanoclusters with precise compositions have attracted considerable attention due to their unique photoluminescent properties. However, the acquisition of structural information, knowledge of the factors affecting the stability, and high quantum yields are prerequisites for assessing their applications in biomedicine as fluorescent contrast agents, biosensors, and probes for cells. Despite all the effort, only finite examples of single crystal structures of CuNCs are reported. Herein, we report the phosphine-free synthesis and structure determination of 2-PET protected CuNCs. The structure analysis established by single crystal X-ray diffraction reveals the formation of binary Cu74S15(2-PET)45 sulfide cluster. A similar phenomenon has been observed for several other chalcogenide-bridged copper clusters. The synthesized cluster possesses a rod-like structure, protected with 45 thiol ligands on the surface. Fifteen independent bridged-sulfur atoms couple to the copper atoms inside the core. Calculations for both a neutral and negatively charged cluster showed no major differences in their geometrical structures. Further analysis of frontier MO levels of the closed-shell anion predicts the HOMO–LUMO transition to be intramolecular L7 → L1 charge transfer, where “L7” and “L1” abbreviations refer to the corresponding sulfur layer in the structure. For the neutral cluster, the calculated spin density is delocalized over the two moieties. On the basis of TDDFT+TB calculations, the onset of the measured absorption spectrum could be satisfactorily reproduced.

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BAGHDASARYAN, Ani et al. Thiolato Protected Copper Sulfide Cluster with the Tentative Composition Cu<sub>74</sub>S<sub>15</sub>(2-PET)<sub>45</sub>. In: Inorganic Chemistry, 2020, vol. 59, n° 4, p. 2200–2208. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b02828
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