Development of new functional nanoscale materials with unique physical, chemical or electronic properties can bring revolutionary advances in Science and Technology. Our group aims to develop strategies for a new class of functional materials known as, “metal nanoclusters”. These metal nanoclusters (NCs) have recently emerged as a rising star in the research community because of their unique molecular-like properties such as HOMO-LUMO transition, photoluminescence, chirality, redox behaviour etc. They are ultra-small in size (< 2 nm), often considered to offer the bridging gap between atoms and nanoparticles. Because of such intriguing physicochemical properties, they have attracted increasing interest from the research community for both basic and applied studies. In our group, we aim to resolve some of the major challenges in environmental science and biomedical science by using metal nanoclusters as core material.
Figure. Properties of gold nanoclusters with variable core-in-cage like structure.
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