Total structure and electronic properties of the gold nanocrystal Au36(SR)24

Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2012 Dec 21;51(52):13114-8. doi: 10.1002/anie.201207098. Epub 2012 Nov 14.


A golden opportunity: the total structure of a Au(36)(SR)(24) nanocluster reveals an unexpected face-centered-cubic tetrahedral Au(28) kernel (magenta). The protecting layer exhibits an intriguing combination of binding modes, consisting of four regular arch-like staples and the unprecedented appearance of twelve bridging thiolates (yellow). This unique protecting network and superatom electronic shell structure confer extreme stability and robustness.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Electrons
  • Gold / chemistry*
  • Metal Nanoparticles / chemistry*
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Quantum Theory


  • Gold