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Mini Review | Open Access

Structural modification and performance regulation of atomically precise metal nanoclusters by phosphine

Wenwen Fei§Yang Tao§Yao QiaoSheng-Yan TangMan-Bo Li ( )
Institutes of Physical Science and Information Technology, Anhui University, Hefei 230601, China

§ Wenwen Fei and Yang Tao contributed equally to this work.

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The ligand exchange-induced size/structural transformation (LEIST) reaction of metal nanoclusters gives researchers an effective way to understand the structural transition, broaden the methods of synthesis, and enhance the relevant performance of metal nanoclusters. Herein, the structural features and unique bonding modes of phosphine ligands are investigated to explore the phosphine-LEIST reaction, which shows an advantage in metal nanocluster’ structural modification and property modulation. This review focuses on the phosphine LEIST and the corresponding catalytic and optical performance regulation of metal nanoclusters. An introspective outlook is also presented concerning the design and synthesis of functional phosphine ligands for the further evolution in modulates and performance of atomically precise metal nanoclusters.



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Article number: 9140043
Cite this article:
Fei W, Tao Y, Qiao Y, et al. Structural modification and performance regulation of atomically precise metal nanoclusters by phosphine. Polyoxometalates, 2023, 2(4): 9140043.








Received: 27 September 2023
Revised: 25 October 2023
Accepted: 02 November 2023
Published: 22 November 2023
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