On-surface synthesis of size- and shape-controlled two-dimensional Aun nanoclusters using a flexible fullerene molecular template

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  • Luan Guo
  • De-Liang Bao
  • Hai-Hong Jia
  • Zhiming Wang
  • Shixuan Du

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences


Synthesizing nano-clusters with a well-defined size, shape, and composition is an important and challenging goal in nanotechnology. Here we report the application of a single layer C60 molecule as an effective molecular template for the synthesis of size- and shape-selected two-dimensional gold clusters (Aun) on a graphite substrate. This molecular template facilitates the preferential formation of Au19 clusters with a selectivity as high as 90%. Density-functional-theory (DFT) calculations found an energy minimum associated with C60-stabilized two-dimensional Au19 clusters.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21657-21664
Number of pages8
Issue number42
Early online date2 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2020