Inside out Capping Clusters: Matryoshka Series

  •  Enos Masheija Rwantale Kiremire    


Matryoshka clusters have been analyzed and categorized using skeletal numbers for the first time. They have been found to portray a unique way of capping by having the nuclear elements occupying the outer layer and what were supposed to be the capping elements on the outside taking the place of the nucleus. Hence they belong to a new type of cluster series. The different types of capping clusters have been identified. Isomeric graphical structures of the clusters can be constructed in accordance with the connectivity rule of the series. It appears that the elements with large skeletal numbers have a tendency of going inside and forming an icosahedral shape. The 4N series method is a useful hypothetical model for analyzing and categorizing clusters of the main group and transition metals.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1916-9698
  • ISSN(Online): 1916-9701
  • Started: 2009
  • Frequency: semiannual

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