Crystal Structure and Optical Properties of Cd32S14(SC6H5)36. DMF4, a Cluster with a 15 Angstrom CdS Core

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Science  05 Mar 1993:
Vol. 259, Issue 5100, pp. 1426-1428
DOI: 10.1126/science.259.5100.1426


Recrystallization of the solid Cd10S4(SC6H5)12 from a solution of pyridine and N, N-di-methylformamide (DMF) results in the formation of the cluster Cd32S14(SC6H5)36-DMF4 as pale yellow cubes. The structure consists of an 82-atom CdS core that is a roughly spherical piece of the cubic sphalerite lattice ∼12 angstroms in diameter. The four corners of the lattice are capped by hexagonal wurtzite-like CdS units, which results in an overall tetrahedral cluster ∼15 angstroms in diameter. This cluster dissolves intact in tetrahydrofuran where its absorption spectrum reveals a sharp peak at 358 nanometers at room temperature and its emission spectra show a strong broad band at 500 nanometers.

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