Cluster Dynamics: Laying the Foundations for Tailoring the Design of Cluster Assembled Nanoscale Materials
Final rept. 1 Dec 2006-30 Nov 2009
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK
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The overall goal of our AFOSR sponsored research program is to gain sufficient knowledge of cluster dynamics to enable the design and synthesis of cluster-assembled materials with tailored properties. The properties of a cluster, such as band gap and reactivity, can change dramatically with the addition or subtraction of even a single atom. It has been theorized that materials assembled from clusters will also possess unique and tunable attributes dependent upon the individual cluster building blocks. Materials with a tunable band gap and chemical affinity would facilitate the design of devices that could behave ideally in an individual application. We are interested in determining the fundamental properties that govern the behavior of clusters so that the groundwork for a new chemistry using clusters as the building blocks of new materials can be established.
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