Synthesis and Doping of Ligand-Protected Atomically-Precise Metal Nanoclusters

  • Maha A. Aljuhani

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Rapidly expanding research in nanotechnology has led to exciting progress in a versatile array of applications from medical diagnostics to catalysis. This success resulted from the manipulation of the desired properties of nanomaterials by controlling their size, shape, and composition. Among the most thriving areas of research about nanoparticle is the synthesis and doping of the ligand-protected atomically-precise metal nanoclusters. In this thesis, we developed three different novel metal nanoclusters, such as doped Ag29 with five gold (Au) atoms leading to enhance its quantum yield with remarkable stability. We also developed half-doped (alloyed) cluster of Ni6 nanocluster with molybdenum (Mo). This enabled enhanced stability and better catalytic activity. The third metal nanocluster that we synthesized was Au28 nanocluster by using di-thiolate as the ligand stabilizer instead of mono-thiolate. The new metal clusters obtained have been characterized by spectroscopic, electrochemical and crystallographic methods.
Date of AwardMay 1 2016
Original languageEnglish (US)
Awarding Institution
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
SupervisorOsman Bakr (Supervisor)


  • Nanoclusters
  • Deping
  • Catalysis
  • Quantum Yield
  • Photoluminescence

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