Physical, Theoretical & Computational

Frontiers of Metal Clusters and Nanostructures: From Fundamental Properties to Functionalities (#168)

This symposium is dedicated to recent advances and future prospects of nano-material science involving metal clusters. Metal clusters are ultimately small nanoscale objects consisting of a countable number of atoms of metal elements, with novel properties distinct from both the molecular and bulk regimes. Extensive experimental and theoretical studies have been performed on their chemical and physical properties including catalysis, magnetism, optics, electronics, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, etc. The result has been new understanding of bonding and chemical properties of nanoscale species, and appearance of new concepts in chemistry. A recent trend is the extension from isolated gas-phase metal clusters to condensed phases, e.g., assembling clusters to generate functional materials. In other words, the target is turning from model systems to practical ones, with the introduction of increased chemical complexity and size-dependency of properties. This trend definitely requires synergy between different fields of chemistry to deal with these small but complex chemical systems. In this respect, this symposium provides opportunities to bridge across fields of chemistry related to nano-material science, by bringing together a wide range of areas and researchers from the gas phase to condensed phases, from experimentalists to theorists, and from senior to young scientists.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015