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Dr. Robert L. Whetten

Office Phone: (210) 458-5662
Office: AET 3.392

Areas of Specialization:

  • Protected metallic clusters in molecular forms; molecular metallurgy

  • Gas-phase metallic and ionic clusters in the gas phase; high-mass spectrometry

  • Identification and isolation of selected giant cluster compounds

  • Optical vibronic spectroscopy of large molecules, clusters, and cluster-complexes

  • Structure, bonding, and surface chemistry of protected metallic clusters

  • Solid-state chemistry & physics of molecular crystals formed from metallic clusters

Research Interests:



STEM Electron Diffraction and High Resolution Images Used in the Full Determination of the Crystal Structure of Au144(SR)60 Cluster, Daniel Bahena, Nabraj Bhattarai, Ulises Santiago, Alfredo Tlahuice, Arturo Ponce, Stephan B. H. Bach, Bokwon Yoon, Robert L. Whetten, Uzi Landman, M. Jose-Yacaman* | J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2013, 4, 975−981

Au-67(SR)(35) Nanomolecules: Characteristic Size-Specific Optical, Electrochemical, Structural Properties and First-Principles Theoretical Analysis  Nimmala, Praneeth Reddy; Yoon, Bokwon; Whetten, Robert L.; et al.
J. PHYS. CHEM. A   117   Issue: 2   Pages: 504-517   DOI: 10.1021/jp311491v   JAN 17 2013

The Superstable 25 kDa Monolayer Protected Silver Nanoparticle: Measurements and Interpretation as an Icosahedral Ag-152(SCH2CH2Ph)(60) Cluster  Chakraborty, I.; Govindarajan, A.; Erusappan, J.; et al.
NANO LETTERS  12 ,  5861-5866   DOI: 10.1021/nl303220x  NOV 2012

Ligand symmetry-equivalence on thiolate protected gold nanoclusters determined by NMR spectroscopy†  O. Andrea Wong,a Christine L. Heinecke,a Ashli R. Simone,a Robert L. Whettenb and Christopher J. Ackerson  Nanoscale, 2012, 4,
DOI: 10.1039/c2nr30259d

Total Structure and Electronic Properties of the Gold Nanocrystal Au36(SR)24Chenjie Zeng, Huifeng Qian, Tao Li, Gao Li, Nathaniel L. Rosi, Bokwon Yoon, Robert N. Barnett, Robert L. Whetten, Uzi Landman, and Rongchao Jin Angew.andte Communications DOI: 10.1002/anie.201207098