November 23, 2017
Dr. Khanna and Dr. Reber have written a News and Views article for Nature Chemistry about the role of Superatoms in developing new materials. The work highlights recent developments in superatomic materials, in which nanoscale clusters serve as the building blocks of the material, rather than atoms. This work shows that by intercalating, or introducing a molecule into the superatomic material, the crystal structure of the solid remains the same. However, the molecule serves as an electron acceptor, allowing for the systematic tuning of the electronic structure. The idea of systematically introducing dopants into a material is central to modern material science, and by doing this a superatomic solid, it show the potential of such materials for building electronic devices.