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September 2015

Evaluating Electronic Structure in Aluminum Molecules and Materials

Scientific Achievement

Research at UC Berkeley and LBNL has addressed challenges in the measurement and interpretation of aluminum K-edge XAS, and shown that it provides new insight into structure-reactivity relationships.

Significance and Impact

Aluminum molecules, materials, and alloys are essential components in many emerging processes for energy generation, conversion, and storage. This synthetic, spectroscopic, and theoretical effort showed that aluminum electronic structure and physical properties can be tuned at the molecular level by subtle changes in formal oxidation state, geometry, and the nature of supporting ligands.

Research Details

A. B. Altman, C. D. Pemmaraju, C. Camp, J. Arnold, S. G. Minasian, D. Prendergast, D. K. Shuh, T. Tyliszczak, JACS, in press, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b05854