Molecular & discrete metallurgy; chemical physics of protected metallic clusters; structure and bonding

Representative Publications

Sakthivel, N. Shabaninezhad, M. Sementa, L. Yoon, B. Stener, M. Whetten, R. Ramakrishna, G. Fortunelli, A. Landman, U., & Dass, A. (2020). The Missing Link: Au-191(SPh-tBu)(66) Janus Nanoparticle with Molecular and Bulk-Metal-like Properties. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 142(37), 15799-15814.
Hoque, M. Dass, A. Mayer, K., & Whetten, R. (2019). Protein-Like Large Gold Clusters Based on the omega-Aminothiolate DMAET: Precision Thermal and Reaction Control Leading to Selective Formation of Cationic Gold Clusters in the Critical Size Range, n=130-144 Gold Atoms. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 123(23), 14871-14879.
Hoque, M. Black, D. Mayer, K. Dass, A., & Whetten, R. (2019). Base Side of Noble Metal Clusters: Efficient Route to Captamino-Gold, Aug(n)(-S(CH2)(2)N(CH3)(2))(p), n=25-144. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS, 10(12), 3307-3311.
Hoque, M. Mayer, K. Ponce, A. Alvarez, M., & Whetten, R. (2019). Toward Smaller Aqueous-Phase Plasmonic Gold Nanoparticles: High-Stability Thiolate-Protected similar to 4.5 nm Cores. LANGMUIR, 35(32), 10610-10617.
Hoque, M. Vergara, S. Das, P. Ugarte, D. Santiago, U. Kumara, C. Whetten, R. Dass, A., & Ponce, A. (2019). Structural Analysis of Ligand-Protected Smaller Metallic Nanocrystals by Atomic Pair Distribution Function under Precession Electron Diffraction. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 123(32), 19894-19902.
Reina, M. Wallace, W. Wyrwas, R. Whetten, R., & Martinez, A. (2019). Binding of multiple SO2 molecules to small gold cluster anions (Au-N(-), AuNOH-, N=1-8). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUANTUM CHEMISTRY, 119(19).
Lara, H. Black, D. Moon, C. Orr, E. Lopez, P. Alvarez, M. Baghdasarian, G. Lopez-Ribot, J., & Whetten, R. (2019). Activating a Silver Lipoate Nanocluster with a Penicillin Backbone Induces a Synergistic Effect against S. aureus Biofilm. ACS OMEGA, 4(26), 21914-21920.

Other Significant Publications

Whetten, R.L., et.al. Nanocrystal gold molecules. Adv. Mat. 1996, 8(5), pp.428-33. Citations: 1419

Alvarez, M.M., Khoury, J.T., Schaaff, T.G., Shafigullin, M.N., Vezmar, I., Whetten, R.L., Optical absorption spectra of nanocrystal gold molecules. J. Phys. Chem. B 1997, 101(19), 3706-12. Citations: 1515

Cleveland, C.L., Landman, U., Schaaff, T.G., Shafigullin, M.N., Stephens, P.W., et.al., Structural evolution of smaller gold nanocrystals: The truncated decahedral motif. Phys. Rev. Lett 1997, 79(10), 1873-76. Citations: 579

Whetten, R.L., Shafigullin, M.N., Khoury, J.T., Schaaff, T.G., Vezmar, I., Alvarez, M.M. Wilkinson, A., Crystal structures of molecular gold nanocrystal arrays. Acc. Chem. Res. 1999, 32(5), 397-406. Citations: 616

Schaaff, T., Shafigullin, M., Khoury, J., Vezmar, I., Whetten, R.L., et.al. Isolation of smaller nanocrystal Au molecules: robust quantum effects in optical spectra. J. Phys. Chem. B 1997, 101(40), 7885-7891. Citations: 698

Robert Whetten Professor, Applied Physics and Materials Science Director, Center for Materials Interfaces in Research and Applications Northern Arizona University

Robert L. Whetten

Professor, Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science

Contact Information

phone: (928) 523-5517

email: Robert.whetten@nau.edu

office: Science and Health Building, Room 432

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Awards and Honors

Sloan Fellow

Packard Fellow

Finland Distinguished Professor (2010-2011)

Humbolt-Foundation Fellow, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (2006 and 1998)

Professional Experience

Professor of Chemical Physics, Northern Arizona University (2019-current)

Professor of Chemical Physics, University of Texas, San Antonio (2013-2019)

Visiting Professor of Materials Physics, University of Texas, San Antonio (2012-2013)

Professor of Chemistry & Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology (1993-2013)

Asst./Assoc./Full Professor, UCLA, Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry (1985-1994)