Regular Article - Clusters and Nanostructures
Does confinement alter the ionization energy and electron affinity of atoms?
Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, 721302, Kharagpur, India
2 Department of Applied Sciences and Humanities, Haldia Institute of Technology, 721657, Haldia, India
3 Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 721302, Kharagpur, India
4 Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 400076, Powai, Mumbai, India
Accepted: 19 February 2021
Published online: 8 March 2021
Confinement causes drastic changes in bonding, reactivity and dynamics. Alkali metal atoms are excellent reducing agents due to their low ionization energies. On the other hand, high electron affinity values allow the halogen atoms to behave as powerful oxidizing agents. In this article, we have shown that those properties get changed in a confined environment created by two fullerenes differing in size.
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