Rapid isotopic exchange in nanoparticles

Papri Chakraborty, Abhijit Nag, Ganapati Natarajan, Nayanika Bandyopadhyay, Ganesan Paramasivam, Manoj Kumar Panwar, Jaydeb Chakrabarti, Thalappil Pradeep
2019 Science Advances  
Rapid solution-state exchange dynamics in nanoscale pieces of matter is revealed, taking isotopically pure atomically precise clusters as examples. As two isotopically pure silver clusters made of 107Ag and 109Ag are mixed, an isotopically mixed cluster of the same entity results, similar to the formation of HDO, from H2O and D2O. This spontaneous process is driven by the entropy of mixing and involves events at multiple time scales.
doi:10.1126/sciadv.aau7555 fatcat:twefitiadzedjk7hkgmrego5bi