London dispersion dominating diamantane packing in helium nanodroplets

Jasna Alić, Roman Messner, Florian Lackner, Wolfgang E. Ernst*, Marina Šekutor*

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Diamantane clusters formed inside superfluid helium nanodroplets were analyzed by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Distinct cluster sizes were identified as "magic numbers"and the corresponding feasible structures for clusters consisting of up to 19 diamantane molecules were derived from meta-dynamics simulations and subsequent DFT computations. The obtained interaction energies were attributed to London dispersion attraction. Our findings demonstrate that diamantane units readily form assemblies even at low pressures and near-zero Kelvin temperatures, confirming the importance of the intermolecular dispersion effect for condensation of matter. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21833-21839
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Chemistry, Chemical Physics
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science


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