Clusters, aggregates of atoms, provide possibility of controlling properties by tuning cluster size and surface structures. They are potential building blocks, which can be used as “artificial atoms” in assembled cluster materials for the advanced materials applications. Potential uses for such materials include chemical sensors, solar cells, flat-panel displays, quantum computers, energetic materials, cluster-based spintronic devices, cooperatively coupled bimetallic catalysts, and electronic devices.

Cluster science serves endless possibilities for the one who is eager to explore both the basic science behind and potential applications. In the process of bridging the science and technology, we aim to prepare new clusters for various applications in nanotechnology.



  • Optical and vibrational properties of nickel integrated germanium Zintl ion clusters,
    E. Ogun, O. Esenturk, E. N. Esenturk, Inorganica Chimica Acta,  2019, 490, 16


  • Optical and Vibrational Properties of [Pt@Pb12]2–, [Ni@Pb12]2–, and [Ni@Pb10]2– Zintl Ion Clusters,
    A. Cetin, O. Esenturk, E. N. Esenturk, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry,  2017, 18, 2413


  • The Pb122- and Pb102- Zintl Ions and the [M@Pb12]2- and [M@Pb10]2- Cluster Series where M = Ni, Pd, Pt,
    E. N. Esenturk, J. Fettinger, B. Eichhorn  Journal of the American Chemical Society2006, 128 (28), 9178


  • Synthesis, Structure, and Dynamic Properties of [Ni2Sn17]4-,
    E. N. Esenturk, J. Fettinger, B. Eichhorn Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2006, 128 (1), 12


  • Synthesis and characterization of the [Ni6Ge13(CO)5]4- and [Ni2Ge9(PPh3)]2- Zintl ion clusters,
    E. N. Esenturk, J. Fettinger, B. Eichhorn Polyhedron, invited paper, 2006, 25 (2), 521


  • The closo-Pb102- Zintl ion in the [Ni@Pb10]2- cluster,
    E. N. Esenturk, J. Fettinger, B. Eichhorn Chemical Communications2005, 247