Andrea Wong’s favorite structure is:

Au102(pMBA)44

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Source: Science, 2007, vol318, 430

Why?

The structure of Au102(pMBA)44 is the first large thiolate-protected gold cluster to be solved.  The structure of this molecule reveal an important common staple motif which are also found in many other gold nanoclusters. With none of the fragments being innately enantiomeric, the assembly of the gold atoms and the ligands forms two enantiomers. —Andrea Wong

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