Researchers discover a new class of magic atomic clusters called superhalogens: "According to Jena, superhalogens are like halogens, in the sense they form negative ions, but their affinity to attract electrons is far greater than those of any halogen atoms. Negative ions are useful as oxidizing agents, for purification of air and in serotonin release for uplifting mood.
'Superhalogens can do the same thing as halogens can do, only better,' said Jena. 'The ability of superhalogens to carry large quantities of fluorine and chlorine can be used for combating biological agents as well.'
'In addition, superhalogens, due to their large electron affinity, can involve inner core electrons of metal atoms in chemical reaction, thus fundamentally giving rise to new chemistry,' said Jena."
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