Gas-phase experiments in combination with electronic structure calculations have been extremely successful in unraveling the structure and applications of nanoclusters. This tutorial review provides an overview about the recent developments in the structure and applications of noble metal clusters of gold, silver and copper. We start with a brief introduction about the definition of metal clusters and their size specific properties. We next discuss in detail about the advances made in the structural determination of noble metal clusters and finally conclude the review by providing a brief account about the different applications of these clusters.
Keywords: Metal Clusters, Structural Characterization, Electronic structure, Biodetection, Catalysis