What happens if microgold is so small as to have all ligands broken? Could this be the state of gold in the oceans - single atoms? Philip Ball (The says there are 10 million tonnes of gold in sea water (page 62). How much of that would consist of single atoms?
Perhaps I asked too many micro-gold questions at once. May I select
the one above to start?
BTW I was inspired to this by reading on the discovery and
operations of the Carlen Trend in Nevada - one of the world’s top 10
productive gold fields now. We read that the hydrothermal-origin gold
was not discovered until recently because it is so small that it can
hardly be seen even in a microscope. That being so, would a lot of it
not be mono-atomic?
You can buy material claiming to be mono-atomic gold. Is it a hoax?
Does it have any jewelry use? Can you simply subject it to intense
heat and create a ligand-bonded gold bar or bead?