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New synthetic routes to metal oxide clusters


Molecular metal oxide clusters, or polyoxometalates, are used extensively in a wide range of research areas, due to their structural electronic and catalytic versatility.

One driving force for this research is the development of new cluster architectures which feature new properties and structures of interest in chemistry and catalysis. The challenge is the precise control of the complex synthetic conditions under which these clusters are typically self-assembled

We have recently developed a novel synthetic route giving us access to a range of mixed-metal polyoxometalate clusters, based on the controlled aggregation of small metal oxide precursors. Using this strategy, we were able to isolate and characterize a range of related metal oxide architectures. This now enables us to deliver new tailor-made molecular materials for applications in energy conversion, catalysis and molecular nanostructure design.















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