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.