Assembly of Thiometalate-Based {Mo16} and {Mo36} Composite Clusters Combining [Mo2O2S2]2+ Cations and Selenite Anions




A new family of thiometalate-based composite molecular materials is synthesized and characterized. 1.6 and 1.9 nm-sized clusters are observed in the gas phase utilizing high-resolution ESI-MS. The diversity of the selenite anions as an inorganic ligand is demonstrated by the isolation of the highest nuclearity selenium-based oxothiometalate materials reported so far. The observed proton conductivity of the selenite based oxothiometalate species renders them as promising alternative materials for fuel-cell applications.