Molecular Encoding at the Nanoscale: From Complex Cubes to Bimetallic Oxides


  • S.P. gratefully acknowledges funding from the DFG (Emmy-Noether program). We thank W. Grünert for valuable discussions.


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Simple metal acetates react to give bimetallic heterocubanes of the type [equation imageequation imageO4] (see structure, M1,2=Mn, Co, Ni, Zn), which in turn are precursors for the selective formation of bimetallic oxide nanoparticles with a controlled composition. The size of the particles can be controlled by adjusting the thermolysis temperature.