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Keywords:

  • manganese;
  • mass spectrometry;
  • polyoxometalates;
  • self-assembly
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Catching a glimpse: Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) allows monitoring of the real-time, “in-solution” formation of an organic–inorganic polyoxometalate hybrid system (see picture). This has provided insight into the rearrangement involved in the formation of the manganese-Anderson cluster coordinated with tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane ligands, through the rearrangement of the [α-Mo8O26]4− cluster in the presence of Mn(CH3CO2)3.