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Aiding the Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Polyoxometalates under Hydrothermal Conditions To Give Precursors of Complex Functional Oxides


  • This work was supported by the German Research Foundation through the cooperate research center “Structure, dynamics, and reactivity of transition metal oxide aggregates” (Sonderforschungsbereich 546, We thank the Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry, Mühlheim, for access to the Raman spectrometer. We thank Dr. Tom Cotter for his help with data analysis, Gisela Lorenz for N2 physisorption measurements, and Achim Klein-Hoffmann for chemical analysis by X-ray fluorescence. We thank the referees for the profound discussion.


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In situ Raman spectroscopy allows insight into molecular processes under hydrothermal conditions during synthesis of complex nanostructured MoVTeNb oxides (see picture: Nb yellow, Mo blue, V/Mo pale blue, Te red). Based on the knowledge acquired, the synthesis can be more efficiently directed towards the desired product with improved functionality.