A class of uranyl peroxide clusters was discovered before as nanometer-sized ions that form spontaneously in aqueous solutions. The uranyl(VI) cluster investigated here is approximately 2 nm in diameter, contains 24 uranyl moieties, and 12 pyrophosphate units. NMR spectroscopy shows that the ion has two distinct forms that interconvert in milliseconds to seconds depending on the temperature and the size of the counterions. P blue, O red, U yellow.
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