• niobium;
  • NMR spectroscopy;
  • phosphorus;
  • polyoxometalates;
  • vanadium


A water-soluble tetramethylammonium (TMA) salt of a novel Keggin-type polyoxoniobate has been isolated as TMA9[PV2Nb12O42]⋅19H2O (1). This species contains a central phosphorus site and two capping vanadyl sites. Previously only a single example of a phosphorus-containing polyoxoniobate, [(PO2)3PNb9O34]15−, was known, which is a lacunary Keggin ion decorated with three PO2 units. However, that cluster was isolated as an insoluble structure consisting of chains linked by sodium counterions. In contrast, the [PV2Nb12O42]9− cluster in 1 is stable over a wide pH range, as evident by 31P and 51V NMR, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and ESI-MS spectrometry. The ease of substitution of phosphate into the central tetrahedral position suggests that other oxoanions can be similarly substituted, promising a richer set of structures in this class.