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Simultaneous Synthesis of Polyoxometalates and Metal Nanoparticles from Molecular Precursors – Redox-Active Microreactors and Functional Nanomaterials



This communication describes a straightforward and tuneable one-pot aqueous synthetic route towards an array of nanomaterials spanning gold nanoparticles, hollow tungsten oxide structures and single-crystalline polyoxometalates (POMs). Furthermore, the POMs synthesized by this method are capable of producing a second collection of colloidal gold nanoparticles under mild synthetic conditions without toxic reducing agents and other pretreatments.