Aggregation of Giant Cerium-Bismuth Tungstate Clusters into a 3D Porous Framework with High Proton Conductivity.

Author(s) Liu, J.C.; Han, Q.; Chen, L.J.; Zhao, J.W.; Streb, C.; Song, Y.F.
Journal Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Date Published 2018 Jul 09

The exploration of high nuclearity molecular metal oxide clusters and their reactivity is a challenge for chemistry and materials science. Herein, we report an unprecedented giant molecular cerium-bismuth tungstate superstructure formed by self-assembly from simple metal oxide precursors in aqueous solution. The compound, {[W Ce O ]([W Bi Ce (H O) O ][B-α-BiW O ] ) } was identified by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and features 104 metal centers, a relative molar mass of ca. 24 000 and is ca. 3.0×2.0×1.7 nm in size. The cluster anion is assembled around a central {Ce } octahedron which is stabilized by several molecular metal oxide shells. Six trilacunary Keggin anions ([B-α-BiW O ] ) cap the superstructure and limit its growth. In the crystal lattice, water-filled channels with diameters of ca. 0.5 nm are observed, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy shows pronounced proton conductivity even at low temperature.

DOI 10.1002/anie.201803649
ISSN 1521-3773
Citation Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2018;57(28):84168420.

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