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New Angew. Chem. Int. Ed Paper

Brechin group paper demonstrates synthesis of Fe(III) molecular metal oxide
Fe(III) molecular metal oxide crystals in a petri dish

The Brechin group has published a paper in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., in which they describe a very simple synthetic strategy for producing molecular analogues of bulk iron oxides such as magnetite.

Magnetic data, measured at temperatures as low as 0.4 K and fields up to 35 T, in tandem with theoretical calculations, reveal unusual spin frustration effects. Structural similarities to polyoxometalates (POMs) hints that a diverse family of novel Fe(III) molecular metal oxides awaits discovery, with the methodology suggesting an exciting route to the bottom-up assembly of molecular metal oxide ‘nanoparticles‘ with a raft of potential applications.

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Friday, November 15, 2019