Prof. Eugenio Coronado, Universitat de València, Spain
Prof. Anna Proust, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, France
Prof. Li-Xin Wu, Jilin University, China
Prof. Ira Weinstock, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Prof. William H. Casey, University of California, Davis, USA
Polyoxometalates, Inorganic-organic hybrid compounds/materials, Nano structures
Metal-oxo cluster science, typified by but not limited to polyoxometalate chemistry of early transition elements, provides atom-precise molecular models of metal oxides and hydroxides. When metal-oxo clusters are dissolved/dispersed/mixed in solid, liquid or gas phases, their interface with the surrounding media can be regarded as well-defined models of the interface between metal oxides/hydroxides and the surrounding environment. Metal-oxo clusters that are functionalized with inorganic, organometallic or organic molecules/moieties, mimic similar chemical processes of metal oxides/hydroxides, allowing investigations of their mechanisms at atomic resolution. Recently, metal-oxo cluster science has garnered more wide-spread attention via the emergence of unprecedented and unexpected metal-oxo clusters, with respect to their constituent elements and to their size and complexity. Also contributed to the progress of metal-oxo cluster science are the development of physico-chemical technologies that has allowed investigations of large-scale and highly complex metal-oxo clusters and their assemblies; including X-ray scattering, mass spectrometry, and direct imaging in solution and at interfaces; in addition to advances in computational power and techniques. “Metal-oxo clusters” session in ICCC2018 will be a forum to discuss recent advances of this growing discipline. Topics include but are not limited to: 1) crystalline metal-oxo clusters and their application in separations, catalysis and functional molecular and nanoscale materials; 2) homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic activities of metal-oxo clusters for renewable energy and sustainable society; 3) intermolecular interactions of metal-oxo clusters leading to self-assembly and formation of composite materials; 4) development of synthetic strategies aiming at redefining metal-oxo clusters with respect to size, complexity and constituent elements; 5) development and applications of innovative methodologies including theoretical studies. This session will facilitate interdisciplinary exchange of scholarly and technological information between various fields of coordination chemistry that actually or potentially utilize versatile abilities of metal-oxo clusters.