Pedro I Molina

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This short review will illustrate that photosynthesis can provide a real contribution towards our sustain- able, green fuel requirements in the future. However, it is argued that the focus on biofuels is misplaced and that, in the longer term, investment in artificial photosynthesis will prove much more beneficial.
Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) studies of aqueous [Ta6O19](8-) compared to prior studies of aqueous [Nb6O19](8-) reveals key differences in behaviour, which is likely at the root of the difficultly in developing polyoxotantalate chemistry. Specifically, where contact ion-pairing dominates between [Nb6O19](8-) and its counterions, solvent-separated(More)
Ion pairs and solubility related to ion-pairing in water influence many processes in nature and in synthesis including efficient drug delivery, contaminant transport in the environment, and self-assembly of materials in water. Ion pairs are difficult to observe spectroscopically because they generally do not persist unless extreme solution conditions are(More)
The disparate solubility, redox activity, and pH stability of the group V and group VI polyoxometalates (POMs) confer very different functionality on these species, and tailoring cluster properties by varying the ratio of group V to group VI metals poses both an opportunity and a synthetic challenge. A classic series of studies reported over 40 years ago(More)
A new polyoxometalate (POM) cluster compound is presented which incorporates a trimeric assembly of Keggin-type germanotungstate fragments trapping a Johnson-type solid {Mn8} core. The mixed K-Li salt of the polyanion [(Mn(II)(H2O)3)2(K⊂{α-GeW10Mn(II)2O38}3)](19-) was characterized in the solid state and solution. The correlation of the assembly processes(More)
We report a {Cu16} embedded within a {W44} cluster containing four cubane-like [Cu4O4] units within an isopolyoxotungstate (isoPOT) in a {Na4Cu4[(H2W11O38) (CH3COO)(OH)3]}4·88H2O (1) and a polyanion Cu-linked {W11} chain Na6Cu2[(H2W11O38)(CH3COO)(OH)]·26H2O (2). Electronically, the redox properties show that both compounds 1 and 2 undergo irreversible(More)
Two nanosized 2.6 nm Fe(III) substituted polyoxotungstates [Fe(III)13P8W60O227(OH)15(H2O)2](30-) (1) and [Fe(III)13P8W60O224(OH)12(PO4)4](33-) (2) are presented herein. Both clusters are synthesized from the reactions of trilacunary polyoxotungstate precursor [α-P2W15O56](12-) and FeCl3 under strict pH control at atmospheric pressure. The compounds are(More)
Typical catalysts for the electrolysis of water at low pH are based on precious metals (Pt for the cathode and IrO2 or RuO2 for the anode). However, these metals are rare and expensive, and hence lower cost and more abundant catalysts are needed if electrolytically produced hydrogen is to become more widely available. Herein, we show that electrode-film(More)
The iron Keggin ion is identified as a structural building block in both magnetite and ferrihydrite, two important iron oxide phases in nature and in technology. Discrete molecular forms of the iron Keggin ion that can be both manipulated in water and chemically converted to the related metal oxides are important for understanding growth mechanisms, in(More)
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