Polyoxometalate, Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Composites, Solution Coordination Chemistry
Modular modification of functional nanoarchitectures is a grand challenge in materials design. Polyoxometalates, or molecular metal oxides, have emerged as material of choice for the design of complex nanoarchitectures owing to their unique properties such as structural and chemical tunability, high redox-activity and the ability to form inorganic or hybrid superstructures in solution and the solid state. This has led to nanostructured materials ranging from soft materials like micelles and vesicles through to solid-state nanohybrid composites for energy conversion and storage. As the polyoxometalate structure is known on the molecular level, knowledge-driven systematic materials design for applications in catalysis, medicine or energy storage materials become possible. This session will bring together experts in the bottom-up design of polyoxometalates and polyoxometalate composites and showcase recent breakthroughs in the design of functional nanomaterials with applications in water splitting, battery materials, bio-medicine and other areas of global importance. In addition, the session will identify current bottlenecks in the technological development and deployment of polyoxometalate-based nanoarchitectures and exchange novel concepts on how to address these challenges. Emerging areas of application will be highlighted demonstrate the translational behavior of polyoxometalates from molecular, homogeneous applications through to immobilized heterogeneous systems where polyoxometalate composites harness the unique properties of all components present. The sessions therefore brings together unique expertise in supramolecular coordination chemistry, nanomaterials science and application driven materials development, making this the place to learn about the latest developments in application-centered polyoxometalate research.