Polyoxometalate Chemistry

Research Interests of the Pope group

Polyoxometalates, which include the compounds historically known as "heteropoly acids", have been investigated for well over a century. Arguably no other class of compounds, inorganic or organic, displays more versatility with respect to electronic and molecular structures, properties and applications. The field currently attracts wide academic and industrial attention, especially with respect to catalysis and medicine (antiviral and anti-retroviral activity). Much pioneering work has been carried out at Georgetown University, which is one of the few centers of polyoxometalate research in the U.S.

M.T. Pope "Heteropoly and Isopoly Oxometalates", Springer Verlag, New York, 1983
M.T. Pope "Isopolyanions and Heteropolyanions"in Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry, Wilkinson, G.;Gillard, R.D.; McCleverty, J.A. eds., Volume 3, pp. 1023-1058, Pergamon Press, 1987.
M.T. Pope, A. Müller "Polyoxometalate Chemistry:  An Old Field with New Dimensions in Several Disciplines"  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 1991, 30, 34-48.
M.T. Pope "Molybdenum Oxygen Chemistry:  Oxides, Oxocomplexes, and Polyoxoanions"   Prog. Inorg. Chem., 1991, 30, 181-257
M.T. Pope, A. Müller, eds. "Polyoxometalates. From Platonic Solids to Anti-Retroviral Activity",  Kluwer Academic  Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1994, pp 1-411
M.T. Pope "Polyoxoanions", Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry, King R.B. ed., John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, England, 1994, 3361-71
C. L. Hill, ed. "Polyoxometalates in Catalysis", J.Mol.Catal. 1996, 114,  1 - 371
C. L. Hill, ed. "Polyoxometalates", Chem.Rev.,1998, 98, 1 - 387
M.T. Pope, A. Müller, eds. "Polyoxometalate  Chemistry : from Topology via Self-assembly to Applications",  Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht 2001, pp1-467
T. Yamase, M.T. Pope, eds. "Polyoxometalate Chemistry for Nano-Composite Design",  Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, NY 2002, pp1 - 227

Some of our group's current interests include oxidation-reduction chemistry and its relevance to environmentally benign catalysis, nuclear waste remediation, and metalloprotein reactivity; derivatization and synthesis of larger assemblies of polyoxometalate structures for potential host-guest chemistry; modeling of metal oxide surfaces with respect to metal-metal cooperativity in substrate binding.

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