EPSRC Platform grant for Prof Lee Cronin
Issued: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:42:00 BST
Prof Lee Cronin in the Complex Chemical Systems group in the School of Chemistry has won an £1.3M EPSRC Platform Grant entitled “Programmable Molecular Metal Oxides (PMMOs): From Fundamentals to Application”. Metal oxide based technology is worth over a trillion dollars per year with applications in microchips, hard disks, displays, glass coatings, sun screen, chemical catalysts, and superconductors. In almost all instances, the metal oxide based materials are comprised of 'solid-state' infinite materials, which require high temperature processing and can be difficult to modify systematically. Cronin’s group has been working on a class of molecular metal oxides called polyoxometalates (POMs). Research in molecular metal oxides or polyoxometalate clusters (POMs) provides an unrivalled structural diversity of molecules, displaying a wide range of properties.