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Heavy chalcogenide-transition metal clusters as coordination polymer nodes

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Abstract

While metal–oxygen clusters are widely used as secondary building units in the construction of coordination polymers or metal–organic frameworks, multimetallic nodes with heavier chalcogenide atoms (S, Se, and Te) are comparatively untapped. The lower electronegativity of heavy chalcogenides means that transition metal clusters of these elements generally exhibit enhanced coupling, delocalization, and redox-flexibility. Leveraging these features in coordination polymers provides these materials with extraordinary properties in catalysis, conductivity, magnetism, and photoactivity. In this perspective, we summarize common transition metal heavy chalcogenide building blocks including polynuclear metal nodes with organothiolate/selenolate or anionic heavy chalcogenide atoms. Based on recent discoveries, we also outline potential challenges and opportunities for applications in this field.

Graphical abstract: Heavy chalcogenide-transition metal clusters as coordination polymer nodes

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Submitted
19 Jun 2020
Accepted
20 Jul 2020
First published
22 Jul 2020

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article
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Perspective

Heavy chalcogenide-transition metal clusters as coordination polymer nodes

J. Xie, L. Wang and J. S. Anderson, Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D0SC03429K

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