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Transformations of Molecules and Secondary Building Units to Materials: A Bottom-Up Approach

Murugavel, R and Walawalkar, MG and Dan, Meenakshi and Roesky, HW and Rao, CNR (2004) Transformations of Molecules and Secondary Building Units to Materials: A Bottom-Up Approach. In: Accounts of Chemical Research, 37 (10). pp. 763-774.

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A variety of complex inorganic solids with open-framework and other fascinating architectures, involving silicate, phosphate, and other anions, have been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. The past few years have also seen the successful synthesis and characterization of several molecular compounds that can act as precursors to form open-framework and other materials, some of them resembling secondary building units (SBUs). Transformations of rationally synthesized molecular compounds to materials constitute an important new direction in both structural inorganic chemistry and materials chemistry and enable possible pathways for the rational design of materials. In this article, we indicate the potential of such a bottom-up approach, by briefly examining the transformations of molecular silicates and phosphates. We discuss stable organosilanols and silicate secondary building units, phosphorous acids and phosphate secondary building units, di- and triesters of phosphoric acids, and molecular phosphate clusters and polymers. We also examine the transformations of metal dialkyl phosphates and molecular metal phosphates.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Depositing User: Ravi V Nandhan
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/3798

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