My research is focused on a class of materials known as polyoxometalates (POMs). POMs are metal-oxide clusters of early transition metals. POMs have seemingly endless structural versatility, with a wide range of physical properties. POMs have the ability to form structures varying in size from the nano- to the micro-meter scale. POM chemistry is an emerging area that promises the development of sophisticated materials and devices. The applications of POMs are based on their unique properties, and potential applications include medicine, coatings, sensors, catalysts and electrochemistry to mention a few.
To successfully utilise the great potential associated with POMs we aim to synthesise novel materials with specific applications in mind. One particularly interesting application is to use POMs as catalysts in the conversion of carbon dioxide to make value-added chemicals.