Polyoxometalate - Conductive polymer composites for energy conversion, energy storage and nanostructured sensors

Sven Herrmann, Chris Ritchie, Carsten Streb

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The exchange of electric charges between a chemical reaction centre and an external electrical circuit is critical for many real-life technologies. This perspective explores the "wiring" of highly redox-active molecular metal oxide anions, so-called polyoxometalates (POMs) to conductive organic polymers (CPs). The major synthetic approaches to these organic-inorganic hybrid materials are reviewed. Typical applications are highlighted, emphasizing the current bottlenecks in materials development. Utilization of the composites in the fields of energy conversion, electrochemical energy storage, sensors and nanoparticle "wiring" into conductive materials are discussed. The outlook section presents the authors' views on emerging fields of research where the combination of POMs and CPs can be expected to provide novel materials for groundbreaking new technologies. These include light-weight energy storage, high-sensitivity toxin sensors, artificial muscles, photoelectrochemical devices and components for fuel cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7092-7104
Number of pages13
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes

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