The Cronin Group

Research in the Cronin Group is motivated by the fascination for complex chemical systems, and the desire to construct complex functional molecular architectures that are not based on biologically derived building blocks.


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New Polyoxometalate Flow Battery Explores Ultra-Reduced State

In joint work with the Symes group, the Cronin group have discovered that it is possible to reduce the {M18} Dawson cluster reversibly by up to 18 electrons. This ultra-reduced state is not only stable in water, but it is able to be used in a flow battery system demonstrating very high capacity and stability. This means the highly reduced cluster system might lead to new flexible energy systems both for stationary use and electric vehicles. The fact that the energy is carried in an aqueous liquid form might even mean that it would one day be possible to fill up electric cars, powered by such a battery, with the charged liquid.

The research was published in Nature Chemistry, and Prof Cronin has also written a “Behind the Paper” blog post about this work.

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Prof. Leroy (Lee) Cronin

Prof Leroy (Lee) Cronin
Regius Chair of Chemistry
Cronin Laboratory
School of Chemistry
Joseph Black Building
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Tel: +44 141 330 6650
Email: lee.cronin@glasgow.ac.uk

Latest Publications

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471. Formalising the pathways of life to using assembly spaces

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470. Engineering Highly Reduced Molybdenum Polyoxometalates via the Incorporation of d and f Block Metal Ions

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469. Effective Storage of Electrons in Water by the Formation of Highly Reduced Polyoxometalate Clusters

468. A Probabilistic Chemical Programmable Computer

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467. Digitizing Chemical Synthesis in 3D Printed Reactionware

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466. Hydrogen from water electrolysis

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465. Investigating the autocatalytically driven formation of Keggin-based polyoxometalate clusters

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464. Exploring the sequence space of unknown oligomers and polymers

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463. Exploring the Hidden Constraints that Control the Self-Assembly of Nanomolecular Inorganic Clusters

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462. Facile and Reproducible Electrochemical Synthesis of the Giant Polyoxomolybdates


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