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.

Mixed Metal Catalyst Tunes Oxygen Evolution

Researchers in the University of Glasgow and the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) have been able to precisely tune the voltage at which the oxygen evolution reaction happens when electricity is used to power the process. This is important since the oxygen evolution reaction is a key step in photosynthesis, and also in the development of new ways to make solar fuels whereby (renewable) electricity can be used to produce a fuel like hydrogen. The catalyst is a metal oxide cluster and normally combines tungsten and cobalt. However, the researchers found that when replacing some of the tungsten with molybdenum, the properties of the system could be fine tuned and the preparation is very simple, just by mixing different amounts of the metals in water.

Figure: (left) Representation of the Mixed Metal Cluster structure {Co4(H2O)2(PM9O34)2} Mox/Wy (where x + y = 9). (Right): Graph showing the voltage at which the current rises.

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Prof. Leroy (Lee) Cronin

Prof Leroy (Lee) Cronin
Regius Chair of Chemistry
Advanced Research Centre (ARC)
Level 5, Digital Chemistry
University of Glasgow
11 Chapel Lane
Glasgow G11 6EW
Tel: +44 141 330 6650

Latest Publications


476. An artificial intelligence enabled chemical synthesis robot for exploration and optimization of nanomaterials


475. An autonomous portable platform for universal chemical synthesis


474. Robotic synthesis of peptides containing metal-oxide-based amino acids


473. Selection of assembly complexity in a space of tetrapeptides


472. Digitization and validation of a chemical synthesis literature database in the ChemPU


471. Formalising the pathways of life to using assembly spaces


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


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

468. A Probabilistic Chemical Programmable Computer


467. Digitizing Chemical Synthesis in 3D Printed Reactionware

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