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
Advanced Research Centre (ARC)
Level 5, Digital Chemistry
University of Glasgow
11 Chapel Lane
Glasgow G11 6EW
Tel: +44 141 330 6650
Email: lee.cronin@glasgow.ac.uk

Latest Publications

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497. An integrated self-optimizing programmable chemical synthesis and reaction engine

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496. Autonomous execution of highly reactive chemical transformations in the Schlenkputer

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495. Universal chemical programming language for robotic synthesis repeatability

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494. Bringing digital synthesis to Mars

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493. An Autonomous Electrochemical Discovery Robot that Utilises Probabilistic Algorithms: Probing the Redox Behaviour of Inorganic Materials

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492. Reaction Kinetics using a Chemputable Framework for Data Collection and Analysis

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491. Assembly theory explains and quantifies selection and evolution

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490. Digital design and 3D printing of reactionware for on demand synthesis of high value probes

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489. Robotic Modules for the Programmable Chemputation of Molecules and Materials

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488. Science opportunities with solar sailing smallsats


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