Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Jeremy B. Maddox (Co-Director), Bangbo Yan (Co-Director), Eric Conte

Degree Program

Department of Chemistry

Degree Type

Master of Science


Polyoxoniobates (PONbs) are a small family of highly electron-rich clusters. The development of new solids composed of these clusters have applications in green energy and electronics. However, the high charge environment of PONbs typically requires alkaline synthetic conditions that are unsuitable for introducing other metals and organic molecules, making synthesis of new systems difficult. To date, very few transition metals and organic ligands have been incorporated into these PONb solids, and lanthanide metal inclusion, which generally improves photoconductivity due to longlived f-orbital excitations, has not yet been fully realized. Here, the synthesis of a new class of lanthanide niobate cluster [Ln4(H2O)8(SO4)5(NbO3)2]·3H2O; Ln= Dy, Tb under acidic conditions is reported. Structures were determined by crystallography and time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) was used to provide insight into photo-induced electronic transitions. Supporting computational methods that are currently being developed for modeling these emerging cluster systems are described.


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