Real-time direction control of self fabricating polyoxometalate-based microtubes

Cooper, G. J. T. and Cronin, L. (2009) Real-time direction control of self fabricating polyoxometalate-based microtubes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131(24), pp. 8368-8369. (doi: 10.1021/ja902684b)

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Spontaneous and rapid growth of tubes occurs from crystals of a polyoxometalate upon addition of an aqueous solution containing an organic cation. Application of a potential through a multietectrode system allows the growth direction of tubes through 90 degrees or 180 degrees and direct increase or decrease in the cation concentration reliably alters the outer diameter of the growing tube. These robust, self-growing, micrometre-scale tubes offer application opportunities in the growth of microfluidic devices and the self-assembly of metal oxide based semipermeable membranes for diverse applications.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Aqueous-solution, cation, crystal, crystal-growth, crystals, devices, growth, metal-oxide, oxide, polyoxometalate, self-assemblies, self-assembly system, transformation.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cooper, Dr Geoff and Cronin, Professor Lee
Authors: Cooper, G. J. T., and Cronin, L.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Journal of the American Chemical Society
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN (Online):1520-5126
Published Online:02 June 2009

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
406941Realising the concept of the artificial chemical cell using vesiclesLeroy CroninEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/D022304/1Chemistry