Recent advances in the catalytic applications of Lanthanide-Oxo clusters

Weiming Huang, Qingxin Liu, Wanmin Chen, Min Feng, Zhiping Zheng

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Lanthanide-oxo/hydroxo clusters (LOCs) in this mini-review refer to polynuclear complexes featuring a polyhedral metal-oxo/hydroxo cluster core of lanthanide ions exclusively or with coexisting 3d metal ions. We summarize herein the recent works using this unique family of cluster complexes for catalysis; this aspect of research stands in stark contrast to their extensively studied synthetic and structural chemistry as well as the much-researched magnetic properties. Following a brief introduction of the synthetic strategies for these clusters, pertinent results from available literature reports are surveyed and discussed according to the types of catalyzed reactions. Particular attention was paid to the selection of a cluster catalyst for a specific type of reactions as well as the corresponding reaction mechanism. To the end, the advantages and challenges in utilizing LOCs as multifunctional catalysts are summarized, and possible future research directions are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number161
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Catalysis
  • Clusters
  • Lanthanide
  • Synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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