Polyoxometalates (Jun 2024)

Recent progress in atomically precise Ag/Cu-based hydride clusters

  • Ying Lv,
  • Tingting Jiang,
  • Qianli Zhang,
  • Haizhu Yu,
  • Manzhou Zhu

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 3, no. 2
p. 9140050


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Owing to advantages in synthesis, separation, structure determination, and low cost (compared to noble metal nanoclusters), Ag/Cu hydride clusters (and their alloys) have received increasing research interest in recent decades and have shown great potential in mediating reduction reactions and H2 storage applications. The atomic precision of the Ag/Cu hydride clusters with the combination of single-crystal X-ray diffraction, 1/2H nuclear magnetic resonance, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, density functional theory, and particularly, single-crystal neutron diffraction, has provided pivotal information regarding its structural characteristics, facilitating a deep understanding of the inherent bonding principles therein. This review summarizes the research progress of atomically precise Ag/Cu hydride clusters (and their alloys) over the past three years (2021–2023), mainly focusing on the synthesis, structure analysis, and catalytic applications of the hydride clusters. We believe that this review can benefit the future design of different types of metal hydride clusters and aid in their application in various redox reactions.