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f-Block chemistry

Rare radioisotopes at the ready

The study of rare isotopes, including many in the f-block, is a key step to advancing our fundamental understanding of these elements, but their scarcity poses challenges. Now, minute amounts of such materials have been isolated and characterized through complexation with polyoxometalate clusters.

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Fig. 1: Polyoxometalate (POMs) as ligands to capture rare isotopes.


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Kvashnina, K.O. Rare radioisotopes at the ready. Nat. Chem. 14, 1337–1338 (2022).

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