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MULTITOPIC PRECURSORS FOR OXIDE MATERIALS’ SYNTHESIS

Auteur Alba Finelli
Directeur /trice Katharina Fromm
Co-directeur(s) /trice(s)
Résumé de la thèse The research interest in mixed metal oxides is increasing in material science, as they have multiple applications, such as in batteries, ceramics, pigments, high-Tc superconductors or transparent conductors. However, the two main challenges for the synthesis of such compounds are the lack of control on the ratio of the different metal components and the extreme conditions (up to 900 °C) that many of these oxides require during their traditional solid state synthesis. To overcome these issues, we propose a strategy for the synthesis of mixed metal complexes, which is based on precursors of coordination compounds, using the “multitopic ligand approach”. The aim is to design specific ligands with selective coordination sites to bind different metal ions. Due to the metal ion preorganization in the precursor thus formed, the stoichiometry of the final oxide material can be controlled and the extreme synthesis conditions diminished (pressure or temperature). These new mixed metal complexes will be finally combusted to oxide materials with possible new features and ideally at the nanoscale, allowing to access new and better properties in their applications.
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