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Problem Addressed

Despite some recent progress in applying cyclic phosphates in materials science and conventional coordination chemistry, their fundamental chemical properties remain poorly understood. One of the reasons for this limited understanding is the dearth of robust precursors to synthesize these compounds. Existing cyclic phosphate precursors have been documented, but the furnace conditions required to synthesize these compounds limited their accessibility. This invention describes a simple preparation method for dihydrogen tetrametaphosphate -- a potent precursor for a wide range of cyclic phosphates -- that can improve its accessibility.