Polyoxometalate (POM) chemistry spans across the coordination compounds and the hierarchical supramolecular ensembles. Only five elements (V, Mo, W, Nb and Ta) possess the unique combination of ionic radius and atom shell configuration to produce diversity in polynuclear iso- and hetero-complexes: Evans–Anderson, Keggin, Well–Dawson and even giant POM-like Keplerates, etc.
POM exhibit various scenarios when being embedded into hybrid organic structures via coordination and electrostatic interactions, weak van der Waals forces and hydrogen bonding. Along with the possibility to graft the organic linkers, the POMs are a powerful platform for the design of supramolecular architectures.
Using POM as a nano-scaled template, we create supramolecular structures for photocatalysis, biomimetics and molecular recognition applications.