Polyoxometalate-Based Photo-Sensitive Functional Hybrid Materials

  • Chang-Gen Lin
  • Wei Chen
  • Yu-Fei SongEmail author
Part of the Structure and Bonding book series (STRUCTURE, volume 176)


The photochemical behaviors of polyoxometalates (POMs) have been extensively studied and widely used in various photo-redox reactions. Incorporating photo-sensitive organic molecules onto the POM platform not only allows the rational design and fine-controlled synthesis of novel organic–inorganic hybrids but also gives the possibility to explore their potential applications in diverse areas such as photochromics, optical switching, and smart self-assemblies. Herein, we summarize the latest progress of photo-sensitive POM hybrids with a particular focus on the photo-induced reversible coloration, polymerization, and supramolecular self-assembly. The mechanisms and the crucial roles of POM clusters in such reversible processes are also considered.


Azobenzene Coumarin Photo-sensitive Polyoxometalate Spiropyran 



This research was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 program, 2014CB932104), the National Nature Science Foundation of China (U1407127, U1507102, 21521005, 21625101), and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities. C.-G.L. appreciates financial support from the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2016M591048).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource EngineeringBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingP. R. China
  2. 2.Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Soft Matter Science and EngineeringBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingP. R. China

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