Building Block Libraries and Structural Considerations in the Self-assembly of Polyoxometalate and Polyoxothiometalate Systems

  • James McAllister
  • Haralampos N. MirasEmail author
Part of the Structure and Bonding book series (STRUCTURE, volume 176)


Inorganic metal-oxide clusters form a class of compounds that are unique in their topological and electronic versatility and are becoming increasingly more important in a variety of applications. Namely, Polyoxometalates (POMs) have shown an unmatched range of physical properties and the ability to form structures that can bridge several length scales. The formation of these molecular clusters is often ambiguous and is governed by self-assembly processes that limit our ability to rationally design such molecules. However, recent years have shown that by considering new building block principles the design and discovery of novel complex clusters is aiding our understanding of this process. Now with current progress in thiometalate chemistry, specifically polyoxothiometalates (POTM), the field of inorganic molecular clusters has further diversified allowing for the targeted development of molecules with specific functionality. This chapter discusses the main differences between POM and POTM systems and how this affects synthetic methodologies and reactivities. We will illustrate how careful structural considerations can lead to the generation of novel building blocks and further deepen our understanding of complex systems.


Chalcogenides Clusters Polyoxometalates Polyoxothiometalates Self-assembly 


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  1. 1.School of ChemistryThe University of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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