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Covalently modified polyoxometalates (POMs), which benefit from the synergistic effect between POMs and covalently grafted moieties, have received increasing attention in various fields. Recent studies on covalently modified POMs mainly focus on function-directed POM assemblies. This review summarizes the latest progress (2017–2022) concerning covalently modified POMs from a functional perspective, which can be classified as assembly chemistry, photochemistry, electrochemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, and biological applications. The roles of POMs and covalently grafted moieties in these hybrids, especially the rational design for specific applications, were considered and emphasized.

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Latest progress in covalently modified polyoxometalates-based molecular assemblies and advanced materials

Show Author's information Huaiying Zhang§Wan-Lei Zhao§Hongqiang LiQinghe ZhuangZeqian SunDongyuan CuiXuejie ChenAo GuoXiang JiSai An ( )Wei ChenYu-Fei Song ( )
State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, China

§ Huaiying Zhang and Wan-Lei Zhao contributed equally to this work.]]>


Covalently modified polyoxometalates (POMs), which benefit from the synergistic effect between POMs and covalently grafted moieties, have received increasing attention in various fields. Recent studies on covalently modified POMs mainly focus on function-directed POM assemblies. This review summarizes the latest progress (2017–2022) concerning covalently modified POMs from a functional perspective, which can be classified as assembly chemistry, photochemistry, electrochemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, and biological applications. The roles of POMs and covalently grafted moieties in these hybrids, especially the rational design for specific applications, were considered and emphasized.


polyoxometalates, covalent modification, molecular assembly, photochemistry, electrochemistry, catalysis, biological application
Received: 07 July 2022 Revised: 06 October 2022 Accepted: 15 October 2022 Published: 22 November 2022

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Received: 07 July 2022
Revised: 06 October 2022
Accepted: 15 October 2022
Published: 22 November 2022


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This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 22178019, 21625101, and 2180811), the Natural Science Foundation of Beijing (No. 2202039), the National Key Research and Development Program of China (No. 2017YFB0307303), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Nos. XK1802-6, XK1803-05, XK1902, and 12060093063).

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