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Inorganics 2018, 6(3), 71; https://doi.org/10.3390/inorganics6030071

Self-Assembly in Polyoxometalate and Metal Coordination-Based Systems: Synthetic Approaches and Developments

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Section of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina, Greece
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Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Soft Matter Science and Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, China
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WestCHEM, School of Chemistry, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
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Received: 8 June 2018 / Revised: 6 July 2018 / Accepted: 9 July 2018 / Published: 13 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Coordination Compounds)

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Utilizing new experimental approaches and gradual understanding of the underlying chemical processes has led to advances in the self-assembly of inorganic and metal–organic compounds at a very fast pace over the last decades. Exploitation of unveiled information originating from initial experimental observations has sparked the development of new families of compounds with unique structural characteristics and functionalities. The main source of inspiration for numerous research groups originated from the implementation of the design element along with the discovery of new chemical components which can self-assemble into complex structures with wide range of sizes, topologies and functionalities. Not only do self-assembled inorganic and metal–organic chemical systems belong to families of compounds with configurable structures, but also have a vast array of physical properties which reflect the chemical information stored in the various “modular” molecular subunits. The purpose of this short review article is not the exhaustive discussion of the broad field of inorganic and metal–organic chemical systems, but the discussion of some representative examples from each category which demonstrate the implementation of new synthetic approaches and design principles. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-assembly; supramolecular chemistry; coordination chemistry; polyoxometalates; metal–organic frameworks; clusters self-assembly; supramolecular chemistry; coordination chemistry; polyoxometalates; metal–organic frameworks; clusters
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Passadis, S.; Kabanos, T.A.; Song, Y.-F.; Miras, H.N. Self-Assembly in Polyoxometalate and Metal Coordination-Based Systems: Synthetic Approaches and Developments. Inorganics 2018, 6, 71.

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