In this study, a new polyoxometalate,K-16[Ni(H2O)(6)](2)[BW12O40]4(center dot)48H(2)O (1) was synthesized at room temperature and characterized by X-ray single crystal diffractions, elemental analyses, IR spectra, and thermo gravimetric analyses (TGA). Crystal structure analysis reveals that compound 1 exhibits a supramolecular structure containing one Keggin-type [BW12O40](4) heteropoly anion. The catalytic properties of this molecule for the degradation of Methyl red (MR), Rhodamine B (RhB), Methyl orange (MO) and Congo red (CR) were investigated. The results show that the compound 1 is a promising catalyst candidate for dye degradation. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.