Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) with a rigid inorganic Si-O-Si core and flexible and
reactive and/or inert organic coronae have attracted much attention. Their unique structures, in addition to
their physical properties, e.g. low dielectric constant or high thermal stability, are especially interesting. The
well-defined organization of silsesquioxanes is important due to their possible use as precursors and components
of versatile inorganic/organic hybrid materials. This paper presents a short overview of the two parallel
paths in current research on double-decker silsesquioxanes (DDSQ), i.e. the synthesis and properties of both
molecular and macromolecular compounds based on a DDSQ core. Over the last decade the number of publications
concerning DDSQ based compounds has increased showing the growing interest in this field. Several
reviews on different aspects of POSS have been prepared; however, because of the relatively “young age” of
the double-decker silsesquioxane there has not been a review of the above topic.
Keywords: Double-decker silsesquioxane, hybrid organic-inorganic materials, copolymer, TOSS, low dielectric constant, high thermal stability.
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