POSS-based Amphiphiles: Synthesis and Use in Self-assembling Nanosystems and Nanomaterials

Author(s): Yaochen Zheng, Zhengguo Gao, Yan Sheng, Jin Han*, Yuan Gao*.

Journal Name: Current Organic Chemistry

Volume 21 , Issue 28 , 2017

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Abstract:

Background: Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-based amphiphiles can be divided into two types: traditional and shape amphiphiles, which are often composed of hydrophobic cage-like POSS moiety and hydrophilic/hydrophobic linear polymer segment, mainly exhibiting tadpole-, dumbbell- and starshaped structures.

Objective: The aim of this review will give an overall understanding of POSS-based amphiphiles in synthesis, characterization and potential applications.

Method: Combined click reaction with living (controlled) polymerization techniques, two main strategies, “POSS first” strategy and “polymer first” strategy, have been used to prepare POSS-based amphiphiles.

Results: POSS-based amphiphiles can be self-assembly in specific solution and they have been widely applied in organic-inorganic materials, proton exchange membranes, catalyst supports, nanotechnologies, dyeencapsulation, and photoluminescence devices, etc.

Conclusion: In this review, we majorly focus on the advances in the synthesis, self-assembling, and potential applications of POSS-based amphiphiles reported over the last decade.

Keywords: Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS), amphiphile, synthesis, self-assembly, application, nanomaterials.

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VOLUME: 21
ISSUE: 28
Year: 2017
Page: [2849 - 2876]
Pages: 28
DOI: 10.2174/1385272821666170811113025
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