Molecular and Structural Characterization of Hybrid Poly(ethylene oxide)–Polyhedral Oligomeric Silesquioxanes Star-Shaped Macromolecules

Pozza, Gladys; Crotty, Sarah; Rawiso, Michel; Schubert, Ulrich S.; Lutz, Pierre
Octafunctionalized spherosilsesquioxanes (Q8M8H), decorated with Si–H functions, could be used to design, by coupling via hydrosilylation with α-methoxy-ω-undecenyl poly(ethylene oxide)s (PEOs), organic–inorganic nanocomposite structures. 1H, 13C, and 29Si NMR; size exclusion chromatography; and Fourier transfrom infrared spectroscopy were used to follow the grafting reaction and determine the molar mass and the functionality of the different species. Hybrid star-shaped poly(ethylene oxide)s of precise molar mass and functionality could be isolated by fractional precipitation of the raw reaction product. Absolute molar masses of the purified star-shaped PEOs, calculated with the assumption of a functionality of 8, were comparable when measured by light scattering in methanol and by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Small-angle X-ray scattering was employed to determine their molecular and structural characteristics, representing the versatility and innovative aspect to this study. Both differential scanning calorimetry and optical microscopy were utilized to elaborate and analyze the thermal properties and crystallization, respectively, of the hybrid stars. Further ongoing work is being carried out currently to investigate and foresee the use of longer PEO branches onto the core.
Type of Publication:
Journal of Physical Chemistry B
1669 - 1680