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Polymers 2017, 9(7), 251; doi:10.3390/polym9070251

Facile Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Polyether-Octafunctionalized Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane via Thiol-Ene Click Reaction

Key Laboratory of Advanced Packaging Materials and Technology of Hunan Province, Hunan University of Technology, Zhuzhou 412007, China
College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189, China
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Academic Editors: Katja Loos and Alexander Böker
Received: 17 May 2017 / Revised: 12 June 2017 / Accepted: 26 June 2017 / Published: 28 June 2017
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We demonstrated here a facile and efficient synthesis of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane-based amphiphilic polymer by thiol-ene click chemistry. The properties of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)–PEG amphiphilic polymers were studied in detail by a combination of 1H NMR, 13C NMR, 29Si NMR FT-IR, GPC, and TG analysis. The newly-designed thiol-ene protocol obtains only anti-Markovnikov addition POSS-based amphiphilic polymers when compared with platinum-catalysed hydrosilylation method. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) of the resulting polymers are in the range of 0.011 to 0.050 mg/mL, and dynamic light scattering (DLS) results revealed that the obtained amphiphilic polymers can self-assemble into nanoparticles in aqueous solutions with a bimodal (two peaks) distribution. Furthermore, the specific polymer showed obvious thermo-sensitive behaviour at 45.5 °C. View Full-Text
Keywords: amphiphilic; thiol-ene chick chemistry; CMC; thermo-sensitive amphiphilic; thiol-ene chick chemistry; CMC; thermo-sensitive

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Xia, Y.; Ding, S.; Liu, Y.; Qi, Z. Facile Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Polyether-Octafunctionalized Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane via Thiol-Ene Click Reaction. Polymers 2017, 9, 251.

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