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Some recent developments of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-based polymeric materials

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Abstract

Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) has attracted considerable interest in materials science due to its well-defined nano-scale organic–inorganic structure, which makes it an ideal building block for constructing nano-structured hybrid materials and nanocomposites. In this article, we highlight some recent developments in applications of POSS materials: 1) improving thermal and mechanical properties of polymers through incorporation of POSS into polymer matrices to form nanocomposites; 2) using POSS as a building block for design and synthesis of POSS-containing organic semiconductor materials to achieve high photo-luminescence/electron luminescence quantum efficiency in organic light emitting diodes and enhanced performance in electrochromatic devices; 3) exploiting POSS as a hydrophobic unit to develop amphiphilic polymers for drug/gene delivery and formation of hydrogels. A future direction for the development of POSS-containing materials is also proposed for applications in organic photovoltaic and other high-performance materials.

Graphical abstract: Some recent developments of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-based polymeric materials

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The article was received on 24 Aug 2010, accepted on 22 Oct 2010 and first published on 01 Dec 2010


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM02785E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 2775-2782
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    Some recent developments of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-based polymeric materials

    F. Wang, X. Lu and C. He, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 2775
    DOI: 10.1039/C0JM02785E

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