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Organosilica hybrid nanomaterials with a high organic content: syntheses and applications of silsesquioxanes

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Organic–inorganic hybrid materials garner properties from their organic and inorganic matrices as well as synergistic features, and therefore have recently attracted much attention at the nanoscale. Non-porous organosilica hybrid nanomaterials with a high organic content such as silsesquioxanes (R-SiO1.5, with R organic groups) and bridged silsesquioxanes (O1.5Si-R-SiO1.5) are especially attractive hybrids since they provide 20 to 80 weight percent of organic functional groups in addition to the known chemistry and stability of silica. In the organosilica family, silsesquioxanes (R-SiO1.5) stand between silicas (SiO2) and silicones (R2SiO), and are variously called organosilicas, ormosil (organically-modified silica), polysilsesquioxanes and silica hybrids. Herein, we comprehensively review non-porous silsesquioxane and bridged silsesquioxane nanomaterials and their applications in nanomedicine, electro-optics, and catalysis.

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The article was received on 30 Aug 2016, accepted on 04 Nov 2016 and first published on 07 Nov 2016


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6NR06862F
Citation: Nanoscale, 2016,8, 19945-19972
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    Organosilica hybrid nanomaterials with a high organic content: syntheses and applications of silsesquioxanes

    J. G. Croissant, X. Cattoën, J. Durand, M. Wong Chi Man and N. M. Khashab, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 19945
    DOI: 10.1039/C6NR06862F

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