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Macromolecular structure evolution toward giant molecules of complex structure: tandem synthesis of asymmetric giant gemini surfactants

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Precise control of primary chemical structures, especially those of complex structures, is a prerequisite to understand the structure–property relationships of functional macromolecules. In this article, we report the rational design and tandem synthesis of three asymmetric giant gemini surfactants (AGGSs) of complex macromolecular structures based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS). In two cascading processes (typically within 5 hours), AGGSs can be synthesized where the length of the two polymer tails and the identity of the two POSS heads can be independently controlled and systematically varied. It represents a convenient, efficient, and modular way to prepare giant molecules with rigorous structural precision in only a few steps. This study expands the scope of synthetically available giant surfactants and facilitates further structural evolution toward even more complex macromolecules.

Graphical abstract: Macromolecular structure evolution toward giant molecules of complex structure: tandem synthesis of asymmetric giant gemini surfactants

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Submitted
23 Jan 2014
Accepted
17 Feb 2014
First published
24 Mar 2014

Polym. Chem., 2014,5, 3697-3706
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Macromolecular structure evolution toward giant molecules of complex structure: tandem synthesis of asymmetric giant gemini surfactants

H. Su, Y. Li, K. Yue, Z. Wang, P. Lu, X. Feng, X. Dong, S. Zhang, S. Z. D. Cheng and W. Zhang, Polym. Chem., 2014, 5, 3697
DOI: 10.1039/C4PY00107A

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