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Rapid assembly of explicit, functional silicones

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The impressive surface activity of silicones can be enhanced by the incorporation of hydrophilic organic functional groups and polymers. Traditional routes to such compounds, which typically involve platinum-catalyzed hydrosilylation, suffer from incompatibility with certain functional groups. B(C6F5)3-catalyzed condensation of hydrosilanes with alkoxysilanes offers new opportunities to prepare explicit silicone structures. We demonstrate here that conversion of alcohols to silyl ethers competes unproductively with alkoxysilane conversion to disiloxanes. By contrast, a wide range of structurally complex alkyl halide and oligovinyl compounds can be readily made in high yield. Thermal 3+2-cycloadditions and thiol-ene click reactions are used to convert these compounds into surface active materials.

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30 Apr 2010
17 Jun 2010
First published
16 Aug 2010

Dalton Trans., 2010,39, 9369-9378
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Rapid assembly of explicit, functional silicones

J. B. Grande, F. Gonzaga and M. A. Brook, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 9369
DOI: 10.1039/C0DT00400F

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