5 years ago

An all-in-one molecule for the one-step synthesis of functional hybrid silica particles with tunable size

Nicolas Delsuc, Mesut Demirelli, Carole Aimé, Julien Graffion, Thibaud Coradin, Dounia Dems
Spherical particles with well-defined diameters are obtained by self-assembly of trityl-based molecules. Thanks to the robustness of the organic scaffold, a variety of modifications can be covalently introduced into the network so as to stabilize the supramolecular structure by a sol-gel route. Using supramolecular chemistry, we show that the synthesis of hybrid small molecules allows engineering nanomaterials with tunable size and functionality. The use of a combination of different characterization techniques including dynamic light scattering, cryoTEM and solid-state NMR provides a careful understanding of the relationship between molecular and supramolecular structures for further chemical engineering of supramolecular hybrid materials.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201701181

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