Silsesquioxanes Nanoplatforms

Richard Laine

Our objective in this work is to bridge DD silsesquioxane cage with conjugated aromatics. In recent papers, we demonstrated that stilbene derivatives of simple DD compounds exhibit properties commensurate with the existence of a LUMO in the cage center, equivalent to LUMOs found in [RStilbeneSiO1.5]8,10,12, [RStilbeneSiO1.5]7[O1.5SiMe/nPr], [RStil-beneSiO1.5]7[O0.5SiMe3]3, [RStilbeneSiO1.5]8[O0.5SiMe3]4 and [RStilbeneSiO1.5]8[OSiMe2]2. We explore here that co-polymerization of vinyl(Me)SiO(PhSiO1.5)8OSi(Me)vinyl (vinylDDvinyl) with X-Ar-X leads to polymers with photophysics behavior indicating semiconducting properties.