|Self-assembling through H bonds in urea and thiourea based bridged silsesquioxanes |
Conférence invité: Nanomaterials and application, NANOAPP, 2017 (Bled, SI, 2017-06-12)
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The control of structuring and morphology in hybrid solids is a key parameter for the design of functional materials. In particular, it has been shown that structure and morphology could be tuned through sol gel synthesis conditions in bridged silsesquioxanes (BS). As a matter of fact, during sol-gel process, the competition between self-assembing through non covalent interactions between the organic sub-structures and condensation of the inorganic siliceous sub-structure can lead to the formation of crystalline compounds or amorphous materials.In order to go further with the understanding of the control of the nanostructuring in bridged silsequioxane, we designed the organic moieties of the precursors with either 2 symetrical through hydrogen bond and the strength of these hydrogen bonds is studied through vibrational spectroscopies in-situ at low temperature or at high pressure. The results are analyzed and discussed in terms of H bond strength and geometric factors.In the second part of this talk, we will focus on the influence of the central subunit lying between the two urea/thiourea groups_either a long flexible alkyl chain or rigid phenyl group_ on the self-assembling properties through H bonds.