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Title: Novel PMOs: Studies in Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas
Authors: Whitnall, Wesley
Advisor: Ozin, Geoffrey Alan
Department: Chemistry
Keywords: mesoporous
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2008
Abstract: The field of mesoporous materials has been expanding rapidly in recent years, and has come to include a wide variety of different types of materials from organic to inorganic, as well as hybrid materials that encompass both worlds. The following account explores one type of mesoporous materials, specifically those consisting of silica with an attached organic group that have come to be known as periodic mesoporous organosilicas (PMOs). Much of the work here involves incorporating new types of organic groups into a mesoporous framework for the purpose of adding a useful functionality, either chemical or physical, to the material. Firstly it is shown that a borazine moiety can be successfully incorporated into a mesoporous material with a very high loading. It was further shown that once incorporated into the material many of the borazine moieties are available for further chemical reactions with acids and transition metals. Next, a new class of materials termed hybrid periodic mesoporous organosilicas (HPMOs) was developed that was able to circumvent many of the problems associated with PMO self-assembly. Now, using very simple techniques, virtually any type of silsesquioxane can be incorporated into a PMO, and the organic group can be specifically at the surface of the pores, thereby maximizing its accessibility. And finally, a PMO is made that incorporates buckyballs, and it is shown that, given the right synthetic conditions, the buckyballs are homogeneously distributed throughout the material.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/11277
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