Utilization of alkoxysilyl groups for the creation of structurally controlled siloxane-based nanomaterials

Kazuyuki Kuroda, Atsushi Shimojima, Kazufumi Kawahara, Ryutaro Wakabayashi, Yasuhiro Tamura, Yusuke Asakura, Masaki Kitahara

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    Silica-based materials have found many applications in various fields. Alkoxysilanes have been most widely used as precursors. Fine structural control of silica-based materials has become increasingly important for tuning their properties and for developing new functions. In this perspective, utilization of alkoxysilyl groups has been reviewed from the viewpoint of designing siloxane-based nanomaterials. Alkoxy groups have generally been used only as eliminating groups in the sol-gel processing; however, recent research has shown that they are useful for molecular assembly, for generating pores, for linking nanobuiliding blocks, and for selective synthesis of new oligosiloxane compounds.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)211-220
    Number of pages10
    JournalChemistry of Materials
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 14



    • alkoxysilyl groups
    • nanobuiliding blocks
    • self-assembly
    • siloxanes
    • silylation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Materials Chemistry
    • Chemical Engineering(all)
    • Chemistry(all)

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