Amphiphilic telechelics with polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane (POSS) end-groups: Dilute solution viscometry

Byoung Suhk Kim, Patrick T. Mather

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Using capillary viscometry, we have investigated the associative behavior of new amphiphilic telechelics incorporating polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane (POSS) as an end-group of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chains of varying length. Solution viscosities were strongly affected by the solvent composition in THF/water mixtures. When water, a selective solvent for PEO segments but a selective non-solvent for POSS segments, was added to the THF solutions, behavior common to polyelectrolytes was observed. In particular, for relatively high concentrations the reduced viscosity remained nearly concentration-invariant for both POSS telechelics and pure PEG homopolymers, indicating a limiting molecular weight of aggregates. On the other hand, a dramatic increase in the reduced viscosity was observed with decreasing concentration for lower concentration values, suggesting aggregate formation and a concentration-dependent aggregate size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6202-6207
Number of pages6
Issue number17
StatePublished - Aug 9 2006


  • Polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane
  • Solution properties
  • Telechelics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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