Stability and behaviour in aqueous solutions of the anionic cubic silsesquioxane substituted with tetramethylammonium

Emelie Josefina Nilsson, Marina Huber, Göran Carlström, Olle Soderman, Daniel T Bowron, Karen J Edler, Viveka Alfredsson

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The aqueous behaviour of the anionic octa-tetramethylammonium substituted cubic silsesquioxane, [N(CH3)4]8[Si8O20], was studied with quantitative 29Si-NMR. This molecule partially fragments in aqueous solutions, forming several smaller entities. The most abundant silica species are the monomer, dimer, cyclic trimer, cyclic tetramer and double three-ring. Higher concentrations are required in order to prevent complete fragmentation of the cubic structure. Additives such as alcohols and tetraalkylammonium salts have a stabilising effect on the cubic silsesquioxane, unlike sodium salts that destabilise it. A high concentration solution, containing the non-fragmented molecule as well as entities resulting from fragmentations, was investigated with neutron scattering coupled with modelling, using empirical potential structure refinement (EPSR). The modelling reveals that TMA+ ions coordinates to all different silica species, with approximately three TMA+ per cube. These are located at the faces of the cube.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6732-6742
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume21
Issue number12
Early online date4 Mar 2019
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Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2019

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Stability and behaviour in aqueous solutions of the anionic cubic silsesquioxane substituted with tetramethylammonium. / Nilsson, Emelie Josefina; Huber, Marina; Carlström, Göran; Soderman, Olle; Bowron, Daniel T; Edler, Karen J; Alfredsson, Viveka.

In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 21, No. 12, 28.03.2019, p. 6732-6742.

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Nilsson, Emelie Josefina ; Huber, Marina ; Carlström, Göran ; Soderman, Olle ; Bowron, Daniel T ; Edler, Karen J ; Alfredsson, Viveka. / Stability and behaviour in aqueous solutions of the anionic cubic silsesquioxane substituted with tetramethylammonium. In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2019 ; Vol. 21, No. 12. pp. 6732-6742.
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