Cross-linked porous polyurethane materials featuring dodecaborate clusters as inorganic polyol equivalents

Dahee Jung, Fernando Raffan-Montoya, Roshini Ramachandran, Yuanyuan Zhang, Timur Islamoglu, Gustavo Marin, Elaine A. Qian, Rafal M. Dziedzic, Omar K. Farha, Stanislav I. Stoliarov, Alexander M. Spokoyny*

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We report the discovery that a perhydroxylated dodecaborate cluster ([B12(OH)12]2-) can act as an inorganic polyol, serving as a molecular cross-linker in the synthesis of polyurethane-based materials. We further demonstrate how the inherent robustness of the utilized boron cluster can effectively enhance the thermal stability of the produced polyurethane materials incorporating [B12(OH)12]2- building blocks compared to analogous polymers made from carbon-based polyols. Ultimately, this approach provides a potential route to tune the chemical and physical properties of soft materials through incorporation of polyhedral boron-rich clusters into the polymer network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8852-8855
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number60
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis


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