Discrete molecular-sized nanocages derived from disintegratable dendrimer templates

Jeong Kyu Lee, Mayfair C. Kung, Young Woong Suh, Harold H. Kung*

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A molecular-sized, internally functionalized, size-selective, and stable nanocage made with a carbosilane shell of a few atom layers thick was synthesized. A tetrahedral G2-core 1 was prepared by condensing an ester, formed from Boc-protected glyceine and pentaerythritol, with 1,3-diamino-2-propanol activated with 4-nitrophenyl (PNP) chloroformate. The chemical structure was confirmed by H NMR spectroscopy and MALDI-TOF MS spectrum. The mass spectra showed a broad distribution due to the statistical nature of the hydrosilation reaction. The FTIR shows intense bands are 1700 cm-1 and 1503 cm -1. This synthesis technique permits variations in the uniform cavity size, and the density and type of internal functional groups, thus offering the possibility to tailor-make nanocages for applications in different environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-375
Number of pages3
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 22 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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