Polymer Bulletin

, Volume 75, Issue 9, pp 3897–3916 | Cite as

Designing of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-based dithiol/dimethacrylate nano-hybrids

  • Nicoleta M. Florea
  • Celina M. Damian
  • Cristina Ionescu
  • Adriana LunguEmail author
  • Eugeniu Vasile
  • Horia Iovu
Original Paper


In this study, different dithiol/dimethacrylate formulations ± octamethacryl-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) were synthesized and fully characterized in terms of structural, morphological, and thermostability features. The obtained results indicate that the incorporation of both dithiol and octamethacryl-POSS nanofillers within dimethacrylate matrix exhibits a significant influence on the surface chemistry, polymerization kinetics, thermostability, and thermomechanical properties of the resulting networks. Kinetic analysis showed that the presence of dithiol compound improves the conversion degree of the final dithiol/dimethacrylate networks, while thermal and thermomechanical analyses exhibit that octamethacryl-POSS produces nano-hybrids with enhanced thermostability and storage moduli.


Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) Dithiol/dimethacrylate formulations Nano-hybrids Thermal properties Spectroscopy Morphology 



This work was supported by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) Project Number PNII-RU-TE-2014-4-1423 (Contract No: 58/2015). The SEM analyses on the samples were possible due to EU-funding grand POSCCE-A2-O2.2.1-2013-1/Axa prioritara 2, Project No. 638/12.03.2014, code SMIS-CSNR 48652.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicoleta M. Florea
    • 1
    • 2
  • Celina M. Damian
    • 1
  • Cristina Ionescu
    • 2
  • Adriana Lungu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eugeniu Vasile
    • 3
  • Horia Iovu
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Advanced Polymer Materials GroupUniversity Politehnica of BucharestBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Horia Hulubei-National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH)MagureleRomania
  3. 3.Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Material ScienceUniversity Politehnica of BucharestBucharestRomania
  4. 4.Academy of Romanian ScientistsBucharestRomania

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