Seminar: Functional Hybrid silicas and applications with Dr. Michel Wong Chi Man

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: ETB 535

Please note, registration is NOT required for this event. 

Bridged silsesquioxanes (BS) is a family of hybrid silicas which are obtained by the hydrolysis-condensation of silylated precursors with bridging organics, (EtO)3Si-R-Si(OEt)3 (R = organic fragments). Thanks to the mild sol-gel reaction conditions, the relatively strong covalent Si-C bonds are maintained during the reaction, resulting in the formation of unique hybrids, which consist of a uniform distribution with stoichiometric Si/C ratio of covalently bonded organics interconnecting at least two silicon atoms. 

These hybrid organic-inorganic materials combine the inherent properties of the organic fragments with those of the silica network (mechanical and chemical stabilities as well as high surface area and porosity). Accordingly to the variety of organic units that can be introduced in BS, one can tune the properties of the final materials for targeted applications (e.g. catalysis, optics, magnetic and imaging, etc.). Moreover, these hybrids can be structured in mesoporous materials when synthesized with a surfactant. The resulting hybrid is called Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas (PMO). 

In this presentation, the design of selected BS precursors will be shown. The role of the organics for catalysis applications, the self-directed structuring as well as template-mediated structuring of these hybrids, called PMO6, will also be addressed. The synthesis of functional hybrid mesoporous and of nano-PMOs will be presented and their use as drug carriers will also be presented.

Michel WONG CHI MAN is a senior researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Researche Scientifique; CNRS). He is an expert in organosilicon and hybrid silica chemistry and has published over 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals in these fields. His main research interests focus on the functionalization of hybrid silica (mainly bridged silsesquioxanes), which he develops in several different areas: Nano-structuring of hybrid silicas; catalysis; photoluminescent materials; stimuli-responsive hybrid silica nanoparticles for drug delivery.

For more information, contact: Biointerfaces Institute 905-525-9140 x 20706

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