23. Fluorinated Silsesquioxanes

  1. Dennis W. Smith Jr. Dr.2,
  2. Scott T. Iacono Dr.3 and
  3. Suresh S. Iyer Dr.4
  1. Sean Ramirez and
  2. Joseph Mabry

Published Online: 2 MAY 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118850220.ch23

Handbook of Fluoropolymer Science and Technology

Handbook of Fluoropolymer Science and Technology

How to Cite

Ramirez, S. and Mabry, J. (2014) Fluorinated Silsesquioxanes, in Handbook of Fluoropolymer Science and Technology (eds D. W. Smith, S. T. Iacono and S. S. Iyer), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118850220.ch23

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX

  2. 3

    Department of Chemistry, Chemistry Research Center, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

  3. 4

    3M Corporate R&D, St. Paul, MN

Author Information

  1. Edwards Air Force Base

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAY 2014
  2. Published Print: 30 MAY 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470079935

Online ISBN: 9781118850220



  • fluorinated silsesquioxanes;
  • fluoroPOSS compounds;
  • polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS)


This chapter discusses recent developments with the synthesis, functionalization, incorporation into polymer matrices, and applications of fluorinated silsesquioxanes. The synthesis of these structures follows the traditional methodology of producing polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) cages. The chapter describes the crystallographic data for fluoroPOSS (F-POSS) compounds and the melting points for F-POSS-related compounds are also summarized. The properties of fluoroPOSS compounds are unique and have been studied intensely since their initial synthesis. The additions of F-POSS to polymers have led to the production of a variety of composites with surface energies that can be tailored for their desired applications. Fluorinated silsesquioxanes have many potential applications as drop-in modifiers for wetting-resistant surfaces. Due to the low surface energy properties of F-POSS, research efforts have focused on exploiting these properties for applications related to ice-phobicity, antiwetting coatings, and oil–water separation capabilities.