We report the first synthesis of spherical nanoparticles of a bridged polysilsesquioxane. The hard, brittle nanoparticles are prepared by a simple sol-gel polymerization without surfactants or templates. Particle size ranges from 50 to 100 nm. The organic component of these hybrid nanoparticles is composed of a photolabile coumarin dimer. Irradiation with UV light dissociates the photodimer resulting in rupture of the cross-links and subsequent deformation and eventual "melting" of the nanoparticles.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry