Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Masters of Science



First Advisor

K. V. Nahabedian




The application of modern silicone chemistry knowledge and new analytical techniques to the elucidation of the structure of the hitherto uncharacterized, crystalline salt, sodium phenysiliconate, has been achieved. This salt, produced in 1914 by J. A. Meads and F. S. Kipping,. had been left structurally uncharacterized. This thesis builds upon the early work by applying to the problem the recent knowledge developed by J. F. Brown, Jr., and coworkers at the General Electric Research Laboratory.

Derivatives of the salt were made and characterized by a variety of analytical techniques. The silanols produced by the acidification of the sodium phenylsiliconate are shown to yield the same derivatives as those made from cis-cis-cis-2,4,6,8-tetraphenycyclotetrasiloxane­tetrol. The nature of the sodium phenylsiliconate, as dictated by the experimental results, is discussed. The use of gel permeation chromatography has made it relatively easy to distinguish between the production of a monomeric or polymeric reaction product.

Included in

Chemistry Commons



Rights Statement

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.