A crystalline tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane (TMCS)-derived amphiphile was regioselectively synthesized with eight peripheral hydrophilic amide groups and hydrophobic dodecyl chains by Pt(0)-catalyzed hydrosilylation and amidation reactions. The as-synthesized materials showed ordered lamellar structure formation in the powder form. It also exhibits superior two-dimensional (2D) monolayer formation properties at the air-water interface with unexpectedly high collapse surface pressure and elastic modulus. The monolayers act as two-dimensional building blocks with finely controllable thickness on a several nanometer scale irrespective of the substrate type and properties. The amphiphile forms nanofibers spontaneously by good-poor solvent strategies, which contributes to porous three-dimensional (3D) structures possessing superhydrophobic surface wettability.
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