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End-Grafted Polymer Chains onto Inorganic Nano-Objects
AbstractOrganic/inorganic nanohybrid materials have attracted particular scientific and technological interest because they combine the properties of the organic and the inorganic component. Inorganic nanoparticles exhibit interesting electrical, optical, magnetic and/or catalytic properties, which are related with their nano-scale dimensions. However, their high surface-to-volume ratio often induces agglomeration and leads to the loss of their attractive properties. Surface modification of the inorganic nano-objects with physically or chemically end-tethered polymer chains has been employed to overcome this problem. Covalent tethered polymer chains are realized by three different approaches: the “grafting to”, the “grafting from” and the “grafting through” method. This article reviews the synthesis of end-grafted polymer chains onto inorganic nanoparticles using “controlled/living” polymerization techniques, which allow control over the polymer characteristics and the grafting density of the end-tethered polymer chains.
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Achilleos, D.S.; Vamvakaki, M. End-Grafted Polymer Chains onto Inorganic Nano-Objects. Materials 2010, 3, 1981-2026.View more citation formats
Achilleos DS, Vamvakaki M. End-Grafted Polymer Chains onto Inorganic Nano-Objects. Materials. 2010; 3(3):1981-2026.Chicago/Turabian Style
Achilleos, Demetra S.; Vamvakaki, Maria. 2010. "End-Grafted Polymer Chains onto Inorganic Nano-Objects." Materials 3, no. 3: 1981-2026.