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Materials 2014, 7(5), 4057-4087; doi:10.3390/ma7054057

Synthetic Strategies in the Preparation of Polymer/Inorganic Hybrid Nanoparticles

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55118 Mainz, Germany
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Received: 24 February 2014 / Revised: 12 April 2014 / Accepted: 9 May 2014 / Published: 22 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Functional Hybrid Materials)
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This article reviews the recent advances and challenges in the preparation of polymer/inorganic hybrid nanoparticles. We mainly focus on synthetic strategies, basing our classification on whether the inorganic and the polymer components have been formed in situ or ex situ, of the hybrid material. Accordingly, four types of strategies are identified and described, referring to recent examples: (i) ex situ formation of the components and subsequent attachment or integration, either by covalent or noncovalent bonding; (ii) in situ polymerization in the presence of ex situ formed inorganic nanoparticles; (iii) in situ precipitation of the inorganic components on or in polymer structures; and (iv) strategies in which both polymer and inorganic component are simultaneously formed in situ.
Keywords: organic–inorganic; hybrid; nanoparticle; nanocomposite; colloid; precipitation organic–inorganic; hybrid; nanoparticle; nanocomposite; colloid; precipitation
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Hood, M.A.; Mari, M.; Muñoz-Espí, R. Synthetic Strategies in the Preparation of Polymer/Inorganic Hybrid Nanoparticles. Materials 2014, 7, 4057-4087.

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