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Coatings 2016, 6(1), 10; doi:10.3390/coatings6010010

Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Coatings Through Dual-Cure Processes: State of the Art and Perspectives

Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Viale Teresa Michel 5, 15121 Alessandria, Italy
Academic Editor: Naba Dutta
Received: 29 December 2015 / Revised: 20 February 2016 / Accepted: 26 February 2016 / Published: 2 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multifunctional Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Thin Films and Coatings)
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This paper reviews the current state of the art related to the synthesis and characterization of hybrid organic-inorganic (O/I) coatings obtained through the exploitation of dual-cure processes, which involve a photo-induced polymerization followed by a thermal treatment: this latter allows the occurrence of sol-gel reactions of suitable alkoxy precursors already embedded in the UV-curable system. After a brief introduction on hybrid organic-inorganic coatings, the first part of the review is focused on the design and feasibility issues provided by the dual-cure method, emphasizing the possibility of tuning the structure of the final hybrid network on the basis of the composition of the starting liquid mixture. Then, some recent examples of hybrid organic-inorganic networks are thoroughly described, showing their potential advances and the application fields to which they can be addressed. View Full-Text
Keywords: dual-cure processes; hybrid organic-inorganic coatings; photo-induced polymerization; sol-gel reactions; functional networks; alkoxy precursors; coupling agents; thermal stability; barrier properties dual-cure processes; hybrid organic-inorganic coatings; photo-induced polymerization; sol-gel reactions; functional networks; alkoxy precursors; coupling agents; thermal stability; barrier properties
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Malucelli, G. Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Coatings Through Dual-Cure Processes: State of the Art and Perspectives. Coatings 2016, 6, 10.

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