Special Issue "Polymer-Inorganic Hybrids and Their Applications"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2011)
Prof. Dr. Walter Remo Caseri
Department of Materials, HCI H 509, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 10, CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 632 22 18
Fax: +41 44 632 10 96
Interests: inorganic polymers; organometallic polymers; nanocomposites
Polymer-inorganic hybrid materials include a broad variety of systems. For instance, a polymer can act as a matrix for dispersed inorganic nanoparticles thus constituting what is known by the name of nanocomposites. A special case of nanocomposites comprises inorganic particles which are linked by covalent bonds with the polymer matrix. Also, materials with a tightly bound interconnected network of inorganic and organic species have been prepared. Besides other preparation methods, processes based on in situ particle synthesis including sol-gel processes have frequently been applied. Such methods can prevent agglomeration of inorganic species in the final products, which is often a problem when preformed nanoparticles and polymers are mixed, unless the particles are modified with an organic surface layer. Importantly, polymer-inorganic hybrids can exhibit materials properties which are more pronounced or even differ from those of comparable polymer composites with larger inorganic particles, such as optical properties (e.g., transparency and color, including dichroism), magnetic properties (superparamagnetism), mechanical properties, chemical properties (catalytic or sensory activity), and gas barrier properties. Thus, polymer-inorganic hybrid materials are considered to find application in various areas, for example in optics, catalysis, sensor technology, electronics, magnetism, mechanics, and food and beverage packaging.
Prof. Dr. Walter Remo Caseri
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- hybrid materials
- inorganic nanoparticles
- sol-gel process
- in-situ particle synthesis
- optics, magnetism
- sensor technology
Polymers 2011, 3(3), 1352-1362; doi:10.3390/polym3031352
Received: 9 July 2011; Accepted: 10 August 2011 / Published: 22 August 2011| Download PDF Full-text (3963 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Polymers 2011, 3(4), 1833-1848; doi:10.3390/polym3041833
Received: 30 August 2011; Accepted: 24 October 2011 / Published: 25 October 2011| Download PDF Full-text (937 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Polymers 2011, 3(4), 2142-2155; doi:10.3390/polym3042142
Received: 26 October 2011; in revised form: 8 December 2011 / Accepted: 16 December 2011 / Published: 19 December 2011| Download PDF Full-text (2754 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Polymers 2012, 4(1), 1-19; doi:10.3390/polym4010001
Received: 31 October 2011; in revised form: 13 December 2011 / Accepted: 21 December 2011 / Published: 27 December 2011| Download PDF Full-text (1076 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Polymers 2012, 4(1), 187-210; doi:10.3390/polym4010187
Received: 17 December 2011; in revised form: 5 January 2012 / Accepted: 6 January 2012 / Published: 16 January 2012| Download PDF Full-text (2281 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 10 November 2011