Special Issue "Polymer-Inorganic Hybrids and Their Applications"

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A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2011)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Walter Remo Caseri
Department of Materials, HCI H 509, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 10, CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland
Website: http://www.polytech.mat.ethz.ch/people/staff/wcaseri
E-Mail: walter.caseri@mat.ethz.ch
Phone: +41 44 632 22 18
Fax: +41 44 632 10 96
Interests: inorganic polymers; organometallic polymers; nanocomposites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • hybrid materials
  • nanocomposites
  • polymers
  • inorganic nanoparticles
  • sol-gel process
  • in-situ particle synthesis
  • optics, magnetism
  • mechanics
  • sensor technology

Published Papers (5 papers)

by , , , ,  and
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
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by  and
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
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by , , , , ,  and
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
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Polymers 2011, 3(4), 1833-1848; doi:10.3390/polym3041833
Received: 30 August 2011; Accepted: 24 October 2011 / Published: 25 October 2011
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by , ,  and
Polymers 2011, 3(3), 1352-1362; doi:10.3390/polym3031352
Received: 9 July 2011; Accepted: 10 August 2011 / Published: 22 August 2011
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