Mechanically reinforced silica aerogel nanocomposites via surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerizations

Dylan J. Boday, Pei Yuin Keng, Beatrice Muriithi, Jeffrey Pyun, Douglas A. Loy

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Here we report the preparation of mechanically robust silica aerogel polymer nanocomposites using surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. This approach was used to grow poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) with low polydispersities and establish the first structure-property relationship between the grafted PMMA molecular weight and bulk physical properties of the hybrid aerogel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6863-6865
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number33
StatePublished - Sep 7 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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