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

Dylan J. Boday, Pei Yuin Keng, Beatrice Muriithi, Dong-Chul Pyun, Douglas A Loy

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Abstract

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
Volume20
Issue number33
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 7 2010

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Aerogels
Atom transfer radical polymerization
Polymethyl Methacrylate
Polymethyl methacrylates
Silicon Dioxide
Nanocomposites
Silica
Polydispersity
Polymers
Physical properties
Molecular weight

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Mechanically reinforced silica aerogel nanocomposites via surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerizations. / Boday, Dylan J.; Keng, Pei Yuin; Muriithi, Beatrice; Pyun, Dong-Chul; Loy, Douglas A.

In: Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol. 20, No. 33, 07.09.2010, p. 6863-6865.

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