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Materials 2010, 3(7), 4066-4079; doi:10.3390/ma3074066

Synthesis of Polymer—Mesoporous Silica Nanocomposites

National Key Laboratory of Nano/Micro Fabrication Technology, Key Laboratory for Thin Film and Microfabrication of Ministry of Education, Institute of Micro and Nano Science and Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dongchuan Road, Shanghai, China
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Received: 13 June 2010 / Accepted: 6 July 2010 / Published: 13 July 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanocomposites of Polymers and Inorganic Particles)
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Polymer nanocomposites show unique properties combining the advantages of the inorganic nanofillers and the organic polymers. The mesoporous silica nanofillers have received much attention due to their ordered structure, high surface area and ease for functionalization of the nanopores. To accommodate macromolecules, the nanopores lead to unusually intimate interactions between the polymer and the inorganic phase, and some unusual properties can be observed, when compared with nonporous fillers. Whereas many review articles have been devoted to polymer/nonporous nanofiller nanocomposites, few review articles focus on polymer/mesoporous silica nanocomposites. This review summarizes the recent development in the methods for synthesizing polymer/mesoporous silica nanocomposites based on the papers published from 1998 to 2009, and some unique properties of these composites are also described.
Keywords: mesoporous silica; polymer; nanocomposites mesoporous silica; polymer; nanocomposites

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Wei, L.; Hu, N.; Zhang, Y. Synthesis of Polymer—Mesoporous Silica Nanocomposites. Materials 2010, 3, 4066-4079.

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