Nanocomposite micro-objects of mesoporous silica with polymers have been obtained by inclusion polymerization of vinyl monomers (styrene and methylmethacrylate) via a radical process. The intimacy between the silica scaffold and the grown polymer has been addressed by a multi-technique approach and the extended interface has been recognized. In particular, phase-modulated Lee–Goldburg 2D heterocorrelated NMR was exploited to study the heterogeneous interfaces and the micro-adhesion between the inorganic matrix and the organic phase. By the in-depth characterization, it was possible to achieve a model in which polymer nanofibrils interact with the walls of the nanochannels in the mesoporous silica, resulting in interdigitated nanophases. A material consisting of two distinct phases so intimately entangled can explain the success of a replication process in which the morphology of the original material is entirely transposed to a polymeric material that fully retains its shape. The obtained micrometric shapes as well as their nanometric structure were directly observed, respectively, by scanning and transmission electron microscopies.

Valsesia, P., Beretta, M., Bracco, S., Comotti, A., Sozzani, P. (2008). Polymer/silica nanocomposite micro-objects as a key point for silica-to-polymer shape replication. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, 18(45), 5511-5517 [10.1039/b818833p].

Polymer/silica nanocomposite micro-objects as a key point for silica-to-polymer shape replication

VALSESIA, PATRIZIA;BRACCO, SILVIA;COMOTTI, ANGIOLINA;SOZZANI, PIERO ERNESTO
2008

Abstract

Nanocomposite micro-objects of mesoporous silica with polymers have been obtained by inclusion polymerization of vinyl monomers (styrene and methylmethacrylate) via a radical process. The intimacy between the silica scaffold and the grown polymer has been addressed by a multi-technique approach and the extended interface has been recognized. In particular, phase-modulated Lee–Goldburg 2D heterocorrelated NMR was exploited to study the heterogeneous interfaces and the micro-adhesion between the inorganic matrix and the organic phase. By the in-depth characterization, it was possible to achieve a model in which polymer nanofibrils interact with the walls of the nanochannels in the mesoporous silica, resulting in interdigitated nanophases. A material consisting of two distinct phases so intimately entangled can explain the success of a replication process in which the morphology of the original material is entirely transposed to a polymeric material that fully retains its shape. The obtained micrometric shapes as well as their nanometric structure were directly observed, respectively, by scanning and transmission electron microscopies.
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Nanocomposite, inclusion polymerization, polymer nanofibrils, shape retention, direct replica process, solid state nmr
English
5511
5517
Valsesia, P., Beretta, M., Bracco, S., Comotti, A., Sozzani, P. (2008). Polymer/silica nanocomposite micro-objects as a key point for silica-to-polymer shape replication. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, 18(45), 5511-5517 [10.1039/b818833p].
Valsesia, P; Beretta, M; Bracco, S; Comotti, A; Sozzani, P
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