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Preparation of polymernanoparticle composite beads by a nanoparticle-stabilised suspension polymerisation

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Abstract

A novel strategy based on nanoparticle-stabilised suspension-polymerisation has been achieved for the preparation of hybrid nanocomposites in the absence of any conventional stabiliser. By using this in situ polymerisation technique, functional nanoparticles can be immobilised onto the surface of polymer beads to significantly modify their properties. In this paper, Fe3O4 nanoparticles are used as stabiliser for the suspension polymerisation of methyl methacrylate (MMA) in water. Magnetic Fe3O4–PMMA nanocomposite polymer particles have been successfully synthesised. The experimental results show that the Fe3O4 nanoparticles are uniformly distributed on the surface of the spherical polymer beads.

Graphical abstract: Preparation of polymer–nanoparticle composite beads by a nanoparticle-stabilised suspension polymerisation

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The article was received on 20 Apr 2007, accepted on 03 Aug 2007 and first published on 21 Aug 2007


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B705917E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2007,17, 4382-4386
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    Preparation of polymernanoparticle composite beads by a nanoparticle-stabilised suspension polymerisation

    T. Hasell, J. Yang, W. Wang, J. Li, P. D. Brown, M. Poliakoff, E. Lester and S. M. Howdle, J. Mater. Chem., 2007, 17, 4382
    DOI: 10.1039/B705917E

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