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Colloidal nanocomposite particles: quo vadis?

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Abstract

Technical advances in the field of colloidal nanocomposite particles over the past two years are briefly reviewed. Particular emphasis is given to organic–inorganic nanocomposite particles in which the organic phase is a vinyl polymer and the inorganic phase is typically silica. Such nanocomposite particles have been examined in a wide range of applications, ranging from new synthetic mimics for understanding the behaviour of micro-meteorites, to stimulus-responsive Pickering emulsifiers to tough, transparent, scratch-resistant coatings for either timber or housing exteriors. Important breakthroughs, including both improved formulations and characterisation techniques, are discussed and likely future developments in this field are assessed.

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The article was received on 04 Apr 2008, accepted on 24 Jul 2008 and first published on 01 Sep 2008


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/B805764H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2008,18, 5722-5730
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    Colloidal nanocomposite particles: quo vadis?

    J. A. Balmer, A. Schmid and S. P. Armes, J. Mater. Chem., 2008, 18, 5722
    DOI: 10.1039/B805764H

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