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Issue 41, 2007
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Preparation of polymer–nanoparticle 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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Submitted
20 Apr 2007
Accepted
03 Aug 2007
First published
21 Aug 2007

J. Mater. Chem., 2007,17, 4382-4386
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Paper

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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