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Mechanically reinforced silica aerogel nanocomposites via surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerizations

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Here we report the preparation of mechanically robust silica aerogel polymer nanocomposites using surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. This approach was used to grow poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) with low polydispersities and establish the first structure–property relationship between the grafted PMMA molecular weight and bulk physical properties of the hybrid aerogel.

Graphical abstract: Mechanically reinforced silica aerogel nanocomposites via surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerizations

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Submitted
13 May 2010
Accepted
07 Jun 2010
First published
22 Jul 2010

J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 6863-6865
Article type
Communication

Mechanically reinforced silica aerogel nanocomposites via surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerizations

D. J. Boday, P. Y. Keng, B. Muriithi, J. Pyun and D. A. Loy, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 6863
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM01448F

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