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Nanoparticle–sulphur “inverse vulcanisation” polymer composites

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Composites of sulphur polymers with nanoparticles such as PbS, with tunable optical properties are reported. A hydrothermal route incorporating pre-formed nanoparticles was used, and their physical and chemical properties evaluated by transmission and scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric and elemental analyses. These polymers are easily synthesised from an industrial waste material, elemental sulphur, can be cast into virtually any form and as such represent a new class of materials designed for a responsible energy future.

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24 Apr 2015
26 May 2015
First published
27 May 2015

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 10467-10470
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Nanoparticle–sulphur “inverse vulcanisation” polymer composites

J. C. Bear, W. J. Peveler, P. D. McNaughter, I. P. Parkin, P. O'Brien and C. W. Dunnill, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 10467
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC03419A

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