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Issue 6, 2019
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Polymers on nanoparticles: structure & dynamics

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Grafting polymers to nanoparticle surfaces influences properties from the conformation of the polymer chains to the dispersion and assembly of nanoparticles within a polymeric material. Recently, a small body of work has begun to address the question of how grafting polymers to a nanoparticle surface impacts chain dynamics, and the resulting physical properties of a material. This Review discusses recent work that characterizes the structure and dynamics of polymers that are grafted to nanoparticles and opportunities for future research. Starting from the case of a single polymer chain attached to a nanoparticle core, this Review follows the structure of the chains as grafting density increases, and how this structure slows relaxation of polymer chains and affects macroscopic material properties.

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The article was received on 16 Oct 2018, accepted on 11 Jan 2019 and first published on 11 Jan 2019

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM02110D
Citation: Soft Matter, 2019,15, 1120-1134

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    Polymers on nanoparticles: structure & dynamics

    M. J. A. Hore, Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 1120
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM02110D

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