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Smart inorganic/organic hybrid microgels: Synthesis and characterisation

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Abstract

Responsive hybrid colloids containing both organic and inorganic components have been the subject of many investigations in recent years. These new materials combine the stimuli-responsiveness of some polymer-based colloids with the unique properties of inorganic nanoparticles. This article will review the different possible variations of such hybrid colloids. Moreover, synthetic approaches, methods of characterisation, and a few applications will be discussed. Due to the rather high number of recent publications dealing with hybrid materials based on a variety of polymers, we will mainly focus on responsive hybrid microgels made of poly(N-isopropyl-acrylamide) or poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) in aqueous media.

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The article was received on 12 Nov 2008, accepted on 01 Jul 2009 and first published on 04 Aug 2009


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B820292N
J. Mater. Chem., 2009,19, 8714-8727

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    Smart inorganic/organic hybrid microgels: Synthesis and characterisation

    M. Karg and T. Hellweg, J. Mater. Chem., 2009, 19, 8714
    DOI: 10.1039/B820292N

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