Hairy nanoparticle assemblies as one-component functional polymer nanocomposites: opportunities and challenges

Nikhil J. Fernandes, Hilmar Koerner, Emmanuel P. Giannelis, Richard A. Vaia

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Over the past three decades, the combination of inorganic-nanoparticles and organic-polymers has led to a wide variety of advanced materials, including polymer nanocomposites (PNCs). Recently, synthetic innovations for attaching polymers to nanoparticles to create hairy nanoparticles (HNPs) has expanded opportunities in this field. In addition to nanoparticle compatibilization for traditional particle-matrix blending, neat-HNPs afford one-component hybrids, both in composition and properties, which avoids issues of mixing that plague traditional PNCs. Continuous improvements in purity, scalability, and theoretical foundations of structure-performance relationships are critical to achieving design control of neat-HNPs necessary for future applications, ranging from optical, energy, and sensor devices to lubricants, green-bodies, and structures. © 2013 Materials Research Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-29
Number of pages17
JournalMRS Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 18 2013
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUS-C1-018-02
Acknowledgements: This publication is based on work supported in part by Award No. KUS-C1-018-02, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIP-1114275 and work supported by NYSERDA under Grant No. 18507. NYSERDA has not reviewed the information contained herein, and the opinions expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect those of NYSERDA or the State of New York. This work was funded in part by the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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