Stabilization of nanocomposites by controlled copolymer structures: a novel way to improved properties and new applications

01 October 2010 → 31 October 2011
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Macromolecular and materials chemistry
    • Organic chemistry
copolymers stabilization nanocomposites controlled radical polymerization
Project description

The properties of existing polymers can be improved by adding a minor fraction of nanoparticles that are small (nanometer range) in at least one dimension. Block copolymers with a controlled structure will be added as an efficient stabilizer for the nanoparticles. The influence of the microstructure or composition of the block copolymers on its stabilization efficiency will be investigated. In addition various applications for the obtained nanocomposites will be tested.