Silica-Based Sol-Gel Organic-Inorganic Nanocomposite Materials: A Review of Different Material Technologies

Report No. ARL-TR-2732
Authors: Sandra K. Young
Date/Pages: May 2002; 27 pages
Abstract: Organic-inorganic nanocomposite materials continue to interest researchers. The idea of combining the properties of organic systems with the properties of inorganic systems in a synergistic fashion is not only desirable but also widely sought in materials. It is the difficulties with which these materials are often met which keep many researchers from entering this field. However, the area of silica-based organic-inorganic nanocomposites is not new and is quickly becoming one of the emerging technologies for new materials. This work represents an overview of the different types of silica-based organic-inorganic nanomaterials.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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