Synthesis of SiO2-coated Bi2S3/ poly(styrene) nanocomposites by in-situ polymerization

A.C. Carvalho Esteves, de, M.C. Neves, A.M.M.V. Barros-Timmons, E. Bourgeat-Lami, L. Liz-Marzan, T. Trindade

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New nanocomposites containing silica-coated Bi2S3 nanofibers were synthesised by in situ polymerization using two distinct synthetic strategies: emulsion and suspension polymerization. Transmission and scanning electron microscopy of the nanocomposite particles showed that in both cases the Bi2S3/SiO2 nanoparticles were densely coated with poly(styrene). In situ emulsion polymerization afforded nanocomposites in which the nanofibers were coated with polymer spheres whilst suspension polymerization gives rise to a homogeneous polymer layer coat. The morphology of the poly(styrene) coating observed is discussed considering the surface modification of the nanofibers and the polymerization technique involved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-420
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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