Nanotubings of titania/polymer composite: Template synthesis and nanoparticle inclusion

Jianguo Huang, Toyoki Kunitake

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Abstract

Novel nanotubular titania/polymer composite materials are synthesized via complete and nanometer-precise morphological replication of a porous alumina membrane with titania/polymer nanocomposite thin films. The obtained titania/polymer nanocomposite tubing is physically flexible, and can be seen as a new type of soft matter. Latex colloidal microspheres are encapsulated into the resultant nanotubing to form a unique free-standing 'micro-beanpod' colloidal assembly. Removal of the polymer components from the nanocomposite tubings by low-temperature oxygen plasma treatment yields titania nanotubes with porous walls. The resulting mesopores are subsequently employed as a nanoreactor for the chemical formation of gold nanoparticles to give a novel, nanostructured, particle-in-wall nanotubular hybrid. The nano-architectures demonstrated herein are generally applicable to the syntheses of various ceramic-polymer composite nanotubes and nanoparticle-nanotube hybrids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4257-4264
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Volume16
Issue number43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 6 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Polymers
Titanium
Nanoparticles
Nanotubes
Composite materials
Tubing
Nanocomposites
Nanoreactors
Nanocomposite films
Aluminum Oxide
Latex
Latexes
Microspheres
Gold
Alumina
titanium dioxide
Oxygen
Membranes
Plasmas
Thin films

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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Nanotubings of titania/polymer composite : Template synthesis and nanoparticle inclusion. / Huang, Jianguo; Kunitake, Toyoki.

In: Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol. 16, No. 43, 06.11.2006, p. 4257-4264.

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Huang, Jianguo ; Kunitake, Toyoki. / Nanotubings of titania/polymer composite : Template synthesis and nanoparticle inclusion. In: Journal of Materials Chemistry. 2006 ; Vol. 16, No. 43. pp. 4257-4264.
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