Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Epoxy-silica hybrids for coating applications
Author: Prezzi, Luca
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 2003
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
When the size of the inorganic domains in a polymer composite are reduced to nano-scale dimensions, the term nano-composites or organic-inorganic hybrids is used to differentiate them from conventional (micro-)composites. Organic–inorganic hybrids are characterised by a morphology in which the two phases are co-continuously dispersed. The inclusion of a nano-sized inorganic phase in an organic matrix, can be brought about by either the addition of pre-formed nanoparticles or by the sol–gel method. The second method is used for the production of hybrids (also known as ceramers). In this study the nano-composites were obtained by casting solutions of epoxy resin and silica precursors both from in-situ generated silica by sol–gel using TEOS in appropriate conditions and as pre-formed dispersions of 7nm diameter silica particles.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Akzo Nobel NV ; International Paint Ltd
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available