Synthesis of macroporous PMMA/silica nanocomposite monoliths in supercritical carbon dioxide

Baohua Yue, Jun Yang, Chien Yueh Huang, Rajesh Dave, Robert Pfeffer

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Macroporous monoliths consisting of silica nanoparticles embedded in poly(metnyl methacrylate) (PMMA) were synthesized in supercritical CO 2. Well-dispersed silica particles, pretreated with functional 3-(trimethoxysily1)-propyl methacrylate (MPS), were to form colloidal PMMA nanocomposites followed by a sol-gel transition forming interconnected structures resulting in micron-sized pores with specific areas between 1 and 7 m2 · g-1. SEM and TEM results revealed uniform morphological characteristics of the composite materials and good dispersions of the silica nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1406-1411
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 5 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry


  • Dispersion polymerization
  • Macroporous
  • Monolith
  • Nanocomposites
  • Silicas
  • Supercritical CO


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