Nano Express

Nanoscale Research Letters

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 303-306

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Double In Situ Approach for the Preparation of Polymer Nanocomposite with Multi-functionality

  • De-Yi WangAffiliated withCenter for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University
  • , Yan-Peng SongAffiliated withCenter for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University
  • , Jun-Sheng WangAffiliated withCenter for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University
  • , Xin-Guo GeAffiliated withCenter for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University
  • , Yu-Zhong WangAffiliated withCenter for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University Email author 
  • , Anna A. StecAffiliated withCentre for Fire and Hazards Science, School of Forensic and Investigative Science, University of Central Lancashire
  • , T. Richard HullAffiliated withCentre for Fire and Hazards Science, School of Forensic and Investigative Science, University of Central Lancashire Email author 

Abstract

A novel one-step synthetic route, the double in situ approach, is used to produce both TiO2 nanoparticles and polymer (PET), and simultaneously forming a nanocomposite with multi-functionality. The method uses the release of water during esterification to hydrolyze titanium (IV) butoxide (Ti(OBu)4) forming nano-TiO2 in the polymerization vessel. This new approach is of general significance in the preparation of polymer nanocomposites, and will lead to a new route in the synthesis of multi-functional polymer nanocomposites.

Keywords

In situ polymerization Nanocomposites Polyesters Flame retardance Fire retardant