Stimuli-responsive switchable organic-inorganic nanocomposite materials

Wonsik Lee, Dongjun Kim, Seokhee Lee, Jihyeon Park, Seoyeah Oh, Geonho Kim, Joonyoung Lim, Jiwon Kim

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Organic-inorganic nanocomposite materials have attracted a great attention since they cover a wide range of properties by combining the contrasting properties and/or creating novel properties. Functional properties of composites could further be manipulated by stimuli such as light, pH, magnetic/electric field, mechanical force, and heat. When the stimuli can control a wide range of materials’ property, it can be applied to a device with an ON-OFF system: a switch. A switchable material should exhibit the property that is noticeably different upon stimulation (i.e. ON and OFF states) with reversible mechanism. Research on switchable materials has been actively carried out to maximize the difference between ON and OFF states by modifying the structure and composition of nanocomposites, and also on stimuli to control the response time. Switchable materials find their applications in various fields such as catalysts, sensors, photodetectors, memory devices, and drug delivery systems. In this review, we discuss the recent advances in the design/synthesis of organic-inorganic nanoscale materials in which their properties can be controlled in response to a specific stimulus. In addition, we introduce various stimuli (furthermore, multi-stimuli), applications of switchable nanocomposites in a wide range of fields, and also challenges with an outlook.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-123
Number of pages27
JournalNano Today
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), Korea , under the “ICT Consilience Creative Program” ( IITP-2018-2017-0-01015 ) supervised by the Institute for Information & Communications Technology Promotion (IITP), and also by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea ( NRF-2016-009709 ). This research was also supported by the TJ Park Science Fellowship of POSCO TJ Park Foundation . This work was supported by the Yonsei University Future-leading Research Initiative of 2017 (2017-22-0076).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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