Synthesis and characterization of TiO 2 /Ag/polymer ternary nanoparticles via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization

Jung Tae Park, Joo Hwan Koh, Jin Ah Seo, Yong Soo Cho, Jong Hak Kim

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We report on the novel ternary hybrid materials consisting of semiconductor (TiO 2 ), metal (Ag) and polymer (poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) (POEM)). First, a hydrophilic polymer, i.e. POEM, was grafted from TiO 2 nanoparticles via the surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) technique. These TiO 2 -POEM brush nanoparticles were used to template the formation of Ag nanoparticles by introduction of a AgCF 3 SO 3 precursor and a NaBH 4 aqueous solution for reduction process. Successful grafting of polymeric chains from the surface of TiO 2 nanoparticles and the in situ formation of Ag nanoparticles within the polymeric chains were confirmed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). FT-IR spectroscopy also revealed the specific interaction of Ag nanoparticles with the C=O groups of POEM brushes. This study presents a simple route for the in situ synthesis of both metal and polymer confined within the semiconductor, producing ternary hybrid inorganic-organic nanomaterials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8301-8306
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 1

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) through the Active Polymer Center for Pattern Integration (R11-2007-050-00000-0) and the Korea Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (KCAP) located in Sogang University (NRF-2009-C1AAA001-2009-0093879). This work was also financially supported by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) and Korea Institute for Advancement in Technology (KIAT) through the Workforce Development Program in Strategic Technology and the Human Resources Development of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) (20104010100500).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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