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Organic–Inorganic Nanostructured Colloids

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The synthesis and applications of organic-inorganic nanostructured colloids and colloidal-based materials are reviewed here. Emphasis is placed on the strategies and synthetic methods developed to organize organic-inorganic architectures. The article begins with a description and a general hierarchical classification of different systems, from inorganic particle synthesis and surface modification to more elaborate nanostructured colloids obtained through in situ encapsulation and/or self-assembly techniques. Ordering of colloids into two- and three-dimensional arrays and their use as templates is also considered. For every system, typical examples are given that highlight the advantages and limitations of the techniques, as are more recent developments. Some properties and applicability of organic-inorganic colloids in catalysis, medicine, and coating technologies are also cited.


Document Type: Review Article


Publication date: 2002-02-01

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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