Transparent polymer/silica hybrid gels

L. C. Klein, C. L. Beaudryt, S. Yamazakit, A. B. Wojciktt

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Inorganic/organic gels are prepared by hydrolyzing silica-containing alkoxides. Organics are introduced either by functionalizing the silica (chemical hybrids) or by dissolving organic polymer in the solvent (physical hybrids). When the organic is a linear polymer, such as polyvinyl acetate) or poly(ethylene oxide), the interactions between the organic and inorganic components are largely through surface hydroxyl groups. These interactions are responsible for the degree of visible light transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1029004
Pages (from-to)54-63
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jul 29 1997
EventSol-Gel and Polymer Photonic Devices: A Critical Review 1997 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jul 27 1997Aug 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Inorganic/organic hybrids
  • Interpenetrating networks
  • Poly(ethylene glycol)
  • Poly(ethylene oxide)
  • Polyvinyl acetate)
  • Silica gels
  • Sol-gel process


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