Fabrication and Characterization of Nanometer-sized AgCl/PMMA Hybrid Materials

  •  Xiangting Dong    
  •  Jinxian Wang    
  •  Xiuli Feng    
  •  L. Y. Wang    
  •  Nancy Kariuki    
  •  J. Luo    
  •  C. J Zhong    


Nanometer-sized AgCl/PMMA hybrid materials were synthesized by in situ polymerization. XRD analyses indicated that the prepared samples were amorphous in structure. SEM and EDS analyses indicated that the elements of Ag, Cl in the materials were homogeneous distribution. HSEM images showed that the AgCl nanoparticles in the hybrid materials were spherical in shape, the size was ca. 50nm, particle size distribution was in narrow range, and no agglomerates were clearly observed. The transmissivity and the solubility of the hybrid materials decreased with the increase of AgCl contents in hybrid materials. The TG-DTA analyses indicated that the weight of the hybrid material kept constant above 400oC, the weight loss was 96.98%, and organic compounds were completely decomposed at 385.60oC. The nanometer-sized AgCl/PMMA hybrid materials had some photochromic effect.

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