Synthesis of SiO2/polystyrene nanocomposite particles via miniemulsion polymerization

Langmuir. 2005 Mar 15;21(6):2124-8. doi: 10.1021/la047652b.


The SiO(2)/polystyrene nanocomposite particles were synthesized through miniemulsion polymerization by using sodium lauryl sulfate surfactant (SLS), hexadecane costabilizer in the presence of silica particles coated with methacryloxy(propyl)trimethoxysilane. Core-shell or other interesting morphology composite particles were obtained depending on the size of the silica particles and the surfactant concentration employed. By adjusting these parameters, it was possible to control the size and morphology of the composite particles.