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Inorganic-organic nanocomposites for optical coatings
Author(s): Helmut K. Schmidt; Herbert Krug; Bernhard Sepeur-Zeitz; Elisabeth Geiter
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Paper Abstract

The fabrication of nanoparticles by the sol-gel process and their use in polymeric or sol-gel-derived inorganic-organic composite matrices opens up interesting possibilities for designing new optical materials. Two different routes have been chosen for preparing optical nanocomposites: The first is the so-called 'in situ route,' where the nanoparticles are synthesized in a liquid mixture from Zr-alkoxides in a polymerizable system and diffractive gratings were produced by embossing uncured film. The second is the 'separate' preparation route, where a sterically stabilized dry nanoboehmite powder was completely redispersed in an epoxy group-containing matrix and hard coatings with optical quality on polycarbonate were prepared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 October 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3136, Sol-Gel Optics IV, (2 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.284124
Show Author Affiliations
Helmut K. Schmidt, Institut fuer Neue Materialien gem GmbH (Germany)
Herbert Krug, Institut fuer Neue Materialien gem GmbH (United States)
Bernhard Sepeur-Zeitz, Institut fuer Neue Materialien gem GmbH (Germany)
Elisabeth Geiter, Institut fuer Neue Materialien gem GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3136:
Sol-Gel Optics IV
Bruce S. Dunn; John D. Mackenzie; Edward J. A. Pope; Helmut K. Schmidt; Masayuki Yamane, Editor(s)

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