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Polymer based nanocomposites with tailorable optical properties
Author(s): Annalisa Colombo; Roberto Simonutti
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Paper Abstract

Transparent polymers are extensively used in everyday life, from windows to computer displays, from food packaging to lenses. A possible approach for modulating their optical properties (refractive index, transparency, color and luminescence) is to change the chemical structure of the polymer, however this option is in many cases economically prohibitive. Our approach, instead, relies in the use of standard polymers with the supplement of specific nanostructured additives able to tune the final property of the material. Among others, the cases of luminescent solar concentrators based on poly(methylmethacrylate) containing luminescent quantum dots and highly transparent polymer nanocomposites with high refractive index will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9161, Nanophotonic Materials XI, 91610Q (10 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2062388
Show Author Affiliations
Annalisa Colombo, Univ. degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Italy)
Fondazione CIFE (Italy)
Roberto Simonutti, Univ. degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9161:
Nanophotonic Materials XI
Stefano Cabrini; Gilles Lérondel; Adam M. Schwartzberg; Taleb Mokari, Editor(s)

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