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Keywords:

  • metal–polymer hybrid materials;
  • polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE);
  • atomic layer deposition;
  • transition metals
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A hybrid material consisting of polytetrafluoroethylene and transition metals and its mechanical properties are reported by Seung-Mo Lee, Vladislav Ischenko, Mato Knez, and co-workers on page 3047. The incorporation is based on atomic layer deposition and allows the top-down modification even of chemically resistant polymers. The resulting novel hybrid material shows physical properties significantly differing from the native polymer and promises a new approach towards functional polymers.