Organic-Inorganic Hybrids: Metal Oxide/Polymer Hybrid Nanoparticles with Versatile Functionality Prepared by Controlled Surface Crystallization (Adv. Funct. Mater. 4/2013)



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Functional metal oxide/polymer hybrids with diverse properties (magnetic, optical, and catalytic) are prepared from both aqueous and alcoholic media. As reported on page 451 by Katharina Landfester, Rafael Muñoz-Espí, and co-workers, the inorganic nanocrystals are precipitated in situ on the surface of functionalized polymer particles. The image shows iron oxide nanoparticles on the surface of functionalized polystyrene beads.