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Keywords:

  • Clays;
  • Nanocomposites;
  • Polymer nanocomposites;
  • Polymers
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Soft and transparent polymer–clay nanocomposites (see figure), consisting of hydrophobic poly(2-methoxyethylacrylate) and hydrophilic inorganic clay, with a unique clay-network morphology have been synthesized by in situ free-radical polymerization. The nanocomposites exhibit the first observation of abnormal necking behavior accompanied by extremely large reversible elongation (1000–3000 %) and excellent optical transparency, regardless of the clay content (1–30 wt %).