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Keywords:

  • Hybrid films;
  • Nanocrystalline materials;
  • Self-organization;
  • Sol-gel chemistry
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Organic-inorganic hybrid films containing layered organosilica nanocrystals are obtained by an alcohol-free hydrolytic sol-gel process from a mono-functionalized organically modified alkoxide. Kinetically controlled self-organization is used to design the hybrid nanocomposite films. The layered nanocrystals are shown to be oriented within the films, which exhibited optical anisotropy (Δn > 10−3); the hybrid nanocomposite material is shown to be suitable for microfabrication by soft lithography.