Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 46, Issue 24, pp 7905–7911 | Cite as

In situ synthesis of high-density contact-free Ag-nanoparticles for plasmon resonance polystyrene nanocomposites

  • Daniele Pullini
  • Gianfranco CarotenutoEmail author
  • Mariano Palomba
  • Alessandra Mosca
  • Andy Horsewell
  • Luigi Nicolais

In the last decades, polymer matrix nanocomposites (PMN) have been studied extensively to exploit the properties of nanofillers for transforming the nature of practical household materials, in particular for mechanical properties [1]. Despite the early successes [2], the massive interest in nanocomposites started in 1990s, when Toyota proved that adding mica to nylon produced a fivefold increase in the yield and tensile strength of the matrix material [3, 4]. Subsequent developments further contributed to the surging interest in polymer–nanoparticle composites. In particular, the growing availability of nanoparticles of monodispersed size and shape, such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, inorganic nanoparticles, dendrimers, and bionanoparticles, and the refining of instrumentation to probe nano-objects, such as scanning force, laser scanning fluorescence, and electron microscopes, have spurred research aimed at probing the influence of particle size and shape on the properties of PMN...


Silver Nanoparticles Surface Plasmon Resonance Surface Plasmon Resonance Absorption High Angle Annular Dark Field Surface Plasmon Resonance Absorption Band 



The authors thank the Center for Electron Nanoscopy of the Technical University of Denmark. The study reported in this communication is partly underpinned by the Directorate for Research of the European Commission in the frame of VII framework program under the contract: 213436-project acronym: Nanotough.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniele Pullini
    • 1
  • Gianfranco Carotenuto
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mariano Palomba
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alessandra Mosca
    • 3
  • Andy Horsewell
    • 3
  • Luigi Nicolais
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Group Materials LabsFiat Research Centre ScpaOrbassanoItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Composite and Biomedical MaterialsNational Research CouncilNaplesItaly
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical Engineering & Center for Electron NanoscopyTechnical University of DenmarkKongens LyngbyDenmark
  4. 4.Department of Materials and Production EngineeringUniversity of Naples ‘Federico II’NaplesItaly

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