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Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 59–64 | Cite as

Photocurable silica hybrid organic–inorganic films for photonic applications

  • Stefano Costacurta
  • Luca Malfatti
  • Paolo Falcaro
  • Plinio Innocenzi
Original Paper

Abstract

We report the preparation of hybrid organic–inorganic films deposited by dip-coating from a base-catalyzed sol containing tetraethoxysilane and 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane as the silicon source, and ethyl-2,4,6-trimethylbenzoylphenylphosphinate as the photoinitiator. The films were cured with a UV lamp, obtaining a change in refractive index upon UV irradiation through the formation of an interpenetrated silica-methacrylate network. The refractive index increased of Δn = 14 × 10−3 after UV treatment. The synthesis is simple and reproducible and yields films with optical quality which can be useful as materials for applications in optics and information storage.

Keywords

Sol–gel Methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane UV curing Hybrid organic–inorganic Photopolymerization Thin films 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Italian Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca (MiUR) through the grants: PRIN (contract n. 2005039071_005), FIRB2001 (RBNE01P4JF) and FIRB2003 (RBNE033KMA). Prof. Masahide Takahashi is acknowledged for helpful discussion.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Costacurta
    • 1
  • Luca Malfatti
    • 1
  • Paolo Falcaro
    • 2
  • Plinio Innocenzi
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorio di Scienza dei Materiali e Nanotecnologie, Dipartimento di Architettura e PianificazioneUniversità di Sassari, Nanoworld Institute and INSTMAlgheroItaly
  2. 2.Associazione CIVEN – Nano Fabrication FacilityMargheraItaly

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