Dispersion and incorporation of optical nanotracers

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Silica fluorescent nanoparticles of 40nm diameter are synthesized by a reverse microemulsion process. Numerous industrial applications involve the homogeneous incorporation of nanoparticles into a polymer matrix. Nevertheless, because of their low size, nanoparticles tend to agglomerate into the polymer matrix. With an appropriate surface treatement consiting of ultrasonication and functionalization, a same fluorescent nanoparticle can be incorporated homogeneously either into an hydrophilc-based polymer or into an hydrophobic-based one. The fluorescence of these nanoparticles is a good way to quantify the quality of the dispersion obtained. Confocal microscopy images show the well-dispersed nanotracers in several polymers.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Nanotechnology 2008: Materials, Fabrication, Particles, and Characterization – Technical Proceedings of the 2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 1
Published: June 1, 2008
Pages: 230 - 233
Industry sector: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
Topic: Composite Materials
ISBN: 978-1-4200-8503-7