This paper discusses the nanomodification of UV-hardenable acrylic composites when a low-molecular-weight ZnO nanoadditive is introduced and describes how this affects the optical and strength properties and the moisture absorption. Anomalous lowering of the moisture capacity by more than a factor of 5 is detected when 10% nanoparticles are introduced into the composite, while its strength is maintained. The internal structure and surface of the resulting nanocomposites are investigated by atomic-force microscopy.
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Yu. É. Burunkova, S. A. Sem'ina, L. N. Kaporskiĭ, and V. V. Levichev, "Nanomodified optical acrylate composites," J. Opt. Technol. 75, 653-657 (2008)