This paper discusses homogeneous nanocomposite media that contain up to 12 wt% of SiO<sub>2</sub> nanoparticles. The method of producing nanocomposites is based on the processes of self-organization accompanying the formation of thin polymer shells around each nanoparticle, which is the main way of obtaining an optical quasi-homogeneous material. When the initial monomeric compound is polymerized with UV irradiation, a solid transparent nanocomposite is obtained. Infrared spectroscopy and the determination of the sorption and hardness of the composites are used to confirm the presence of self-organization processes accompanying the formation of the material. The types of nanoparticle–polymer chemical bonds are investigated and determined.
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Original Manuscript: October 24, 2011
Published: February 29, 2012
S. A. Semina, J. A. Burunkova, and I. Yu. Denisyuk, "How SiO2 nanoparticles affect the self-organization of acrylic composites cured with UV radiation," J. Opt. Technol. 79, 108-111 (2012)