This NJC Hot paper provided by Julie P. Harmon and co-workers (University of South Florida and Florida Southern College, USA) details a new method for enhancing polymer physical properties through inclusion of a coordination polymer into a polymer matrix.
A series of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) composites with a novel one dimensional coordination polymer copper-4,4’-trimethylenedipyrine (Cu-TMDP) were prepared. The CU-TMDP was sonicated in a methyl methacrylate monomer and polymerized in situ. The thermal, mechanical, and optical properties of Cu-TMDP-PMMA composites were measured by different techniques. This novel material has potential applications requiring particular mechanical properties.
Poly(methyl methacrylate) composites of copper-4,4′-trimethylenedipyridine by Shisi Liu, Ramakanth Ananthoji, Sungyub Han, Bernard Knudsen, Xiao Li, Lukasz Wojtas, Justin Massing, Carmen Valdez Gauthier and Julie P. Harmon, New J. Chem., 2012, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C2NJ20745A
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