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High-pressure synthesis of a polyethylene/zeolite nano-composite material.
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PMID:  23463000     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Meso/micro-porous solids, such as zeolites, are complex materials used in an impressive range of applications. Here we photo-polymerized ethylene using non-catalytic high-pressure techniques at 0.5-1.5 GPa under ultraviolet (351-364 nm) irradiation on a sub-nanometre scale in the channels of a pure SiO zeolite, silicalite, to obtain a unique nano-composite material with drastically modified mechanical properties. The structure obtained contains single polyethylene chains, which adapt very well to the confining channels as shown by optical spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The formation of this nano-composite results in significant increases in bulk modulus and density, and the thermal expansion coefficient changes sign from negative to positive with respect to silicalite. Mechanical properties may thus be tuned by varying the amount of polymerized ethylene. Our findings could allow the high-pressure, catalyst-free synthesis of a unique generation of technological, functional materials based on simple hydrocarbons polymerized in confining meso/micro-porous solids.
Mario Santoro; Federico A Gorelli; Roberto Bini; Julien Haines; Arie van der Lee
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature communications     Volume:  4     ISSN:  2041-1723     ISO Abbreviation:  Nat Commun     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101528555     Medline TA:  Nat Commun     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1557     Citation Subset:  IM    
Istituto di Fisica Applicata N. Carrara, IFAC-CNR, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze, Italy.
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