Preparation of element-block materials using inorganic nanostructures and their applications

Naokazu Idota, Yoshiyuki Sugahara*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The evolution of organic-inorganic hybrids is highly desirable for the further acquisition of functionalities not achievable with conventional polymer materials in terms of mechanical, electronic, optical, and magnetic properties. Element-blocks, which are heterogeneous structures consisting of organic and inorganic components mixed at the element level, and their highly ordered polymeric derivatives, element-block polymers, are highly useful for overcoming a number of difficult problems. Among the various approaches to establishing element-blocks, this review focuses on surface modification of inorganic nanostructures with organic molecules to control interactions at the interfaces between organic and inorganic components in the organic-inorganic hybrids. For the design of surface-modified inorganic-nanostructure-based element-blocks, the dimensional features of inorganic nanostructures and the methods of modifying organic molecules on the surfaces are discussed from the viewpoint of nanomaterials. Finally, various applications using surface-modified inorganic-nanostructure-based element-blocks are introduced in terms of polymer-based hybrids and hierarchal architectures to provide successful examples, which are important to the development of polymeric materials based on element-blocks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Polymeric Materials Based on Element-Blocks
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789811328893
ISBN (Print)9789811328886
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1


  • Hierarchical architecture
  • Nanostructure
  • Polymer-based hybrid
  • Surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemistry


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