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Organic-sulfur-zinc hybrid nanoparticle for optical applications synthesized via polycondensation of trithiol and Zn(OAc)2

Bungo Ochiai* and Hirohisa Konta

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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Yamagata University, 4-3-16 Jonan, Yamagata, Yonezawa 992-8510, Japan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:373  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-373

Published: 2 September 2013

Abstract

Organic-sulfur-zinc hybrid materials were prepared via polycondensation of Zn(OAc)2 and trithiols bearing various alkyl groups. A soluble nanoparticle could be obtained by the polycondensation using a trithiol bearing octadecyl moieties. The good dispersing ability as nano-scaled particles was confirmed by dynamic light scattering and atomic force microscopy analyses. This hybrid nanoparticle was miscible with poly(methyl methacrylate) and served as a refractive additive to increase refractive indexes. The calculated refractive index value for the nanoparticle was 1.58.

Keywords:
Organic–inorganic hybrid; Nanoparticle; Refractive index; Sulfur; Zinc