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ISRN Inorganic Chemistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 170919, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/170919
Research Article

Versatile SiO2 Nanoparticles@Polymer Composites with Pragmatic Properties

1Department of Pharmaceutics, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Poona College of Pharmacy, Pune 411038, India
2Department of Applied Chemistry, Defense Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Girinagar, Pune 411025, India
3Department of Chemistry, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Yashwantrao Mohite College, Pune 411038, India

Received 17 November 2013; Accepted 10 December 2013; Published 29 January 2014

Academic Editors: A. Karadag and A. Mishra

Copyright © 2014 Vividha Dhapte et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In the present work, we report the fabrication of silica nanoparticles embedded polymeric (SiO2 nanoparticles@polymer) composite films for numerous traits like texture, folding endurance, crystallinity, size, thermal behavior, spectral analysis, and bioactivity. Significant facets of bulky, inert, inorganic materials are known to burgeon out due to the high surface area of nanosized particles. Nature and proportion of silica nanoparticles as well as polymers exhibited remarkable impact on the fabrication and quality of casted films. Hydrophilic silica nanoparticulate-PVA films depicted better mechanical properties like thermal plus photo stability. Hydrophobic silica nanoparticulate-PMMA films showed qualities of a robust, active, thermostable, antimicrobial material that could resist extreme storage and processing conditions. Overall, these metal oxide nanoparticle-polymer composite films possess qualities reflecting their potential in food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industry.