The precise organization of functional matters on the chemically inert surfaces of varied substrates for the fabrication of uniform hybrid architectures in the meso-and nanoscale is one of the new challenging frontiers in materials chemistry. Sol-gel process provides a promising synthesis route towards such fascinating materials because it not only endows the resulting hybrids with cooperatively distinct and superior properties, but also offers the refreshed surfaces to facilitate linking diverse functionalities targeted to specific applications. In this chapter, we mainly focused on the sol-gel processes on the chemically inert surfaces of carbon nanotubes and polystyrene colloids. The newly developed preparation protocols and tentative application explorations of such novel hybrid materials were reviewed. Three sections are involved in the context of this chapter: 1) an overview of the relative research background; 2) recent advances in the typical fabrication protocols, the correspondingly fascinating properties and representative applications for these novel hybrid materials (carbon nanotube-and PS-inorganic oxides) with well-defined architectures; 3) an account on the correspondingly recent researches, the perspectives and outlook for the future research directions.
|Title of host publication||The Sol-Gel Process|
|Subtitle of host publication||Uniformity, Polymers and Applications|
|Editors||Rachel E. Morris|
|Place of Publication||Hauppauge NY USA|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|