Interest in hybrid materials has grown substantially as researchers recognize that the ability to tailor the organization of organic/inorganic composites at nanometer length scales provides access to materials with properties nonlinearly related to the bulk properties of the individual components. Efforts to tailor nanostructure through the design, synthesis and processing of nanocomponents and the investigation of intermediate and final properties have intensified, driven in part by the roadmap that guides miniaturization in the electronics and photonics industries. This book creates a forum for researchers involved in the synthesis, characterization, processing and properties analysis of organic/inorganic hybrid materials to develop ideas and points of view. Topics include: well-defined nanobuilding blocks-precursors for hybrids; strategies to functional lamellar hybrid materials; chemical strategies for the design of new hybrids; biomaterials, biogels and biomimetic approaches of materials; templated growth to nano/meso/macrostructured hybrid materials; advanced processing for hybrid materials; processing and properties of functional hybrids (optical, electrical and mechanical) and properties of hybrids (optical, electrical, mechanical and catalysis).
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