Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Tunable High Refractive Index Polymer Hybrid and Polymer-Inorganic Nanocomposite Coatings

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Steve BullORCiD



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


© Atomized spray plasma deposition (ASPD) provides a single-step, low-temperature, and dry approach for the preparation of high refractive index hybrid polymer or polymer-inorganic nanocomposite coatings. Refractive indices as high as 1.936 at 635 nm wavelength have been obtained for ASPD 4-bromostyrene/toluene-TiO2 nanocomposite layers containing low titania loadings. Thin films with any desired refractive index up to 1.936 can be easily deposited onto a variety of substrates by varying the precursor mixture composition. ASPD overcomes disadvantages commonly associated with alternative fabrication methods for depositing high refractive index coatings (elevated temperatures, wet processes, UV curing steps, and much greater inorganic loadings).

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ritchie AW, Cox HJ, Gonabadi HI, Bull SJ, Badyal JPS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Year: 2021

Volume: 13

Issue: 28

Pages: 33477-33484

Print publication date: 21/07/2021

Online publication date: 13/07/2021

Acceptance date: 29/06/2021

Date deposited: 12/08/2021

ISSN (print): 1944-8244

ISSN (electronic): 1944-8252

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c07372


Altmetrics provided by Altmetric


Funder referenceFunder name