Silica nanoparticles of various sizes have
been incorporated by melt compounding in a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)
matrix to enhance its thermal and mechanical properties. In order to improve
nanoparticles dispersion, PMMA grafted particles have been prepared by atom
transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) from well-defined silica nanoparticles.
This strategy was expected to ensure compatibility between both components
of the PMMA nanocomposites. TEM analysis have been performed to evaluate the
nanosilica dispersion whereas modified and non-modified silica/PMMA nanocomposites
thermal stability and mechanical properties have been investigated by both
thermogravimetric and dynamical mechanical analysis.