New materials - where chemistry and materials sciences meet
Akad. prof. dr. Ulricha Schuberta
Vienna University of Tehnology, Austria
New materials are the basis for new technologies. To overcome the limits of traditional materials, new materials concepts are needed. An example is inorganic-organic hybrid materials. Combination of inorganic and organic building blocks on a molecular scale results in properties between that of purely organic (polymers, molecular materials etc.) and purely inorganic materials (glass, ceramics, etc.). In order to obtain the desired “tailor-made” property profiles, the reactivity and functionality of the molecular precursors must be carefully tuned. This offers the opportunity to design chemical strategies for the synthesis of materials with pre-defined properties.