Photocurable silica hybrid organic-inorganic films for photonic applications

Stefano Costacurta, Luca Malfatti, Paolo Falcaro, Plinio Innocenzi*

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We report the preparation of hybrid organic-inorganic films deposited by dip-coating from a base-catalyzed sol containing tetraethoxysilane and 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane as the silicon source, and ethyl-2,4,6-trimethylbenzoylphenylphosphinate as the photoinitiator. The films were cured with a UV lamp, obtaining a change in refractive index upon UV irradiation through the formation of an interpenetrated silica-methacrylate network. The refractive index increased of Δn = 14 × 10-3 after UV treatment. The synthesis is simple and reproducible and yields films with optical quality which can be useful as materials for applications in optics and information storage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-64
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Hybrid organic-inorganic
  • Methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane
  • Photopolymerization
  • Sol-gel
  • Thin films
  • UV curing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites

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