Layer-by-Layer Thin Films of Carbon Nanotubes


Layer-by-layer films incorporating single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with anionic or cationic coatings have been prepared. The process of self-assembly was monitored using the quartz microbalance technique, while the morphology of the resulting thin layers was studied with atomic force microscopy. A variety of different architectures have been built up. The dc conductivities of the thin films, in-plane and out-of-plane, were measured at room temperature and contrasted with reference architectures. The results show clearly that the incorporation of SWNTs into the multilayers resulted in electrically conductive thin films.

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Palumbo, M., Lee, K.U., Ahn, B.T. et al. Layer-by-Layer Thin Films of Carbon Nanotubes. MRS Online Proceedings Library 901, 541 (2005).

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