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Aligned carbon nanotube, graphene and graphite oxide thin films via substrate-directed rapid interfacial deposition

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Abstract

A procedure for depositing thin films of carbon nanostructures is described that overcomes the limitations typically associated with solution based methods. Transparent and conductively continuous carbon coatings can be grown on virtually any type of substrate within seconds. Interfacial surface tension gradients result in directional fluid flow and film spreading at the water/oil interface. Transparent films of carbon nanostructures are produced including aligned ropes of single-walled carbon nanotubes and assemblies of single sheets of chemically converted graphene and graphite oxide. Process scale-up, layer-by-layer deposition, and a simple method for coating non-activated hydrophobic surfaces are demonstrated.

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The article was received on 02 Jan 2012, accepted on 22 Feb 2012 and first published on 27 Feb 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2NR00010E
Citation: Nanoscale, 2012,4, 3075-3082
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    Aligned carbon nanotube, graphene and graphite oxide thin films via substrate-directed rapid interfacial deposition

    J. M. D'Arcy, H. D. Tran, A. Z. Stieg, J. K. Gimzewski and R. B. Kaner, Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 3075
    DOI: 10.1039/C2NR00010E

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