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Continuously Fabricated Transparent Conductive Polycarbonate/Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposite Film for Switchable Thermochromic Applications

Abstract

Flexible transparent conductive films (TCFs) have attracted more and more attention because of their wide range of potential applications. Industrial-scale manufacturing of high-performance TCFs is still a challenge for wide applications. Here, TCFs based on polycarbonate (PC) film successively coated with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are continuously fabricated by a combined spraying and roll-to-roll (R2R) technique. Moreover, such continuous and scalable method is programmable and fully automated. The synergistic effect between the successively sprayed MWNTs and SWNTs significantly enhances both conductivity and adhesion, resulting in good optoelectrical properties, remarkable corrosion resistance, and excellent mechanical flexibility. With these advantages, the as-fabricated TCFs show great potentials in flexible smart windows with switchable thermochromic property. The proposed technique in this study is an effective approach for large-scale fabricating carbon nanotubes/polymer based TCFs, which are promising for a wide variety of practical applications.

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The article was received on 16 Apr 2018, accepted on 03 Jun 2018 and first published on 07 Jun 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC01779D
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Continuously Fabricated Transparent Conductive Polycarbonate/Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposite Film for Switchable Thermochromic Applications

    B. Zhou, Y. Li, K. Dai, G. Zheng, C. Liu, Y. Ma, J. Zhang, N. Wang, C. Shen and Z. Guo, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8TC01779D

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