Conductive oxygen barrier films using supramolecular assembly of graphene embedded polyelectrolyte multilayers

Ankush A. Gokhale, Jue Lu, Nathan J. Parker, Andrew P. Izbicki, Oishi Sanyal, Ilsoon Lee

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    The supramolecular self-assembly of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) provides robust bottom-up strategies to assemble a broad spectrum of nanostructures on the host substrates. In this study, we discuss the formation of graphene nanoplatelet (GNP) embedded polyelectrolyte films to enhance the oxygen barrier properties of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) films. Despite cheaper costs and high mechanical strength, the diffusion of small gas molecules such as oxygen through PET films remains a matter of great concern. The simple yet robust supramolecular deposition of GNP/polyelectrolyte on PET substrates significantly increases the tortuous path the oxygen molecule has to travel, making it harder to diffuse through the PET film. With permeability coefficients in the range of 10-18cccm/cm2sPa, the coatings developed in this study show three orders of magnitude reduction as compared to the permeability coefficient of the bare PET film, significantly lower than that of ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) and comparable to silicon oxide thin films used in commercial gas barrier foils. The use of GNPs in the multilayered films also helped reduce the electrical sheet resistance to about 1MΩ which is five orders of magnitude lower than the original PET substrate opening up promising opportunities for future use in semiconductor and electronics industry. Making suitable modifications in the deposition process, three configurations of GNP embedded PEM multilayers namely hydrogen bonded, electrostatic, and composite films were developed and their effect on oxygen barrier property and sheet resistance was monitored. Oxygen permeability of films was tested in accordance with ASTM D-3985 using a MOCON 2/21 ML instrument, whereas electrical sheet resistance was quantified using a Gamry Femtostat Electrochemical Impedance station.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)219-226
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
    Volume409
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

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    Arthroscopy
    Polyethylene terephthalates
    Oxygen
    Ovulation
    Polyelectrolytes
    Magnesium Deficiency
    Graphene
    Multilayers
    Micelles
    Sheet resistance
    Substrates
    Hydraulic conductivity
    Molecules
    Gases
    Psychologic Desensitization
    Electronics industry
    Silicon oxides
    Composite films
    Self assembly
    Metal foil

    Keywords

    • Conductive films
    • Gas barrier
    • Graphene nanoplatelet
    • Layer-by-layer assembly
    • Polyelectrolyte multilayers

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Biomaterials
    • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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    Conductive oxygen barrier films using supramolecular assembly of graphene embedded polyelectrolyte multilayers. / Gokhale, Ankush A.; Lu, Jue; Parker, Nathan J.; Izbicki, Andrew P.; Sanyal, Oishi; Lee, Ilsoon.

    In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol. 409, 01.11.2013, p. 219-226.

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    Gokhale, Ankush A.; Lu, Jue; Parker, Nathan J.; Izbicki, Andrew P.; Sanyal, Oishi; Lee, Ilsoon / Conductive oxygen barrier films using supramolecular assembly of graphene embedded polyelectrolyte multilayers.

    In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol. 409, 01.11.2013, p. 219-226.

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