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Layer-by-Layer Thin Films of Carbon Nanotubes

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 February 2011


Marco Palumbo
Affiliation:
marco.palumbo@durham.ac.uk, Durham University, School of Engineering, South Road, Durham, N/A, DH1 3LE, United Kingdom, +44 (0)191 334 2535, +44 (0)191 334 2407
Kye Ung Lee
Affiliation:
lkume@kaist.ac.kr, Korea Advanced Institute, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea, Republic of
Byung Tae Ahn
Affiliation:
btahn@kaist.ac.kr, Korea Advanced Institute, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea, Republic of
Anil Suri
Affiliation:
anil.suri@durham.ac.uk, Durham University, Department of Chemistry, United Kingdom
Karl Coleman
Affiliation:
k.s.coleman@durham.ac.uk, Durham University, Department of Chemistry, United Kingdom
Dagou Zeze
Affiliation:
d.a.zeze@durham.ac.uk, Durham University, School of Engineering and Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics, United Kingdom
David Wood
Affiliation:
david.wood@durham.ac.uk, Durham University, School of Engineering and Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics
Michael C Petty
Affiliation:
m.c.petty@durham.ac.uk, Durham University, School of Engineering and Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics, United Kingdom

Abstract

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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