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Coating of Ultrathin Polymer Films on Carbon Nanotubes by a Plasma Treatment

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 February 2011

Peng He
Affiliation:
Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221
Jie Lian
Affiliation:
Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Donglu Shi
Affiliation:
Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221
Lumin Wang
Affiliation:
Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
David Mast
Affiliation:
Dept. of Physics,, Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221
Wim J. van Ooij
Affiliation:
Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221
Mark Schulz
Affiliation:
Dept. of Mechanical, Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221
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Abstract

Ultrathin polymer films have been deposited on both single- and multi-wall carbon nanotubes using a plasma polymerization treatment. HRTEM experiments showed that an extremely thin film of the pyrrole layer (2–7 nm) was uniformly deposited on the surfaces of the nanotubes including inner wall surfaces of the multi-wall nanotubes. Time-of-Flight Secondary ion mass spectroscopy (TOFSIMS) experiments confirmed the nanosurface deposition of polymer thin films on the nanotubes. The deposition mechanisms and the effects of plasma treatment parameters are discussed.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2003

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