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  1. Photoelectrochemical Properties of Bacteriorhodopsin Langmuir-Blodgett Films on ITO Conductive Electrode

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    王建平; 李津如; 陶培德; 李兴长; 江龙

    1994-01-01

    Langmuir-Blodgett films containing bacteriorhodopsin were deposited on ITO conduc-tive electrodes.A sandwiched photocell with a junction structure of ITO/bR/electrolyte/ITO has beenconstructed,in which the bR LB film was directly put into contact with an aqueous electrolyte immobi-lized in an agar gel.Under visible light irradiation,the photocell produced a transient photocurrent due tothe change of light intensity,which characterized vision imitative material.A photoalarm device based ondifferential responsivity phenomena was fabricated.

  2. Synthesis of novel electrically conducting polymers: Potential conducting Langmuir-Blodgett films and conducting polymers on defined surfaces

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    Zimmer, Hans

    1993-01-01

    Based on previous results involving thiophene derived electrically conducting polymers in which it was shown that thiophene, 3-substituted thiophenes, furans, and certain oligomers of these compounds showed electrical conductivity after polymerization. The conductivity was in the order of up to 500 S/cm. In addition, these polymers showed conductivity without being doped and most of all they were practically inert toward ambient conditions. They even could be used in aqueous media. With these findings as a guide, a number of 3-long-chain-substituted thiophenes and 1-substituted-3-long-chain substituted pyrrols were synthesized as monomers for potential polymeric electrically conducting Langmuir-Blodgett films.

  3. Optically nonlinear Langmuir Blodgett films

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    Amiri, M A

    2003-01-01

    A series of novel amphiphilic molecules plus a new class of chevron-shaped materials, without aliphatic tails, were designed, synthesised and non-centrosymmetrically aligned by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Their LB films exhibited optical second-harmonic generation (SHG). The chevron-shaped molecules have a central cationic acceptor and two pi-bridged donor groups with an angle of ca. 120 deg between the charge-transfer axes of the D-pi-(A sup +)-pi-D unit. A monolayer LB film of a representative example, 1-butyl-2,6-bis[2- (4-dibutylaminophenyl)vinyl]pyridinium iodide, has an effective susceptibility, chi sup ( sup 2 sup ) sub e sub f sub f , of 120 pm V sup - sup 1 at 1064 nm, a thickness of 1.16 nm and an area in contact with the substrate of 0.91 nm sup 2 molecule sup - sup 1. The second-harmonic intensity (1.6 x 10 sup - sup 4 versus quartz) is similar to those of the extensively studied conventional amphiphilic hemicyanines but as a result of non-centrosymmetric alignment, without the need for long ...

  4. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films revisited

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    2016-01-01

    A review on Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films The Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique has been applied for a long time. It exist several books and reviews on the subject. Also, a big number of works and papers have been made. This work only intends to afford a revision of the subject under the point of view of the author, and centered mostly in new references.

  5. Polarization of Hemicyanine Langmuir-Blodgett Films

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    LI Shu-Hong; MU Jian; WANG Wen-Jun; MA Shi-Hong; SUN Jing-Lan; CHU Jun-Hao; WANG Wen-Cheng

    2004-01-01

    @@ The polarization dependence of electric field for hemicyanine layers deposited by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB)technique has been measured. The experimental results show that ferroelectricity exists not only in thick films(200nm) but also in thinner films (30nm), and the remnant polarization is related to film thickness. In order to interpret the measured results, a planar rotor model was introduced, and a relation between polarization and film thickness was obtained by perturbation theory. The theory fitting agrees with experimental results well. It is confirmed that ferroelectricity in organic molecular LB films mainly arose from altering of molecular orientation.

  6. Electrical conductivity in Langmuir-Blodgett films of n-alkyl cyanobiphenyls using current sensing atomic force microscope

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    Gayathri, H. N.; Suresh, K. A., E-mail: suresh@cnsms.res.in [Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences, P. B. No. 1329, Jalahalli, Bangalore 560013 (India)

    2015-06-28

    We report our studies on the nanoscale electrical conductivity in monolayers of n-alkyl cyanobiphenyl materials deposited on solid surface. Initially, the 8CB, 9CB, and 10CB monolayer films were prepared by the Langmuir technique at air-water interface and characterized by surface manometry and Brewster angle microscopy. The monolayer films were transferred on to solid substrates by the Langmuir-Blodgett (L-B) technique. The 8CB, 9CB, and 10CB monolayer L-B films were deposited on freshly cleaved mica and studied by atomic force microscope (AFM), thereby measuring the film thickness as ∼1.5 nm. The electrical conductivity measurements were carried out on 9CB and 10CB monolayer L-B films deposited onto highly ordered pyrolytic graphite using current sensing AFM. The nanoscale current-voltage (I-V) measurements show a non-linear variation. The nature of the curve indicates electron tunneling to be the mechanism for electrical conduction. Furthermore, analysis of the I-V curve reveals a transition in the electron conduction mechanism from direct tunneling to injection tunneling. From the transition voltage, we have estimated the values of barrier height for 9CB and 10CB to be 0.71 eV and 0.37 eV, respectively. For both 9CB and 10CB, the effective mass of electron was calculated to be 0.021 m{sub e} and 0.065 m{sub e}, respectively. These parameters are important in the design of molecular electronic devices.

  7. Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Graphene Derivatives

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    Petersen, Søren Vermehren

    The work presented in this PhD thesis can be divided into two main categories: 1) Syn-thesis and Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of graphene derivatives and 2) Application and characterization of graphene derivatives as an interface material in molecular electron-ics. While the first category could...... be divided further, the synthesis and Langmuir-Blodgett results are intertwined in such a way that it would be more confusing to pre-sent them separately. The Langmuir-Blodgett deposition also played a crucial, but more isolated, part in the investigation of graphene derivatives as interface material...... were investigated using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. It was found that reduction of graphene oxide back into graphene did not seem possible in solution, while still maintaining its monolayer character. Instead, an alternative route for graphene synthesis was then designed. This involved...

  8. Langmuir Blodgett films of porphyrins and phthalocyanines

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    Portus, D

    2002-01-01

    Phthalocyanines and porphyrins have been studied for many years as bulk, thick and thin films. Their use in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films is governed by their peripheral substituents. These can enhance or reduce their ability to form 'quality' ultra-thin films. There are a number of potential and current applications for thin films of porphyrins and phthalocyanines, which include CD-R discs and gas-sensors. It is the latter that this PhD has focussed on. Ultra-thin films of phthalocyanines, porphyrins and a porphyrin/phthalocyanine hybrid dye were deposited onto glass microscope slides, gold-coated glass microscope slides and quartz crystals. These assemblies were then characterised using Ultraviolet-Visible spectroscopy, pressure-area isotherms, surface plasmon resonance and a quartz crystal microbalance to try and determine the nature of the molecules on the surface of the substrate. The thin films were exposed to chlorine gas and the change in their absorption spectrum and (in some cases) their surf...

  9. Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Graphene Derivatives

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    Petersen, Søren Vermehren

    . Solution processable graphene in the form of chemically derived graphene has been synthesized through the modified Hummers method with subsequent reduction into reduced graphene oxide with hydrazine. The completeness of oxidation, the effect of the refinement steps and the reduction of the graphene oxide...... were investigated using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. It was found that reduction of graphene oxide back into graphene did not seem possible in solution, while still maintaining its monolayer character. Instead, an alternative route for graphene synthesis was then designed. This involved...... immobilization of the monolayered graphene oxide via the Langmuir-Blodgett deposition technique prior to a three step reduction scheme involving hydrazine reduc-tion, sulfuric acid de-oxygenation, and thermal annealing. This method resulted in wrin-kle-free reduced graphene oxide with a negligible oxygen content...

  10. Langmuir-Blodgett films of ethylenedithiotetrathiafulvalene derivative containing hydroxyl groups

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    Sawant, Shilpa N., E-mail: stawde@barc.gov.i [Chemistry Division, BARC, Trombay-400085 (India); Kulshreshtha, S.K. [Chemistry Division, BARC, Trombay-400085 (India); Yakhmi, J.V. [Technical Physics and Prototype Engineering Division, BARC, Trombay-400085 (India); Doble, Mukesh [Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, Chennai-600 036 (India); Miyazaki, Akira; Enoki, Toshiaki [Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 152-8551 (Japan)

    2010-08-02

    Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of an ethylenedithiotetrathiafulvalene (EDT-TTF) derivative containing hydroxyl groups, 4, 5-bis(11-hydroxyundecylthio)-4', 5'-ethylenedithiotetrathiafulvalene were deposited without using stabilizer molecules. Doping of the film with iodine leads to oxidation of EDT-TTF moiety as evidenced by UV-vis and IR spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction studies reveal the presence of layered arrangement of the EDT-TTF derivative molecules in the LB film. Cyclic voltammetry studies indicate that the electrochemical oxidation of the EDT-TTF derivative in its LB film is irreversible. Due to the insulating nature of the alkyl chains, only the first layer of the LB film was found to be redox-active. The electrical conductivity of the 25 layer LB film was found to increase by two orders of magnitude on doping with iodine. On equilibrating the doped film in air, the conductivity gradually reduced with time and finally reached the conductivity of undoped film. This reversibility could be because of the steric hindrance induced by the two long alkyl groups. The alkyl chains help in rendering the EDT-TTF molecule amiable to LB film formation but are found to reduce the electrical conductivity of the films and also cause instability of the doped state. The hydroxyl groups at the end of the alky chain impart amphiphilic nature to the molecules and help in stabilizing the film at the air-water interface.

  11. Surface acoustic wave devices including Langmuir-Blodgett films (Review)

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    Plesskii, V. P.

    1991-06-01

    Recent theoretical and experimental research related to the use of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films in surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices is reviewed. The sensitivity of the different cuts of quartz and lithium niobate to inertial loading is investigated, and it is shown that some cuts in lithium niobate are twice as sensitive to mass loading than the commonly used YZ-cut. The large variety of organic compounds suitable for the production of LB films makes it possible to create SAW sensors reacting selectively to certain substances. The existing SAW sensors based on LB films are characterized by high sensitivity and fast response.

  12. Langmuir-Blodgett films - From micron to angstrom

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    Bourdieu, L.; Silberzan, P.; Chatenay, D.

    1991-10-01

    Combining optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy, a complete characterization of Langmuir-Blodgett bilayers made of arachidic acid has been performed. At macroscopic scales, both techniques can be used to control the homogeneity of the transferred films. By atomic force microscopy, roughness and thickness of the bilayers could be determined. These are compatible with a normal orientation of the fully extended aliphatic chains with respect to the substrate. Molecular-resolution images give the first direct experimental evidence for the presence of pairs of dislocations in those systems.

  13. Evidence for magnetic ordering in ultrathin gadolinium Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Tishin, A.M.; Koksharov, Yu.A.; Bohr, Jakob

    1997-01-01

    Magnetic ultrathin Langmuir-Blodgett films containing rare earths are investigated. Electron paramagnetic resonance measurements suggest the possible existence of a transition from a paramagnetic to a magnetically ordered state. In Langmuir-Blodgett films with one hundred layers of Gd, a transiti...

  14. Langmuir-Blodgett films of amylose-esters and chiral azo-dyes : structure and second order nonlinear optical behaviour

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    Schoondorp, Monique Annette

    1992-01-01

    This thesis describes the structure and second order nonlinear optical behaviour of several Langmuir-Blodgett films. Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films are ultra thin films produced by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, named after their inventors (Irving Langmuir and Katharina Blodgett).

  15. Fabrication and structure of Langmuir-Blodgett films of ferroelectric liquid crystal

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    WEN Zi; JIANG Qing; T.Kenji; O.Yukihiro

    2005-01-01

    The molecular aggregation, orientation, and structure in Langmuir-Blodgett films of ferroelectric liquid crystal were studied by ultraviolet and Fourier transform infrared spectra. The results show that medium strong H-aggregates in the Langmuir-Blodgett films of ferroelectric liquid crystal are formed by chromophores where the alkyl chains are nearly perpendicular to the film surface. Compared with the cast films, the CO stretching bands, due to the rotational isomerism around the O-C axis of the chiral part, can be identified clearly in Langmuir-Blodgett films.

  16. Enhancement of Raman Light Scattering in Dye-Labeled Rat Glioma Cells by Langmuir-Blodgett CNT-Bundles Arranged on Metal-Containing Conducting Polymer Film

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    Egorov, A S; Grushevskaya, H V; Krot, V I; Krylova, N G; Lipnevich, I V; Orekhovskaya, T I; Shulitsky, B G

    2015-01-01

    We have fabricated layered nanocomposite consisting of a nanoporous anodic alumina sublayer (AOA), an ultrathin metal-containing polymer Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film coating AOA, and multi-walled carbon nanotube (MCNT) - bundles which are arranged on the LB-film. MCNTs were preliminarily chemically modified by carboxyl groups and functionalized by stearic acid. We have experimentally observed an enhancement of Raman light scattering on surface plasmons in the LB-monolayers. This enhancement is due to charge and energy transfer. We demonstrate that propidium iodide (PI) fluorescence is quenched by the MCNT-bundles. A method of two-dimensional system imaging based on the MCNT-enhanced Raman spectroscopy has been proposed. This method has been applied to visualize focal adhesion sites on membranes of living PI-labeled rat glioma cells.

  17. Photopatterning of heterostructured polymer Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Li Tiesheng [Department of Chemistry, Key Lab of Biological Chemistry and Organic Chemistry of Henan Province, Zhengzhou University, Daxue road 75, Zhengzhou 450052 (China); Key Lab of Advanced Information Nano-materials of Zhengzhou, Daxue road 75, Zhengzhou 450052 (China)], E-mail: lts34@zzu.edu.cn; Mitsuishi, Masaya [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Aobaku, 2-1-1, Katahira, Sendai (Japan); Miyashita, Tokuji [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Aobaku, 2-1-1, Katahira, Sendai (Japan)], E-mail: miya@tagen.tohoku.ac.jp

    2008-02-29

    Heterostructured polymer Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film prepared by using poly(N-dodecylacrylamide-co-t-butyl 4-vinylphenyl carbonate) (p(DDA-tBVPC53)) and poly(N-neopentyl methacrylamide-co-9-anthrylmethyl methacrylate) (p(nPMA-AMMA10)) polymer LB films which can act as photogenerator layers were investigated. Patterns with a resolution of 0.75 {mu}m were obtained on heterostructured polymer LB films composed of 4 layers of p(nPMA-AMMA10) LB film (top layers) and 40 layers of p(DDA-tBVPC53) LB film (under layers) on a silicon wafer by deep UV irradiation followed by development with 1% tetramethylammonium hydroxide aqueous solution. The sensitivity of the heterostructured polymer LB films was improved without loss of the resolution compared with p(DDA-tBVPC53) LB film. The etch resistance of the heterostructured polymer LB films was sufficiently good to allow patterning of a copper film suitable for photomask fabrication.

  18. Magnetic volcanos in gadolinium Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Tishin, A.M. E-mail: amt@mailaps.org; Snigirev, O.V.; Khomutov, G.B.; Gudoshnikov, S.A.; Bohr, J

    2001-09-01

    Magnetic, structural and electronic properties of Langmuir-Blodgett films with incorporated Gd{sup 3+} ions has been detected using a scanning DC SQUID microscope, scanning electron microscope and X-ray diffraction. The magnetic images of 28 and 50 layer thick films at 77 K have been obtained after in-plane and out-of-plane pre-magnetization in a field of 1.4 T at 300 K. Randomly placed 'magnetic volcanos' with a remanent magnetic moment of the order of 10{sup -13} A m{sup 2} was observed. A decay of the remanent magnetization with a characteristic time of about 120 h was observed. It is suggested that the magnetic order is relatively long ranged, and that topological defects (vortices) lead to the observed out-of-plane field lines, and are responsible for the magnetic volcanos. Finally, it is hypothesized that a similar topology of field lines is responsible for superconductivity as observed in ceramic high-T{sub C} superconductors.

  19. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of bidisperse silica nanoparticles.

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    Detrich, Adám; Deák, András; Hild, Erzsébet; Kovács, Attila L; Hórvölgyi, Zoltán

    2010-02-16

    We present the studies on the structure and optical properties of bidisperse Stöber silica nanoparticulate Langmuir films prepared at the air/water interface in a Wilhelmy film balance and transferred onto glass slides using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Three different compositions (covered area ratios: 4:1; 1:1, and 1:4) of two bidisperse systems were used in the experiments. Bidisperse samples (B1 and B2) were prepared by mixing the appropriate amount of monodisperse sols of particles with 61 and 100 nm diameters (B1) and those with 37 and 100 nm diameters (B2). By surface pressure-area isotherms and (transmission and scanning) electron microscopy images we provide information about the structure of the films. Optical properties of the supported films were measured with UV-vis spectroscopy and the transmittance spectra were evaluated in terms of an optical model which allows monotonous in-depth variation of the refractive index across the film. (1) We have found that the refractive index decreased from the substrate-layer interface toward the air-layer interface when the smaller particles were in majority, and increased otherwise. That would suggest that the smaller particles of each bidisperse system can be positioned at the air side of the film if they are in minority in the sample and they can be situated on the substrate if they are in majority. The scanning electron microscope images of bidisperse films supported the in-depth film structure suggested by optical studies.

  20. Langmuir-Blodgett film of phycobilisomes from blue-green alga Spirulina platensis.

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    Chen, Chao; Zhang, Yu-Zhong; Chen, Xiu-Lan; Zhou, Bai-Cheng; Gao, Hong-Jun

    2003-10-01

    The phycobilisomes were isolated from blue-green alga Spirulina platensis, and could form monolayer film at air/water interface. The monolayer film of phycobilisomes was transferred to newly cleaved mica, and coated with gold. Scanning tunneling microscope was used to investigate the structure of the Langmuir-Blodgett film of phycobilisomes. It was shown that phycobilisomes in the monolayer arrayed in rows with core attaching on the substrate surface and rods radiating towards the air phase, this phenomenon was similar to the arrangement of phycobilisomes on cytoplasmic surface of thylakoid membrane in vivo. The possible applications of the Langmuir-Blodgett film of phycobilisomes were also discussed.

  1. Nanoscale Hybrid Langmuir-Blodgett Films Based on Cerium-Substituted Heteropolymolybdate and Polyquinoline

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    王峥; 柳士忠; 杜祖亮; 胡振纲; 张洪杰

    2003-01-01

    Nanoscale hybrid organic/inorganic Langmuir-Blodgett films of cerium-substituted heteropolymolybdates(Ce-HPMo) and π-conjugated macromolecule poly(1,2-dihydro-2,2,4-trimethyl)quinoline(PQ) were obtained with auxiliary film-forming material stearic acid(SA) or octadecylamine(ODA). The surface pressure-area isotherms illuminate the formation of the hybrid LB films of PQ/ODA/Ce-HPMo and P Q/SA/Ce-HPMo. The different film-forming mechanism was discussed when the different auxiliary film-forming materials were used in the system. The absorption spectra indicate that the molecules of PQ and Ce-HPMo are incorporated into the LB films. Tapping-mode AFM image reveals a granular surface texture of nanosized Ce-substituted heteropolymolybdate. STM image shows that the conductivity is greatly improved after Ce-substituted heteropolymolybdates are incorporated in the films.

  2. Formation of ring calcium oxalate patterns induced by domains in DPPC Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Yi Ming Liu; Sui Ping Deng; Hui Zheng; Jian Ming Ouyang

    2007-01-01

    The ring patterns of calcium oxalate crystals were induced by domains in Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of dipalmitoylpho-sphatidylcholine (DPPC). The result was explained by the defects at the ring boundaries of liquid condensed (LC) and liquid expanded (LE) phases of LB film. These boundaries could provide less free energy and much more nucleating sites for COM crystals.

  3. Preparation of hierarchically aligned carbon nanotube films using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique.

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    Lee, Jae-Hyeok; Kang, Won-Seok; Nam, Gwang-Hyeon; Choi, Sung-Wook; Kim, Jae-Ho

    2009-12-01

    Hierarchically-aligned single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) films over large areas were fabricated by using Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. Thiophenyl-modified SWNTs spreading solution in chloroform was prepared through amidation reaction of oxidized SWNTs. The resulting SWNTs were found to form stable colloidal suspensions in organic solvents, such as chloroform, which is a suitable solvent for the LB application. The compression of the thiophenyl-modified SWNTs spread onto the water surface of an LB trough leading to a uniform SWNT Langmuir monolayer, where SWNTs were aligned parallel to the trough barrier. Optical anisotropy of SWNTs LB films on quartz substrate was confirmed by polarized UV-Vis/NIR spectroscopic measurement. Moreover, the electrical conductivity of the resulting SWNT films, which were parallel to the tube axis, was found to be approximately 15 times higher than those that were perpendicular to the axis, reflecting anisotropic electrical properties due to the uniaxial alignment of individual SWNT bundles.

  4. Structure and Second Harmonic Generation of Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Two Chiral Amphiphilic Azo Dyes

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    Schoondorp, Monique A.; Schouten, Arend Jan; Hulshof, Johannes; Feringa, Ben L.

    1993-01-01

    The properties and structure of Langmuir-Blodgett films of two new amphiphilic nonlinear optical dyes containing stereogenic (chiral) centers were studied. The dye molecule 4-[[4’-[(3R)-palmitoylpyrrolidin-1-yl]phenyl]azo]-3-nitrobenzoic acid (KZ16) forms homogeneous structures in the plane of the s

  5. Radicals as EPR probes of magnetization of gadolinium stearate Langmuir-Blodgett film

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    Koksharov, Y.A.; Bykov, I.V.; Malakho, A.P.;

    2002-01-01

    In the present work we have applied the method of the EPR spin probes which allows performing simultaneously EPR and magnetization measurements to the investigation of magnetism of the Cid stearate Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films. For this purpose we have prepared and studied by the EPR technique...

  6. Polythiophene-gold nanoparticle hybrid systems: Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of nanostructured films

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    Jayaraman, Sundaramurthy; Yu, Liew Ting; Srinivasan, M. P.

    2013-03-01

    In this work, we demonstrate a simple method of synthesizing nanoscale polythiophene-gold nanoparticle (AuNP) hybrid systems assembled by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. Regio-regular poly(3-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxymethyl)thiophene-2,5-diyl (PMEEMT) and poly(3-dodecylthiophene) (PDDT) were employed as the polymeric constituents. The presence of PDDT improved the amphiphilicity of PMEEMT by addressing the phase separation that occurred due to convective hydrodynamic instability on the substrate. 4 layer stacks of 90% and 99% PMEEMT films exhibited uniform film structure with a significant reduction in phase separation. A detailed mechanism for minimization of the surface effect has been proposed based on the interaction of polythiophenes with the substrate. For the first time, an ex situ approach has been adopted to incorporate AuNPs into LB films without affecting the film morphology and uniformity. The incorporation of AuNPs into the polythiophene matrix, aided by the affinity of sulphur for gold, was strongly dependent on the molecular arrangement of the matrix, which in turn depended on the composition of the matrix. The hybrid polythiophene films exhibited enhanced conductivity and can be applied in sensors, photovoltaics and memory devices.In this work, we demonstrate a simple method of synthesizing nanoscale polythiophene-gold nanoparticle (AuNP) hybrid systems assembled by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. Regio-regular poly(3-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxymethyl)thiophene-2,5-diyl (PMEEMT) and poly(3-dodecylthiophene) (PDDT) were employed as the polymeric constituents. The presence of PDDT improved the amphiphilicity of PMEEMT by addressing the phase separation that occurred due to convective hydrodynamic instability on the substrate. 4 layer stacks of 90% and 99% PMEEMT films exhibited uniform film structure with a significant reduction in phase separation. A detailed mechanism for minimization of the surface effect has been proposed based on the interaction

  7. Lamellar multilayer hexadecylaniline-modified gold nanoparticle films deposited by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique

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    Anita Swami; Ashavani Kumar; Murali Sastry

    2003-06-01

    Organization of hexadecylaniline (HDA)-modified colloidal gold particles at the air-water interface and the formation thereafter of lamellar, multilayer films of gold nanoparticles by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique is described in this paper. Formation of HDA-capped gold nanoparticles is accomplished by a simple biphasic mixture experiment wherein the molecule hexadecylaniline present in the organic phase leads to electrostatic complexation and reduction of aqueous chloroaurate ions, capping of the gold nanoparticles thus formed and phase transfer of the now hydrophobic particles into the organic phase. Organization of gold nanoparticles at the air-water interface is followed by surface pressure-area isotherm measurements while the formation of multilayer films of the nanoparticles by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique is monitored by quartz crystal microgravimetry, UVVis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy.

  8. Near-field nonlinear optical spectroscopy of Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.; Geisler, T.

    1998-01-01

    Using an uncoated fiber tip as a light source and a multilayer Langmuir-Blodgett film of 2-docosylamino-5-nitropyridine as a sample, we obtain near-field images at the fundamental-harmonic (FH) and second-harmonic (SH) wavelengths for different polarizations and wavelengths of the pump light...... differently but predominantly in the dipping direction and whose SH efficiency is maximum for pump wavelengths in the range of 770-800 nm. (C) 1998 Optical Society of America....

  9. Polythiophene-gold nanoparticle hybrid systems: Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of nanostructured films.

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    Jayaraman, Sundaramurthy; Yu, Liew Ting; Srinivasan, M P

    2013-04-01

    In this work, we demonstrate a simple method of synthesizing nanoscale polythiophene-gold nanoparticle (AuNP) hybrid systems assembled by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. Regio-regular poly(3-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxymethyl)thiophene-2,5-diyl (PMEEMT) and poly(3-dodecylthiophene) (PDDT) were employed as the polymeric constituents. The presence of PDDT improved the amphiphilicity of PMEEMT by addressing the phase separation that occurred due to convective hydrodynamic instability on the substrate. 4 layer stacks of 90% and 99% PMEEMT films exhibited uniform film structure with a significant reduction in phase separation. A detailed mechanism for minimization of the surface effect has been proposed based on the interaction of polythiophenes with the substrate. For the first time, an ex situ approach has been adopted to incorporate AuNPs into LB films without affecting the film morphology and uniformity. The incorporation of AuNPs into the polythiophene matrix, aided by the affinity of sulphur for gold, was strongly dependent on the molecular arrangement of the matrix, which in turn depended on the composition of the matrix. The hybrid polythiophene films exhibited enhanced conductivity and can be applied in sensors, photovoltaics and memory devices.

  10. Second harmonic generation in anisotropic Langmuir-Blodgett films of N-docosyl-4-nitroaniline

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    Geisler, T.; Rosenkilde, S.; Ramanujam, P.S.

    1992-01-01

    structure. Both of these observations are not common for Y-type LB films and the usual assumption of C(infinity nu) symmetry is therefore not valid. The results make us suggest that these LB films possess C(s) and C2-nu symmetry for mono- and multilayers, respectively. Theoretical expressions......Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of N-docosyl-4-nitroaniline have been made and their nonlinear optical properties studied by second harmonic generation (SHG) measurements. A significant enhancement of the intensity of the second harmonic of the 1.064-mu-m YAG was observed when a two layer Y-type film...

  11. Molecular Positional Order in Langmuir-Blodgett Films by Atomic Force Microscopy

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    Bourdieu, L.; Ronsin, O.; Chatenay, D.

    1993-02-01

    Langmuir-Blodgett films of barium arachidate have been studied on both macroscopic and microscopic scales by atomic force microscopy. As prepared, the films exhibit a disordered hexagonal structure; molecularly resolved images in direct space establish a connection between the extent of the positional order and the presence of defects such as dislocations. Upon heating, the films reorganize into a more condensed state with a centered rectangular crystallographic arrangement; in this new state the films exhibit long-range positional order and unusual structural features, such as a height modulation of the arachidic acid molecules.

  12. Molecular positional order in Langmuir-Blodgett films by atomic force microscopy

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    Bourdieu, L.; Ronsin, O.; Chatenay, D. (Inst. Curie, Paris (France))

    1993-02-05

    Langmuir-Blodgett films of barium arachidate have been studied on both macroscopic and microscopic scales by atomic force microscopy. As prepared, the films exhibit a disordered hexagonal structure; molecularly resolved images in direct space establish a connection between the extent of the positional order and the presence of defects such as dislocations. Upon heating, the films reorganize into a more condensed state with a centered rectangular crystallographic arrangement; in this new state the films exhibit long-range positional order and unusual structural features, such as a height modulation of the arachidic acid molecules. 22 refs., 4 figs.

  13. CHARACTERIZATION AND LUMINESCENCE PROPERTIES OF THE DYE-DOPED POLYMER LANGMUIR-BLODGETT FILMS

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    Hai-peng Zheng; Rui-feng Zhang; Jin-man Huang; Ying Wu; Yu-guang Ma; Tie-jin Li; Jia-cong Shen

    1999-01-01

    1,1,4,4-Tetraphenyl-1,3-butadiene (TPB) was successfully introduced into the polymer multilayer films by means of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. Results of UV-VIS spectra and X-ray diffraction showed that the uniform films had a layer structure similar to the superlattice of organic multiple quantum wells. The electroluminescence (EL) devices fabricated from the doped polymer LB films emitted blue light.Compared with the casting films, the photoluminescence (PL) and EL spectra showed that the exciton energy shifts to higher and the half-width of the emission peak becomes narrower due to exciton confinement effect.

  14. 2-D Polymerized Langmuir-Blodgett Films Studied by STM

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    1993-10-20

    Langmuir polymerization of 3- hexadecyl pyrrole. By spreading monomer at room temperature on an oxidizing subphase (0.03 M ammonium persulfate ) and...used to image LB films 9 ,10. In our case, the intrinsic conductivity of the polypyrrole backbone should change the contrast and allow us to image...polymerization. All monolayer samples were prepared by one upstroke of the MoS 2 substrate, placing the hydrophilic pyrrole rings or the polypyrrole

  15. Magnetic ordering in nickel-zinc nanoferrite thin film formed by Langmuir Blodgett technique

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    Thakur, Sangeeta; Pandit, Pallavi; Sharma, S. K.; Katyal, S. C.; Singh, Mahavir; Gupta, Ajay

    2013-12-01

    Nickel-zinc nanoferrite thin films, which reveal application for magnetic materials, were prepared by Langmuir-Blodgett technique. X-ray reflectivity fitting was done using three layer model. Thickness of a monolayer of nanoparticles is obtained as 23.5 Å. Surface roughness increases as the thickness of the film increases. Fourier transform infrared spectra confirmed that the structure remains cubic spinel after thin film formation. We have measured zero-field cooled and field cooled magnetization and discussed the behavior in three parts: the ferromagnetic part, transition region, and the superparamagnetic part.

  16. Matrix dependent changes in metachromasy of crystal violet in Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Shil, Ashis; Saha, Mitu; Debnath, Chandan; Hussain, S. A.; Bhattacharjee, D.

    2016-11-01

    This communication reports the effect of building matrices and nano clay platelets on the aggregation pattern of a water soluble cationic fluorescent dye Crystal Violet (CV) in Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) Films. When stearic acid (SA) was used as a building matrix, pressure induced changes in metachromasy was observed in the SA-CV complex LB films with a characteristic J-band formed at the longer wavelength side. On the other hand, clay incorporated hybrid LB films showed high degree of control over H-dimeric band. Isotherm characteristics, Brewster Angle Microscopic (BAM) images, UV-vis absorption and fluorescence characteristic studies were employed to investigate this result.

  17. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of a maleic anhydride derivative: effect of subphase divalent cations.

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    Martín-García, B; Velázquez, M Mercedes; Pérez-Hernández, J A; Hernández-Toro, J

    2010-09-21

    We report the study of the equilibrium and dynamic properties of Langmuir monolayers of poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) partial 2-buthoxyethyl ester cumene terminated polymer and the effect of the Mg(NO(3))(2) addition in the water subphase on the film properties. Results show that the polymer monolayer becomes more expanded when the electrolyte concentration in the subphase increases. Dense polymer films aggregate at the interface. The aggregates are transferred onto silicon wafers using the Langmuir-Blodgett methodology and the morphology is observed by AFM. The structure of aggregates depends on the subphase composition of the Langmuir film transferred onto the silicon wafer.

  18. Optical storage in azobenzene-containing epoxy polymers processed as Langmuir Blodgett films

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    Fernández, Raquel; Mondragon, Iñaki [‘Materials - Technologies’ Group, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic School, Universidad País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Pza Europa 1, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain); Sanfelice, Rafaela C.; Pavinatto, Felippe J.; Oliveira, Osvaldo N. [Instituto de Física de São Carlos, Universidade de São Paulo, Av. Trabalhador São Carlense, 400, Centro, CEP 13560-970, São Carlos (Brazil); Oyanguren, Patricia [Institute of Materials Science and Technology (INTEMA), University of Mar del Plata and National Research Council (CONICET), J. B. Justo 4302, 7600 Mar del Plata (Argentina); Galante, María J., E-mail: galant@fi.mdp.edu.ar [Institute of Materials Science and Technology (INTEMA), University of Mar del Plata and National Research Council (CONICET), J. B. Justo 4302, 7600 Mar del Plata (Argentina)

    2013-04-01

    In this study, azocopolymers containing different main-chain segments have been synthesized with diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA, DER 332, n = 0.03) and the azochromophore Disperse Orange 3 (DO3) cured with two monoamines, viz. benzylamine (BA) and m-toluidine (MT). The photoinduced birefringence was investigated in films produced with these azopolymers using the spin coating (SC) and Langmuir Blodgett (LB) techniques. In the LB films, birefringence increased with the content of azochromophore and the film thickness, as expected. The nanostructured nature of the LB films led to an enhanced birefringence and faster dynamics in the writing process, compared to the SC films. In summary, the combination of azocopolymers and the LB method may allow materials with tuned properties for various optical applications, including in biological systems were photoisomerization may be used to trigger actions such as drug delivery. Highlights: ► Langmuir Blodgett (LB) films of epoxy-based azopolymers were obtained and analyzed. ► Optical properties of LB and spin coated (SC) films were compared. ► Azo content, structure, laser power and number of layers were main factors studied. ► LB films had larger free volume for the azobenzenes isomerization than SC. ► LB films led to higher birefringence and faster dynamics compared to SC.

  19. An introduction to ultrathin organic films from Langmuir-Blodgett to self-assembly

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    Ulman, Abraham

    1991-01-01

    The development of oriented organic monomolecular layers by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) and self-assembly (SA) techniques has led researchers toward their goal of assembling individual molecules into highly ordered architectures. Thus the continually growing contribution of LB and SA systems to the chemistry and physics of thin organic films is widely recognized. Equally well-known is the difficulty in keeping up to date with the burgeoning multidisciplinary research in this area. Dr. Ulman provides a massive survey of the available literature. The book begins with a section on analytical tools

  20. Interlayer Energy Transfer from Naphthalene to Anthracene Chromophores Organized in Langmuir-Blodgett Films

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    2002-01-01

    Interlayer energy transfer between 2, 3-naphtho-10-hexadecylaza-15-crown-5 (NC16) and N-[1-(9-methoxyanthryl)]decylaza-15-crown-5 (A10C) within multilayer Langmuir-Blodgett films has been studied by steady-state fluorescence spectra. The donor and acceptor could be separated precisely by inserting stearic acid (SA) spacers. The efficiency of the energy transfer increases with the decrease in the donor-acceptor distance by a quadratic manner, suggesting the donor excitations are delocalized in the layer.

  1. Synthesis of a functionalized europium complex and deposition of luminescent Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films

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    Adati, Renata D.; Pavinatto, Felippe José; Monteiro, Jorge H.S.K. [UNESP; Marian R. Davolos; Jafelicci, Miguel, Jr.; Oliveira Junior, Osvaldo Novais de

    2012-01-01

    The synthesis, characterization and formation of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB)films for the luminescent [(C12H25)(2)(CH3)(2)N][Eu(tta)(4)] complex, where [(C12H25)(2)(CH3)(2)](N+) is didodecyldimethylammonium and the tta ligand is thenoyltrifluoroacetone, are reported. The coordination of tta ligands to the Eu3+ ion was confirmed by FTIR spectroscopy and the emission spectrum comprised bands corresponding to D-5(0) -> F-7(0-4) transitions. The lifetime (tau) from the emission state (D-5(0))was 0....

  2. Bulk organisation and alignment in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of tetrachloroperylene tetracarboxylic acid esters

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    Modlińska, Anna; Filipowicz, Marek; Martyński, Tomasz

    2016-12-01

    Perylene derivatives with chlorine atoms attached at the bay position to the dye core are expected to affect organisation and tendency to aggregation in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films. Therefore, newly synthesized core-twisted homologous series of tetrachloroperylene tetracarboxylic acid esters with n = 1,4,5,6,9 carbon atoms in terminal alkyl chains were studied. Phase transitions and crystalline structures were specified by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. Intermolecular interactions and organisation of the dyes in monomolecular films were investigated by means of Brewster angle microscope (BAM), UV-Vis absorption and emission spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The dyes investigated do not form thermotropic mesogenic phases in bulk. The crystalline triclinic elementary cell with P-1 symmetry is revealed from X-ray experiments. In Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films molecular tilted head-on alignment is postulated. Spectroscopic research confirmed by AFM texture images of the LB films show that in the Langmuir and LB films the dyes, depending on length of terminal chains, have a tendency to create H or I molecular aggregates. The impact of the twisted core on the molecular behavior in a bulk and thin films is discussed.

  3. Optical storage in azobenzene-containing epoxy polymers processed as Langmuir Blodgett films.

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    Fernández, Raquel; Mondragon, Iñaki; Sanfelice, Rafaela C; Pavinatto, Felippe J; Oliveira, Osvaldo N; Oyanguren, Patricia; Galante, María J

    2013-04-01

    In this study, azocopolymers containing different main-chain segments have been synthesized with diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA, DER 332, n=0.03) and the azochromophore Disperse Orange 3 (DO3) cured with two monoamines, viz. benzylamine (BA) and m-toluidine (MT). The photoinduced birefringence was investigated in films produced with these azopolymers using the spin coating (SC) and Langmuir Blodgett (LB) techniques. In the LB films, birefringence increased with the content of azochromophore and the film thickness, as expected. The nanostructured nature of the LB films led to an enhanced birefringence and faster dynamics in the writing process, compared to the SC films. In summary, the combination of azocopolymers and the LB method may allow materials with tuned properties for various optical applications, including in biological systems were photoisomerization may be used to trigger actions such as drug delivery.

  4. Structural studies of Langmuir-Blodgett films containing rare-earth metal cations

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    Khomutov, G.B.; Antipina, M.N.; Bykov, I.V.

    2002-01-01

    Comparative structural study of gadolinium stearate Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films formed by monolayer deposition from either aqueous gadolinium acetate or gadolinium chloride solutions have been carried out. Structure of the films was characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared...... spectroscopy, high-energy electron diffraction, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. It was found that when subphase pH had a value at which all monolayer stearic acid molecules were ionized and bound with Gd3+ cations (pH > 5), the LB films deposited from gadolinium acetate and gadolinium...... chloride subphases had substantially different structure. The gadolinium stearate LB films formed with gadolinium acetate subphase were highly ordered and consisted of hexagonal layers with unit cell parameter a approximate to 4.8 Angstrom and interlayer spacing d approximate to 49 Angstrom. LB films...

  5. STRUCTURE AND 2ND-HARMONIC GENERATION OF LANGMUIR-BLODGETT-FILMS OF 2 CHIRAL AMPHIPHILIC AZO DYES

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    SCHOONDORP, MA; SCHOUTEN, AJ; HULSHOF, JBE; FERINGA, BL

    1993-01-01

    The properties and structure of Langmuir-Blodgett films of two new amphiphilic nonlinear optical dyes containing stereogenic (chiral) centers were studied. The dye molecule 4-[[4'-[(3R)-palmitoylpyrrolidin-1-yl]phenyl]azo]-3-nitrobenzoic acid (KZ16) forms homogeneous structures in the plane of the s

  6. An indigenously developed electronic control system for Langmuir-Blodgett film deposition set-up

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    C P Navathe; B L Dashora; Archana Jaiswal; D S Thakur; U N Roy; L M Kukreja

    2001-06-01

    An indigenous and simple electronic control system for Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film deposition set-up has been developed. This set-up consists of a microstepping circuit to drive the stepper motors with precision and smooth motion, essential for controlled movement of the barriers and substrate in the LB set-up. Linear variable differential transformer (LVDT)-based displacement measuring device has been developed and used to measure the surface pressure of the monolayer material spread on the water surface. A control program is written which incorporates all operational modes required to drive the set-up and to acquire the data in situ using a set of user-friendly commands. This control set-up has been successfully used to plot the pressure-area isotherm of various amphiphilic compounds such as ferric stearate, zinc arachidate etc. and for deposition of ordered LB films of ferric stearate.

  7. Thin nanocomposite films of polyaniline/Au nanoparticles by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique.

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    Tanami, Golan; Gutkin, Vitaly; Mandler, Daniel

    2010-03-16

    The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method was used to deposit multilayers of polyaniline (PANI)- and mercaptoethanesulfonate (MES)-stabilized Au nanoparticles. The electrostatic interaction between the negatively charged nanoparticles in the subphase and the positively charged PANI at the air-water interface assisted the deposition of the nanocomposite film onto a solid support. These PANI/Au-NPs films were characterized using cyclic voltammetry, copper under potential deposition, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We found that the nanocomposite layers were uniform and reproducible. The density of Au-NPs in the monolayer depended on the acidity of the subphase as well as on the nanoparticles concentration. Moreover, the Au-NPs extrude above the PANI and therefore could be used as nanoelectrodes for the underpotential deposition (UPD) of copper.

  8. Second-harmonic generation in mixed stilbazium salt/arachidic acid Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Liu, Liying; Zheng, Jiabiao; Wang, Wencheng; Zhang, Zhiming; Tao, Fenggang; Xu, Linxiao; Hu, Jiacong

    1992-10-01

    A stilbazium salt was synthesized and its second-order molecular polarizability was deduced to be 1.2×10 -27 esu. Measurements of second-harmonic generation and small-angle X-ray diffraction on Langmuir-Blodgett films of the stilbazium salt/arachide acid mixtures showed that the mixed compounds with molar ratios of 1:2 and 1:5 could form multilayers with large second- order optical nonlinearity. Second harmonic generation study on the alternate multilayers of stilbazium salt/arachide acid and arachidic acid showed that the second-harmonic signals were increasing monotonously up to 80 bilayers, but the increment was lower than the value predicted theoretically by the quadratic law. Possible reasons are discussed.

  9. Large-Area Nanoparticle Films by Continuous Automated Langmuir-Blodgett Assembly and Deposition.

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    Li, Xue; Gilchrist, James F

    2016-02-09

    The operating parameters and resulting surface morphology of automated Langmuir-Blodgett deposition of monosized micrometer-scale silica colloids from an aqueous suspension are investigated. This apparatus allows continuous roll-to-roll deposition of particles into well-ordered arrays. The reproducible deposition of particle monolayers at low to moderate deposition rates at web speeds of less than 10 mm/s is possible and accurately characterized by a simple mass balance of particles deposited from solution. At faster deposition rates, Landau-Levich flow increases the film thickness such that flow instabilities hinder uniform particle deposition. A simple phase diagram outlines transitions from dispersed to multilayer coatings and from uniform to erratic deposition patterns. While the threshold of maximum deposition rate is well-defined for these conditions, changing operating parameters, particle size, and fluid viscosity and evaporation rate, the maximum speed can be increased significantly.

  10. Synthesis of cadmium sulphide in pure and mixed Langmuir-Blodgett films of -octadecylsuccinic acid

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    G Hemakanthi; Balachandran Unni Nair; Aruna Dhathathreyan

    2000-04-01

    Cadmium sulphide (CdS) nanoparticles were grown by the reaction of sodium sulphide (Na2S) with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of cadmium salts of -octadecylsuccinic acid (ODSU) and with LB films of ODSU in mixtures of octadecylamine and octadecyl alcohol. The results indicate that heterogeneous nucleation and aggregation in the pure ODSU LB films due to processes like Ostwald ripening are destabilized by the presence of the long-chain amine and alcohol in mixed systems. CdS nanoparticles in the LB films were monitored by UV-visible absorption spectra, which allow an estimation of the size of the particles. The morphology, size and nature of the nanocrystallites formed depend on whether the sulphidation was done on the pure film or in the mixed films. It is seen that particles of size around 1.6 nm were formed in ODSU/octadecylalcohol and ODSU/octadecylamine mixed LB films while in pure ODSU films the size was about 2.7 nm. These films showed typical needle-shaped structures, as observed by the optical microscopic technique. Mean size and morphology were confirmed by transmission and scanning electron microscopy, while selective area electron diffraction patterns showed six-fold symmetry and indicated that the CdS crystals grow epitaxially with respect to the monolayer. Further, the crystallisation enhanced in the mixed LB films showed a characteristic zinc oxide (Wurtzite) structure compared with the pure ODSU matrix.

  11. DESIGN NOTE: A control system for Langmuir-Blodgett film deposition set-up based on microstepping

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    Navathe, C. P.; Dashora, B. L.; Roy, U. N.; Singh, R.; Maheswari, S.; Kukreja, L. M.

    1998-03-01

    A control system for Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film set-up has been developed based on the principle of microstepping of the stepper motors to drive the barriers and the substrate with precision and smooth motion. The stepper motors and the Wilhelmy plate used to measure the monolayer surface pressure are interfaced to a microcomputer for automatic operation. This home-made LB film set-up has been successfully used to fabricate LB films of cadmium arachidate of high crystalline quality.

  12. Preparation of Langmuir-Blodgett Film of Oligophenylenevinylene at the Air/Water Interface and Study on its Fluorescence

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    Kai HUANG; Li Chuan MA; Hao Fei GONG

    2006-01-01

    Methoxy groups is favorable for film-forming property of oligophenylenevinylenes (OPVs) and the Langmuir-Blodgett film of 1,4-bis (3,4,5-trimethoxystyryl)-2,5-dimethoxybenzene (MOPV) was prepared. It might be the formation of H-aggregate of MOPV in the LB film that results in a 57 nm blue shift of λmax for the absorption and a 58 nm red shift of λmax for the fluorescence, respectively.

  13. Mixing alternating copolymers containing fluorenyl groups with phospholipids to obtain Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films.

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    Santos, Thays C F; Péres, Laura O; Wang, Shu H; Oliveira, Osvaldo N; Caseli, Luciano

    2010-04-20

    The control of molecular architectures may be essential to optimize materials properties for producing luminescent devices from polymers, especially in the blue region of the spectrum. In this Article, we report on the fabrication of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of polyfluorene copolymers mixed with the phospholipid dimyristoyl phosphatidic acid (DMPA). The copolymers poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene)-co-phenylene (copolymer 1) and poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene)-co-quaterphenylene) (copolymer 2) were synthesized via Suzuki reaction. Copolymer 1 could not form a monolayer on its own, but it yielded stable films when mixed with DMPA. In contrast, Langmuir monolayers could be formed from either the neat copolymer 2 or when mixed with DMPA. The surface pressure and surface potential measurements, in addition to Brewster angle microscopy, indicated that DMPA provided a suitable matrix for copolymer 1 to form a stable Langmuir film, amenable to transfer as LB films, while enhancing the ability of copolymer 2 to form LB films with enhanced emission, as indicated by fluorescence spectroscopy. Because a high emission was obtained with the mixed LB films and since the molecular-level interactions between the film components can be tuned by changing the experimental conditions to allow for further optimization, one may envisage applications of these films in optical devices such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).

  14. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of hybrid amphiphiles with a polyoxometalate headgroup.

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    Wang, Xiao-Le; Wang, Yong-Liang; Miao, Wen-Ke; Hu, Min-Biao; Tang, Jing; Yu, Wei; Hou, Zhan-Yao; Zheng, Ping; Wang, Wei

    2013-06-04

    A hybrid was at first synthesized by a postfunctionalization of an aminomethane trisalkoxo-functionalized Anderson-type polyoxometalate (POM) encapsulated by three tetrabutylammonium ions using a 3,5-bis(tetradecyloxy)benzoic acid by amidation. Then the three TBA(+) counter cations were programmatically replaced by protons (H(+)) following a molecule-to-amphiphile conversion. In this way one hybrid and three POM-containing hybrid amphiphiles (PCHAs) were acquired by adjusting the number (n) of TBA(+) ions and number (3 - n) of H(+) ions (n = 3, 2, 1, and 0). These compounds can be spread onto a water surface to form a Langmuir monolayer film at the air-water interface. Surface pressure-molecular area measurements exhibit the TBA(+) (H(+)) number playing an important role in the forming ability and stability of Langmuir monolayer films. Also, the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique has been used to transfer the monolayer film onto solid supports to fabricate solid multilayer films. It was found that the PCHA with three H(+) ions had the best Langmuir film-forming ability and thus formed stable LB films with a two-dimensional ordered structure. Our findings are instructive in fabricating and using solid films of the amphiphiles with POM headgroups.

  15. Redox-active cellulose Langmuir-Blodgett films containing beta-carotene as a molecular wire.

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    Sakakibara, Keita; Kamitakahara, Hiroshi; Takano, Toshiyuki; Nakatsubo, Fumiaki

    2007-05-01

    Redox-active Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films containing dihydrophytyl ferrocenoate (DFc) and beta-carotene (betaC) were fabricated by use of 6-O-dihydrophytylcellulose (DHPC) as a matrix. A mixture of DFc-DHPC formed a stable monolayer. Atomic force microscopy images revealed that the DFc molecules were dispersed uniformly throughout the surface in the ratio DFc:DHPC = 2:8 at 30 mN m-1. The DFc-DHPC monolayer was transferred successfully onto a substrate, yielding Y-type LB films. Cyclic voltammograms for the DFc-DHPC LB films on an indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode exhibited a well-defined surface wave. The voltammograms of the DFc-DHPC LB films exhibited 60-40% redox-active ferrocene moieties, whereas those of the DFc-DHPC-betaC LB films exhibited 90-70%. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated that the distance between layers was independent of betaC molecules incorporated into the LB films. Consequently, these results suggested that betaC can function as a molecular wire.

  16. Circular patterns of calcium oxalate crystals induced by defective Langmuir-Blodgett film

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    2008-01-01

    The injury of the renal epithelial cell membrane can promote the nucleation of nascent crystals, as well as adhesion of crystals on it. It thus accelerates the formation of renal calculi. In this paper, the defective Langmuir-Blodgett(LB)films were used as a model system to simulate the injured renal epithelial cell membrane. The microcosmic structure of the defective LB film and the molecular mechanism of the effect of this film on nucleation, growth, deposited patterns and adhesion of calcium oxalate monohydrate(COM)were investigated. The circular defective domains were formed in dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine(DPPC)LB film after the film was treated by potassium oxalate. These domains could induce ring-shaped patterns of COM crystals. In comparison, the LB film without pretreatment by potassium oxalate only induced random growth of hexagonal COM crystals. As the crystallization time increased, the size of COM crystals in the patterns increased, the crystal patterns changed from empty circles to solid circles, and the number of the circular patterns with small size(5-20μm)increased. The results would shed light on the molecular mechanism of urolithiasis induced by injury of the renal epithelial membrane at the molecular and supramolecular level.

  17. Circular patterns of calcium oxalate crystals induced by defective Langmuir-Blodgett film

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    2008-01-01

    The injury of the renal epithelial cell membrane can promote the nucleation of nascent crystals, as well as adhesion of crystals on it. It thus accelerates the formation of renal calculi. In this paper, the defective Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films were used as a model system to simulate the injured renal epithelial cell membrane. The microcosmic structure of the defective LB film and the molecular mechanism of the effect of this film on nucleation, growth, deposited patterns and adhesion of calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) were investigated. The circular defective domains were formed in dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) LB film after the film was treated by potassium oxalate. These domains could induce ring-shaped patterns of COM crystals. In comparison, the LB film without pretreatment by potassium oxalate only induced random growth of hexagonal COM crystals. As the crystallization time increased, the size of COM crystals in the patterns increased, the crystal patterns changed from empty circles to solid circles, and the number of the circular patterns with small size (5-20 μm) increased. The results would shed light on the molecular mechanism of urolithiasis induced by injury of the renal epithelial membrane at the molecular and supramolecular level.

  18. Enhanced optical and nonlinear optical responses in a polyelectrolyte templated Langmuir-Blodgett film.

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    Rajesh, K; Balaswamy, B; Yamamoto, K; Yamaki, H; Kawamata, J; Radhakrishnan, T P

    2011-02-01

    Optical and nonlinear optical properties like fluorescence and second harmonic generation (SHG) of molecular materials can be strongly influenced by the mode of assembly of the molecules. The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique is an elegant route to the controlled assembly of molecules in ultrathin films, and complexation of ionic amphiphiles in the Langmuir film by polyions introduced in the aqueous subphase provides a simple and efficient access to further control, stabilization, and optimization. The monolayer LB film of the hemicyanine-based amphiphile, N-n-octadecyl-4-[2-(4-(N,N-ethyloctadecylamino)phenyl)ethenyl]pyridinium possessing a "tail-head-tail" structure, shows fluorescence as well as SHG response. The concomitant enhancement of both of these linear and nonlinear optical attributes is achieved through templating with the polyanion of carboxymethylcellulose. Brewster angle and atomic force microscopy reveal the influence of polyelectrolyte templating on the morphology of the Langmuir and LB films. Polarized absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy provide insight into the impact of complexation with the polyelectrolyte on the orientation and deaggregation of the hemicyanine headgroup leading to fluorescence and SHG enhancement in the LB film.

  19. Colloidal interactions between Langmuir-Blodgett bitumen films and fine solid particles.

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    Long, Jun; Zhang, Liyan; Xu, Zhenghe; Masliyah, Jacob H

    2006-10-10

    In oil sand processing, accumulation of surface-active compounds at various interfaces imposes a significant impact on bitumen recovery and bitumen froth cleaning (i.e., froth treatment) by altering the interfacial properties and colloidal interactions among various oil sand components. In the present study, bitumen films were prepared at toluene/water interfaces using a Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) upstroke deposition technique. The surface of the prepared LB bitumen films was found to be hydrophobic, comprised of wormlike aggregates containing a relatively high content of oxygen, sulfur, and nitrogen, indicating an accumulation of surface-active compounds in the films. Using an atomic force microscope, colloidal interactions between the LB bitumen films and fine solids (model silica particles and clay particles chosen directly from an oil sand tailing stream) were measured in industrial plant process water and compared with those measured in simple electrolyte solutions of controlled pH and divalent cation concentrations. The results show a stronger long-range repulsive force and weaker adhesion force in solutions of higher pH and lower divalent cation concentration. In plant process water, a moderate long-range repulsive force and weak adhesion were measured despite its high electrolyte content. These findings provide more insight into the mechanisms of bitumen extraction and froth treatment.

  20. Limited propagation of lattice distortion in trilayer Langmuir-Blodgett films: correlation with mesoscopic structure.

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    Cantin, Sophie; Perrot, Françoise; Fontaine, Philippe; Goldmann, Michel

    2013-09-03

    The structure of trilayer Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films on oxidized silicon wafers has been investigated using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction at various incidence angles and atomic force microscopy (AFM). These films are formed by two behenic acid (BA) layers and a third monolayer of amphiphilic molecules having different architectures. These molecules have the same polar head and differ from each other by the chain, either saturated or unsaturated hydrogenated or semi-fluorinated. The structure of the first BA monolayer appears as unchanged in all cases, whereas a condensation of the second BA monolayer is evidenced when the third layer is not formed with the saturated hydrogenated chain. We interpret this condensation as resulting from the mismatch between the lattices of the second BA layer and the external monolayer, possibly associated with the formation of a new monolayer-air interface creating line tension effects. Line tension estimation has also been made from the size of the holes observed in the different LB films.

  1. Thermally induced conformational changes of Ca-arachidate Langmuir-Blodgett Films at different compression

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    Weber, Jan; Beier, Andre; Hasselbrink, Eckart; Balgar, Thorsten

    2014-07-01

    The conformational order in Ca-arachidate Langmuir-Blodgett films on solid glass supports is investigated by means of vibrational sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (VSFG). The symmetric C-H stretching vibrations of both the terminal methyl and the methylene groups are utilized to monitor the chain conformation at various sample temperatures under ambient conditions. At room temperature the film is well-ordered consisting almost entirely of all-trans configured chains. Between 340 and 430 K we observe a marked increase in gauche-defects before oxidative degeneration starts at sample temperatures above 470 K. The temperature dependence of the data is well represented by apparent enthalpy changes for the formation of gauche-defects, sharply increasing with packing density from 29 to 62 kJ/mol; values, which are an order of magnitude larger than those of the gas phase molecule. These large apparent enthalpies do not prevent the formation of a high degree of conformational disorder at elevated temperatures.

  2. Fast optical NO sub 2 gas sensing of porphyrin Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Dooling, C M

    2002-01-01

    A porphyrin sensor for the detection of NO sub 2 gas in the 0.1-5.0 ppm range has been developed. The sensing characteristics of 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(3,4,-bis[-ethylhexyloxy]phenyl)-21H,23H-porphine (EHO) Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films are shown to be dependent on a range of parameters including surface pressure, film thickness and deposition speed. This research has led to exceptionally fast response times with the best t sub 5 sub 0 values of approx 15s achieved with relatively large absorbance changes of typically 60%. The kinetics of the sensing response have been simulated using the Elovichian model and shown to exhibit Langmuirian and Arrhenius behaviour. Ultra-fast LB deposition (500-1000 mm min sup - sup 1) has been developed as a means of both decreasing sample production time and increasing the surface area - volume ratio for enhanced gas response. This technique maintains orientational symmetry and high transfer ratio, yet displays a highly disordered porous structure. The 'bed of nails' texture is pr...

  3. Ionic channels in Langmuir-Blodgett films imaged by a scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Kolomytkin, O V; Golubok, A O; Davydov, D N; Timofeev, V A; Vinogradova, S A; Tipisev SYa

    1991-01-01

    The molecular structure of channels formed by gramicidin A in a lipid membrane was imaged by a scanning tunneling microscope operating in air. The mono- and bimolecular films of lipid with gramicidin A were deposited onto a highly oriented pyrolitic graphite substrate by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. It has been shown that under high concentration gramicidin A molecules can form in lipid films a quasi-regular, densely packed structure. Single gramicidin A molecules were imaged for the first time as well. The cavity of 0.4 +/- 0.05 nm in halfwidth was found on the scanning tunneling microscopy image of the gramicidin A molecule. The results of direct observation obtained by means of scanning tunneling microscope are in good agreement with the known molecular model of gramicidin A. It was shown that gramicidin A molecules can exist in a lipid monolayer as individual molecules or combined into clusters. The results demonstrate that scanning tunneling microscope can be used for high spatial resolution study of ionic channel structure. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 PMID:1712239

  4. Cation-Controlled Excimer Packing in Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Hemicyanine Amphiphilic Chromoionophores.

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    Selektor, S L; Shcherbina, M A; Bakirov, A V; Batat, P; Grauby-Heywang, C; Grigorian, S; Arslanov, V V; Chvalun, S N

    2016-01-19

    Supramolecular structure of ultrathin films of hemicyanine dye bearing a crown ether group (CrHCR) was tuned by lateral pressure and investigated by means of compression isotherms, UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies, and X-ray reflectivity. Two different types of aggregation were revealed, depending on the absence or the presence of metal cations in the water subphase. While CrHCR forms at high surface pressures head-to-tail stacking aggregates on pure water, changing the subphase to a metal-cation-containing one leads to the appearance of well-defined excimers with head-to-head orientation. The structure of monolayers transferred onto solid supports by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique was examined by use of X-ray reflectivity measurements and molecular modeling. A model of cation-induced excimer formation in hemicyanine Langmuir monolayers is proposed. Finally, fluorescence emission properties of LB films of CrHCR can be managed by appropriate changes in the subphase composition, this last one determining the type of chromophore aggregation.

  5. Salt dependent stability of stearic acid Langmuir-Blodgett films exposed to aqueous electrolytes.

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    Kumar, Naveen; Wang, Lei; Siretanu, Igor; Duits, Michel; Mugele, Frieder

    2013-04-30

    We use contact angle goniometry, imaging ellipsometry, and atomic force microscopy to study the stability and wettability of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers of stearic acid on silica substrates, upon drying and exposure to aqueous solutions of varying salinity. The influences of Ca(2+) and Na(+) ions are compared by varying their concentrations, both in the subphase before the LB transfer, and in the droplets to which the dried LB layers are exposed. Ca(2+) ions in the subphase are found to enhance the stability, leading to contact angles up to 100°, as compared to less than 5° for Na(+). Consistent with the macroscopic wettability, AFM images show almost intact films with few holes exposing bare substrate when prepared in the presence of Ca(2+), while subphases containing Na(+) result in large areas of bare substrate after exposure to aqueous drops. The observations on varying the composition of the droplets corroborate the stabilizing effect of Ca(2+). We attribute these findings to the cation-bridging ability of Ca(2+) ions, which can bind the negatively charged stearate groups to the negatively charged substrates. We discuss the relevance of our findings in the context of enhanced oil recovery.

  6. A multiscale structural study of nanoparticle films prepared by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique

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    Dochter, Alexandre; Pichon, Benoit P.; Fleutot, Solenne; Medard, Nicolas; Begin-Colin, Sylvie

    2013-02-01

    Arrays of magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) represent a very interesting challenge toward the development of new devices for magnetic applications such as data storage and spintronic. The final properties of such assemblies depending essentially on the spatial arrangement of NPs, it is of first importance to investigate precisely their structure. Here, the structure of monolayer and multilayer films of magnetic iron oxide NPs assembled by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique has been studied by usual techniques such as SEM, AFM and ellipsometry and by a new and an easy to process enhanced optical technique: the Surface Enhancement Ellipsometry Contrast (SEEC) microscopy. This technique is based on the use of a new generation of microscope slides used as substrates which allow the strong enhancement of the sample contrast to a point where it becomes possible to visualize the structure of monolayer and multilayer films at the nanoscale with a conventional optical microscope. The SEEC microscopy is demonstrated to be complementary to usual characterization techniques to study the structure of NPs films, especially for films containing very small nanosized NPs which are more difficult to analyze by usual techniques. While the film structure is investigated with lateral resolution of microns, the layer thickness is analyzed at the nanoscale (with a precision of 0.3 nm) with a close fit to the experimental measurements on local (AFM) and on larger (ellipsometry) areas. This technique presents the advantage to visualize directly the topography of NPs assemblies on very large areas by extracting information such as the height profile, the film roughness and generating 3D images.

  7. Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer between organic dyes adsorbed onto nano-clay and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films

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    Hussain, Syed Arshad; Chakraborty, S.; Bhattacharjee, D.; Schoonheydt, R. A.

    2010-02-01

    In this communication we investigate two dyes N, N'-dioctadecyl thiacyanine perchlorate (NK) and octadecyl rhodamine B chloride (RhB) in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films with or with out a synthetic clay laponite. Observed changes in isotherms of RhB in absence and presence of nano-clay platelets indicate the incorporation of clay platelets onto RhB-clay hybrid films. AFM images confirm the incorporation of clay into hybrid films. FRET is observed in clay dispersion and LB films with and without clay. Efficiency of energy transfer is maximum in LB films with clay.

  8. Thin-Film Behavior of Poly(methyl methacrylates). 3. Epitaxial Crystallization in Thin Films of Isotactic Poly(methyl methacrylate) Using Crystalline Langmuir-Blodgett Layers

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    Brinkhuis, R.H.G.; Schouten, A.J.

    1992-01-01

    A procedure is introduced using monolayer crystallized films of isotactic poly(methyl methacrylate) (i-PMMA) to induce crystallization in amorphous films of i-PMMA. Use of the Langmuir-Blodgett films as surface crystallization nuclei permits the preparation of highly crystalline films with thickness

  9. Supramolecular architectures of iron phthalocyanine Langmuir-Blodgett films: The role played by the solution solvents

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    Rubira, Rafael Jesus Gonçalves; Aoki, Pedro Henrique Benites; Constantino, Carlos José Leopoldo; Alessio, Priscila

    2017-09-01

    The developing of organic-based devices has been widely explored using ultrathin films as the transducer element, whose supramolecular architecture plays a central role in the device performance. Here, Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) ultrathin films were fabricated from iron phthalocyanine (FePc) solutions in chloroform (CHCl3), dichloromethane (CH2Cl2), dimethylformamide (DMF), and tetrahydrofuran (THF) to determine the influence of different solvents on the supramolecular architecture of the ultrathin films. The UV-vis absorption spectroscopy shows a strong dependence of the FePc aggregation on these solvents. As a consequence, the surface pressure vs. mean molecular area (π-A) isotherms and Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) reveal a more homogeneous (surface morphology) Langmuir film at the air/water interface for FePc in DMF. The same morphological pattern observed for the Langmuir films is preserved upon LB deposition onto solid substrates. The Raman and FTIR analyses indicate the DMF-FePc interaction relies on coordination bonds between N atom (from DMF) and Fe atom (from FePc). Besides, the FePc molecular organization was also found to be affected by the DMF-FePc chemical interaction. It is interesting to note that, if the DMF-FePc leads to less aggregated FePc either in solution or ultrathin films (Langmuir and LB), with time (one week) the opposite trend is found. Taking into account the N-Fe interaction, the performance of the FePc ultrathin films with distinct supramolecular architectures composing sensing units was explored as proof-of-principle in the detection of trace amounts of atrazine herbicide in water using impedance spectroscopy. Further statistical and computational analysis reveal not only the role played by FePc supramolecular architecture but also the sensitivity of the system to detect atrazine solutions down to 10-10 mol/L, which is sufficient to monitor the quality of drinking water even according to the most stringent international

  10. Complexes of carbon nanotubes with oligonucleotides in thin Langmuir-Blodgett films to detect electrochemically hybridization

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    Egorov, A. S.; Egorova, V. P.; Krylova, H. V.; Lipnevich, I. V.; Orekhovskaya, T. I.; Veligura, A. A.; Govorov, M. I.; Shulitsky, B. G.

    2014-10-01

    Self-assembled complexes consisting of thin multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and DNA-oligonucleotides which are able to a cooperative binding to complementary oligonucleotides have been investigated. It was establised a high-performance charge transport in nanostructured Langmuir-Blodgett complexes thin MWCNTs/DNA. A method to electrochemically detect DNA hybridization on the self-organized structures has been proposed.

  11. Structural and optical properties of langmuir-blodgett films of the electron acceptor 2-octadecylthio-1,4-benzoquinone

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    Bjørnholm, T.; Larsen, N. B.; Christensen, Finn Erland

    1993-01-01

    The electron acceptor 2-octadecylthio-1,4-benzoquinone forms stable monolayers at air/water interfaces. Transfer to hydrophobic substrates yields Y-type Langmuir-Blodgett films. By studies of multilayers using X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy with polarized light a structure model is obtained...... which shows that a simultaneously close packing of the head group and alkyl chains is possible. The oxygen-carbon bonds in the quinone head group are oriented along the substrate normal according to the structure model....

  12. Thin-Film Behavior of Poly(methyl methacrylates). 2. An FT-IR Study of Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Isotactic PMMA

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    Brinkhuis, R.H.G.; Schouten, A.J.

    1991-01-01

    The structure of Langmuir-Blodgett films of isotactic PMMA transferred to substrates was investigated with FT-infrared techniques. From the results it is argued that at high surface pressures, the isotactic PMMA is transferred in a crystalline-like conformation, presumably as double helices. The fil

  13. Second harmonic generation at the interface of copper tetra-tert-butyl phthalocyanine Langmuir-Blodgett film/metal

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    程晓曼; 姚素薇; 李成全; 间中孝彰; 岩本光正

    2003-01-01

    Optical second harmonic generation (SHG) from the copper tetra-tert-butyl phthalocyanine (CuttbPc) Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film deposited on a metal-coated glass slide substrate has been investigated. It is considered that the symmetry of the CuttbPc molecule may be broken by the space charge-induced electric field (SCIEF) due to the exchanged charges at the CuttbPc LB film/metal interface. A four-layer model is used to explain the nonlinear optical process in the CuttbPc LB film. The thickness dependence, polarized and incident angle dependence of SHG signal from CuttbPc LB films are calculated. The results of calculation show a good agreement with the experimental data. It is shown that electrostatic phenomena at the interface is correlated closely with SHG signal, and the SHG measurement is also a helpful tool for the detection of the space charge field at the interface.

  14. Substitution of spreading solvent by a less hazardous one for the fabrication of the Au(dmit)2 Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Miura, Yasuhiro F.

    2016-03-01

    The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film based on the ditetradecyldimethylammonium-Au(dmit)2 [2C14N+Me2-Au(dmit)2] salt shows a high room-temperature conductivity of 40 S/cm with a metallic temperature dependence. However, the solvent for spreading the material at the air/water interface is a 1:1 mixture of benzene and acetonitrile, which should be substituted by a less hazardous solvent considering the health effects. Here, we report on the substitution of the solvent by a less hazardous one — a 1:1 mixture of toluene and acetone; the 2C14N+Me2-Au(dmit)2 LB film fabricated using the mixture also exhibits a high room-temperature conductivity together with a metallic temperature dependence.

  15. Preparation of copper sulphide clusters in organic-inorganic composites of Langmuir-Blodgett films of amphiphilic Schiff bases

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    G Hemakanthi; Aruna Dhathathreyan; T Ramasami; D Möbius

    2001-04-01

    Copper sulphide clusters were prepared in Langmuir-Blodgett films of copper complexes of amphiphilic Schiff bases-3,4-dimethoxy-N-benzylidene hexadeylamine (I) and 3,4-dimethoxy-N-benzylidene-4 -(hexadecylamino) benzylamine (II) The clusters obtained were analysed using UV-Vis spectroscopy and optical microscopy. Brewster angle microscopic studies on monolayers of I and II at air/water interface showed formation of needle-like domains which seem to cluster faster in I than in II. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies also showed fairly uniform sized clusters in II whereas in the case of I they seem to show varying sizes. From the results it is concluded that -elongation in the polar head groups leads to controlled cluster sizes in compound II as compared to those in compound I.

  16. Optical properties of Langmuir-Blodgett film of hemicyanine containing the rare earth complex anion Dy(BPMPHD) (-2)

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    Wang, Kezhi; Huang, Chunhui; Xu, Guangxian; Zhao, Xinsheng; Xia, Xiaohua; Wu, Nianzu; Xu, Lingge; Li, Tiankai

    1994-12-01

    (E)-N-hexadecyl-4-(2-(4-dimethylaminophnyl) ethenyl) pyridinium bis(1,6-bis (1'-phenyl-3'-methyl-5'-pyrazolone-4') hexanedio-nato-(1,5)) dysprosium(III) was synthesized. The monolayers formed on a pure water subphase (pH 5.6,C) were transferred onto hydrophilic quartz, calcium fluoride, and glass substrates successively with a transfer ratio of around unity. From second-harmonic generation (SHG) experiments, the second-order molecular hyperpolarizability beta was evaluated to be about 4.8 x 10(exp -48) C cu m/sq V. The results of UV-visible, IR and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of the Langmuir-Blodgett films are also reported.

  17. Langmuir-Blodgett films of phycobiliproteins (I)——Monomolecular film and conformational studies of R-phycoerythrin

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    何靳安; 蒋丽金; 江龙; 毕只初; 李津如

    1996-01-01

    The surface pressure-area (π-A) isotherm of R-phycoerythrin (R-PE) at the air-water interface has been measured. The results indicate that R-PE can form the monomolecular film. Moreover, the molecule-occupied area extrapolating the linear part of the n-A isotherm is identical with that when an R-PE molecule is located at the interface with its disk plane parallel to the air-water interface. The transmission electron micrograph (TEM) and the measurement of the thickness of the protein monolayer by ellipsometry show that the orientation of R-PE disk plane on the substrate is parallel to the plane of substrate. Absorption and fluorescence spectra of R-PE LB multilayers were obtained through transferring R-PE monolayer at the air-water interface to the substrates at the proper surface pressure by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. These spectra of R-PE LB films do not show distinct differences from those in aqueous solution. Comparative studies of circular dichroism (CD) spectra of the protein between in aq

  18. Nanostructured PdO Thin Film from Langmuir-Blodgett Precursor for Room-Temperature H2 Gas Sensing.

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    Choudhury, Sipra; Betty, C A; Bhattacharyya, Kaustava; Saxena, Vibha; Bhattacharya, Debarati

    2016-07-01

    Nanoparticulate thin films of PdO were prepared using the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique by thermal decomposition of a multilayer film of octadecylamine (ODA)-chloropalladate complex. The stable complex formation of ODA with chloropalladate ions (present in subphase) at the air-water interface was confirmed by the surface pressure-area isotherm and Brewster angle microscopy. The formation of nanocrystalline PdO thin film after thermal decomposition of as-deposited LB film was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Nanocrystalline PdO thin films were further characterized by using UV-vis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) measurements. The XPS study revealed the presence of prominent Pd(2+) with a small quantity (18%) of reduced PdO (Pd(0)) in nanocrystalline PdO thin film. From the absorption spectroscopic measurement, the band gap energy of PdO was estimated to be 2 eV, which was very close to that obtained from specular reflectance measurements. Surface morphology studies of these films using atomic force microscopy and field-emission scanning electron microscopy indicated formation of nanoparticles of size 20-30 nm. These PdO film when employed as a chemiresistive sensor showed H2 sensitivity in the range of 30-4000 ppm at room temperature. In addition, PdO films showed photosensitivity with increase in current upon shining of visible light.

  19. International Conference on Langmuir-Blodgett Films (5th) Held in Paris, France on 26-30 August 1991, Abstracts Booklet

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    1991-08-01

    microstructures. AP5 ORIENTATION OF POLYIMIDE LB FILMS IN PLANE DIRECTION Masa-aki Kakimoto, Yasunari Nishikata, Ken Komatsu, and Yoshio Imai Department...AND PROPERTIES OF POLYAMINE LB FILMS Toshihiro Suwa, Yasunari Nishikata, Hasa-aki Kakimoto, and Yoshio Imai Department of Organic and Polymeric...working Resists Using a Polyimide Langmuir-Blodgett Film System Mitsumasa Iwamoto*, Sige asba , Keiji Iriyama-, Yasunari Nishikata++ , Masaaki Kakimoto

  20. High enzymatic activity preservation with carbon nanotubes incorporated in urease-lipid hybrid Langmuir-Blodgett films.

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    Caseli, Luciano; Siqueira, José Roberto

    2012-03-27

    The search for optimized architectures, such as thin films, for the production of biosensors has been challenged in recent decades, and thus, the understanding of molecular interactions that occur at interfaces is essential to improve the construction of nanostructured devices. In this study, we investigated the possibility of using carbon nanotubes in hybrid Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of lipids and urease to improve the catalytic performance of the immobilized enzyme. The molecular interactions were first investigated at the air-water interface with the enzyme adsorbed from the aqueous subphase onto Langmuir monolayers of dimyristoylphosphatidic acid (DMPA). The transfer to solid supports as LB films and the subsequent incorporation of carbon nanotubes in the hybrid film permitted us to evaluate how these nanomaterials changed the physical properties of the ultrathin film. Colorimetric measurments indicated that the presence of nanotubes preserved and enhanced the enzyme activity of the film, even after 1 month. These results show that the use of such hybrid films is promising for the development of biosensors with an optimized performance.

  1. Controlling the molecular architecture of lactase immobilized in Langmuir-Blodgett films of phospholipids to modulate the enzyme activity.

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    Ayoub, Fábio de Paula; Caseli, Luciano

    2017-02-01

    In this present work, the adsorption of the enzyme lactase onto Langmuir monolayers of the phospholipid dimyristoylphosphatidic acid (DMPA) was investigated and characterized with surface pressure-area isotherms, surface potential-area isotherms and polarization-modulated infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS). The adsorption of the enzyme at the air-water interface expanded the lipid monolayer and increased the film compressibility at high surface pressures. Amide bands in the PM-IRRAS spectra were identified, with the CN and CO dipole moments lying parallel to the monolayer plane, revealing that the structuring of the enzyme into β-sheets was kept in the mixed monolayer. The enzyme-lipid films were transferred from the floating monolayer to solid supports as Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films and characterized with fluorescence spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The catalytic activity of the films was measured and compared to the homogenous medium. The enzyme accommodated in the LB films preserved more than 80% of the enzyme activity after 20days, in contrast for the homogeneous medium, which preserved less than 60% of the enzyme activity. The method presented in this present work not only allows for an enhanced catalytic activity toward lactose, but also can help explain why certain film architectures exhibit better performance.

  2. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of capsules of haemoglobin at air/water and solid/air interfaces

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    J Maheshkumar; A Dhathathreyan

    2013-03-01

    Organized assemblies of capsules of haemoglobin (Hb), in the size range of 0.1 to 0.3 in Langmuir films have been studied at air/water interface below and above the isoelectric point. Spread films of these organizates suggest that there is no expulsion of individual particles or particle assemblies at the interface and the particles are stable. Dynamic surface tension and the associated dilational and shear visco-elasticity in these films suggest that the capsules are highly elastic. Multilayer films of the capsules using Langmuir-Blodgett technique have been fabricated by sequential deposition on solid surfaces. These films have been characterized by circular dichroism spectroscopy (CD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and Fourier transform infrared with reflection absorption spectroscopy (FTIR-RAS). No appreciable change in the secondary structural features of Hb is seen from CD studies indicating the stability of the protein in these organized assemblies. Sizes of these capsules change near the isoelectric point and large swollen multiwalled capsules are formed. The elastic films of capsules of Hb provide a useful post preparation approach for modification of the surface roughness, porosity, and permeability of pre-assembled polypeptide microcapsules.

  3. Modeling and characterization of molecular structures in self assembled and Langmuir-Blodgett films for controlled fabrication

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    Cesarano, J. III [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Materials and Process Sciences Center

    1997-10-01

    Self Assembled (SA) thin films and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) thin films are emerging technologies for the development of chemical and bio-chemical sensors, electrooptic films, second harmonic generators (frequency doublers), templates for biomimetic growth etc. One of the goals of this project was to extend Sandia`s characterization techniques and molecular modeling capabilities for these complex two-dimensional geometries with the objective of improving the control of the fabrication of these structures for specific applications. Achieving this requires understanding both the structure throughout the thickness of the films and the in-plane lattice of the amphiphilic molecules. To meet these objectives they used atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray reflectivity, and molecular modeling. While developing these capabilities, three different materials systems were fabricated and characterized: (1) Self Assembled Monolayers (SAMs) of octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) and LB films of arachidic acid on silicon wafers; (2) SAMs on PZT substrates; and (3) electrochemical deposition of CdS on LB film templates.

  4. Spectroscopic and Structural Studies of a Surface Active Porphyrin in Solution and in Langmuir-Blodgett Films.

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    Ponce, Concepcion P; Araghi, Hessamaddin Younesi; Joshi, Neeraj K; Steer, Ronald P; Paige, Matthew F

    2015-12-22

    Controlling aggregation of the dual sensitizer-emitter (S-E) zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) is an important consideration in solid state noncoherent photon upconversion (NCPU) applications. The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique is a facile means of preparing ordered assemblies in thin films to study distance-dependent energy transfer processes in S-E systems and was used in this report to control the aggregation of a functionalized ZnTPP on solid substrates. This was achieved by synthetic addition of a short polar tail to one of the pendant phenyl rings in ZnTPP in order to make it surface active. The surface active ZnTPP derivative formed rigid films at the air-water interface and exhibited mean molecular areas consistent with approximately vertically oriented molecules under appropriate film compression. A red shift in the UV-vis spectra as well as unquenched fluorescence emission of the LB films indicated formation of well-ordered aggregates. However, NCPU, present in the solution phase, was not observed in the LB films, suggesting that NCPU from ZnTPP as a dual S-E required not just a controlled aggregation but a specific orientation of the molecules with respect to each other.

  5. Preparation and characterization of mono- and multilayer films of polymerizable 1,2-polybutadiene using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique.

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    Hitrik, Maria; Gutkin, Vitaly; Lev, Ovadia; Mandler, Daniel

    2011-10-04

    The essence of this study is to apply the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique for assembling asymmetric membranes. Accordingly, Langmuir films of a (further) polymerizable polymer, 1,2-polybutadiene (1,2-pbd), were studied and transferred onto different solid supports, such as gold, indium tin oxide (ITO), and silicon. The layers were characterized both at the air/water interface as well as on different substrates using numerous methods including cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and reflection-absorption Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The Langmuir films were stable at the air-water interface as long as they were not exposed to UV irradiation. The LB films formed disorganized layers, which gradually blocked the permeation of different species with increasing the number of deposited layers. The thickness was ca. 4-7 Å per layer. Irradiating the Langmuir films caused their cross-linking at the air-water interface. Furthermore, we took advantage of the reactivity of the double bond of the LB films on the solid supports and graft polymerized acrylic acid on top of the 1,2-pbd layers. This approach is the basis of the formation of an asymmetric membrane that requires different porosity on both of its sides.

  6. Molecular arrangement in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of a mesogenic bent-core carboxylic acid.

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    Giner, Ignacio; Gascón, Ignacio; Vergara, Jorge; López, M Carmen; Ros, M Blanca; Royo, Félix M

    2009-10-20

    A different alternative to previous research on Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of bent-core liquid crystals is reported in this work. A bent-shaped molecule wearing a terminal carboxylic group has been used to obtain monomolecular films with their long molecular axis almost perpendicular to the aqueous surface. Langmuir films at the air-liquid interface (pH=9) have been characterized by a combination of surface pressure and surface potential versus area per molecule isotherms, Brewster angle microscopy, and ultraviolet reflection spectroscopy. A condensed phase is reached at surface pressures up to 20 mN x m-1. In this condensed phase, molecules are packed forming H-aggregates with a well-defined molecular orientation. Langmuir films have been transferred onto quartz and silicon substrates and characterized by means of UV-vis spectroscopy and XRR. The transference is Z-type, with a constant deposition of the monolayers. The total LB monolayer film thickness is evaluated to be about 5.8 nm, which is in good agreement with the deduced orientation at the air-liquid interface as well as with the lamellar order observed within the solid obtained by cooling the sample from the mesophase.

  7. Fabrication of a highly b-oriented MFI-type zeolite film by the Langmuir-Blodgett method.

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    Wang, Zheng; Yu, Ting; Nian, Pei; Zhang, Qingchun; Yao, Junkang; Li, Shan; Gao, Zuoning; Yue, Xianglong

    2014-04-29

    sec-Butanol-modified rounded-coffin-shaped silicalite-1 (SL) microcrystals were assembled into a compact and highly b-oriented monolayer extending over the centimeter scale via the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. For comparison, methanol- or ethanol-modified SL microcrystals could not float and were compressed into a dense film in an LB trough. Subsequently, highly b-oriented MFI films with a thickness of ∼1.5 μm were successfully obtained on the solid substrates by secondary growth of the LB monolayer using tetrapropylammonium hydroxide (TPAOH) as the structure-directing agent. The electrochemical experiments confirmed that the prepared films were defect-free. In general, the LB method is a highly controllable and reproducible method of organizing anisotropic zeolite crystals with a preferred orientation over a relatively large surface area. The LB technique could be further applied as an effective platform for the oriented assembly of different types of zeolite particles and the growth of variously oriented zeolite films.

  8. Influence of meso-substituted tetraphenylporphyrin derivatives structure on their supramolecular organization in floating layers and Langmuir-Blodgett films.

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    Kazak, Alexandr V; Usol'tseva, Nadezhda V; Yudin, Sergey G; Sotsky, Valentin V; Semeikin, Alexandr S

    2012-12-11

    To study the influence of structure peculiarities of porphyrin derivatives on their supramolecular organization in thin films, 15 new meso-substituted tetraphenylporphyrin derivatives and their metal complexes with substituents (-OC(4)H(9) or -OC(16)H(33)) in para or ortho positions were studied. The films of the studied compounds were obtained by the Langmuir-Schaefer method. The behavior of porphyrin derivatives at the water-air interface was analyzed, and the conformity of the influence of molecular structure on supramolecular organization in floating layers and Langmuir-Blodgett films was defined. The absorption of these films over a wide spectral range was analyzed. The supramolecular organization of meso-substituted tetraphenylporphyrin derivatives was modeled and specified with the help of X-ray diffraction analysis. It was determined that the formation of monomolecular layers is typical for the compounds with short lateral substituents or without substituents. Tetraphenylporphyrins with extensive substituents can form a monolayer only when zinc is included in the molecular structure.

  9. Easily processable highly ordered Langmuir-Blodgett films of quaterthiophene disiloxane dimer for monolayer organic field-effect transistors.

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    Sizov, Alexey S; Anisimov, Daniil S; Agina, Elena V; Borshchev, Oleg V; Bakirov, Artem V; Shcherbina, Maxim A; Grigorian, Souren; Bruevich, Vladimir V; Chvalun, Sergei N; Paraschuk, Dmitry Yu; Ponomarenko, Sergei A

    2014-12-23

    Self-assembly of highly soluble water-stable tetramethyldisiloxane-based dimer of α,α'-dialkylquaterthiophene on the water-air interface was investigated by Langmuir, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, and X-ray reflectivity techniques. The conditions for formation of very homogeneous crystalline monolayer Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of the oligomer were found. Monolayer organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) based on these LB films as a semiconducting layer showed hole mobilities up to 3 × 10(-3) cm(2)/(V s), on-off ratio of 10(5), small hysteresis, and high long-term stability. The electrical performance of the LB films studied is close to that for the same material in the bulk or in the monolayer OFETs prepared from water vapor sensitive chlorosilyl derivatives of quaterthiophene by self-assembling from solution. These findings show high potential of disiloxane-based LB films in monolayer OFETs for large-area organic electronics.

  10. Langmuir-Blodgett films incorporating molecular wire candidates of ester-substituted oligo(phenylene-ethynylene) derivatives

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    Villares, Ana; Lydon, Donocadh P.; Robinson, Benjamin J.; Ashwell, Geoffrey J.; Royo, Félix M.; Low, Paul J.; Cea, Pilar

    2008-12-01

    Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of two "wire-like" oligo(phenylene-ethynylene) methyl ester derivatives, namely methyl-4-[(4″-(nonyloxyphenylethynyl)-4'-(phenylethynyl)]-benzoate and methyl-4-[(4″-hexadecyloxyphenylethynyl)-4'-(phenylethynyl]-benzoate (abbreviated as C9BPEB and C16BPEB), have been prepared and characterized. Surface pressure isotherms for both materials have been obtained, with C9BPEB showing more expanded monolayers. An analysis of the reflection spectra of monolayer films at the air-water interface suggests the formation of H-aggregates, and supports an organizational model in which tilt angles of C16BPEB and C9BPEB molecules with respect to the water surface are approximately 70° and 60°, respectively. The sequential transfer of monolayers of these BPEB ester derivatives onto solid substrates results in a Z-type deposition in the case of C9BPEB and Y-type for C16BPEB. The current-voltage ( I- V) characteristics of LB monolayers are relatively symmetrical for both films, with the asymmetric contacts more evident in the I- V C16BPEB characteristics.

  11. Hybrid Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of a viologen derivative and TCNQ in a mixed valence state: preparation route and characterization

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    Martín, Santiago; Cea, Pilar; Lafuente, Carlos; Royo, Félix M.; López, María. C.

    2004-08-01

    Hybrid Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films containing two moieties of great chemical and electrochemical interest, namely a viologen derivative and tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) in a mixed valence state, were fabricated. To do so, positively ionized monolayers of 1,1 '-dioctadecyl 4,4 '-bipyridilium were prepared onto aqueous solutions of tetracyanoquinodimethane in a mixed valence state. Surface pressure vs. area ( π- A), surface potential vs. area (Δ V- A), and Brewster angle microscope (BAM) images were recorded and interpreted in terms of molecular interactions as well as the incorporation of the hydrophobic anions into the monolayer. After a comprehensive study, a 10 -6 M TCNQ aqueous solution was chosen as the best one to build hybrid LB films. Thus, the floating films were transferred onto solid substrates that were characterized using several techniques including ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), infrared (IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) proving the incorporation of the TCNQ onto the film. These films show a good optical conductivity as well as a high degree of order and layers with a constant architecture.

  12. Design and Synthesis of Aviram-Ratner-Type Dyads and Rectification Studies in Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) Films.

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    Jayamurugan, Govindasamy; Gowri, Vijayendran; Hernández, David; Martin, Santiago; González-Orive, Alejandro; Dengiz, Cagatay; Dumele, Oliver; Pérez-Murano, Francesc; Gisselbrecht, Jean-Paul; Boudon, Corinne; Schweizer, W Bernd; Breiten, Benjamin; Finke, Aaron D; Jeschke, Gunnar; Bernet, Bruno; Ruhlmann, Laurent; Cea, Pilar; Diederich, François

    2016-07-18

    The design and synthesis of Aviram-Ratner-type molecular rectifiers, featuring an anilino-substituted extended tetracyanoquinodimethane (exTCNQ) acceptor, covalently linked by the σ-spacer bicyclo[2.2.2]octane (BCO) to a tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) donor moiety, are described. The rigid BCO spacer keeps the TTF donor and exTCNQ acceptor moieties apart, as demonstrated by X-ray analysis. The photophysical properties of the TTF-BCO-exTCNQ dyads were investigated by UV/Vis and EPR spectroscopy, electrochemical studies, and theoretical calculations. Langmuir-Blodgett films were prepared and used in the fabrication and electrical studies of junction devices. One dyad showed the asymmetric current-voltage (I-V) curve characteristic for rectification, unlike control compounds containing the TTF unit but not the exTCNQ moiety or comprising the exTCNQ acceptor moiety but lacking the donor TTF part, which both gave symmetric I-V curves. The direction of the observed rectification indicated that the preferred electron current flows from the exTCNQ acceptor to the TTF donor.

  13. Langmuir-Blodgett films of cholesterol oxidase and S-layer proteins onto screen-printed electrodes

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    Guimarães, Juliana Aguilar; Ferraz, Helen Conceição; Alves, Tito Lívio Moitinho

    2014-04-01

    Stable Langmuir monolayers of cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) and S-layer proteins were produced at the water-air interface and subsequently transferred onto the surface of screen-printed carbon electrodes by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. The modified electrode surface was characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). AFM indicated the presence of deposited layers, showing reduction of surface roughness (RMS and Rt parameters). Significant changes in the shape of CVs were observed in modified electrodes compared to bare electrodes. The anodic peaks could be observed in cyclic voltammograms (CV), at a scan rate equal to 25 mV s-1, using electrodes with Z-type LB deposition. The presence of S-layer proteins in the ChOx LB film increases the oxidation peak intensity and reduces the oxidation potential. Altogether, these results demonstrate the feasibility of producing a cholesterol biosensor based on the immobilization of ChOx and S-layer proteins by LB technique.

  14. Interaction between Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of two calix[4]arenes with aqueous copper and lithium ions.

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    Supian, Faridah L; Richardson, Tim H; Deasy, Mary; Kelleher, Fintan; Ward, James P; McKee, Vickie

    2010-07-06

    The binding interactions between aqueous copper (Cu(2+)) and lithium (Li(+)) ions and Langmuir monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) multilayers have been investigated by studying surface pressure-area (Pi-A) isotherms and surface potential-area (DeltaV-A) behavior in order to find the effective dipole moment, mu(perpendicular), of the calixarene molecules in the uncomplexed and complexed states. The orientation of both calix[4]arenes, namely, 5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-25,27-diethoxycarbonyl methyleneoxy-26,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene and 5,17-(9H-fluoren-2-yl)methyleneamino)-11,23-di-tert-butyl-25,27-diethoxycarbonyl methyleneoxy-26,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene, is such that the plane of the calix ring is parallel with the plane of the water surface regardless of the ion content of the subphase. The Gibbs equation was used to interpret the adsorption of ions with both calix[4]arenes as a function of the concentration. Effective dipole moments have been calculated from surface potential values using the Helmholtz equation. In this work, new LB films have been prepared employing two novel amphiphilic calix[4]arene derivatives bearing different upper rim substituents. Thus, the effect of modifiying the upper rim has been observed. The results have shown that these calixarenes may be useful components of ion sensors.

  15. Fabrication and Characterization of ZnO Langmuir-Blodgett Film and Its Use in Metal-Insulator-Metal Tunnel Diode.

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    Azad, Ibrahim; Ram, Manoj K; Goswami, D Yogi; Stefanakos, Elias

    2016-08-23

    Metal-insulator-metal tunnel diodes have great potential for use in infrared detection and energy harvesting applications. The quantum based tunneling mechanism of electrons in MIM (metal-insulator-metal) or MIIM (metal-insulator-insulator-metal) diodes can facilitate rectification at THz frequencies. In this study, the required nanometer thin insulating layer (I) in the MIM diode structure was fabricated using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. The zinc stearate LB film was deposited on Au/Cr coated quartz, FTO, and silicon substrates, and then heat treated by varying the temperature from 100 to 550 °C to obtain nanometer thin ZnO layers. The thin films were characterized by XRD, AFM, FTIR, and cyclic voltammetry methods. The final MIM structure was fabricated by depositing chromium/nickel over the ZnO on Au/Cr film. The current voltage (I-V) characteristics of the diode showed that the conduction mechanism is electron tunneling through the thin insulating layer. The sensitivity of the diodes was as high as 32 V(-1). The diode resistance was ∼80 Ω (at a bias voltage of 0.78 V), and the rectification ratio at that bias point was about 12 (for a voltage swing of ±200 mV). The diode response exhibited significant nonlinearity and high asymmetry at the bias point, very desirable diode performance parameters for IR detection applications.

  16. Annealing-Induced Changes in Double-Brush Langmuir-Blodgett Films of alpha-Helical Diblock Copolypeptides

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    Nguyen, Le-Thu T.; Musser, Andrew J.; Vorenkamp, Eltjo J.; Polushkin, Evgeny; ten Brinke, Gerrit; Schouten, Arend J.

    2010-01-01

    The effect of annealing on the structure and the helix orientation in Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers of diblock copolymers (PLGA-b-PMLGSLGs) of poly(alpha-L-glutamic acid) (PLGA) and poly(gamma-methyl-L-glutamate-ran-gamma-stearyl-L-glutamate) with 30 mol % of stearyl substituents (PMLGSLG) with

  17. Chemically derived graphene sheets top assembled over multi-walled carbon nanotube thin film by Langmuir Blodgett method for improved dual field emission.

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    Roy, Rajarshi; Jha, Arunava; Chattopadhyay, Kalyan K

    2013-01-01

    Graphene and carbon nanotubes are very much known as effective field emitter materials. However field emission applications with hybrid carbon nanostructures have mostly remained elusive so far. Here we report, top assembly of very thin layer of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) by Langmuir Blodgett method over a multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) thin film/ITO substrate to investigate the dual field emission property of the hybrid structure. The non-functionalized type of attachment in between the hybrid carbon nanostructures mainly due to van der Waals force of attraction ensured easy fabrication procedure. Evidence of uniform distribution of web like networks of very thin transparent RGO sheets top assembled over densely packed MWCNTs thin film was found from the field emission scanning electron microscopy analysis. The base layer conductivity was enhanced due to the incorporation of MWCNTs bottom layer over ITO and the former also additionally facilitated as emitter site pockets in between RGO planes. Finally, the RGO top assembly resulted in achieving significant improvement in current density and turn-on field in tandem with MWCNTs bottom layer bed making this hybrid system a much feasible candidate for future field emission (FE) based device applications.

  18. Fabricação e caracterização de filmes Langmuir e Langmuir-Blodgett de derivados do politiofeno

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    Nunes, Bruno Moser

    2012-01-01

    Os politiofenos apresentam algumas vantagens em relação aos demais polímeros conjugados como, por exemplo, a facilidade de síntese química e a relativa facilidade de funcionalização de suas cadeias laterais. A maioria dos derivados do politiofeno são insolúveis em água, o que torna possível o processamento desses na forma de filmes ultrafinos pelas técnicas de Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) ou de Langmuir-Schaefer, gerando filmes nanoestruturados e com espessura controlada. Dentro deste contexto, est...

  19. Molecular Arrangement of a Bolaamphiphilic Anthrancene Derivative in Langmuir-Blodgett Film

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    2001-01-01

    This paper reports the molecular assembly in the LB film of a novel bolaamphiphilic anthracene derivative (B1SANS) in comparison with that of one-headed amphiphilic anthracene derivative (ANS). While ANS formed a stretched monolayer at the air/water interface, BISANS underwent aggregation to form crystal film on the water surface. Both of the H-aggregates and J-aggregates exist in the transferred LB films of bolaamphiphilic BISANS, only J-aggregates formed in the LB film of ANS.

  20. Técnicas de caracterização para investigar interações no nível molecular em filmes de Langmuir e Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) Characterization techniques to investigate molecular-level interactions in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films

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    2005-01-01

    This paper discusses fundamental concepts for the characterization of Langmuir monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films, with emphasis on investigations of material properties at the molecular level. By way of illustration, results for phospholipid monolayers interacting with the drug dipyridamole are highlighted. These results were obtained with several techniques, including in situ grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, fluorescence microscop...

  1. Structural studies of Langmuir-Blodgett films containing rare-earth metal cations

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    Khomutov, G.B.; Antipina, M.N.; Bykov, I.V.

    2002-01-01

    chloride subphases had substantially different structure. The gadolinium stearate LB films formed with gadolinium acetate subphase were highly ordered and consisted of hexagonal layers with unit cell parameter a approximate to 4.8 Angstrom and interlayer spacing d approximate to 49 Angstrom. LB films...

  2. Induction of Ring-Shaped Calcium Oxalate Patterns by Boundaries between Liquid Expanded Phase and Liquid Condensed Phase in Langmuir-Blodgett Film

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    WAN Mu-Hua; ZHANG Sheng; ZHENG Hui; OUYANG Jian-Ming

    2008-01-01

    The formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones was related to injuries of renal epithelial membranes.The liquid condensed(LC)domains in Langmuir-Blodgett(LB)film of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine(DPPC)were used as a model system to induce crystal growth of urinary mineral calcium oxalate monohydrate(COM).The circular defective boundaries between the LC and liquid expanded(LE)phases of the DPPC monolayer could provide much more nucleating sites for crystallization of COM crystals.It induced ring-shaped or solid circular patterns of COM crystals on hydrophobic quartz substrates depending on the crystallization time.

  3. Spectroscopic characterizations of non-amphiphilic 2-(4-biphenylyl)-6-phenyl benzoxazole molecules at the air-water interface and in Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Hussain, S.A. [Department of Physics, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar, Agartala: 799130 Tripura (India); Deb, S. [Department of Physics, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar, Agartala: 799130 Tripura (India); Bhattacharjee, D. [Department of Physics, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar, Agartala: 799130 Tripura (India)]. E-mail: tuphysic@sancharnet.in

    2005-09-15

    This communication reports about the successful incorporation of a well-known non-amphiphilic derivative of oxazole chromophore 2-(4-biphenylyl)-6-phenyl benzoxazole abbreviated as PBBO, in Langmuir-Blodgett films when mixed with stearic acid (SA) as well as also an inert polymer matrix polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). The surface pressure versus area per molecule isotherms of the Langmuir films of PBBO mixed with PMMA or SA at different mole fractions reveal that the area per molecule decreases consistently with increasing mole fractions of PBBO. Area per molecule versus mole fraction curve shows that the experimental data points coincide with the ideality curve predicted by the additivity rule, which leads to the conclusion of either ideal mixing or complete demixing of the binary components. The UV-vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic studies of mixed LB films of PBBO reveal the nature of complete demixing of the binary components of the sample molecules (PBBO) and PMMA or SA molecules. This complete demixing leads to the formation of clusters and aggregates of PBBO molecules in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films. J-type aggregates of PBBO molecules in LB films have been confirmed by UV-vis absorption spectroscopic study. Aggregation of PBBO molecules in LB films giving rise to excimeric emission has been demonstrated by fluorescence spectroscopic study. Excitation spectroscopic study clearly confirmed the presence of excimeric sites.

  4. Langmuir-Blodgett Films and Calcium Ion Coordination of Biliverdin and Its Amphiphilic Derivatives

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    2001-01-01

    Monolayer formation and LB film fabrication of amphiphilic derivative of biliverdin 1,diododecyl biliverdinamide [B(CONHC12H25)2,2] at an air-water interface on pure water subphase and subphase containing calcium ion were investigated and compared with 1.The coordination in ordered molecular films is much different from that in bulk solution.The formation of ligand-calcium complex was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  5. Langmuir-Blodgett films of alkane chalcogenice (S, Se, Te) stabilized gold nanoparticles

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    Brust, M.; Stuhr-Hansen, N.; Norgaard, K.

    2001-01-01

    films. The films were transferred to solid supports of freshly cleaved mica and were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The particles were found to have an average core diameter of 2 nm. The stability of the particles under ambient conditions increased in the order Te ...Gold nanoparticles stabilized by alkanethiolates, alkaneselenides, and alkanetellurides have been prepared by analogous methods. Chloroform solutions of thiolate and selenide stabilized particles were spread and evaporated on the water/air interface where the particles formed well-defined Langmuir...

  6. A Langmuir Blodgett film presenting a ferromagnetic state below 25 K

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    Lafuente, C.; Mingotaud, C.; Delhaes, P.

    1999-03-01

    A positively charged monolayer spread on a sub-phase containing copper hexacyanoferrate leads to hybrid inorganic-organic LB films. Those multilayers present a spin ordering below 25 K. The Curie temperature of the LB films is found to be independent of the multilayer thickness. Their magnetization is clearly proportional to the number of transferred layers, demonstrating that the deposition process is perfectly regular. These results show that a bulk ferromagnetic behavior can be observed in this hybrid material, even if the distance between magnetic layers is considered as large.

  7. FT-infrared and pyroelectric studies on calix[8]arene Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Oliviere, P A R

    2001-01-01

    that the remaining acid groups form either facing dimers with the amine or sideways dimers between themselves. The spectra do not change with temperature. This demonstrates that the films are thermally stable. Additionally, this invariance shows that the pyroelectric activity in these films does not arise from a change in the proton transfer as has been previously postulated. Theoretical calculations undertaken predict that the source of the dipole change required for the level of pyroelectric activity seen is likely to be a change in distance between the acid and amine groups. Further observations, quantitatively examined by curve fitting techniques, show that the greater the number of proton-transferred pairs, the lower the pyroelectric coefficient. Thus, only the temperature-dependent separation of the acid and amine pairs which have not undergone proton transfer is responsible for the pyroelectric activity in these systems. Pyroelectric activity is exhibited by materials which possess a spontaneous temper...

  8. QDs Supported on Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Polymers and Gemini Surfactant

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    T. Alejo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Different LB films of poly(octadecene-co-maleic anhydride, PMAO, poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride partial 2 butoxy ethyl ester cumene terminated, PS-MA-BEE, and Gemini surfactant ethyl-bis(dimethyl octadecylammonium bromide, 18-2-18, have been used to study the effect of the substrate coating on the surface self-assembly of CdSe quantum dots (QDs. Results show that all the “coating molecules” avoid the 3D aggregation of QDs observed when these nanoparticles are directly deposited on mica. Different morphologies were observed depending on the molecules used as coatings, and this was related to the surface properties, such as wetting ability, and the morphology of the coating LB films.

  9. PREPARATION OF PHOTOFUNCTIONAL POLYMER THIN FILMS BY LANGMUIR-BLODGETT TECHNIQUE

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    Tokuji Miyashita; Tatsuo Taniguchi; Yoshihito Fukasawa

    1999-01-01

    Polymer LB films containing photofuntional groups were prepared by the copolymerization of N-dodecylacrylamide (DDA), which has an excellent property to form a stable monolayer and LB multilayers with photofunctional monomers. Tris(2, 2'-bipyridine) ruthenium complex, Ru(bpy)32+, one of the most wellknown redox-active sensitizer, was incorporated into the DDA copolymer. The photogalvanic effect based on the photoinduced electron transfer using the ruthenium complex in the polymer LB monolayer was discussed.

  10. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of multifunctional, amphiphilic polyethers with cholesterol moieties.

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    Reuter, Sascha; Hofmann, Anna M; Busse, Karsten; Frey, Holger; Kressler, Jörg

    2011-03-01

    Langmuir films of multifunctional, hydrophilic polyethers containing a hydrophobic cholesterol group (Ch) were studied by surface pressure-mean molecular area (π-mmA) measurements and Brewster angle microscopy (BAM). The polyethers were either homopolymers or diblock copolymers of linear poly(glycerol) (lPG), linear poly(glyceryl glycidyl ether) (lPGG), linear poly(ethylene glycol) (lPEG), or hyperbranched poly(glycerol) (hbPG). Surface pressure measurements revealed that the homopolymers lPG and hbPG did not stay at the water surface after spreading and solvent evaporation, in contrast to lPEG. Because of the incorporation of the Ch group in the polymer structure, stable Langmuir films were formed by Ch-lPG(n), Ch-lPGG(n), and Ch-hbPG(n). The Ch-hbPG(n), Ch-lPEG(n), Ch-lPEG(n)-b-lPG(m), Ch-lPEG(n)-b-lPGG(m), and Ch-lPEG(n)-b-hbPG(m) systems showed an extended plateau region assigned to a phase transition involving the Ch groups. Typical hierarchically ordered morphologies of the LB films on hydrophilic substrates were observed for all Ch-initiated polymers. All LB films showed that Ch of the Ch-initiated homopolymers is able to crystallize. This strong tendency of self-aggregation then triggers further dewetting effects of the respective polyether entities. Fingerlike morphologies are observed for Ch-lPEG(69), since the lPEG(69) entity is able to undergo crystallization after transfer onto the silicon substrate.

  11. Magnetic properties of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films: a theoretical study. III. LB films consisting of different types of stable π-monoradicals.

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    Drebov, Nedko; Tyutyulkov, Nikolai; Dietz, Fritz

    2013-01-22

    We present theoretical results for the magnetic properties of modeled two-dimensional (2-D) Langmuir-Blodgett films consisting of different types of stable organic π-monoradicals. Their energy spectra and magnetic characteristics are investigated using the many-body band theory of magnetism in π-electron approximation. The main factors which determine the magnitude and character of the magnetic interaction in the 2-D molecular arrangements are thoroughly studied. Semiempirical electronic structure calculations have been also carried out for molecular clusters to gain further insight into their magnetic properties. The proposed models for LB films are potential candidates for new 2-D ferromagnetic materials which are characterized by a substantial increase of the critical temperatures up to 250 K in comparison to only about 5 K for the now existing magnetic LB films based on organometallic systems.

  12. Langmuir-Blodgett films of phycobiliproteins (II) --Photoelectrochemical property of R-phycoerythrin

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    何靳安; 蒋丽金; 毕只初; 江龙

    1996-01-01

    Through an electrochemical cell deposited with R-phycoerythrin (R-PE) monolayer on SnO2 optically transparent electrode (SnO2 OTE), charge transport phenomenon and the photoelectrochemical behavior of R-PE have been investigated. The experimental results indicate that the cell is able to generate photocurrent; moreover, the signal increases apparently in the presence of electron donor or acceptor in the electrolyte solution, showing that the photocurrent of R-PE would originate from its charge transfer. Further comparative test showed that the photocurrent came from the photo-induced charge separation property of the chromorphores attached covalently to the apoprotein of R-PE. The photocurrent spectrum of R-PE LB films verified the above viewpoint, from which the mechanism of photo-induced charge transfer of R-PE is suggested. The quantum yield for photoelectric conversion of R-PE LB films was measured to be φ520nm=3.4% and the photovoltage approached 400 mV. Moreover, the protein is stable for a long

  13. The photoelectrochemical properties of `Q-state` CdS{sub x} Se{sub (1-x)} particles in Langmuir-Blodgett films deposited onto optically transparent glass electrodes (OTE); Propriedades fotoeletroquimicas de particulas `Q-state`em filmes de Langmuir-Blodgett depositados sobre eletrodos de vidro opticamente transparente (OTE)

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    Mansur, Herman S.; Vasconcelos, Wander L. [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica e Engenharia Metalurgica; Grieser, Franz; Urquhart, Robert S.; Furlong, D. Neil [Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia). School of Chemistry

    1995-12-31

    CdS `Q-state` particles, with average diameters varying from 2 nm to 10 nm, grown in arachidic acid Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films, deposited onto optically transparent glass electrodes (OTES), were exposed to H{sub 2} Se(g) to form the corresponding Q-state Cd S{sub x} Se{sub (1-x)} particles. Those particles are considered to be made up of a core of CdS and coated with a monolayer of Cd Se. Q-state Cd S-x Se{sub (1-x)} particle formation was verified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and by monitoring a red shift in the UV-visible absorbance spectra relative to that of Cds. XPS results on 5 nm diameter CdS particles that had been grown in an LB film and then extensively exposed to H{sub 2} S (g) revealed a stable average composition of Cd S{sub 0}.{sub 4} Se{sub 06}. A study of the photoelectrochemical behaviour of these systems was conducted through current the open-circuit voltage and a marked increase in the short-circuit current was observed when LB films with Q-state CdS particles were exposed to H{sub 2} Se(g). (author) 4 figs.

  14. Immbolization of uricase enzyme in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of fatty acids: possible use as a uric acid sensor.

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    Zanon, Nathaly C M; Oliveira, Osvaldo N; Caseli, Luciano

    2012-05-01

    Preserving the enzyme structure in solid films is key for producing various bioelectronic devices, including biosensors, which has normally been performed with nanostructured films that allow for control of molecular architectures. In this paper, we investigate the adsorption of uricase onto Langmuir monolayers of stearic acid (SA), and their transfer to solid supports as Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films. Structuring of the enzyme in β-sheets was preserved in the form of 1-layer LB film, which was corroborated with a higher catalytic activity than for other uricase-containing LB film architectures where the β-sheets structuring was not preserved. The optimized architecture was also used to detect uric acid within a range covering typical concentrations in the human blood. The approach presented here not only allows for an optimized catalytic activity toward uric acid but also permits one to explain why some film architectures exhibit a superior performance. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Incorporation in Langmuir-Blodgett films of an amphiphilic derivative of fullerene C{sub 60} and oligo-para-phenylenevinylene

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    2012-12-30

    Langmuir (L) and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of fullerene C{sub 60}-oligo-para-phenylenevinylene (OPV) derivative with six C{sub 12}H{sub 25} aliphatic chains were characterized. For the Langmuir films, isotherms of surface pressure versus molecular area, compression/expansion cycles (hysteresis curves) and Brewster angle microscopic images were obtained. We performed molecular mechanics and density functional theory calculations to determine the molecular and electronic structure of our compound at a water-air interface. We found agreement between experimental and theoretical values for the molecular surface area. LB films of up to ten layers were obtained on glass substrates, and were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. We observed that the absorbance at a wavelength of 326 nm grows almost linearly as a function of the number of layers. Films on glass-indium tin oxide were characterized by atomic force microscopy. We also observed a uniform deposition over the whole area of the scanned substrate. We demonstrated that the fullerene C{sub 60}-OPV derivative is able to form both L and LB films preventing fullerene aggregation with its aliphatic chains. We suggest that, due to its electron-acceptor properties, the C{sub 60}-OPV derivative could be used for organic-photovoltaic and organic-electronic applications. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We performed isotherm and hysteresis studies of fullerene derivative compound. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We found that the theoretical and experimental molecular areas agree. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We deposited Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films on glass-indium tin oxide. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LB films were characterized using UV-visible spectroscopy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We observed the morphology of the LB films through atomic force microscopy.

  16. A low-symmetrical zinc phthalocyanine-based Langmuir-Blodgett thin films forNO2 gas sensor applications

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    Krichevsky, D. M.; Zasedatelev, A. V.; Tolbin, A. Yu; Zelenskiy, Yu M.; Krasovskii, V. I.; Karpo, A. B.; Tomilova, L. G.

    2016-08-01

    For many years effective detection of hazardous substances such as nitrogen oxides has remained a crucial task for environmental safety. In this article, we demonstrate high promising NO2-sensitive Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer structures based on 2-((2'- hydroxymethyl)-benzyloxy)-9(10),16(17),23(24)-tri-/re/-butyl- substituted low symmetrical zinc phthalocyanine complex bearing hydroxyl group on the periphery (compound 1). Amphiphilic arrangement of macrocycles was demonstrated to eliminate disordered molecular aggregation, resulting in a marked NO2 gas sensing effect under real atmospheric conditions. The optical response of monolayers was at room temperature, with the significant spectral changes being caused by the specific charge transfer process in phthalocyanine n-conjugated electronic system.

  17. Preparation of a Three-Dimensional Reduced Graphene Oxide Film by Using the Langmuir-Blodgett Method.

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    Jaafar, M Musoddiq; Ciniciato, Gustavo P M K; Ibrahim, S Aisyah; Phang, S M; Yunus, K; Fisher, Adrian C; Iwamoto, M; Vengadesh, P

    2015-09-29

    The Langmuir-Blodgett method has always been traditionally utilized in the deposition of two-dimensional structures. In this work, however, we employed the method to deposit three-dimensional reduced graphene oxide layers using an unconventional protocol for the first time. This was achieved by carrying out the dipping process after the collapse pressure or breaking point, which results in the formation of a highly porous three-dimensional surface topography. By varying the number of deposition layers, the porosity could be optimized from nanometer to micrometer dimensions. Employed as bioelectrodes, these three-dimensional reduced graphene oxide layers may allow improved adhesion and biocompatibility compared to the conventional two-dimensional surfaces. A larger number of pores also improves the mass transport of materials and therefore increases the charge-sustaining capacity and sensitivity. This could ultimately improve the performance of biofuel cells and other electrode-based systems.

  18. Synergy between polyaniline and OMt clay mineral in Langmuir-Blodgett films for the simultaneous detection of traces of metal ions.

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    de Barros, Anerise; Ferreira, Mariselma; Constantino, Carlos José Leopoldo; Bortoleto, José Roberto Ribeiro; Ferreira, Marystela

    2015-04-01

    We report on Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films made with emeraldine salt polyaniline (PAni-ES) and organophilic montmorillonite clay mineral (OMt), where synergy between the components was reached to yield an enhanced performance in detecting trace levels of cadmium (Cd(2+)), lead (Pb(2+)) and copper (Cu(2+)). Detection was carried out using square wave anodic stripping (SWAS) voltammetry with indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes modified with LB films of PAni-ES/OMt nanocomposite, whose data were compared to those obtained with electrodes coated with neat PAni-ES and neat OMt LB films. The enhanced performance in the nanocomposite may be attributed to the stabilizing and ordering effect promoted by OMt in PAni-ES Langmuir films, which then led to more homogeneous LB films. According to X-ray diffraction data, the stacking of OMt layers was preserved in the LB films and therefore the PAni-ES chains did not cause clay mineral exfoliation. Instead, OMt affected the polaronic state of PAni-ES as indicated in UV-vis, Raman and FTIR spectra, also consistent with the changes observed for the Langmuir films. Taken together these results do indicate that semiconducting polymers and clay minerals may be combined for enhancing the electrical properties of nanostructures for sensing and related applications.

  19. Langmuir-Blodgett Film of Phycobilisomes from Blue-Green Alga Spirulina platensis%钝顶螺旋藻(Spirulina platensis)藻胆体Langmuir-Blodgett膜

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    陈超; 张玉忠; 陈秀兰; 周百成; 高鸿钧

    2003-01-01

    The phycobilisomes were isolated from blue-green alga Spirulina platensis, and could form monolayer film at air/water interface. The monolayer film of phycobilisomes was transferred to newly cleaved mica, and coated with gold. Scanning tunneling microscope was used to investigate the structure of the Langmuir-Blodgett film of phycobilisomes. It was shown that phycobilisomes in the monolayer arrayed in rows with core attaching on the substrate surface and rods radiating towards the air phase, this phenomenon was similar to the arrangement of phycobilisomes on cytoplasmic surface of thylakoid membrane in vivo. The possible applications of the Langmuir-Blodgett film of phycobilisomes were also discussed.%从钝顶螺旋藻中分离制备完整藻胆体, 然后滴加于空气/水界面上, 应用LB膜技术制备藻胆体LB膜. 结果表明, 藻胆体在空气/水界面上具有很好的成膜性能. 将藻胆体LB单层膜转移到刚揭开的云母表面, 喷一层金, 然后用扫描隧道显微镜观察. 结果表明, 藻胆体在Langmuir-Blodgett膜中的排列方式与其在体内类囊体膜表面的排列方式类似, 一排排聚集在一起, 然后排列成膜. 藻胆体的"核"吸附在云母表面, 而藻胆体的"杆"伸向外面. 由于钝顶螺旋藻易于规模化培养, 藻胆体容易批量制备, 加之藻胆体具有的独特的光物理、光化学特性和良好的成膜性能, 以及本身就是纳米量级的颗粒(50~70 nm), 预示着藻胆体在纳米光电子器件中具有很好的应用前景.

  20. Molecular rectification with identical metal electrodes at low temperatures Thin film deposition; Gold; Molecular electronics; Langmuir- Blodgett; Au/LB/Au structures; Fabrication

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    Okazaki, N

    2003-01-01

    A gold deposition technique for the fabrication of Au/LB/Au structures has been developed. The kinetic energy of evaporated gold atoms is reduced by scattering the gold atoms from argon gas. Moreover, the samples are cooled down below 173K (-100 deg C) to avoid the diffusion of gold atoms into the LB films and to fabricate electrically continuous thin gold electrodes (This technique has since been used in fabrication of Au/LB/Au structures even with monolayer LB films (Metzger, et al. (2001)). To measure the current-voltage characteristics of the Au/LB/Au structures at liquid helium temperatures, new junction geometries have been explored. To avoid the direct contact of the Gallium-Indium eutectic onto the LB films, which is the cause of the breakdown of the junction at lower temperatures, a cross electrode junction geometry is used. The problem of poor Langmuir-Blodgett film deposition at the penumbra region of the base electrode is avoided by covering the penumbra region with an insulating omega-tricosenoic...

  1. Cellulase and alcohol dehydrogenase immobilized in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films and their molecular-level effects upon contact with cellulose and ethanol.

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    Rodrigues, Dilmer; Camilo, Fernanda Ferraz; Caseli, Luciano

    2014-02-25

    The key challenges for producing devices based on nanostructured films with control over the molecular architecture are to preserve the catalytic activity of the immobilized biomolecules and to provide a reliable method for determining the intermolecular interactions and the accommodation of molecules at very small scales. In this work, the enzymes cellulase and alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) were coimmobilized with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) as Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films, and their biological activities were assayed by accommodating the structure formed in contact with cellulose. For this purpose, the polysaccharide was dissolved in an ionic liquid, 1-buthyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMImCl), and dropped on the top of the hybrid cellulase-ADH-DPPC LB film. The interactions between cellulose and ethanol, which are the catalytic substrates of the enzymes as well as important elements in the production of second-generation fuels, were then investigated using polarization-modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS). Investigation of the secondary structures of the enzymes was performed using PM-IRRAS, through which the presence of ethanol and cellulose was observed to highly affect the structures of ADH and cellulase, respectively. The detection of products formed from the catalyzed reactions as well as the changes of secondary structure of the enzymes immobilization could be carried out, which opens the possibility to produce a means for producing second-generation ethanol using nanoscale arrangements.

  2. Effect of nano-clay platelets on the J-aggregation of thiacyanine dye organized in Langmuir-Blodgett films: A spectroscopic investigation

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    Bhattacharjee, D.; Hussain, Syed Arshad; Chakraborty, S.; Schoonheydt, R. A.

    2010-09-01

    In this paper we report the effect of the incorporation of nano-dimensional clay platelets, laponite, on the J-aggregation of a thiacyanine dye N, N'-dioctadecyl thiacyanine perchlorate (NK) assembled into Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers. π- A isotherms and atomic force microscopic studies confirm the successful incorporation of clay platelets into the Langmuir monolayer of NK. J-aggregates of NK remain present in LB films lifted at lower as well as higher surface pressures in the absence of laponite clay platelets. However, with the incorporation of clay platelets, J-aggregates are formed only in LB films lifted at higher surface pressure of 30 mN/m and totally absent in the films lifted at lower surface pressures of 10 and 15 mN/m. This may be due to the formation of nano-trapping level by overlapping of clay platelets at higher surface pressure. NK molecules may get squeezed to these nano-trapping to form J-aggregates.

  3. Features in Formation and Properties of Langmuir-Blodgett Monolayers

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Features in formation of Langmuir-Blodgett films and possible control and study of their properties directly in deposing them onto sub-strates are studied. Linearity of the dependence of polarization on the slope angle of the static dipole moment for C18H36O2 and C18H34O2 has been checked.

  4. Nanoparticle self-assembly assisted by polymers: the role of shear stress in the nanoparticle arrangement of Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films.

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    Martín-García, Beatriz; Velázquez, M Mercedes

    2014-01-21

    We propose to use the self-assembly ability of a block copolymer combined with compression-expansion cycles to obtain CdSe quantum dots (QDs) structures of different morphology. The methodology proposed consists in transferring onto mica mixed Langmuir monolayers of QDs and the polymer poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) partial 2-butoxyethyl ester cumene terminated, PS-MA-BEE, previously sheared by 50 compression-expansion cycles. Results indicate that the shear stress takes out nanoparticles at the air-water interface from metastable states and promotes a new equilibrium state of the Langmuir monolayer. This new state was transferred onto mica by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) methodology, and the morphology of the LB films was analyzed by atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy measurements. Our results show that when the amplitude strain increases, the QDs domain size decreases and the QDs LB film arrangement becomes more ordered. The dynamics of the monolayer relaxation after cycling involves at least three time scales which are related to the damping of surface fluctuation, raft rearrangement, and component movements inside each raft. Brewster angle microscopy allowed visualizing in situ the raft rearrangement at the air-water interface.

  5. Film fabrication of Fe or Fe3O4 nanoparticles mixed with palmitic acid for vertically aligned carbon nanotube growth using Langmuir-Blodgett technique

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    Nakamura, Kentaro; Kuriyama, Naoki; Takagiwa, Shota; Sato, Taiga; Kushida, Masahito

    2016-03-01

    Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VA-CNTs) were studied as a new catalyst support for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs). Controlling the number density and the diameter of VA-CNTs may be necessary to optimize PEFC performance. As the catalyst for CNT growth, we fabricated Fe or Fe3O4 nanoparticle (NP) films by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. The catalyst Fe or Fe3O4 NPs were widely separated by mixing with filler molecules [palmitic acid (C16)]. The number density of VA-CNTs was controlled by varying the ratio of catalyst NPs to C16 filler molecules. The VA-CNTs were synthesized from the catalyst NP-C16 LB films by thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using acetylene gas as the carbon source. The developing solvents used in the LB technique and the hydrogen reduction conditions of CVD were optimized to improve the VA-CNT growth rate. We demonstrate that the proposed method can independently control both the density and the diameter of VA-CNTs.

  6. Rhodanese incorporated in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of dimyristoylphosphatidic acid: Physical chemical properties and improvement of the enzyme activity.

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    de Araújo, Felipe Tejada; Caseli, Luciano

    2016-05-01

    Preserving the catalytic activity of enzymes immobilized in bioelectronics devices is essential for optimal performance in biosensors. Therefore, ultrathin films in which the architecture can be controlled at the molecular level are of interest. In this work, the enzyme rhodanese was adsorbed onto Langmuir monolayers of the phospholipid dimyristoylphosphatidic acid and characterized by surface pressure-area isotherms, polarization-modulated infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS), and Brewster angle microscopy (BAM). The incorporation of the enzyme (5% in mol) in the lipid monolayer expanded the film, providing small surface domains, as visualized by BAM. Also, amide bands could be identified in the PM-IRRAS spectra, confirming the presence of the enzyme at the air-water interface. Structuring of the enzyme into α-helices was identified in the mixed monolayer and was preserved when the film was transferred from the liquid interface to solids supports as Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films. The enzyme-lipid LB films were then characterized by fluorescence spectroscopy, PM-IRRAS, and atomic force microscopy. Measurements of the catalytic activity towards cyanide showed that the enzyme accommodated in the LB films preserved more than 87% of the enzyme activity in relation to the homogeneous medium. After 1 month, the enzyme in the LB film maintained 85% of the activity in contrast to the homogeneous medium, which 24% of the enzyme activity was kept. The method presented in this work not only points to an enhanced catalytic activity toward cyanide, but also may explain why certain film architectures exhibit an improved performance.

  7. Langmuir Blodgett multilayers and related nanostructures

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    S S Major; S S Talwar; R S Srinivasa

    2006-07-01

    Langmuir Blodgett (LB) process is an important route to the development of organized molecular layered structures of a variety of organic molecules with suitably designed architecture and functionality. LB multilayers have also been used as templates and precursors to develop nano-structured thin films. In this article, studies on the molecular packing and three-dimensional structure of prototypic cadmium arachidate (CdA), zinc arachidate (ZnA) and mixed CdA–ZnA LB multilayers are presented. The formation of semiconducting nano-clusters of CdS, ZnS and CdZn1−S alloys within the organic multilayer matrix, using arachidate LB multilayers as precursors is also discussed.

  8. Synthesis of Vertically-Aligned Carbon Nanotubes from Langmuir-Blodgett Films Deposited Fe Nanoparticles on Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si Substrate.

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    Takagiwa, Shota; Kanasugi, Osamu; Nakamura, Kentaro; Kushida, Masahito

    2016-04-01

    In order to apply vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes (VA-CNTs) to a new Pt supporting material of polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC), number density and outer diameter of CNTs must be controlled independently. So, we employed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique for depositing CNT growth catalysts. A Fe nanoparticle (NP) was used as a CNT growth catalyst. In this study, we tried to thicken VA-CNT carpet height and inhibit thermal aggregation of Fe NPs by using Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si substrate. Fe NP LB films were deposited on three typed of substrates, SiO2/Si, as-deposited Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si and annealed Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si at 923 K in Ar atmosphere of 16 Pa. It is known that Al2O3/Al catalyzes hydrocarbon reforming, inhibits thermal aggregation of CNT growth catalysts and reduces CNT growth catalysts. It was found that annealed Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si exerted three effects more strongly than as-deposited Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si. VA-CNTs were synthesized from Fe NPs-C16 LB films by thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. As a result, at the distance between two nearest CNTs 28 nm or less, VA-CNT carpet height on annealed Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si was about twice and ten times thicker than that on SiO2/Si and that on as-deposited Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si, respectively. Moreover, distribution of CNT outer diameter on annealed Al2O3/Al/SiO2/Si was inhibited compared to that on SiO2/Si. These results suggest that since thermal aggregation of Fe NPs is inhibited, catalyst activity increases and distribution of Fe NP size is inhibited.

  9. Long-range excitation energy transfer in Langmuir-Blodgett multilayer systems

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    Draxler, Sonja; Lippitsch, Max E.; Aussenegg, Franz R.

    1989-07-01

    In Langmuir-Blodgett films containing organic dyes, efficient energy transfer over distances exceeding 100 nm is observed. This exceptionally long-range transfer is interpreted as due to special mutual orientation of the dye molecules.

  10. "Two-point" assembling of Zn(II) and Co(II) metalloporphyrins derivatized with a crown ether substituent in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films.

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    Noworyta, Krzysztof; Marczak, Renata; Tylenda, Rafal; Sobczak, Janusz W; Chitta, Raghu; Kutner, Wlodzimierz; D'Souza, Francis

    2007-02-27

    The effect of "two-point" interactions of Zn(II) and Co(II) metalloporphyrins, bearing 15-crown-5 ether peripheral substituents, on their assembling in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films was investigated. That is, simultaneously, the central metal ion of the porphyrin was axially ligated by a nitrogen-containing ligand in the emerged part of the Langmuir film on one hand, and a suitably selected cation pertaining in the subphase solution was supramolecularly complexed by the crown ether moiety in the submerged part of the film on the other. The compression and polarity properties of the Langmuir films of the derivatized free-base 5,10,15-triphenyl-20-(benzo-15-crown-5)porphyrin, H2(TPMCP), and the corresponding cobalt(II) and zinc(II) metalloporphyrins, denoted as Co(TPMCP) and Zn(TPCMP), respectively, as well as inclusion complexes of the metalloporphyrins with selected cations were investigated. For the axial ligation of Zn(II) and Co(II), pyrazine (pyz) and 4,4'-bipyridnine (bpy) aromatic as well as piperazine (ppz) and 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO) cyclic heteroaliphatic ligands were selected. The films were formed on the water subphase solution in the absence and presence of LiCl, NaCl, or NH4Cl. The Langmuir films were built of monolayer J-type aggregates of tilted porphyrin macrocycles. The porphyrins formed rather labile complexes with the cations in the subphase. Nevertheless, the XPS analysis revealed that these cations were LB transferred together with the porphyrins onto solid substrates. In the Co(TPMCP) Langmuir films formed on the water subphases, Co(II) was complexed by aromatic but not cyclic heteroaliphatic ligands, while, in these films formed on the NaCl subphase solutions, the metalloporphyrin was also complexed by DABCO. In Langmuir films spread on alkaline subphase solutions, both aromatic and heteroaliphatic ligands formed complexes with Co(TPMCP) of different stoichiometries. The X-ray reflectivity and GIXD measurements

  11. Thermal behavior of J-aggregates in a Langmuir-Blodgett film of pure merocyanine dye investigated by UV-visible and IR absorption spectroscopy.

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    Hirano, Yoshiaki; Tateno, Shinsuke; Maio, Ari; Ozaki, Yukihiro

    2009-03-05

    We have characterized the structure of J-aggregate in a Langmuir-Blodgett film of pure merocyanine dye (MS18) fabricated under an aqueous subphase containing a cadmium ion (Cd2+) and have investigated its thermal behavior by UV-visible and IR absorption spectroscopy in the range from 25 to 250 degrees C with a continuous scan. The results of both UV-visible and IR absorption spectra indicate that temperature-dependent changes in the MS18 aggregation state in the pure MS18 system are closely and mildly linked with the MS18 intramolecular charge transfer and the behavior of the packing, orientation, conformation, and thermal mobility of MS18 hydrocarbon chain, respectively. The J-aggregate in the pure MS18 system dissociates from 25 to 150 degrees C, and the dissociation temperature at 150 degrees C is higher by 50 degrees C than that in the previous MS18- arachidic acid (C20) binary system. The lower dissociation temperature in the binary system originates from the fact that temperature-dependent structural disorder of cadmium arachidate (CdC20), being phase-separated from MS18, has an influence on the dissociation of J-aggregate. From 160 to 180 degrees C, thermally induced blue-shifted bands, caused by the oligomeric MS18 aggregation, appear at around 520 nm in the pure MS18 system by contraries, regardless of the lack of driving force by the melting phenomenon of CdC20. The temperature at which the 520 nm bands occur is in good agreement with the melting point (160 degrees C) of hydrocarbon chain in MS18 with Cd2+, whereas its chromophore part is clearly observed to melt near 205 degrees C by UV-visible spectra. Therefore, it is suggested that the driving force that induces the 520 nm band in the pure MS18 system arises from the partial melting of hydrocarbon chain in MS18 with Cd2+.

  12. Synaptosomal membrane-based Langmuir-Blodgett films: a platform for studies on γ-aminobutyric acid type A receptor binding properties.

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    Turina, Anahí V; Clop, Pedro D; Perillo, María A

    2015-02-10

    In this work we used Langmuir-Blodgett films (LB) as model membranes to study the effect of molecular packing on the flunitrazepam (FNZ) accessibility to the binding sites at the GABAA receptor (GABAA-R). Ligand binding data were correlated with film topography analysis by atomic force microscopy images (AFM) and SDS-PAGE. Langmuir films (LF) were prepared by the spreading of synaptosomal membranes (SM) from bovine brain cortex at the air-water interface. LBs were obtained by the transference, at 15 or 35 mN/m constant surface pressure (π), of one (LB15/1c and LB35/1c) or two (LB35/2c) LFs to a film-free hydrophobic alkylated substrate (CONglass). Transference was performed in a serial manner, which allowed the accumulation of a great number of samples. SDS-PAGE clearly showed a 55 kDa band characteristic of GABAA-R subunits. Detrended fluctuation analysis of topographic data from AFM images exhibited a single slope value (self-similarity parameter α) in CONglass and a discontinuous slope change in the α value at an autocorrelation length of ∼100 nm in all LB samples, supporting the LF transference to the substrate. AFM images of CONglass and LB15/1c exhibited roughness and average heights that were similar between measurements and significantly lower than those of LB35/1c and LB35/2c, suggesting that the substrate coverage in the latter was more stable than in LB15/1c. While [(3)H]FNZ binding in LB15/1c did not reach saturation, in LB35/1c the binding kinetics became sigmoid with a binding affinity lower than in the SM suspension. Our results highlight the π dependence of both binding and topological data and call to mind the receptor mechanosensitivity. Thus, LB films provide a tool for bionanosensing GABAA-R ligand binding as well as GABAA-R activity modulation induced by the environmental supramolecular organization.

  13. Occurrence of single-electron phenomenon in CdS nanoclusters in Langmuir-Blodgett films of -octadecyl succinic acid

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    G Hemakanthi; Aruna Dhathathreyan

    2002-10-01

    Cadmium complex of -octadecyl succinic acid (ODSA) in Langmuir films at air/water interface has been studied using surface pressure-molecular area ( - ) and surface potential-molecular area ( - ) isotherms. The metal complex formed, transferred as LB film onto solid substrates, was analysed using FT-IR and was subjected to sulphidation reaction. Antisymmetric and symmetric carboxylate stretching vibrations have been used to determine the nature of the ODSA/cation complexes. CdS formed after sulphidation of the cadmium complex (ODSACd) showed possible single-electron phenomenon indicating the nanosized nature of clusters formed. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) measurements carried out confirmed the size of these CdS clusters.

  14. Understanding and controlling morphology formation in Langmuir-Blodgett block copolymer films using PS-P4VP and PS-P4VP/PDP.

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    Perepichka, Iryna I; Lu, Qing; Badia, Antonella; Bazuin, C Geraldine

    2013-04-09

    This contribution offers a comprehensive understanding of the factors that govern the morphologies of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers of amphiphilic diblock copolymers (BCs). This is achieved by a detailed investigation of a wide range of polystyrene-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (PS-P4VP) block copolymers, in contrast to much more limited ranges in previous studies. Parameters that are varied include the block ratios (mainly for similar total molecular weights, occasionally other total molecular weights), the presence or not of 3-n-pentadecylphenol (PDP, usually equimolar with VP, with which it hydrogen bonds), the spreading solution concentration ("low" and "high"), and the LB technique (standard vs "solvent-assisted"). Our observations are compared with previously published results on other amphiphilic diblock copolymers, which had given rise to contradictory interpretations of morphology formation. Based on the accumulated results, we re-establish early literature conclusions that three main categories of LB block copolymer morphologies are obtained depending on the block ratio, termed planar, strand, and dot regimes. The block composition boundaries in terms of mol % block content are shown to be similar for all BCs having alkyl chain substituents on the hydrophilic block (such as PS-P4VP/PDP) and are shifted to higher values for BCs with no alkyl chain substituents (such as PS-P4VP). This is attributed to the higher surface area per repeat unit of the hydrophilic block monolayer on the water surface for the former, as supported by the onset and limiting areas of the Langmuir isotherms for the BCs in the dot regime. 2D phase diagrams are discussed in terms of relative effective surface areas of the two blocks. We identify and discuss how kinetic effects on morphology formation, which have been highlighted in more recent literature, are superposed on the compositional effects. The kinetic effects are shown to depend on the morphology regime, most strongly

  15. Macroscopic alignment of graphene stacks by Langmuir-Blodgett deposition of amphiphilic hexabenzocoronenes

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    Laursen, B.W.; Nørgaard, K.; Reitzel, N.;

    2004-01-01

    e present structural studies of Langmuir V and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of new amphiphilic hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HBC) discotics, carrying five branched alkyl side chains and one polar group. The polar group is either a carboxylic acid moiety or an electron acceptor moiety (anthraquinone...

  16. An Observation of Diamond-Shaped Particle Structure in a Soya Phosphatidylcohline and Bacteriorhodopsin Composite Langmuir Blodgett Film Fabricated by Multilayer Molecular Thin Film Method

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    Tsujiuchi, Y.; Makino, Y.

    A composite film of soya phosphatidylcohline (soya PC) and bacteriorhodopsin (BR) was fabricated by the multilayer molecular thin film method using fatty acid and lipid on a quartz substrate. Direct Force Microscopy (DFM), UV absorption spectra and IR absorption spectra of the film were characterized on the detail of surface structure of the film. The DFM data revealed that many rhombus (diamond-shaped) particles were observed in the film. The spectroscopic data exhibited the yield of M-intermediate of BR in the film. On our modelling of molecular configuration indicate that the coexistence of the strong inter-molecular interaction and the strong inter-molecular interaction between BR trimmers attributed to form the particles.

  17. Thermal behavior of H-aggregate in a mixed Langmuir-Blodgett film of merocyanine dye, arachidic acid, and n-octadecane ternary system investigated by UV-visible and IR absorption spectroscopy.

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    Hirano, Yoshiaki; Tateno, Shinsuke; Yamashita, Yoshihide; Ozaki, Yukihiro

    2008-11-13

    We have investigated the thermal behavior of H-aggregate in a mixed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film of the merocyanine dye (MS18)-arachidic acid (C20)- n-octadecane (AL18) ternary system by means of UV-visible and IR absorption spectroscopy in the range from 25 to 250 degrees C with a continuous scan. The results of both UV-visible and IR spectra indicate that the temperature-dependent variation in MS 18 aggregation state is linked not only with the degree of intramolecular charge transfer and the behavior of packing, orientation, conformation, and thermal mobility of the MS18 hydrocarbon chain but also with the presence and absence of AL18. The H-aggregate dissociates from 25 up to 50 degrees C, which is caused by the AL18 evaporation from the mixed LB film and the increment of thermal mobility of the MS18 hydrocarbon chain. From 110 to 160 degrees C, blue-shifted bands, attributed to the oligomeric MS18 aggregation, appear near 515 nm in the MS18-C 20-AL18 ternary system as well. The temperature at which the 515 nm band occurs is identical for both present ternary system and previously investigated MS18-deuterated arachidic acid (C20- d) binary system, and it is in good agreement with the melting point (110 degrees C) of cadmium arachidate (CdC20). Therefore, it is indicated that the driving force which induces the 515 nm band comes from the melting phenomenon of CdC20 molecules which are phase-separated from MS 18 molecules in as-deposited LB films.

  18. Heavy-ion-induced desorption of organic molecules studied with Langmuir-Blodgett multilayer systems (DE)

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    Schmidt, R.; Schoppmann, C.; Brandl, D.; Ostrowski, A.; Voit, H. (Physikalisches Institut der Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg D-8520 Erlangen, (Germany)); Johannsmann, D.; Knoll, W. (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Polymerforschung Mainz D-6500 Mainz, (Germany))

    1991-07-01

    Heavy-ion-induced desorption has been studied with samples consisting of Langmuir-Blodgett films made from Cd salts of fatty acids. The experiments confirm the result of previous works that heavy ions drill a crater into the sample surface. The explicit dependence of the crater depth on the electronic energy loss could be determined from the experiments. The craters exhibit the shape of a symmetric cone as obtained from a desorption model applied to the experimental data.

  19. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of amphiphilic hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene: New phase transitions and electronic properties controlled by pressure

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    Reitzel, N.; Hassenkam, T.; Balashev, K.;

    2001-01-01

    We present the synthesis as well as the structural and electronic properties of an amphiphilic derivative of hexaalkylhexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HBC), which contains one alkyl substituent that is terminated with a carboxylic acid group. The molecules form well-defined Langmuir films when spread...

  20. Supramolecular assembly and nanostructures of a series of luminol derivatives with aromatic/alkyl substituted groups in Langmuir-Blodgett films.

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    Jiao, Tifeng; Xing, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Qingrui; Zhang, Li; Liu, Minghua; Zhou, Jingxin; Gao, Faming

    2014-06-01

    A series of functional luminol derivatives with aromatic and alkyl substituted groups has been designed and synthesized from the reaction of the corresponding chloride precursors with luminol. These compounds can be spread on water surface to form stable Langmuir films at the air-water interface. It has been found that UV and IR spectra confirmed the characteristic aromatic segment, imide group, and aromatic/alkyl substituted groups. In addition, for the interfacial assembly process of compounds with alkyl substituted groups, there are obvious spectral changes for the alkyl chains. AFM results indicated that various different aggregated domains may be fabricated in the transferred LB films. For all cases, the substituted groups in molecular structures have an important effect in regulating the aggregation mode and spectral changes in organized molecular films. The present results showed that the modified luminol derivatives may have potential application in functional material fields such as ECL sensor, which may give some insight to study the relationship between the molecular structures and supramolecular aggregation of amphiphiles in organized molecular films.

  1. Langmuir monolayer and Langmuir-Blodgett films formed by a melamine-headed azobenzene-derived amphiphile: interfacial assembly affected by host-guest interaction.

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    Xu, Weihong; Wang, Yanhua; Xiao, Yunxia; Liu, Fang; Lu, Guo-Yuan

    2009-04-09

    A novel azobenzene-derived amphiphile with a melamine head, 2Azo-2C12H2-melamine, has been synthesized. pi-A isotherm measurements displayed that this amphiphile is able to form a stable Langmuir monolayer on both pure water and barbituric acid (BA)- or thymine (T)-containing subphases. The collapse surface pressure and limiting molecular area of its Langmuir monolayer on pure water are 40 mN/m and 0.56 nm2, respectively. However, when barbituric acid or thymine was introduced into the subphase, the corresponding pi-A isotherms of the monolayers exhibited a lower collapse surface pressure (22 mN/m for BA, 21 mN/m for T) and smaller limiting molecular area (0.54 nm2 for BA and 0.52 nm2 for T). UV-vis and FT-IR studies of the LB films formed by 2Azo-2C12H25-melamine have also been carried out. The results indicated that the LB films of 2Azo-2C12H25-melamine deposited from pure water undergo distinct collapse of the H-aggregate upon UV irradiation, while the LB films deposited from a BA- or T-containing subphase retain the H-aggregate. The host-guest-interaction-induced blockage of azobenzene photoisomerization should be responsible for the stabilized H-aggregate. A 1:1 host/guest binding mode to form a linear supramolecular polymeric chain has been proposed in the Langmuir monolayers formed on a BA- or T-containing subphase. The current results suggest that the host-guest interaction should be an effective means to manipulate the interfacial assembly of azobenzene-derived amphiphiles.

  2. Studies on Mixed Monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Schiff-Base Complex Cu(SBC(18))(2) and Calix

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    Pang, Shufeng; Ye, Zhifeng; Li, Chun; Liang, Yingqiu

    2001-08-15

    Mixed monolayers of Schiff-base complex Cu(SBC(18))(2) with an octadecyl hydrocarbon chain and Calix[4]arene without a long alkyl chain at an air/water interface were studied in ultrapure water at different temperatures. Interface behavior and thermodynamic estimation of the mixed monolayer indicate that a strong intermolecular interaction exists between the mixed components (Cu(SBC(18))(2) and calix[4]arene) and the two-dimensional miscibility decreases with the molar fraction of Cu(SBC(18))(2). It is noticeable that the calix[4]arene monolayer can be transferred successfully onto solid substrates due to the introduction of Cu(SBC(18))(2). FTIR transmission and UV-Vis absorption spectra of mixed LB films provide further evidence of molecular interaction between the headgroups. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  3. Electrical behavior of Langmuir-Blodgett networks of sorted metallic and semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Massey, Mark K; Rosamond, Mark C; Pearson, Christopher; Zeze, Dagou A; Petty, Michael C

    2012-10-30

    Langmuir-Blodgett deposition has been used to form thin film networks of both metallic and semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes. These have been investigated to understand their physical, optical, and morphological properties. The electrical conductivities over the temperature range 80-350 K and across electrode gaps of 220 nm and 2 mm have been explored. In the case of semiconducting tubes, the results suggest that Poole-Frenkel conduction is the dominant electrical process at temperatures below 150 K and electric fields of greater than 1 MV m(-1). Metallic nanotube networks exhibit a decrease in resistance with a reduction in temperature. This can be approximated by a linear relationship, giving a temperature coefficient of resistance of 10(-3) K(-1).

  4. Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers of InP quantum dots with short chain ligands.

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    Lambert, K; Wittebrood, L; Moreels, I; Deresmes, D; Grandidier, B; Hens, Z

    2006-08-15

    We demonstrate the organization of nearly monodisperse colloidal InP quantum dots at the air/water interface in Langmuir monolayers. The organization of the particles is monitored in situ by surface pressure-surface area measurements and ex situ by AFM measurements on films transferred to mica by Langmuir-Blodgett deposition. The influence of different ligands on the quality of the monolayer formed has been studied. We show that densely packed monolayers with little holes can be formed using short chain ligands like pyridine and pentamethylene sulfide. The advantage of using short chain ligands for electron tunneling to or from the quantum dots is demonstrated using scanning tunneling spectroscopy.

  5. A comparison of the GaAs atomic layer deposition infiltration of photonic crystals engineered by the controlled evaporation and Langmuir-Blodgett methods

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    Povey, I.M. [Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Lee Maltings, Prospect Row, Cork (Ireland)], E-mail: ian.povey@tyndall.ie; Bardosova, M.; Dillon, F.C.; Chalvet, F.; Pemble, M.E.; Thomas, K. [Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Lee Maltings, Prospect Row, Cork (Ireland)

    2008-11-28

    Photonic crystal thin films were fabricated on glass substrates both by the controlled evaporation method and the Langmuir-Blodgett deposition of a lattice of silica spheres. Infilling of the air spaces within the structures with GaAs was achieved using trimethylgallium and arsine under atomic-layer-deposition conditions. The effect of infiltration on the (2 + 1) dimensional structure of Langmuir-Blodgett photonic crystals, as compared to the face-centred cubic structure of controlled evaporation photonic crystals, is directly investigated with respect to the observed optical properties.

  6. Moessbauer study of C18N/Fe Langmuir-Blodgett layers

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    Kuzmann, Erno [Institute of Chemistry, Eoetvoes Lorand University (Hungary); Telegdi, Judit [Institute of Nanochemistry and Catalysis, Chemical Research Center, HAS (Hungary); Nemeth, Zoltan, E-mail: hentes@chem.elte.hu; Vertes, Attila [Institute of Chemistry, Eoetvoes Lorand University (Hungary); Nyikos, Lajos [Institute of Nanochemistry and Catalysis, Chemical Research Center, HAS (Hungary)

    2012-03-15

    Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of octadecanoyl hydroxamic acid (C18N) complexed with Fe{sup 3 + } ions have been prepared at various subphase pH values. The LB films consisting of different number of layers were investigated by {sup 57}Fe conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (CEM) at room temperature. The CEM detector contained a piece of {alpha}-iron, enriched with {sup 57}Fe, using as an internal standard. The Moessbauer pattern of the C18N/Fe LB films is a doublet with parameters {delta} = 0.35 mm/s and {Delta} = 0.74 mm/s. A gradual increase of the relative occurrence of the doublet compared to the sextet of the internal standard was observed with the increasing number of layers, indicating the nearly uniform distribution of Fe among the LB layers.

  7. Fe3O4/γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticle multilayers deposited by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique for gas sensors application.

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    Capone, S; Manera, M G; Taurino, A; Siciliano, P; Rella, R; Luby, S; Benkovicova, M; Siffalovic, P; Majkova, E

    2014-02-04

    Fe3O4/γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles (NPs) based thin films were used as active layers in solid state resistive chemical sensors. NPs were synthesized by high temperature solution phase reaction. Sensing NP monolayers (ML) were deposited by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) techniques onto chemoresistive transduction platforms. The sensing ML were UV treated to remove NP insulating capping. Sensors surface was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Systematic gas sensing tests in controlled atmosphere were carried out toward NO2, CO, and acetone at different concentrations and working temperatures of the sensing layers. The best sensing performance results were obtained for sensors with higher NPs coverage (10 ML), mainly for NO2 gas showing interesting selectivity toward nitrogen oxides. Electrical properties and conduction mechanisms are discussed.

  8. Growth and characterization of oriented cadmium sulphide nanocrystals under Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer of arachidic acid

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    Roy, U. N.; Ingale, A.; Kukreja, L. M.; Mishra, S.; Ganesan, V.; Rustagi, K. C.

    Cadmium sulphide nanocrystals were grown at room temperature (20 °C) under arachidic acid monolayers floating over an aqueous solution of CdCl2 inside an enclosed Langmuir-Blodgett set-up, through slow infusion of H2S gas. X-ray diffraction spectra suggest an oriented growth of the crystallites. The particle sizes were found to increase with duration of exposure to the H2S gas. Atomic force microscopy indicated that the particles were nearly circular pellets with uniform morphology throughout. In Raman spectra, the FWHM of the LO phonon was found to be large ( 20 cm-1) for all the films grown with different exposure times in H2S gas, and was found to reduce to 8 cm-1 after annealing a typical sample at 500 °C for 45 min.

  9. Synchrotron Powder Diffraction Study of Radiation Damage in Langmuir Blodgett Nanotemplate Crystallised Protein

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    Jonathan P. Wright

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Polycrystalline samples of lysozyme were prepared with and without a Langmuir-Blodgett (LB thin film template via both the hanging drop method and batch crystallisation. Powder diffraction methods are used to compare these samples and to measure their resistance to radiation damage at room temperature. The X-ray induced amorphisation of the samples was followed as a function of time and it was shown that diffraction does not entirely disappear even at very long exposure times. Two distinct kinetic timescales are evident suggesting that early and late stage processes are quite different. Radiation damage was also shown to be localized in the sample in the region where the beam impinges.

  10. Dependence of mesoscopic growth on molecular configuration in Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers

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    Mukherjee, S.; Datta, A.

    2009-10-01

    Systematic studies by atomic force microscopy and X-ray reflectivity of three monolayer Langmuir-Blodgett films of M-Stearate (M = Cd, Zn, Mn) show change in surface morphology and growth mode with change in metal ions in the headgroup. Growth proceeds via Volmer Weber mode in CdSt, Stranski-Krastanov mode in ZnSt and Frank Van der Merwe mode in MnSt, as ascertained from fractal dimensions and out-of-plane density profiles. This is closely related with increase in number of metal ions incorporated per headgroup with change in metal ions in the order Cd, Zn and Mn. A preliminary correlation with metal atomic number is noted.

  11. Facile Fabrication of Large Area Polystyrene Colloidal Crystal Monolayer via Surfactant-free Langmuir-Blodgett Technique

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    RUAN Wei-dong; L(U) Zhi-cheng; JI Nan; WANG Chun-xu; ZHAO Bing; ZHANG Jun-hu

    2007-01-01

    A facile and novel method for the production of a large area of well-ordered polystyrene(PS) colloidal crystal monolayer was established using the surfactant-free Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. The hydrophobic property(film-forming ability) of PS spheres was improved by a thermo-rheology treatment before LB assembly, and a large film was obtained. In contrast to the traditional LB technique, no surfactant was needed in this method, which could eliminate the additional contamination of surfactants in the preparation process and provided the products with versatile applications in nanosphere lithography(NSL) for biosensor, surface plasmon resonance, and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

  12. Effect of confinement on melting behavior of cadmium arachidate Langmuir-Blodgett multilayer.

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    Pandit, Pallavi; Gupta, Ajay; Kumar, Dileep; Banerjee, Mandira; Bernstorff, Sigrid

    2013-03-26

    The effect of confinement between two metallic layers on the melting behavior of a 13 monolayer cadmium arachidate (CdA) Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) multilayer has been studied. Temperature dependent diffraction measurements provide information about structural changes occurring in the film plane as well as in the out-of-plane direction. X-ray standing waves have been used to achieve depth selectivity in diffraction measurements. It is found that the difference in melting behavior of the surface and the bulk, which is observed in the film with free surface, disappears in the case of confined films; while the free surface transforms to hexaticlike phase via an intermediate smectic phase, confinement results in disappearance of this phase, and the sequence of transformations in the bulk and the interfacial regions becomes identical. Some anisotropy between (01 + 11¯) and (10) directions remains, with coherence along (10) direction decreasing at a faster rate. The confinement between metallic layers also significantly reduces the tilting of the chains observed at higher temperature. Further, both in the case of film with free surface and confined films, melting at the surface/interface occurs at a lower temperature as compared to the bulk.

  13. Structural characterization of a mixed Langmuir-Blodgett film of a merocyanine dye derivative-deuterated arachidic acid binary system and the influence of successive hydrothermal treatment in the liquid phase on the film as investigated by polarized UV-visible and IR absorption spectroscopy.

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    Hirano, Yoshiaki; Yamazaki, Asuka; Maio, Ari; Kitahama, Yasutaka; Ozaki, Yukihiro

    2010-08-26

    We have investigated the structure of the mixed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film of a merocyanine dye derivative (MO(18))-deuterated arachidic acid (C(20)-d) binary system and the influence of successive hydrothermal treatment in the liquid phase (HTTL) on the mixed LB film by means of polarized UV-visible and IR absorption spectroscopy. The visible absorption band with in-plane anisotropy at 503 nm before HTTL transforms into an absorption band with in-plane isotropy at 557 nm after HTTL for 16-18 min through a peak maximum near 520 nm after HTTL for 2-12 min. The degree of total MO(18) intramolecular charge transfer for the 503 nm band is the largest among those for all of the bands. Therefore, the 503 nm band is ascribed to the MO(18) H-like aggregation, based on its shape, peak height, and in-plane anisotropy, the subsequent change to two kinds of visible peaks by successive HTTL, and the most degree of MO(18) intramolecular charge transfer among all of the aggregation states. While the MO(18) hydrocarbon chain takes the all-trans conformation before HTTL, its conformation and orientation are most disarranged after HTTL for 2 min. Subsequently, the original conformation and orientation are recovered by degrees with successive HTTL, except after final HTTL for 18 min, when the orientation is again changed. On the other hand, the C(20)-d hydrocarbon chain maintains the all-trans conformation before and after HTTL. The orientation of the C(20)-d hydrocarbon chain after HTTL for 2 min is more ordered than that before HTTL, with the nature of the C(20)-d subcell packing changing from hexagonal to orthorhombic. During successive HTTL from 2 to 18 min, the C(20)-d orientation is gradually disorganized but with the orthorhombic nature remaining constant. Thus, the variations in the conformation and orientation of the MS(18) hydrocarbon chain and in the orientation of the C(20)-d hydrocarbon chain tend to change from ordered and disordered structures and turn to more

  14. White light-emitting electrochemical cells based on the Langmuir-Blodgett technique.

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    Fernández-Hernández, Jesús M; De Cola, Luisa; Bolink, Henk J; Clemente-León, Miguel; Coronado, Eugenio; Forment-Aliaga, Alicia; López-Muñoz, Angel; Repetto, Diego

    2014-11-25

    Light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) showing a white emission have been prepared with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of the metallosurfactant bis[2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)pyridine][2-(1-hexadecyl-1H-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine]iridium(III) chloride (1), which work with an air-stable Al electrode. They were prepared by depositing a LB film of 1 on top of a layer of poly(N,N'-diphenyl-N,N'-bis(4-hexylphenyl)-[1,1'-biphenyl]-4,4'-diamine (pTPD) spin-coated on indium tin oxide (ITO). The white color of the electroluminescence of the device contrasts with the blue color of the photoluminescence of 1 in solution and within the LB films. Furthermore, the crystal structure of 1 is reported together with the preparation and characterization of the Langmuir monolayers (π-A compression isotherms and Brewster angle microscopy (BAM)) and LB films of 1 (IR, UV-vis and emission spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), specular X-ray reflectivity (SXR), and atomic force microscopy (AFM)).

  15. Studies on cadmium sulphide nanoparticles formed by the Langmuir- Blodgett technique

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    Iwantono, M

    2003-01-01

    In this project, the formation and characterisation of CdS nanoparticles embedded within Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films have been studied systematically. CdS nanoparticles were formed within calix[8]arene (CA) and stearic acid (SA) Cd-salt LB films by exposure to H sub 2 S gas at room temperature. The AFM images of the treated SA and CA bilayers show CdS clusters with lateral dimensions in the range of 20-30 nm and 10-15 nm, respectively. These particles are pseudo two-dimensional and have a shape of hexagonal platelets which is most likely consequence of their wurtzite structure. Calculations of the cluster thickness L sub z yield the value of 2 nm (Photoluminescence excitation-PLE) and 1.9 nm (UV-visible) for CdS clusters in SA matrix and two values of 1.2 nm and 1.6 nm (PLE) and 1.08 nm and 1.42 nm (UV-visible) for CA LB films. The PL spectra demonstrate a large Stokes shift, indicating the formation of 'dark excitons' in the platelet CdS clusters. The transformations of the absorption spectra caused by agei...

  16. Lipid reassembly in asymmetric Langmuir-Blodgett/Langmuir-Schaeffer bilayers.

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    Yuan, Jie; Hao, Changchun; Chen, Maohui; Berini, Pierre; Zou, Shan

    2013-01-08

    Molecular-reorganization-induced morphology alteration in asymmetric substrate-supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) was directly visualized by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy. SLB samples were fabricated on mica-on-glass and glass substrates by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB)/Langmuir-Schaeffer (LS) using binary lipid mixtures, namely, 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC)/1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) and ternary mixtures DOPC/DPPC/1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-L-serine (DOPS), labeled with 0.2 mol % Texas Red 1,2-dihexadecanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine triethylammonium salt (TR-DHPE) dye. Phase segregations were characterized by TIRF imaging, and DPPC-enriched domain structures were also observed. Interestingly for ∼40% (n = 6) of the samples with binary mixtures in the LB leaflet and a single component in the LS leaflet, that is, (DOPC/DPPC)(LB)+DOPC(LS), the contrast of the DPPC domains changed from the original dark (without dye) to bright (more TR dye partitioning) on TIRF images, returning to dark again. This contrast reverse was also correlated to AFM height images, where a DPPC-DPPC gel phase was spotted after the TIRF image contrast returned to dark. The rupture force mapping results measured on these binary mixture samples also confirmed unambiguously the formation of DPPC-DPPC gel domain components during the contrast change. The samples were tracked over 48 h to investigate the lipid molecule movements in both the DPPC domains and the DOPC fluid phase. The fluorescence contrast changes from bright to dark in SLBs indicate that the movement of dye molecules was independent of the movement of lipid molecules. In addition, correlated multimodal imaging using AFM, force mapping, and fluorescence provides a novel route to uncover the reorganization of lipid molecules at the solid-liquid interface, suggesting that the dynamics of dye molecules is highly

  17. Large Area Fabrication of Semiconducting Phosphorene by Langmuir-Blodgett Assembly

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    Kaur, Harneet; Yadav, Sandeep; Srivastava, Avanish. K.; Singh, Nidhi; Schneider, Jörg J.; Sinha, Om. P.; Agrawal, Ved V.; Srivastava, Ritu

    2016-01-01

    Phosphorene is a recently new member of the family of two dimensional (2D) inorganic materials. Besides its synthesis it is of utmost importance to deposit this material as thin film in a way that represents a general applicability for 2D materials. Although a considerable number of solvent based methodologies have been developed for exfoliating black phosphorus, so far there are no reports on controlled organization of these exfoliated nanosheets on substrates. Here, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, a mixture of N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone and deoxygenated water is employed as a subphase in Langmuir-Blodgett trough for assembling the nanosheets followed by their deposition on substrates and studied its field-effect transistor characteristics. Electron microscopy reveals the presence of densely aligned, crystalline, ultra-thin sheets of pristine phosphorene having lateral dimensions larger than hundred of microns. Furthermore, these assembled nanosheets retain their electronic properties and show a high current modulation of 104 at room temperature in field-effect transistor devices. The proposed technique provides semiconducting phosphorene thin films that are amenable for large area applications. PMID:27671093

  18. Atomic force microscopy for the study of specially prepared surfaces including transferred Langmuir-Blodgett layers. Final report

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    1999-06-02

    During the past four years a major number of surface science research programs in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Utah have involved the use of the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film balance procured with financial assistance from DOE under grant number DE-FG03-96ER76049. These instruments have been used for research in the areas of nonsulfide flotation chemistry, mineral processing, waste paper deinking, water treatment, treatment of contaminated soil, coal preparation, and plastics recycling. In addition, the AFM and LB film balance have been of great help to university researchers in other departments at the University of Utah and elsewhere, as well as researchers from industry.

  19. Calorimetry and Langmuir-Blodgett studies on the interaction of a lipophilic prodrug of LHRH with biomembrane models.

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    Sarpietro, Maria G; Accolla, Maria L; Santoro, Nancy; Mansfeld, Friederike M; Pignatello, Rosario; Toth, Istvan; Castelli, Francesco

    2014-05-01

    The interaction between an amphiphilic luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) prodrug that incorporated a lipoamino acid moiety (C12-LAA) with biological membrane models that consisted of multilamellar liposomes (MLVs) and phospholipid monolayers, was studied using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Langmuir-Blodgett film techniques. The effect of the prodrug C12[Q1]LHRH on the lipid layers was compared with the results obtained with the pure precursors, LHRH and C12-LAA. Conjugation of LHRH with a LAA promoiety showed to improve the peptide interaction with biomembrane models. Basing on the calorimetric findings, the LAA moiety aided the transfer of the prodrug from an aqueous solution to the biomembrane model. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Dip-coating with prestructured substrates: transfer of simple liquids and Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers

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    Wilczek, Markus; Zhu, Juan; Chi, Lifeng; Thiele, Uwe; Gurevich, Svetlana V.

    2017-01-01

    When a plate is withdrawn from a liquid bath, either a static meniscus forms in the transition region between the bath and the substrate or a liquid film of finite thickness (a Landau-Levich film) is transferred onto the moving substrate. If the substrate is inhomogeneous, e.g. has a prestructure consisting of stripes of different wettabilities, the meniscus can be deformed or show a complex dynamic behavior. Here we study the free surface shape and dynamics of a dragged meniscus occurring for striped prestructures with two orientations, parallel and perpendicular to the transfer direction. A thin film model is employed that accounts for capillarity through a Laplace pressure and for the spatially varying wettability through a Derjaguin (or disjoining) pressure. Numerical continuation is used to obtain steady free surface profiles and corresponding bifurcation diagrams in the case of substrates with different homogeneous wettabilities. Direct numerical simulations are employed in the case of the various striped prestructures. The final part illustrates the importance of our findings for particular applications that involve complex liquids by modeling a Langmuir-Blodgett transfer experiment. There, one transfers a monolayer of an insoluble surfactant that covers the surface of the bath onto the moving substrate. The resulting pattern formation phenomena can be crucially influenced by the hydrodynamics of the liquid meniscus that itself depends on the prestructure on the substrate. In particular, we show how prestructure stripes parallel to the transfer direction lead to the formation of bent stripes in the surfactant coverage after transfer and present similar experimental results.

  1. NONLINEAR OPTICAL-PROPERTIES OF LANGMUIR-BLODGETT MONOLAYERS - LOCAL-FIELD EFFECTS

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    CNOSSEN, G; DRABE, KE; WIERSMA, DA

    1992-01-01

    Detailed measurements of the macroscopic second-order optical nonlinearity chi(2) (2-omega,omega,omega) of Langmuir-Blodgett dye-doped monolayers are reported. The observed deviations from a linear behavior of chi-(2) with increasing surface density are shown to be due to local-field effects. In ord

  2. Nonlinear optical properties of Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers : Local-field effects

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    Cnossen, Gerard; Drabe, Karel E.; Wiersma, Douwe A.

    1992-01-01

    Detailed measurements of the macroscopic second-order optical nonlinearity chi(2) (2-omega,omega,omega) of Langmuir-Blodgett dye-doped monolayers are reported. The observed deviations from a linear behavior of chi-(2) with increasing surface density are shown to be due to local-field effects. In ord

  3. Magnetic volcanos in gadolinium Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Tishin, A.M.; Snigirev, O.V.; Khomutov, G.B.

    2001-01-01

    -plane and out-of-plane pre-magnetization in a field of 1.4 T at 300 K. Randomly placed “magnetic volcanos” with a remanent magnetic moment of the order of 10−13 A m2 was observed. A decay of the remanent magnetization with a characteristic time of about 120 h was observed. It is suggested that the magnetic...

  4. Nano dimensional hybrid organo-clay Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Hussain, Syed Arshad; Chakraborty, S.; Bhattacharjee, D.

    2014-01-01

    Clay mineral particles are interesting nanosized building blocks due to their high aspect ratio and the chemical properties. The main interest in this nanosized building blocks results essentially from the colloidal size and the permanent structural charge of the particles. Smectites or swelling clay minerals are naturally occurring nanomaterials that can be fully delaminated to elementary clay mineral platelets in dilute aqueous dispersion. This dilute aqueous smectite suspensions are well s...

  5. Hierarchically structured superhydrophobic coatings fabricated by successive Langmuir-Blodgett deposition of micro-/nano-sized particles and surface silanization.

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    Tsai, Ping-Szu; Yang, Yu-Min; Lee, Yuh-Lang

    2007-11-21

    The present study demonstrates the creation of a stable, superhydrophobic surface by coupling of successive Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) depositions of micro- and nano-sized (1.5 µm/50 nm, 1.0 µm/50 nm, and 0.5 µm/50 nm) silica particles on a glass substrate with the formation of a self-assembled monolayer of dodecyltrichlorosilane on the surface of the particulate film. Particulate films, in which one layer of 50 nm particles was deposited over one to five sublayers of larger micro-sized particles, with hierarchical surface roughness and superhydrophobicity, were successfully fabricated. Furthermore, the present 'two-scale' (micro- and nano-sized particles) approach is superior to the previous 'one-scale' (micro-sized particles) approach in that both higher advancing contact angle and lower contact angle hysteresis can be realized. Experimental results revealed that the superhydrophobicity exhibited by as-fabricated particulate films with different sublayer particle diameters increases in the order of 0.5 µm>1.0 µm>1.5 µm. However, no clear trend between sublayer number and surface superhydrophobicity could be discerned. An explanation of superhydrophobicity based on the surface roughness introduced by two-scale particles is also proposed.

  6. Hierarchically structured superhydrophobic coatings fabricated by successive Langmuir-Blodgett deposition of micro-/nano-sized particles and surface silanization

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    Tsai, P-S; Yang, Y-M; Lee, Y-L [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China)

    2007-11-21

    The present study demonstrates the creation of a stable, superhydrophobic surface by coupling of successive Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) depositions of micro- and nano-sized (1.5 {mu}m/50 nm, 1.0 {mu}m/50 nm, and 0.5 {mu}m/50 nm) silica particles on a glass substrate with the formation of a self-assembled monolayer of dodecyltrichlorosilane on the surface of the particulate film. Particulate films, in which one layer of 50 nm particles was deposited over one to five sublayers of larger micro-sized particles, with hierarchical surface roughness and superhydrophobicity, were successfully fabricated. Furthermore, the present 'two-scale' (micro- and nano-sized particles) approach is superior to the previous 'one-scale' (micro-sized particles) approach in that both higher advancing contact angle and lower contact angle hysteresis can be realized. Experimental results revealed that the superhydrophobicity exhibited by as-fabricated particulate films with different sublayer particle diameters increases in the order of 0.5 {mu}m>1.0 {mu}m>1.5 {mu}m. However, no clear trend between sublayer number and surface superhydrophobicity could be discerned. An explanation of superhydrophobicity based on the surface roughness introduced by two-scale particles is also proposed.

  7. Near infrared (NIR) lanthanide emissive Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers formed using Nd(III) directed self-assembly synthesis of chiral amphiphilic ligands.

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    Barry, Dawn E; Kitchen, Jonathan A; Albrecht, Martin; Faulkner, Stephen; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur

    2013-09-10

    The incorporation of chiral amphiphilic lanthanide-directed self-assembled Nd(III) complexes (Nd.13 and Nd.23) into stable Langmuir monolayers, and the subsequent Langmuir-Blodgett film formation of these, is described. The photophysical properties of the enantiomeric pair of ligands 1 and 2 in the presence of Nd(CF3SO3)3 were also investigated in CH3CN solutions using UV-vis, fluorescence, and lanthanide luminescence spectroscopies. Analysis of the resulting self-assembly processes revealed that two main species were formed in solution,1:1 and 1:3 Nd:L self-assembly complexes, with the latter being the dominant species upon the addition of 0.33 equivalents of Nd(III). Excited state lifetime measurements of Nd.13 and Nd.23 in CH3OH and CD3OD and CH3CN were also evaluated. The formation of the self-assembly in solution was also monitored by observing the changes in the circular dichroism (CD) spectra; and large differences were observed between the 1:3 and other stoichiometries in the spectra, allowing for correlation to be made with that seen in the emission studies of these systems. Surface pressure-area and surface pressure-time isotherms evidenced the formation of stable Langmuir monolayers of Nd.13 and Nd.23 at an air-water interface, and the deposition of these monolayers onto a quartz solid substrate (Langmuir-Blodgett films) gave rise to immobilized chiral monomolecular films which exhibited Nd(III) NIR luminescence upon excitation of the ligand chromophore, demonstrating efficient energy transfer to the Nd(III) excided state (sensitized) with concomitant emission centered at 800 and 1334 nm.

  8. In-plane orientation in Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers of a partly converted flexible poly(p-phenylenevinylene) precursor polymer

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    Hagting, J.G.; Vorenkamp, E.J.; Schouten, A.J.

    1999-01-01

    The dimethoxy-substituted precursor poly(p-phenylenevinylene) (prec-DMePPV) was partly converted to dimethoxy-PPV by exposing the precursor solution in chloroform to daylight. The monolayer and transfer behavior of this partly converted precursor (pc-DMePPV) was studied with the Langmuir-Blodgett te

  9. The Production of PEO Polymer Brushes via Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaeffer Methods: Incomplete Transfer and Its Consequences

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    Vos, de W.M.; Keizer, de A.; Kleijn, J.M.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.

    2009-01-01

    Using fixed-angle ellipsometry, we investigate the degree of mass transfer upon vertically dipping a polystyrene surface through a layer of a polystyrene-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) block copolymer at the air water interface (Langmuir-Blodgett or LB transfer). The transferred mass is proportional

  10. Crossover from layering to island formation in Langmuir-Blodgett growth: Role of long-range intermolecular forces

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    Mukherjee, Smita; Datta, Alokmay

    2011-04-01

    Combined studies by atomic force microscopy, x-ray reflectivity, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy on transition-metal stearate (M-St, M = Mn, Co, Zn, and Cd) Langmuir-Blodgett films clearly indicate association of bidentate coordination of the metal-carboxylate head group to layer-by-layer growth as observed in MnSt and CoSt and partially in ZnSt. Crossover to islandlike growth, as observed in CdSt and ZnSt, is associated with the presence of unidentate coordination in the head group. Morphological evolutions as obtained from one, three, and nine monolayers (MLs) of M-St films are consistent with Frank van der Merwe, Stranski-Krastanov, and Volmer Weber growth modes for M=Mn/Co, Zn, and Cd, respectively, as previously assigned, and are found to vary with number (n) of metal atoms per head group, viz. n=1 (Mn/Co), n=0.75 (Zn), and n=0.5 (Cd). The parameter n is found to decide head-group coordination such that n=1.0 corresponds to bidentate and n=0.5 corresponds to unidentate coordination; the intermediate value in Zn corresponds to a mixture of both. The dependence of the growth mode on head-group structure is explained by the fact that in bidentate head groups, with the in-plane dipole moment being zero, intermolecular forces between adjacent molecules are absent and hence growth proceeds via layering. On the other hand, in unidentate head groups, the existence of a nonzero in-plane dipole moment results in the development of weak in-plane intermolecular forces between adjacent molecules causing in-plane clustering leading to islandlike growth.

  11. Crossover from layering to island formation in Langmuir-Blodgett growth: role of long-range intermolecular forces.

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    Mukherjee, Smita; Datta, Alokmay

    2011-04-01

    Combined studies by atomic force microscopy, x-ray reflectivity, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy on transition-metal stearate (M-St, M = Mn, Co, Zn, and Cd) Langmuir-Blodgett films clearly indicate association of bidentate coordination of the metal-carboxylate head group to layer-by-layer growth as observed in MnSt and CoSt and partially in ZnSt. Crossover to islandlike growth, as observed in CdSt and ZnSt, is associated with the presence of unidentate coordination in the head group. Morphological evolutions as obtained from one, three, and nine monolayers (MLs) of M-St films are consistent with Frank van der Merwe, Stranski-Krastanov, and Volmer Weber growth modes for M=Mn/Co, Zn, and Cd, respectively, as previously assigned, and are found to vary with number (n) of metal atoms per head group, viz. n=1 (Mn/Co), n=0.75 (Zn), and n=0.5 (Cd). The parameter n is found to decide head-group coordination such that n=1.0 corresponds to bidentate and n=0.5 corresponds to unidentate coordination; the intermediate value in Zn corresponds to a mixture of both. The dependence of the growth mode on head-group structure is explained by the fact that in bidentate head groups, with the in-plane dipole moment being zero, intermolecular forces between adjacent molecules are absent and hence growth proceeds via layering. On the other hand, in unidentate head groups, the existence of a nonzero in-plane dipole moment results in the development of weak in-plane intermolecular forces between adjacent molecules causing in-plane clustering leading to islandlike growth.

  12. Photosystem I in Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaefer monolayers.

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    Yan, Xun; Faulkner, Christopher J; Jennings, G Kane; Cliffel, David E

    2012-10-23

    Photosystem I (PSI) is a membrane protein complex that generates photoinduced electrons and transfers them across the thylakoid membrane during photosynthesis. The PSI complex, separated from spinach leaves, was spread onto the air-water interface as a monolayer and transferred onto a gold electrode surface that was precoated with a self-assembled monolayer (SAM). The electrochemical properties of the transferred PSI monolayer, including cyclic voltammetry and photoinduced chronoamperometry, were measured. The results showed that PSI retained its bioactivity after the manipulation. Its capability of converting photoenergy into electrical potential was demonstrated by its reducing an electron acceptor, dichloroindophenol (DCIP), and by oxidizing an electron donor, sodium ascorbate (ASC). We have shown that the protein has two possible orientations at the water interface. The orientation distribution was determined by comparing the controlled reductive and oxidative photocurrents generated from Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaefer monolayers.

  13. Control of indium tin oxide anode work function modified using Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer for high-efficiency organic photovoltaics

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    Yokokura, Yuya; Dogase, Tomomichi; Shinbo, Tatsuki; Nakayashiki, Yuya; Takagi, Yusuke; Ueda, Kazuyoshi; Sarangerel, Khayankhyarvaa; Delgertsetseg, Byambasuren; Ganzorig, Chimed; Sakomura, Masaru

    2017-08-01

    The use of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers to modify the indium tin oxide (ITO) work function and thus improve the performance of zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc)/fullerene (C60)-based and boron subphthalocyanine chloride (SubPc)/C60-based small molecule organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs) was examined. In general, LB precursor compounds contain one or more long alkyl chain substituents that can act as spacers to prevent electrical contact with adjoining electrode surfaces. As one example of such a compound, arachidic acid (CH3(CH2)18COOH) was inserted in the forms of one-layer, three-layer or five-layer LB films between the anode ITO layer and the p-type layer in ZnPc-C60-based OPVs to investigate the effects of the long alkyl chain group when it acts as an electrically insulating spacer. The short-circuit current density (Jsc) values of the OPVs with the three- and five-layer inserts (1.78 mA.cm-2 and 0.61 mA.cm-2, respectively) were reduced dramatically, whereas the Jsc value for the OPV with the single-layer insertion (2.88 mA.cm-2) was comparable to that of the OPV without any insert (3.14 mA.cm-2). The ITO work function was shifted positively by LB deposition of a surfactant compound, C9F19C2H4-O-C2H4-COOH (PFECA), which contained a fluorinated head group. This positive effect was maintained even after formation of an upper p-type organic layer. The Jsc and open-circuit voltage (Voc) of the SubPc-C60-based OPV with the LB-modified ITO layers were effectively enhanced. As a result, a 42% increase in device efficiency was achieved.

  14. Evaluation of the interaction of coumarins with biomembrane models studied by differential scanning calorimetry and Langmuir-Blodgett techniques.

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    Sarpietro, Maria Grazia; Giuffrida, Maria Chiara; Ottimo, Sara; Micieli, Dorotea; Castelli, Francesco

    2011-04-25

    Three coumarins, scopoletin (1), esculetin (2), and esculin (3), were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry and Langmuir-Blodgett techniques to gain information about the interaction of these compounds with cellular membranes. Phospholipids assembled as multilamellar vesicles or monolayers (at the air-water interface) were used as biomembrane models. Differential scanning calorimetry was employed to study the interaction of these coumarins with multilamellar vesicles and to evaluate their absorption by multilamellar vesicles. These experiments indicated that 1-3 interact in this manner to different extents. The Langmuir-Blodgett technique was used to study the effect of these coumarins on the organization of phospholipids assembled as a monolayer. The data obtained were in agreement with those obtained in the calorimetric experiments.

  15. Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers of cationic dyes in the presence and absence of clay mineral layers: N,N'-dioctadecyl thiacyanine, octadecyl rhodamine B and laponite.

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    Hussain, Syed Arshad; Schoonheydt, Robert A

    2010-07-20

    Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of N,N'-dioctadecyl thiacyanine perchlorate (TC18) and octadecyl rhodamine B chloride (RhB18) and their mixtures in the presence and absence of clay mineral layers were investigated by recording surface pressure-area (pi-A) isotherms and by UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies. The pi-A isotherms of TC18, RhB18, and their mixtures are characteristic of liquid expanded state behavior with repulsive interactions between the two cationic dyes. In the presence of laponite, the pi-A isotherms show liquid expanded and condensed-state behavior. In laponite dispersions and in monolayers, TC18 has a strong tendency to aggregate with formation of H- and J- aggregates. The absorption and fluorescence maxima of the monomers in the films are at 435 nm and at 480 nm; H-dimers have an absorption maximum around 410 nm and do not fluoresce. J-dimers are present in all the films with absorption maximum at 461 nm and fluorescence at 463 nm. RhB18 is mainly present as monomers in the LB films with an absorption maximum at 576 nm and fluorescence at 595 nm. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer from TC18 to RhB18 has been observed in clay dispersions and in films with and without laponite. The optimum condition for TC18 --> RhB18 fluorescence energy transfer in the films is 90 mol % TC18 + 10 mol % RhB18.

  16. Self-Assembled Monolayers Get Their Final Finish via a Quasi-Langmuir-Blodgett Transfer.

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    Meltzer, Christian; Dietrich, Hanno; Zahn, Dirk; Peukert, Wolfgang; Braunschweig, Björn

    2015-04-28

    The growth of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of octadecylphosphonic acid (ODPA) molecules on α-Al2O3(0001) and subsequent dewetting of the SAMs were studied with a combination of in situ sum-frequency generation (SFG) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Although SAM growth after deposition times >8 h reduces to nearly negligible values, the resultant ODPA SAMs in solution are still not in a well-ordered state with the alkyl chains in all-trans configurations. In fact, in situ SFG spectroscopy revealed a comparatively high concentration of gauche defects of the SAM in the ODPA 2-propanol solution even after a growth time of 16 h. Here, results of the MD simulations strongly suggest that defects can be caused by ODPA molecules which are not attached to the substrate but are incorporated into the SAM layer with the polar headgroup oriented into the 2-propanol solvent. This inverted adsorption geometry of additional ODPA molecules blocks adsorption sites and thus stabilizes the SAM without improving ordering to an extent that all molecules are in the all-trans configuration. While persistent in solution, the observed defects can be healed out when the SAMs are transferred from the solvent to a gas phase. During this process, a quasi-Langmuir-Blodgett transfer of molecules takes place which drives the SAM into a higher conformational state and significantly improves its quality.

  17. In situ and real-time atomic force microscopy studies of the stability of oligothiophene langmuir-blodgett monolayers in liquid

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    Yin, Naining

    2014-03-20

    Oligothiophene thin films have been considered as promising material for molecular electronics due to their desirable electronic properties and high structural stability under ambient conditions. To ensure performance in devices the functional structures, such as individual ordered domains, must be stable under practical and operational conditions or environments including exposure to various media. This work investigates the structure of oligothiophene Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films upon exposure to liquid media such as water, ethanol (EtOH), and mixed tetrahydrofuran (THF)/EtOH solutions. The LB films form islands ranging from 500 nm up to 1 μm consisting of densely packed oligothiophene molecules. These islands are surrounded by bare substrate and loosely packed adsorbates. In situ and time-dependent AFM images were acquired to reveal the structural evolution, from which degradation pathways and kinetics are extracted. Degradation of these LB films initiates and propagates from intraisland defect sites, such as cracks and pin holes, whereas the edges of islands remain intact on the surface. The observations appear to be in contrast to the known degradation mechanism among self-assembled monolayers, such as alkanethiols on gold, which initiates and progresses at domain boundaries. Rationale for the observed degradation processes will also be discussed. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  18. Large Area 2D and 3D Colloidal Photonic Crystals Fabricated by a Roll-to-Roll Langmuir-Blodgett Method.

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    Parchine, Mikhail; McGrath, Joe; Bardosova, Maria; Pemble, Martyn E

    2016-06-14

    We present our results on the fabrication of large area colloidal photonic crystals on flexible poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) film using a roll-to-roll Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) colloidal photonic crystals from silica nanospheres (250 and 550 nm diameter) with a total area of up to 340 cm(2) have been fabricated in a continuous manner compatible with high volume manufacturing. In addition, the antireflective properties and structural integrity of the films have been enhanced via the use of a second roll-to-roll process, employing a slot-die coating of an optical adhesive over the photonic crystal films. Scanning electron microscopy images, atomic force microscopy images, and UV-vis optical transmission and reflection spectra of the fabricated photonic crystals are analyzed. This analysis confirms the high quality of the 2D and 3D photonic crystals fabricated by the roll-to-roll LB technique. Potential device applications of the large area 2D and 3D colloidal photonic crystals on flexible PET film are briefly reviewed.

  19. Fabricating Multifunctional Nanoparticle Membranes by a Fast Layer-by-Layer Langmuir-Blodgett Process: Application in Lithium-sulfur Batteries

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    Kim, Mun Sek; Choudhury, Snehashis; Moganty, Surya S; Wei, Shuya; Archer, Lynden A

    2016-01-01

    The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique is a powerful, widely used method for preparing coatings of amphiphilic molecules at air/water interfaces with thickness control down to a single molecule. Here we report two new LB techniques designed to create ordered, multifunctional nanoparticle films on any non-reactive support. The methods utilize Marangoni stresses produced by surfactants at a fluid/solid/gas interface and self-assembly of nanoparticles to facilitate rapid creation of dense monolayers of multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), metal-oxide nanoparticles, polymers, and combinations of these materials in a layer-by-layer configuration. Using the polyolefin separator in a lithium sulfur (Li-S) electrochemical cell as an example, we illustrate how the method can be used to create structured membranes for regulating mass and charge transport. We show that a layered MWCNT/SiO2/MWCNT nanomaterial created in a clip-like configuration, with gravimetric areal coverage of ~130 mg cm-2 and a thickness of ~3 micron,...

  20. Diffusion barrier characteristics of co monolayer prepared by Langmuir Blodgett technique

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    Sharma, Sumit, E-mail: sumitelsd2007@gmail.com [Electronic Science Department, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana 136119 (India); Kumar, Mukesh, E-mail: kumarmukesh@gmail.com [Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering at Wadi Aldawasir, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Wadi Aldawasir 11991 (Saudi Arabia); Rani, Sumita [Electronic Science Department, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana 136119 (India); Kumar, Dinesh, E-mail: dineshelsd@gmail.com [Electronic Science Department, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana 136119 (India)

    2016-04-30

    Graphical abstract: Thermal stability of structures (a) Cu/SiO{sub 2}/Si and (b) Cu/Co/SiO{sub 2}/Si, indicating that presence of thin cobalt layer improves the thermal stability of the structure up to 600 °C. - Highlights: • Monolayers of cobalt were deposited on SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates using LB technique. • Copper layers were deposited on this structures using thermal evaporation method. • Thermal stability was determined by annealing the structures at various temperatures. • The structure was found to be stable up to 650 °C. - Abstract: Monolayers of Co over SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate were deposited using Langmuir Blodgett (LB) technique. The diffusion barrier capability of Co layer was evaluated against copper diffusion. The structure of the deposited Co layer was analyzed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) and Atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. Thermal stability of Cu/SiO{sub 2}/Si and Cu/Co/SiO{sub 2}/Si test structures was studied and compared using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and four probe techniques. The samples were annealed at different temperatures starting from 200 °C up to 700 °C in vacuum for 30 min. XRD results indicated that combination of Co/SiO{sub 2} worked as diffusion barrier up to 550 °C whereas SiO{sub 2} alone could work as barrier only up to 300 °C. Sheet resistance of these samples was measured as a function of annealing temperature which also supports XRD results. C–V curves of these structures under the influence of Biased Thermal Stress (BTS) were analyzed. BTS was applied at 2.5 MV cm{sup −1} at 150 °C. Results showed that in the presence of Co barrier layer there was no shift in the C–V curve even after 90 min of BTS while in the absence of barrier there was a significant shift in the C–V curve even after 30 min of BTS. Further these test structures were examined for leakage current density (j{sub L}) at same BTS

  1. How Langmuir-Blodgett trilayers act as templates for directed self-assembly of nanoparticles

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    Mukherjee, Smita; Datta, Alokmay; Biswas, Nupur; Giglia, Angelo; Nannarone, Stefano

    2014-04-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) shows that Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) deposition of dissimilar metal stearates (MSt, M = Co, Zn, Cd) on templates of Co-stearate (Co-T) and Cd-stearate (Cd-T) results in self-assembly of MSts into nanocrystalline grains having clear and consistent morphological habits. The grains are better formed and well separated on Cd-T than on Co-T. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results show that the headgroup coordination of the overlayer is tuned by the coordination of the Cd-T template and remains unaffected by that of the Co-T template. They also indicate co-existence of a different kind of headgroup structure that is close to the undissociated fatty acid headgroup but differing more in the two types of carbon-oxygen bonds, suggesting an inter-headgroup bonding such as hydrogen bond that may exist on a nanocrystal surface. Results of synchrotron x-ray diffraction at C K-edge, of ZnSt on Cd-T (ZnSt/Cd-T) and Co-T (ZnSt/Co-T), point to a non-closed packed structure for ZnSt/Cd-T and a closed-packed structure for ZnSt/Co-T, with significant superlattice order in the former. The presence of crystalline phases of ZnSt in the nanometer scale, on LB templates, in contrast to the the presence of lamellar phase in bulk ZnSt, is attributed to the the presence of unidentate metal-carboxylate coordination in the former and absence of it in the latter, creating different gradients of dipolar forces at template overlayer interface. Relative strength of this long-range force over short-range intermolecular forces in the templates qualitatively explains better crystallinity and higher ordering in ZnSt/Cd-T compared to ZnSt/Co-T. We propose that the role of dipole moment gradient between template and overlayer in tuning of these metal-organic nanoparticles may be somewhat similar to structural and optical tunability of semiconductor nanocrystals by thermal and self-equilibrium strain.

  2. LANGMUIR-BLODGETT NANOTEMPLATE CRYSTALLIZATION COMBINED TO LASER-MICROFRAGMENTATION UNIQUELY CHARACTERIZE PROTEINS CRYSTALS BY SYNCHROTRON MICRODIFFRACTION

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Laser-induced microfragmentation of LB nanotemplate-induced protein crystals in glycerol solution results in distinct, coherently diffracting domains. Only crystals produced according to the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB nanotemplate technique reveal in all four proteins being tested (lysozyme, insulin, thaumatin and ribonuclease domains highly radiation resistant, while the crystals produced by the standard hanging drop crystallization method do not. Actually the very same laser exposure causes the disappearance of these “classical” protein crystals during the same time frame of 40 min needed for the laser cutting in all four proteins being tested. The microdiffraction of microcrystals prepered by the combination of Langmuir-Blodgett and Laser technologies proves that not only the Lysozyme survives the process, as shown recently by nanodifraction, but also all three other model proteins appear to behave similarly well, namely insulin, thaumatin and ribonuclease. The result confirms the emerging of a new biophysical technique uniquely usefull for synchrotron radiation studies based on small protein microcrystals uniquely radiation resistant when prepered by LB nanotemplate and subsequently fragmented by Laser.

  3. New effects in Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers from fluorescently labelled phospholipids and their possible use for water quality control

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    Ivanov, G. R.; Geshev, N. I.

    2016-02-01

    Secondary water contamination poses significant challenges to the sensitivity and selectivity of sensors used for its detection and monitoring. Currently only lab tests can detect these contaminants and by the time this happens the contaminated water has entered the city water supply system. Fluorescent chromophore NitroBenzoxaDiazole (NBD) is very suitable and had been successfully used in biosensor applications due to its high sensitivity to close proximity polarity of the medium. Over the years we have discovered 3 new effects in NBD- labelled phospholipids which can significantly improve the performance of biosensors. The phospholipid matrix provides flexible biocompatible environment for immobilization of selectively reacting enzymes, microorganisms, DNA, immunoagents, whole cells. Use of single layer (3.1 nm thickness) films at the air-water interface (Langmuir films) or deposited on solid support as Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film gives fast response times for real time monitoring (no slow diffusion processes) and precise molecule ordering and orientation. The first new effect was fluorescence self-quenching in Langmuir and LB films. In the liquid phase films exhibit normal fluorescence. Upon transition to solid phase fluorescence intensity is almost completely self-quenched and fluorescence lifetimes in the nanosecond region decrease 2 times. This is easily measured. Usually large heavy metal atoms quench fluorescence. We observed the opposite new effect when LB film is deposited in the solid phase from a subphase containing heavy metals. The third new effect is the obtaining of nanosized cylinders with bilayer thickness, which remain stable at least for months, when LB monolayer is deposited in the phase coexistence region at thermodynamic equilibrium. This greatly increases reacting surface and sensitivity of possible sensors. Almost all possible optical experimental methods were used for this research. This includes polarized ATR FTIR and polarized UV

  4. Silica nanoparticle sols. Part 3: Monitoring the state of agglomeration at the air/water interface using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique.

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    Blute, Irena; Pugh, Robert J; van de Pas, John; Callaghan, Ian

    2009-08-15

    Langmuir-Blodgett films were prepared at the air/water interface from dispersions of hydrophilic and partially, hydrophobically modified industrially manufactured silica nanoparticles. The hydrophilic particles featured expanded, fairly easily compressible, surface pressure (pi)-area (A) isotherms with well defined collapse pressures which appeared to be caused by the formation of loosely structured agglomerates which exhibited elastic behavior at low surface pressure and inelastic behavior at high surface pressure. Lateral electrostatic interparticle interactions seemingly played an important role in this hydrophilic system. This contrasted with the hydrophobically modified particles which were more difficult to disperse in the ethanol/chloroform spreading solvent and appeared to be in the semi-agglomerated state at low surface pressures and exhibited a more difficult to compress compacted film. Both types of particulate films were shown to be sensitive to the spreading environment and changes in pH were found to increase particle agglomeration which drastically reduced the particulate area for the hydrophilic sol but less so, in the case of the moderately hydrophobically modified sol. In general, the LB technique proved to be a useful method to monitor changes in the state of aggregation of nanosized silica particles at the air/water interface. These results also appear to give some support of our ideas, presented in earlier publications in which it was suggested that the major role of the hydrophobically modified hydrophilic particles in foaming was to produce an aggregated particulate film surrounding the air/water interface which provides a physical barrier preventing coalescence of bubbles.

  5. Langmuir-Blodgett mono- and multilayers of preformed poly(octadecyl methacrylate)s, 2. Structural studies by IR spectroscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering

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    Arndt, Thomas; Schouten, Arend Jan; Schmidt, Günther F.; Wegner, Gerhard

    1991-01-01

    Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) mono- and multilayers of preformed atactic and isotactic poly(octadecyl methacrylate)s were studied on gold surfaces and silicon wafers. The average orientation of the carbonyl bond of the ester group was found to be about 50° with respect to the normal to the substrate, and t

  6. Indium-chlorine and gallium-chlorine tetrasubstituted phthalocyanines in a bulk system, Langmuir monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett nanolayers--spectroscopic investigations.

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    Bursa, B; Wróbel, D; Biadasz, A; Kędzierski, K; Lewandowska, K; Graja, A; Szybowicz, M; Durmuş, M

    2014-07-15

    The paper deals with spectroscopic characterization of metallic phthalocyanines (Pc's) (indium and gallium) complexed with chlorine and substituted with four benzyloxyphenoxy peripheral groups in bulk systems, 2D Langmuir monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett nanolayers. An influence of the molecular structure of dyes (the presence of metal and of substitutes attached to the phthalocyanine macroring) on the in situ measurements of light absorption is reported. Molecular arrangement of the phthalocyanine molecular skeleton in the Langmuir monolayers on water substrate and in the Langmuir-Blodgett nanolayers is evaluated. A comparison of the light absorption spectra of the phthalocyanine monolayers with the spectra of the dyes in solution supports the existence of dye aggregates in the monolayer. It was shown that the type of dye aggregates (oblique and H types) depends markedly on the dye molecular structures. The NIR-IR, IR reflection-absorption and Raman spectra are also monitored for Langmuir-Blodgett nanolayers in non-polarized and polarized light. It was shown that the dye molecules in the Langmuir-Blodgett layers are oriented nearly vertically with respect to a gold substrate.

  7. Polyelectrolyte multilayers on PTMSP as asymmetric membranes for gas separations: Langmuir-Blodgett versus self-assembly methods of anchoring.

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    Lin, Cen; Chen, Qibin; Yi, Song; Wang, Minghui; Regen, Steven L

    2014-01-28

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers derived from poly(diallyldimethylamonium chloride) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) have been deposited onto poly[1-(trimethylsilyl)-1-propyne] (PTMSP) with anchoring layers formed by Langmuir-Blodgett and self-assembly methods. Using gas permeation selectivity as a basis for judging the efficacy of each anchoring method, we have found that similar CO2/N2 selectivities (ranging from 110 to 140) could be achieved by both methods and that their permeances were also similar. Although LB anchors require fewer layers of polyelectrolyte to reach this level of selectivity, the greater ease associated with self-assembly and its applicability to curved, high-surface-area supports (e.g., PTMSP-coated hollow fibers) encourage its use with PTMSP in creating new membrane materials for the practical separation of gases.

  8. Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of visible light responsive TiO2 nanotube arrays/graphene oxide heterostructure

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    Chen, Ying; Gao, Hongyan; Wei, Danming; Dong, Xinju; Cao, Yan

    2017-01-01

    The hybrid nanocomposites of titanium dioxide (TiO2) with graphene oxide (GO) have recently garnered much attention as electronic devices, energy conversion devices, photocatalysts and other applications. In this study, Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) assembly method was firstly reported to prepare a TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNA)-GO heterostructure. The as-prepared TNA-GO sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The promising characteristics of this TNA-GO material, the inexpensive, nontoxic and highly visible-light responsiveness, may raise the potential uses in many, various photocatalytic applications.

  9. High proton conductivity in the molecular interlayer of a polymer nanosheet multilayer film.

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    Sato, Takuma; Hayasaka, Yuta; Mitsuishi, Masaya; Miyashita, Tokuji; Nagano, Shusaku; Matsui, Jun

    2015-05-12

    High proton conductivity was achieved in a polymer multilayer film with a well-defined two-dimensional lamella structure. The multilayer film was prepared by deposition of poly(N-dodecylacryamide-co-acrylic acid) (p(DDA/AA)) monolayers onto a solid substrate using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Grazing-angle incidence X-ray diffraction measurement of a 30-layer film of p(DDA/AA) showed strong diffraction peaks in the out-of-plane direction at 2θ = 2.26° and 4.50°, revealing that the multilayer film had a highly uniform layered structure with a monolayer thickness of 2.0 nm. The proton conductivity of the p(DDA/AA) multilayer film parallel to the layer plane direction was 0.051 S/cm at 60 °C and 98% relative humidity with a low activation energy of 0.35 eV, which is comparable to perfluorosulfonic acid membranes. The high conductivity and low activation energy resulted from the formation of uniform two-dimensional proton-conductive nanochannels in the hydrophilic regions of the multilayer film. The proton conductivity of the multilayer film perpendicular to the layer plane was determined to be 2.1 × 10(-13) S/cm. Therefore, the multilayer film showed large anisotropic conductivity with an anisotropic ratio of 2.4 × 10(11).

  10. Preparation of PbS nanoparticles templated from perovskite Langmuir-Blodgett film

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    XU Limei; CHEN Xiao; WANG Luyan; SUI Zhenming; LIU Hongguo; YANG Kongzhang

    2005-01-01

    @@ Recently there have been considerable interests in the production of semiconductor nanoparticles due to their unique properties and potential applications in the fields of catalysis, electron, biological labeling diagnostics, light emitting diodes, electro-luminescent devices, photovoltaic devices, lasers, and single-electron transistors[1,2].

  11. Ultrasmall semiconductor particles sandwiched between surfactant headgroups in Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Shuqian Xu; Xiao Kang Zhao, Fendler, J.H. (Syracuse Univ., NY (United States))

    1990-04-01

    Successful sandwiching of size-quantized hexametaphosphate-stabilized CdS particles between monomolecular layers of dioctadecyldimethylammonium chloride (DODAC) surfactants, deposited on solid substrates, was accomplished. Electrostatic forces are responsible for attracting the negatively charged CdS particles onto the cationic headgroups of the substrate-supported DODAC monolayer, immersed in the aqueous subphase. These forces also ensure that, during withdrawal of the DODAC-monolayer-coated substrate, the CdS particles remain in place, attract a second monolayer of DODAC, and thereby form a DODAC-CdS particle-DODAC sandwich.

  12. Liquid exfoliation of layered metal oxides and their langmuir-blodgett films

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    Yuan, H.

    2016-01-01

    Research on 2D materials has been booming since the experimental discovery of graphene. As one of the key enablers in 2D materials development, a mature synthesis route to form 2D materials is the way to push those new materials forward from the lab to practical applications. Insight into the exfoli

  13. Langmuir-Blodgett films of alkane chalcogenice (S, Se, Te) stabilized gold nanoparticles

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    Brust, M.; Stuhr-Hansen, N.; Norgaard, K.

    2001-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles stabilized by alkanethiolates, alkaneselenides, and alkanetellurides have been prepared by analogous methods. Chloroform solutions of thiolate and selenide stabilized particles were spread and evaporated on the water/air interface where the particles formed well-defined Langmuir...

  14. JPRS Report, Science & Technology, Japan, 4th International Conference on Langmuir-Blodgett Films

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    1989-08-23

    Report 87 (1987) OME 87-1. f5 ] B. R. Malcolm: J. Phys. E, Sei. Instrum. 21 (1988) L1377. 1+8 FABRICATION OF COPOLYfMETHACRYLIC ACID...4.77+0.05 BC 9.74+0.08 BP 10.4+0.2 BPP 15.0+0.3 BPPP 19.94+0.30 o .’J 9.9 12 10.57 7 10 15.34 13 11 20.13

  15. Langmuir and langmuir-blodgett films of metallosupramolecular polyelectrolyte-amphiphile complexes.

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    Lehmann, Pit; Symietz, Christian; Brezesinski, Gerald; Krass, Henning; Kurth, Dirk G

    2005-06-21

    A detailed analysis of a metallosupramolecular polyelectrolyte-amphiphile complex (PAC) at the air-water interface is presented. Langmuir isotherms, Brewster angle microscopy, and X-ray reflectance and diffraction methods are employed to investigate the structure of the Langmuir monolayers. The PAC is self-assembled from 1,3-bis[4'-oxa-(2,2':6',2' '-terpyridinyl)]propane, iron acetate, and dihexadecyl phosphate (DHP). Spreading the PAC at the air-water interface results in a monolayer that consists of two strata. DHP forms a monolayer at the top of the interface, while the metallosupramolecular polyelectrolyte is immersed in the aqueous subphase. Both strata are coupled to each other through electrostatic interactions. The monolayers can be transferred onto solid substrates, resulting in well-ordered multilayers. Such multilayers are model systems for well-ordered metal ions in two dimensions.

  16. Sputtering of Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers by keV C{sub 60} projectiles as seen by computer simulations

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    Paruch, R.; Rzeznik, L.; Czerwinski, B. [Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Garrison, B.J.; Winograd, N. [Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Postawa, Z. [Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow (Poland)], E-mail: zp@castor.if.uj.edu.pl

    2009-08-15

    Fundamental processes induced in a thick organic system composed of long, well-organized linear molecules by an impact of 5-20 keV C{sub 60} are investigated. The organic system is represented by Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers formed from bariated molecules of arachidic acid. The thickness of the system varies between 2 and 16 nm. Coarse-grained molecular dynamics computer simulations are applied to investigate the energy transfer pathways and sputtering yields as a function of the kinetic energy of the projectile and the thickness of the organic overlayer. The results indicate that an impact of keV C{sub 60} projectiles leads to significant ejection of organic material. The efficiency of desorption increases with the kinetic energy of the projectile for a given layer thickness. For a constant primary kinetic energy, the sputtering yield goes through a maximum and finally saturates as the LB layer becomes thicker. Such behaviour is caused by a competition between signal enhancement due to increasing number of organic molecules and signal decrease due to lowering of the amount of the primary energy being backreflected into the organic overlayer by the receding organic/metal interface as the layer is getting thicker. When the sample thickness becomes much larger than the penetration depth of the projectile, the sputtering yield is independent of thickness. The deposited energy is channelled by an open and ordered molecular structure, which leads to abnormally long projectile penetration and ion-induced damage.

  17. Structured layer of rhenium dye on SiO₂ and TiO₂ surfaces by Langmuir-Blodgett technique.

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    Joo, Yongho; Spalenka, Josef W; McElhinny, Kyle M; Schmitt, Samantha K; Evans, Paul G; Gopalan, Padma

    2014-06-03

    We demonstrate the Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of two rhenium-bipyridine complexes containing a flexible or an aromatic bridge, and transfer of the monolayer to SiO2 and single crystal TiO2 substrates. Both of the complexes (ReEC and Re2TC) have a hydrophilic carboxylic acid group, which preferentially anchors into the water subphase, and forms stable monolayers at surface pressures up to 40 mN/m. The optimum conditions for the formation of complete monolayers of both ReEC and Re2TC were identified through characterization of the morphology by atomic force microscopy (AFM), the thickness by ellipsometry, and the surface coverage by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). X-ray reflectivity measurements (XRR) are consistent with the orientation of the molecules normal to the substrate, and their extension to close to their calculated maximum length. Parameters derived from XRR analysis show that there is a higher packing density for Re2TC monolayers than for ReEC monolayers, attributable to the more rigid bridge in the Re2TC molecule.

  18. Controlled fabrication of hexagonally close-packed Langmuir-Blodgett silica particulate monolayers from binary surfactant and solvent systems.

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    Guo, Yudi; Tang, Dongyan; Du, Yunchen; Liu, Binbin

    2013-03-05

    We describe a controllable method to fabricate hexagonally close-packed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers with stearic acid (SA) as co-surfactant and methanol as co-solvent. The optimal SA concentrations and volume ratios of chloroform to methanol are 0.8 mg/mL and 3:1 for particles of 140 nm, 0.50 mg/mL and 4:1 for particles of 300 nm, and 0.05 mg/mL and 5:1 for particles of 550 nm, respectively. Additionally, SEM detections of the monolayers transferred at different surface pressures indicate that the monolayers deposited from the binary systems are more compressible. The experimental results indicate that the interparticle repulsions and particle-water interactions can be enhanced without decreasing the particle hydrophobicity by adding SA and methanol; thus, particulate monolayers with large hexagonally close-packed domains composed of small silica particles can be successfully fabricated using LB technique. We propose that the enhanced interparticle repulsion is attributed to the Columbic repulsion resulting from the attachment of SA molecules to the CTAB modified particles around the three phase contact line.

  19. Dip-coating with prestructured substrates: transfer of simple liquids and Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers

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    Wilczek, Markus; Chi, Lifeng; Thiele, Uwe; Gurevich, Svetlana V

    2016-01-01

    When a plate is withdrawn from a liquid bath, either a static meniscus forms in the transition region between the bath and the substrate or a liquid film of finite thickness (a Landau-Levich film) is transferred onto the moving substrate. If the substrate is inhomogeneous, e.g., has a prestructure consisting of stripes of different wettabilities, the meniscus can be deformed or show a complex dynamic behavior. Here we study the free surface shape and dynamics of a dragged meniscus occurring for striped prestructures with two orientations, parallel and perpendicular to the transfer direction. A thin film model is employed that accounts for capillarity through a Laplace pressure and for the spatially varying wettability through a Derjaguin (or disjoining) pressure. Numerical continuation is used to obtain steady free surface profiles and corresponding bifurcation diagrams in the case of substrates with different homogeneous wettabilities. Direct numerical simulations are employed in the case of the various stri...

  20. A raft-associated species of phosphatidylethanolamine interacts with cholesterol comparably to sphingomyelin. A Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer study.

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    Michal Grzybek

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Specific interactions between sphingomyelin (SM and cholesterol (Ch are commonly believed to play a key role in the formation of rafts in the biological membranes. A weakness of this model is the implication that these microdomains are confined to the outer bilayer leaflet. The cytoplasmic leaflet, which contains the bulk of phosphatidylethanolamine (PE, phosphatidylserine (PS and phosphatidylinositol (PI, is thought also to harbour half of the membrane cholesterol. Moreover, SLPE (1-stearoyl-2-linoleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidyl-ethanolamine has recently been shown to be enriched in isolated detergent-resistant membranes (DRM, and this enrichment was independent of the method of isolation of DRM. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here we present quantitative evidence coming from Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer experiments that SLPE forms complex with Ch similar to that between SM and Ch. The energies of these interactions as calculated form the monolayer studies are highly negative. FRAP analysis showed that NBD-Ch recovery was similar in liposomes composed of DOPC/Ch SM or SLPE but not DPPE, providing further evidence that SLPE may form an l(o phase in the presence of high Ch concentration. Experiments on the solubility of DOPC liposomes containing DPPE/Ch (1ratio1, SM/Ch (1ratio1 or SLPE/Ch (1ratio1 showed the presence of Triton X-100 insoluble floating fraction (TIFF in the case of SM/Ch or SLPE/Ch but not in DPPE/Ch containing liposomes. Quantitative determination of particular lipid species in the TIFF fraction confirms the conclusion that SLPE (or similar PE species could be an important constituent of the inner leaflet raft. CONCLUSION: Such interactions suggest a possible existence of inner-leaflet nanoscale assemblies composed of cholesterol complexes with SLPE or similar unsaturated PE species.

  1. The production of PEO polymer brushes via Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaeffer methods: incomplete transfer and its consequences.

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    de Vos, Wiebe M; de Keizer, Arie; Kleijn, J Mieke; Cohen Stuart, Martien A

    2009-04-21

    Using fixed-angle ellipsometry, we investigate the degree of mass transfer upon vertically dipping a polystyrene surface through a layer of a polystyrene-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-PEO) block copolymer at the air water interface (Langmuir-Blodgett or LB transfer). The transferred mass is proportional to the PS-PEO grafting density at the air-water interface, but the transferred mass is not equal to the mass at the air-water interface. We find that depending on the chain length of the PEO block only a certain fraction of the polymers at the air-water interface is transferred to the solid surface. For the shortest PEO chain length (PS36-PEO148), the mass transfer amounts to 94%, while for longer chain lengths (PS36-PEO370 and PS38-PEO770), a transfer of, respectively 57% and 19%, is obtained. We attribute this reduced mass transfer to a competition for the PS surface between the PEO block and the PS block. Atomic force microscopy shows that after transfer the material is evenly spread over the surface. However, upon a short heating of these transferred layers (95 degrees C, 5 min) a dewetting of the PS-PEO layer takes place. These results have a significant impact on the interpretation of the results in a number of papers in which the above-described transfer method was used to produce PEO polymer brushes, in a few cases in combination with heating. We briefly review these papers and discuss their main results in light of this new information. Furthermore, we show that, by using Langmuir-Schaeffer (LS, horizontal) dipping, much higher mass transfers can be reached than with the LB method. When the LB or LS methods are carefully applied, it is a very powerful technique to produce PEO brushes, as it gives full control over both the grafting density and the chain length.

  2. Exfoliation of non-oxidized graphene flakes for scalable conductive film.

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    Park, Kwang Hyun; Kim, Bo Hyun; Song, Sung Ho; Kwon, Jiyoung; Kong, Byung Seon; Kang, Kisuk; Jeon, Seokwoo

    2012-06-13

    The increasing demand for graphene has required a new route for its mass production without causing extreme damages. Here we demonstrate a simple and cost-effective intercalation based exfoliation method for preparing high quality graphene flakes, which form a stable dispersion in organic solvents without any functionalization and surfactant. Successful intercalation of alkali metal between graphite interlayers through liquid-state diffusion from ternary KCl-NaCl-ZnCl(2) eutectic system is confirmed by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectric spectroscopy. Chemical composition and morphology analyses prove that the graphene flakes preserve their intrinsic properties without any degradation. The graphene flakes remain dispersed in a mixture of pyridine and salts for more than 6 months. We apply these results to produce transparent conducting (∼930 Ω/□ at ∼75% transmission) graphene films using the modified Langmuir-Blodgett method. The overall results suggest that our method can be a scalable (>1 g/batch) and economical route for the synthesis of nonoxidized graphene flakes.

  3. Closed-Form Solutions of the Thomas-Fermi in Heavy Atoms and the Langmuir-Blodgett in Current Flow ODEs in Mathematical Physics

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    Efstathios E. Theotokoglou

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Two kinds of second-order nonlinear, ordinary differential equations (ODEs appearing in mathematical physics are analyzed in this paper. The first one concerns the Thomas-Fermi (TF equation, while the second concerns the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB equation in current flow. According to a mathematical methodology recently developed, the exact analytic solutions of both TF and LB ODEs are proposed. Both of these are nonlinear of the second order and by a series of admissible functional transformations are reduced to Abel’s equations of the second kind of the normal form. The closed form solutions of the TF and LB equations in the phase and physical plane are given. Finally a new interesting result has been obtained related to the derivative of the TF function at the limit.

  4. High performance dye-sensitized solar cells using graphene modified fluorine-doped tin oxide glass by Langmuir-Blodgett technique

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    Roh, Ki-Min; Jo, Eun-Hee; Chang, Hankwon; Han, Tae Hee; Jang, Hee Dong

    2015-04-01

    Since the introduction of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with low fabrication cost and high power conversion efficiency, extensive studies have been carried out to improve the charge transfer rate and performance of DSSCs. In this paper, we present DSSCs that use surface modified fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates with reduced graphene oxide (r-GO) sheets prepared using the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique to decrease the charge recombination at the TiO2/FTO interface. R-GO sheets were excellently attached on FTO surface without physical deformations such as wrinkles; effects of the surface coverage of r-GO on the DSSC performance were also investigated. By using graphene modified FTO substrates, the resistance at the interface of TiO2/FTO was reduced and the power conversion efficiency was increased to 8.44%.

  5. Supramolecular Structure, Physical Properties, and Langmuir-Blodgett Film Formation of an Optically Active Liquid-Crystalline Phthalocyanine

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    Nostrum, Cornelus F. van; Bosman, Anton W.; Gelinck, Gerwin H.; Schouten, Pieter G.; Warman, John M.; Devillers, Marinus A.C.; Meijerink, Andries; Picken, Stephen J.; Sohling, Ulrich; Schouten, Arend-Jan; Nolte, Roeland J.M.

    1995-01-01

    The structure and physical properties of optically active, metal-free 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octa(S-3,7-dimethyloctoxy)phthalocyanine ((S)-Pc(8,2)) are reported and compared with those of the phthalocyanine with (R,S) side chains (mixture of 43 stereoisomers). Unlike the latter compound, (S)-Pc(8,2) l

  6. Langmuir-Blodgett films of metal complexes of 4-(10,12-pentacosadiynamidomethyl)pyridine : A structural investigation

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    Werkman, PJ; Wieringa, RH; Vorenkamp, EJ; Schouten, AJ

    1998-01-01

    Complex formation between 4-(10,12-pentacosadiynamidomethyl)pyridine and metal ions in the subphase results in stable Langmuir monolayers up to surface pressures of 35 mN m(-1). Electron microscopy pictures show a flat monomer monolayer before polymerization and a polymer monolayer exhibiting a more

  7. Supramolecular Structure, Physical Properties, and Langmuir-Blodgett Film Formation of an Optically Active Liquid-Crystalline Phthalocyanine

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    Nostrum, Cornelus F. van; Bosman, Anton W.; Gelinck, Gerwin H.; Schouten, Pieter G.; Warman, John M.; Devillers, Marinus A.C.; Meijerink, Andries; Picken, Stephen J.; Sohling, Ulrich; Schouten, Arend-Jan; Nolte, Roeland J.M.

    The structure and physical properties of optically active, metal-free 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octa(S-3,7-dimethyloctoxy)phthalocyanine ((S)-Pc(8,2)) are reported and compared with those of the phthalocyanine with (R,S) side chains (mixture of 43 stereoisomers). Unlike the latter compound, (S)-Pc(8,2)

  8. Supramolecular Structure, Physical Properties, and Langmuir-Blodgett Film Formation of an Optically Active Liquid-Crystalline Phthalocyanine

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    Nostrum, Cornelus F. van; Bosman, Anton W.; Gelinck, Gerwin H.; Schouten, Pieter G.; Warman, John M.; Devillers, Marinus A.C.; Meijerink, Andries; Picken, Stephen J.; Sohling, Ulrich; Schouten, Arend-Jan; Nolte, Roeland J.M.

    1995-01-01

    The structure and physical properties of optically active, metal-free 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octa(S-3,7-dimethyloctoxy)phthalocyanine ((S)-Pc(8,2)) are reported and compared with those of the phthalocyanine with (R,S) side chains (mixture of 43 stereoisomers). Unlike the latter compound, (S)-Pc(8,2) l

  9. Metal-incorporated Langmuir Monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett Films%Langmuir膜及LB膜中的金属参与

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    何卫江; 朱龙根; 郭子建

    2004-01-01

    本文主要介绍了金属离子与Langmuir膜及LB膜相互作用中静电、配位等作用方式及其对膜相态和分子二维排列的影响.在此基础上探讨了Langmuir膜对金属离子的识别与传感.以Lagmuir膜和LB膜为二维模板诱导无机盐定向生长作为金属/单分子膜结合的重要应用在文中也进行了讨论.通过举例展示了金属离子参与的Langmuir膜和LB膜催化有机反应的特点.最后对金属参与的Langmuir膜和LB膜在功能化和器件化等方面的研究也作了论述,并通过介绍金属螫合类脂分子的Langmuir膜在蛋白质等生物大分子界面定向聚集研究中的应用表明了金属参与的Langmuir膜及LB膜在生命科学研究中的意义.全文贯穿了金属结合调节Langmuir膜和LB膜组装结构以及通过金属结合导入功能基团进行有序组装的思想.

  10. Generated Voltage Measurement of Poly(3-Hexylthiophene) LB Films

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    Kushida, Masahito; Koide, Tetsuya; Hino, Koji

    The electrical conductivity of a bulky polythiophene or a bulky gold has high value. If the electrical conductivity of nanometer scale films of polythiophene or gold has high value, it is very interesting that the molecular devices are combined with these polythiophene. The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films were synthesized from poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), and the LB films of P3HT were doped by the electrochemical method in present study. Samples of Al/P3HT LB films/Au generated the voltage. The time dependence of the voltage generated from the Al/P3HT LB films/Au was measured. The electrochemical doping caused the generated voltage of the samples to increase.

  11. Interaction between nitric oxide and lipid-like DDPA LB film investigated with SHG and AFM

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    YU, An- Chi; LIU, Ting-Ting; LUO, Guo-Bin; YING, Li-Ming; ZHAO, Xin-Sheng; HUANG, Yan-Yi; HUANG, Chun-Hui

    2000-01-01

    Interactions between Nitric oxide (NO) and DDPA LangmuirBlodgett (LB) film are investigated with second harmonic generation (SHG) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). It has been found that the adsorption of NO molecules on DDPA LB film only changes the value of the second-order susceptibility of the DDPA molecule on film but not its orientation.

  12. Structure of the Buried Metal-Molecule Interface in Organic Thin Film Devices

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    Hansen, Christian Rein; Sørensen, Thomas Just; Glyvradal, Magni

    2009-01-01

    By use of specular X-ray reflectivity (XR) the structure of a metal-covered organic thin film device is measured with angstrom resolution. The model system is a Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film, sandwiched between a silicon substrate and a top electrode consisting of 25 Å titanium and 100 Å aluminum...

  13. Second-harmonic generation from thin films of mixtures of an aggregated chiral 4-nitroazobenzene dye and amylose acetate

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    Schoondorp, Monique A.; Schouten, Arend Jan; Hulshof, Johannes; Schudde, Ebe P.; Feringa, Ben L.

    1994-01-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) from both Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films and solvent-cast films of mixtures of a chiral nonlinear optical (NLO) dye, an ester of palmitic acid and 4-nitro-4'-[(3R)-hydroxypyrrolidinyl]azobenzene (KMES16) and amylose acetate is investigated. Results are discussed concer

  14. Ordered and ultrathin reduced graphene oxide LB films as hole injection layers for organic light-emitting diode.

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    Yang, Yajie; Yang, Xiaojie; Yang, Wenyao; Li, Shibin; Xu, Jianhua; Jiang, Yadong

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we demonstrated the utilization of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films as high performance hole injection layer in organic light-emitting diode (OLED). By using LB technique, the well-ordered and thickness-controlled RGO sheets are incorporated between the organic active layer and the transparent conducting indium tin oxide (ITO), leading to an increase of recombination between electrons and holes. Due to the dramatic increase of hole carrier injection efficiency in RGO LB layer, the device luminance performance is greatly enhanced comparable to devices fabricated with spin-coating RGO and a commercial conducting polymer PEDOT:PSS as the hole transport layer. Furthermore, our results indicate that RGO LB films could be an excellent alternative to commercial PEDOT:PSS as the effective hole transport and electron blocking layer in light-emitting diode devices.

  15. Acidichromism in the LB film of bolaform Schiff base

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    Mei Fang Yin; Ti Feng Jiao; Ming Hua Liu

    2007-01-01

    A bolaform (BNC10) and single-headed (HNOA) amphiphilic Schiff bases containing naphthyl group were designed and their Langmuir-Blodgett films were investigated. It was found that both the LB films show acidichromism, i.e. a reversible color change upon alternatively exposing the films to HCl and NH3 gases, respectively. It was further found that the bolaform Schiff bases film could trap NH3 gas during the acidichromic process.

  16. Cathode liminescence properties of organic lengmuir-blodgett films

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    Voronkina, N I; L'vov, A N; Skibin, V I

    2001-01-01

    Some investigation results of the beta-sensitivity of organic Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films irradiated with an electron beam are described. The dependences of the integral luminescence (DELTA lambda=380-450nm) on the electron energy (0.2...6kV) with a constant density (0.05...4.0 mu A/cm sup 2) are represented. The possible spheres of LB films application as scintillator detectors of ionizing radiation are discussed.

  17. Thin Film Assembly of Spider Silk-like Block Copolymers

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    2011-01-01

    Film Assembly of Spider Silk -like Block Copolymers Sreevidhya T. Krishnaji,†,‡ Wenwen Huang,§ Olena Rabotyagova,†,‡ Eugenia Kharlampieva, ) Ikjun Choi...Received November 26, 2010 We report the self-assembly of monolayers of spider silk -like block copolymers. Langmuir isotherms were obtained for a series of...bioengineered variants of the spider silks , and stable monolayers were generated. Langmuir-Blodgett films were prepared by transferring the monolayers

  18. Organized organic ultrathin films fundamentals and applications

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    Ariga, Katsuhiko

    2012-01-01

    This handy reference is the first comprehensive book covering both fundamentals and recent developments in the field with an emphasis on nanotechnology. Written by a highly regarded author in the field, the book details state-of-the-art preparation, characterization and applications of thin films of organic molecules and biomaterials fabricated by wet processes and also highlights applications in nanotechnology The categories of films covered include monomolecular films (monolayers) both on a water surface and on a solid plate, Langmuir-Blodgett films (transferred multilayer films on a solid plate from a water surface), layer-by-layer films (adsorbed multilayer films on a solid support), and spontaneously assembled films in solution.

  19. Designer coordination polymers: dimensional crossover architectures and proton conduction.

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    Yamada, Teppei; Otsubo, Kazuya; Makiura, Rie; Kitagawa, Hiroshi

    2013-08-21

    Coordination polymers (CPs) have large degrees of freedom in framework compositions and in the structures and environment of the inner pores. This review focuses on the recent significant progress achieved by controlling these degrees of freedom. Two breakthroughs are reviewed for constructing sophisticated structures of CP frameworks, especially in dimensional crossover regions. The first is the synthesis of quasi one-dimensional halogen-bridged coordinative tubes by applying state-of-the-art techniques of coordination chemistry. The electronic state of the coordinative tube was studied by structural, spectroscopic and theoretical methods and found to be distinct from conventional one-dimensional systems. The second breakthrough is the achievement of a quasi-two-dimensional architecture by combining Langmuir-Blodgett and layer-by-layer methods. Two-dimensional LB CP films were prepared on liquid; the films were stacked layer by layer, and a crystalline quasi-two-dimensional structure was constructed. This review also covers the design of the environment of the inner pore, where hydrogen bond networks with various acidic sites were modified. By appropriate design of the hydrogen bond network, proton-conductive CPs are invented, which are summarized in this review. Types of proton donor sites are discussed and classified, and superprotonic conductive CPs were achieved in these investigations. These results will provide new strategies for constructing functional materials for smart devices.

  20. Electric Transport Phenomena of Nanocomposite Organic Polymer Thin Films

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    Jira, Nicholas C.; Sabirianov, Ildar; Ilie, Carolina C.

    We discuss herein the nanocomposite organic thin film diodes for the use of plasmonic solar cells. This experimental work follows the theoretical calculations done for plasmonic solar cells using the MNPBEM toolbox for MatLab. These calculations include dispersion curves and amount of light scattering cross sections for different metallic nanoparticles. This study gives us clear ideas on what to expect from different metals, allowing us to make the best choice on what to use to obtain the best results. One specific technique for light trapping in thin films solar cells utilizes metal nanoparticles on the surface of the semiconductor. The characteristics of the metal, semiconductor interface allows for light to be guided in between them causing it to be scattered, allowing for more chances of absorption. The samples were fabricated using organic thin films made from polymers and metallic nanoparticles, more specifically Poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) copolymer and silver or gold nanoparticles. The two fabrication methods applied include spin coating and Langmuir-Blodgett technique. The transport properties are obtained by analyzing the I-V curves. We will also discuss the resistance, resistivity, conductance, density of charge carriers. SUNY Oswego SCAC Grant.

  1. Well-ordered thin films as practical components of biosensors

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    Cabaj, Joanna; Idzik, Krzysztof [Faculty of Medicinal Chemistry and Microbiology, Department of Chemistry, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wyb. Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw (Poland); Soloducho, Jadwiga [Faculty of Medicinal Chemistry and Microbiology, Department of Chemistry, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wyb. Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw (Poland)], E-mail: jadwiga.soloducho@pwr.wroc.pl; Chyla, Antoni [Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wyb. Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw (Poland); Bryjak, Jolanta [Faculty of Bioorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wyb. Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw (Poland); Doskocz, Jacek [Faculty of Medicinal Chemistry and Microbiology, Department of Chemistry, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wyb. Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw (Poland)

    2008-01-30

    A Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film consisting of glutaraldehyde as the binding site for enzyme molecule, an amphiphilic N-alkyl-bis(thiophene)carbazole (BTC7) as the additional electron mediator, and 22-tricosenoic acid (TA) as the matrix for these molecules were deposited on a hydrophilic substrate. Laccase was then covalently immobilized on the film via glutaraldehyde (GA). The sensitivity of this sensor was about twice as high as that of laccase sensor prepared with the same LB film as above but without the bis(thiophene)carbazole derivative. The laccase LB film exhibited enzyme activity.

  2. Miscibility and Molecular Orientation of Carbazole in Mixed Langmuir and Langrnuir-Blodgett Films

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    Md. N. Islam; D. Bhattacharjee; S. A. Hussain

    2007-01-01

    We report the miscibility and molecular orientation of carbazole (CA) molecules in the mixed Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of CA in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and stearic acid (SA) matrices. The r-A isotherm confirms the formation of stable Langmuir films of CA mixed with either PMMA or SA at airwater interface. Characteristics of area per molecule versus molefraction and collapse pressure versus molefraction reveal complete demixing of CA and the matrix PMMA/SA molecules in the mixed films. Absorption spectroscopy certainly confirms the fact that CA molecules have preferred orientation on the substrate of the LB films.

  3. Waveguide evanescent field fluorescence microscopy: Thin film fluorescence intensities and its application in cell biology

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    Hassanzadeh, Abdollah; Nitsche, Michael; Mittler, Silvia; Armstrong, Souzan; Dixon, Jeff; Langbein, Uwe

    2008-06-01

    We demonstrate an inexpensive alternative to total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy. A method for imaging ultrathin films and living cells located on waveguides—illuminated with their evanescent fields—is introduced. An extensive analysis of ion-exchanged waveguides focusing on their application as microscopy substrates for studying interfacial phenomena is presented. Experimental results are in excellent agreement with the simulations. As an application osteoblasts (bone matrix forming cells) and ultrathin Langmuir-Blodgett films were imaged. The fluorescence intensity has been used to determine the cell attachment.

  4. X-ray method for the structural investigation of thin organic films

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    Rieutord, F.; Benattar, J.J.; Bosio, L.

    1986-07-01

    The structures of thin lamellar films can be determined through a combination of three X-ray experiments using synchrotron radiation. Diffraction experiments in the transmission geometry give the intralamellar ordering, the diffraction at small glancing angles yields the interlamellar organization, and the critical reflection provides the density measurement which is required to obtain the number of structural units per cell. This method is illustrated here with the study of an organic compound deposited in Langmuir-Blodgett films. The compound under study is the complex (N-docosylpyridinium, tetracyano-quino-dimethane TCNQ).

  5. Thermal conductivity of nanoscale thin nickel films

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    YUAN Shiping; JIANG Peixue

    2005-01-01

    The inhomogeneous non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) scheme is applied to model phonon heat conduction in thin nickel films. The electronic contribution to the thermal conductivity of the film is deduced from the electrical conductivity through the use of the Wiedemann-Franz law. At the average temperature of T = 300 K, which is lower than the Debye temperature ()D = 450 K,the results show that in a film thickness range of about 1-11 nm, the calculated cross-plane thermal conductivity decreases almost linearly with the decreasing film thickness, exhibiting a remarkable reduction compared with the bulk value. The electrical and thermal conductivities are anisotropic in thin nickel films for the thickness under about 10 nm. The phonon mean free path is estimated and the size effect on the thermal conductivity is attributed to the reduction of the phonon mean free path according to the kinetic theory.

  6. Investigation of organic films by atomic force microscopy: Structural, nanotribological and electrical properties

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    Qi, Yabing

    2011-11-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has found its applications in a wide range of research fields. In this review, we show by examples that atomic force microscopy is a powerful technique to investigate structural, mechanical and electrical properties of organic films. We start with an introduction of AFM instrumentation highlighting AFM developments that are of direct relevance to organic films. Next, we review AFM studies on organic films according to their preparation methods: self-assembly, the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, solution preparation, and thermal evaporation. In the discussion on self-assembled monolayers, we focus on aspects such as structural evolution, load-induced molecular tilting, annealing, and incorporation of conjugated groups. For solution prepared organic films, we stress annealing-induced structural evolution as well as the effects of phase separation/segregation. We also briefly summarize the progress of AFM investigation on Langmuir-Blodgett films and thermally evaporated organic films. We conclude the review by providing some thoughts for future exploration. In particular, atomic force microscopy combined with ultra-flat coplanar nano-electrodes provides a promising platform to isolate single or a small number of molecular features (e.g. vacancies, defects, grain boundaries) in organic films as well as to identify the role of these features at the nanometer scale.

  7. Intrinsically conductive polymer thin film piezoresistors

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    Lillemose, Michael; Spieser, Martin; Christiansen, N.O.

    2008-01-01

    We report on the piezoresistive effect in the intrinsically conductive polymer, polyaniline. A process recipe for indirect patterning of thin film polyaniline has been developed. Using a specially designed chip, the polyaniline thin films have been characterised with respect to resistivity...

  8. Carbon nanotube based transparent conductive thin films.

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    Yu, X; Rajamani, R; Stelson, K A; Cui, T

    2006-07-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) based optically transparent and electrically conductive thin films are fabricated on plastic substrates in this study. Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are chemically treated with a mixture of concentrated sulfuric acid and nitric acid before being dispersed in aqueous surfactant-contained solutions. SWNT thin films are prepared from the stable SWNT solutions using wet coating techniques. The 100 nm thick SWNT thin film exhibits a surface resistivity of 6 kohms/square nanometer with an average transmittance of 88% on the visible light range, which is three times better than the films prepared from the high purity as-received SWNTs.

  9. The Aggregates in LB Films of Schiff base Aluminium (III) Complex

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    2001-01-01

    The surface pressure-area (p -A) isotherm of Schiff base aluminium (III), tris (2-hydroxy-5-nitro-N-dodecyl-benzylideneaminato) aluminium (III) (denoted as Al(TA12)3), on pure water subphase was investigated. The molecular area, 0.48 nm2 , is one-third of expected value that indicated the aggregation took place. The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of Al(TA12)3 was transferred and characterized. The AFM image confirmed the formation of aggregates.

  10. Interlayer Energy Transfer from Naphthalene to Anthracene Chromophores Organized in Langmuir—Blodgett Films

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    LiQianLI; ChiMingCHE; 等

    2002-01-01

    Interlayer energy transfer between 2,3-naphthol-10-hexadecylaza-15-crown-5(NC16) and N-[1-(9-methoxyanthryl)] decylaza-15-crown-5(A10C) within multilayer Langmuir-Blodgett films has been studied by steady-state fluorescence spectra. The donor and acceptor could be separated precisely by inserting stearic acid (SA) spacers. The efficiency of the energy transfer increases with the decrease in the donor-acceptor distance by a quadratic manner, suggesting the donor excitations are delocalized in the layer.

  11. The Tribochemical Behaviors of Ordered System Ultrathin Films

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    XUE QunJi; ZHANG PingYu

    2001-01-01

    @@ Ordered molecular films, with the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film as one of the typical representatives, have been largely focused on as potential candidates for novel advanced lubricating materials. In the present work, the tribological and tribochemical behaviors of various long chain organic molecule LB films, organic molecule modified inorganic nanoparticle LB films, and the composite LB films of organic molecules and inorganic nanoparticles were systematically investigated. The correlation between the structure and tribological behavior of the LB films has been explored, while the models to explain the friction and wear mechanisms of various LB films have been established. Moreover, C60 LB film of good ordering and dispersion capability has been prepared by means of acid-base association and molecular confining of long chain fatty acids. Then the tribological properties of the LB films were studied.

  12. The Tribochemical Behaviors of Ordered System Ultrathin Films

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    XUE; QunJi

    2001-01-01

    Ordered molecular films, with the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film as one of the typical representatives, have been largely focused on as potential candidates for novel advanced lubricating materials. In the present work, the tribological and tribochemical behaviors of various long chain organic molecule LB films, organic molecule modified inorganic nanoparticle LB films, and the composite LB films of organic molecules and inorganic nanoparticles were systematically investigated. The correlation between the structure and tribological behavior of the LB films has been explored, while the models to explain the friction and wear mechanisms of various LB films have been established. Moreover, C60 LB film of good ordering and dispersion capability has been prepared by means of acid-base association and molecular confining of long chain fatty acids. Then the tribological properties of the LB films were studied.  ……

  13. Morphology in electrochemically grown conducting polymer films

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    Rubinstein, Israel; Gottesfeld, Shimshon; Sabatani, Eyal

    1992-01-01

    A conducting polymer film with an improved space filling is formed on a metal electrode surface. A self-assembling monolayer is formed directly on the metal surface where the monolayer has a first functional group that binds to the metal surface and a second chemical group that forms a chemical bonding site for molecules forming the conducting polymer. The conducting polymer is then conventioonally deposited by electrochemical deposition. In one example, a conducting film of polyaniline is formed on a gold electrode surface with an intermediate monolayer of p-aminothiophenol.

  14. Electrical Resistance Tomography of Conductive Thin Films

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    Cultrera, Alessandro

    2016-01-01

    The Electrical Resistance Tomography (ERT) technique is applied to the measurement of sheet conductance maps of both uniform and patterned conductive thin films. Images of the sheet conductance spatial distribution, and local conductivity values are obtained. Test samples are tin oxide films on glass substrates, with electrical contacts on the sample boundary, some samples are deliberately patterned in order to induce null conductivity zones of known geometry while others contain higher conductivity inclusions. Four-terminal resistance measurements among the contacts are performed with a scanning setup. The ERT reconstruction is performed by a numerical algorithm based on the total variation regularization and the L-curve method. ERT correctly images the sheet conductance spatial distribution of the samples. The reconstructed conductance values are in good quantitative agreement with independent measurements performed with the van der Pauw and the four-point probe methods.

  15. Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrochemical Properties of Polyaniline Thin Films

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    Rami, Soukaina

    Conjugated polymers have been used in various applications (battery, supercapacitor, electromagnetic shielding, chemical sensor, biosensor, nanocomposite, light-emitting-diode, electrochromic display etc.) due to their excellent conductivity, electrochemical and optical properties, and low cost. Polyaniline has attracted the researchers from all disciplines of science, engineering, and industry due to its redox properties, environmental stability, conductivity, and optical properties. Moreover, it is a polymer with fast electroactive switching and reversible properties displayed at low potential, which is an important feature in many applications. The thin oriented polyaniline films have been fabricated using self-assembly, Langmuir-Blodgett, in-situ self-assembly, layer-by-layer, and electrochemical technique. The focus of this thesis is to synthesize and characterize polyaniline thin films with and without dyes. Also, the purpose of this thesis is to find the fastest electroactive switching PANI electrode in different electrolytic medium by studying their electrochemical properties. These films were fabricated using two deposition techniques: in-situ self-assembly and electrochemical deposition. The characterization of these films was done using techniques such as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). FTIR and UV-spectroscopy showed similar results in the structure of the polyaniline films. However, for the dye incorporated films, since there was an addition in the synthesis of the material, peak locations shifted, and new peaks corresponding to these materials appeared. The 1 layer PANI showed compact film morphology, comparing to other PANI films, which displayed a fiber-like structure. Finally, the electrochemical properties of these thin films were studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in

  16. Terahertz Conductivity of Single Walled Nanotube Films

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    韩家广; 朱志远; 何峰; 廖怡; 王震遐; 张伟; 余礼平; 孙立涛; 王庭太

    2003-01-01

    The conductivity of single walled nanotube films is investigated with a combination of the Maxwel1-Garnett (MG)model and the Drude-Lorentzian (DL) model in the Terahertz region. A theoretical fit for Jeon's experiment is given and a decrease of the real conductivity with increasing frequency is predicted. Meanwhile, the MG and DL models are also discussed for different samples.

  17. Integrated capacitors for conductive lithographic film circuits

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    Harrey, PM; Evans, PSA; Harrison, DJ

    2001-01-01

    This paper reports on fabrication of low-value embedded capacitors in conductive lithographic film (CLF) circuit boards. The CLF process is a low-cost and high speed manufacturing technique for flexible circuits and systems. We report on the construction and electrical characteristics of CLF capacitor structures printed onto flexible substrates. These components comprise a single polyester dielectric layer, which separates the printed electrode films. Multilayer circuit boards with printed co...

  18. Fabricação e caracterização elétrica de filmes nanoestruturados de derivados do politiofeno

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    Roncaselli, Lucas Kaique Martins [UNESP

    2016-01-01

    Neste trabalho foram utilizados derivados alquilados do politiofeno (P3ATs), sendo eles regioirregulares (RI) e regiorregulares (RR), diferenciados pela organização molecular. Esses materiais apresentam diferentes características quando fabricados usando técnicas diferentes como, a Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) e a Langmuir-Schaeffer (LS). O objetivo fica em fabricar filmes mistos com ambas as técnicas LB e LS, sendo os derivados misturados com ácido esteárico (Stearic Acid, SA), afim de verificar o...

  19. Workshop on thin film thermal conductivity measurements

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    Feldman, Albert; Balzaretti, Naira M.; Guenther, Arthur H.

    1998-04-01

    On a subject of considerable import to the laser-induced damage community, a two day workshop on the topic, Thin Film Thermal Conductivity Measurement was held as part of the 13th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties at the University of Colorado in Boulder CO, June 25 and 26, 1997. The Workshop consisted of 4 sessions of 17 oral presentations and two discussion sessions. Two related subjects of interest were covered; 1) methods and problems associated with measuring thermal conductivity ((kappa) ) of thin films, and 2) measuring and (kappa) of chemical vapor deposited (CVD) diamond. On the subject of thin film (kappa) measurement, several recently developed imaginative techniques were reviewed. However, several authors disagreed on how much (kappa) in a film differs from (kappa) in a bulk material of the same nominal composition. A subject of controversy was the definition of an interface. In the first discussion session, several questions were addressed, a principal one being, how do we know that the values of (kappa) we obtain are correct and is there a role for standards in thin film (kappa) measurement. The second discussion session was devoted to a round-robin interlaboratory comparison of (kappa) measurements on a set of CVD diamond specimens and several other specimens of lower thermal conductivity. Large interlaboratory differences obtained in an earlier round robin had been attributed to specimen inhomogeneity. Unfortunately, large differences were also observed in the second round robin even though the specimens were more homogenous. There was good consistency among the DC measurements, however, the AC measurements showed much greater variability. There was positive feedback from most of the attenders regarding the Workshop with nearly all respondents recommending another Workshop in three or fewer years. There was general recognition that thin film thermal conductivity measurements are important for predicting the resistance of optical coating

  20. A conducting polymer film stronger than aluminum.

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    Shi, G; Jin, S; Xue, G; Li, C

    1995-02-17

    Polythiophene (Pth) was electrochemically deposited onto stainless steel substrate from freshly distilled boron fluoride-ethyl ether containing 10 millimoles of thiophene per liter. The free-standing Pth film obtained at an applied potential of 1.3 volts (versus Ag/AgCl) had a conductivity of 48.7 siemens per centimeter. Its tensile strength (1200 to 1300 kilograms per square centimeter) was greater than that of aluminium (1000 to 1100 kilograms per square centimeter). This Pth film behaves like a metal sheet and can be easily cut into various structures with a knife or a pair of scissors.

  1. Thermal Conductivity of Carbon Nanotube Composite Films

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    Ngo, Quoc; Cruden, Brett A.; Cassell, Alan M.; Walker, Megan D.; Koehne, Jessica E.; Meyyappan, M.; Li, Jun; Yang, Cary Y.

    2004-01-01

    State-of-the-art ICs for microprocessors routinely dissipate power densities on the order of 50 W/sq cm. This large power is due to the localized heating of ICs operating at high frequencies, and must be managed for future high-frequency microelectronic applications. Our approach involves finding new and efficient thermally conductive materials. Exploiting carbon nanotube (CNT) films and composites for their superior axial thermal conductance properties has the potential for such an application requiring efficient heat transfer. In this work, we present thermal contact resistance measurement results for CNT and CNT-Cu composite films. It is shown that Cu-filled CNT arrays enhance thermal conductance when compared to as-grown CNT arrays. Furthermore, the CNT-Cu composite material provides a mechanically robust alternative to current IC packaging technology.

  2. Cyclic voltammetry of fast conducting electrocatalytic films.

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    Costentin, Cyrille; Savéant, Jean-Michel

    2015-07-15

    In the framework of contemporary energy challenges, cyclic voltammetry is a particularly useful tool for deciphering the kinetics of catalytic films. The case of fast conducting films is analyzed, whether conduction is of the ohmic type or proceeds through rapid electron hopping. The rate-limiting factors are then the diffusion of the substrate in solution and through the film as well as the catalytic reaction itself. The dimensionless combination of the characteristics of these factors allows reducing the number of actual parameters to a maximum of two. The kinetics of the system may then be fully analyzed with the help of a kinetic zone diagram. Observing the variations of the current-potential responses with operational parameters such as film thickness, the potential scan rate and substrate concentration allows a precise assessment of the interplay between these factors and of the values of the rate controlling factors. A series of thought experiments is described in order to render the kinetic analysis more palpable.

  3. Chemsensor of NO2 gas based on porphyrin of 5, 10, 15, 20-tetraphenylporphyrin LB films and LS films

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The sensitivity of 5, 10, 15, 20-tetraphenylporphyrin (H2TPP to the presence of NO2 gas in diluted solutions and in Langmuir-Blodgett (LB and Langmuir-Schaefer (LS films was investigated by UV-visible spectroscopy. The shift of Soret and Q bands were analyzed and the energies involved were calculated. The exposure of LB porphyrin films deposited onto glass slides to NO2 has performed as an active chemsensor with 7000 ppm gas concentration. Furthermore, the UV-vis dichroism absorption results associated with the Soret bands have given evidence of the tilt angle of the macrocycle related to the substrate. H2TPP in LB film was tilted by an angle of 51 ± 5° and in the LS film was tilted by an angle of 36° ± 5° indicating the formation of a preferential organization of the molecular films depending on the deposition method.

  4. Neutron reflectometry of soft films supported on electrified surfaces

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    Quirk, A.I. [Univ. of Saskatchewan, Dept. of Chemistry, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada); Vezvaie, M. [Canadian Neutron Beam Centre, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada); Burgess, I.J., E-mail: ian.burgess@usask.ca [Univ. of Saskatchewan, Dept. of Chemistry, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada)

    2014-07-01

    The specular reflection of neutrons is a non-destructive, nuclear-based technique, sensitive to low atomic number elements, has a high penetration depth, and can distinguish between isotopes of the same element. This makes neutron reflectometry (NR) especially effective for the study of biological membranes, soft films and buried interfaces. Furthermore, commonly used NR substrates such as silicon and quartz single-crystals can be modified with thin metallic layers to form conductive supports allowing for the precise control of the electrical state of the interface. The coupling of NR with in-situ electrochemical control provides a powerful tool to study the composition of soft and/or buried interfaces under conditions that mimic, for example, transmembrane potentials or corrosion potentials. Here we report our recent efforts to perform in situ electrochemical NR studies and the previous experimental framework from which they were developed. The talk will address technical and infrastructure challenges but emphasize scientific highlights from our work with biomimetic phospholipid membranes. 'Isotopic variation has been applied to quantify the electroporation and distribution of water as a function of surface charge density in lipid bilayers. These studies have more recently been extended to study the location of redox-active ubiquinone (coenzyme Q{sub 10}) in biomimetic lipid bilayers as a function of potential and temperature. To probe the location of ubiquinone, a phospholipid bilayer was prepared on a gold coated solid substrate using a combination of Langmuir-Blodgett and vesicle fusion techniques. The combination of these two methods allowed for the composition of the inner and outer membrane leaflets to be varied. Preliminary results show sensitivity to the location of a small biologically relevant molecule. (author)

  5. Preferred deposition of phospholipids onto ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE) films via polarization patterning

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    Heredia, A; Machado, M; Kholkin, A L [Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering and CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193Aveiro (Portugal); Bdikin, I K; Gracio, J [Nanotechnology Research Division, Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Yudin, S; Fridkin, V M [Institute of Crystallography, RAS, 933333 Moscow (Russian Federation); Delgadillo, I, E-mail: alejandro.heredia@ua.p [Department of Chemistry and QOPNA, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal)

    2010-08-25

    Ferroelectric polarization can be used to assemble various organic and inorganic species and to create nanostructures with controlled properties. In this work, we used poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) P(VDF-TrFE), ultrathin films deposited by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique as templates for the assembly of various phospholipids, which are the essential components of cell membranes. It was observed that 1,2-di-O-hexadecyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine phospholipids (DHPC) form self-assembled structures (molecular domains) on bare P(VDF-TrFE) surfaces. These were revealed by the formation of homogeneous and stable rounded blobs with diameters in the range 0.5-3 {mu}m. Further, ferroelectric polymer films were polarized by the application of various voltages via a conducting tip using a piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) setup and PFM images were obtained showing controlled polarization distribution. After this, the phospholipid molecules were deposited from the solution. Conventional atomic force microscopy experiments were then performed to assess the selectivity of the deposition process. It was observed that the deposition process is very sensitive to the concentration of the solution. The selective deposition was observed mainly at the polarization boundaries where the selectivity reached a maximum value of about 20-40%. In this way, the controlled assembly of organic molecules on the polymer surfaces could be achieved. In addition, the PFM tips could be functionalized by the phospholipids and switchable lines of the DHPC molecules on the P(VDF-TrFE) surface were then visualized by PFM.

  6. Preferred deposition of phospholipids onto ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE) films via polarization patterning

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    Heredia, A.; Machado, M.; Bdikin, I. K.; Gracio, J.; Yudin, S.; Fridkin, V. M.; Delgadillo, I.; Kholkin, A. L.

    2010-08-01

    Ferroelectric polarization can be used to assemble various organic and inorganic species and to create nanostructures with controlled properties. In this work, we used poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) P(VDF-TrFE), ultrathin films deposited by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique as templates for the assembly of various phospholipids, which are the essential components of cell membranes. It was observed that 1,2-di-O-hexadecyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine phospholipids (DHPC) form self-assembled structures (molecular domains) on bare P(VDF-TrFE) surfaces. These were revealed by the formation of homogeneous and stable rounded blobs with diameters in the range 0.5-3 µm. Further, ferroelectric polymer films were polarized by the application of various voltages via a conducting tip using a piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) setup and PFM images were obtained showing controlled polarization distribution. After this, the phospholipid molecules were deposited from the solution. Conventional atomic force microscopy experiments were then performed to assess the selectivity of the deposition process. It was observed that the deposition process is very sensitive to the concentration of the solution. The selective deposition was observed mainly at the polarization boundaries where the selectivity reached a maximum value of about 20-40%. In this way, the controlled assembly of organic molecules on the polymer surfaces could be achieved. In addition, the PFM tips could be functionalized by the phospholipids and switchable lines of the DHPC molecules on the P(VDF-TrFE) surface were then visualized by PFM.

  7. Structural morphology of amorphous conducting carbon film

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    P N Vishwakarma; V Prasad; S V Subramanyam; V Ganesan

    2005-10-01

    Amorphous conducting carbon films deposited over quartz substrates were analysed using X-ray diffraction and AFM technique. X-ray diffraction data reveal disorder and roughness in the plane of graphene sheet as compared to that of graphite. This roughness increases with decrease in preparation temperature. The AFM data shows surface roughness of carbon films depending on preparation temperatures. The surface roughness increases with decrease in preparation temperature. Also some nucleating islands were seen on the samples prepared at 900°C, which are not present on the films prepared at 700°C. Detailed analysis of these islands reveals distorted graphitic lattice arrangement. So we believe these islands to be nucleating graphitic. Power spectrum density (PSD) analysis of the carbon surface indicates a transition from the nonlinear growth mode to linear surface-diffusion dominated growth mode resulting in a relatively smoother surface as one moves from low preparation temperature to high preparation temperature. The amorphous carbon films deposited over a rough quartz substrate reveal nucleating diamond like structures. The density of these nucleating diamond like structures was found to be independent of substrate temperature (700–900°C).

  8. Properties of conductive thick-film inks

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    Holtze, R. F.

    1972-01-01

    Ten different conductive inks used in the fabrication of thick-film circuits were evaluated for their physical and handling properties. Viscosity, solid contents, and spectrographic analysis of the unfired inks were determined. Inks were screened on ceramic substrates and fired for varying times at specified temperatures. Selected substrates were given additional firings to simulate the heat exposure received if thick-film resistors were to be added to the same substrate. Data are presented covering the (1) printing characteristics, (2) solderability using Sn-63 and also a 4 percent silver solder, (3) leach resistance, (4) solder adhesion, and (5) wire bonding properties. Results obtained using different firing schedules were compared. A comparison was made between the various inks showing general results obtained for each ink. The changes in firing time or the application of a simulated resistor firing had little effect on the properties of most inks.

  9. The electrical conductivity of polycrystalline metallic films

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    Moraga, Luis; Arenas, Claudio; Henriquez, Ricardo; Bravo, Sergio; Solis, Basilio

    2016-10-01

    We calculate the electrical conductivity of polycrystalline metallic films by means of a semi-numerical procedure that provides solutions of the Boltzmann transport equation, that are essentially exact, by summing over classical trajectories according to Chambers' method. Following Mayadas and Shatzkes (MS), grain boundaries are modeled as an array of parallel plane barriers situated perpendicularly to the direction of the current. Alternatively, according to Szczyrbowski and Schmalzbauer (SS), the model consists in a triple array of these barriers in mutual perpendicular directions. The effects of surface roughness are described by means of Fuchs' specularity parameters. Following SS, the scattering properties of grain boundaries are taken into account by means of another specularity parameter and a probability of coherent passage. The difference between the sum of these and one is the probability of diffuse scattering. When this formalism is compared with the approximate formula of Mayadas and Shatzkes (Phys. Rev. B 1, 103 (1986)) it is shown that the latter greatly overestimates the film resistivity over most values of the reflectivity of the grain boundaries. The dependence of the conductivity of thin films on the probability of coherent passage and grain diameters is examined. In accordance with MS we find that the effects of disorder in the distribution of grain diameters is quite small. Moreover, we find that it is not safe to neglect the effects of the scattering by the additional interfaces created by stacked grains. However, when compared with recent resitivity-thickness data, it is shown that all three formalisms can provide accurate fits to experiment. In addition, it is shown that, depending on the respective reflectivities and distance from a surface, some of these interfaces may increase or diminish considerably the conductivity of the sample. As an illustration of this effect, we show a tentative fit of resistivity data of gold films measured by

  10. New insight into surface properties of LB film of an amphiphilic terpolymer

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    Xiu Li Yue; Fang Ma; Zhi Fei Dai; Meng Liu; Lei Xing; Hai Yan Fan; Zhan Wen Xing; Shao Qin Liu

    2011-01-01

    Amphiphilic terpolymer (TPR) exhibits good film-forming behavior on pure water observed by means of n-A isotherms. To gain insight into physical properties of TPR, the films have been deposited on silicon substrates at different surface pressure by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. It was found that the increase in peak intensities of stretching mode was due to orderly packing of the films. The contact angles increased with increasing surface pressure, indicating an increase in hydrophobicity due to dense packing of chains of TPR. The cyclic voltammetric measurements indicated that TPR showed good current shielding effect for electron-transfer. In a word, LB films of TPR can produce a variety of structures with varied topography, enabling us to control not only the functionality of the surface, but also the interfacial transport characteristics.

  11. Nanometer-scale lithography of ultrathin films with atomic force microscope

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    Kim, J C; Shin, Y W; Park, S W

    1998-01-01

    Ultrathin resist films have been prepared by both Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) and self-assembly (SA) techniques. Nanometer-scale patterning of these thin films has been performed by using the atomic force microscope (AFM) as the exposing tool. The poly (methylphenylmethacrylate) (PMPMA) LB films were prepared and fabricated by AFM lithography. When the exposure was carried out at the bias voltage of -25V, the protruding lines appeared in the exposed regions. The preoptimized LB films at various conditions exhibited 120 nm line resolution. An organosilane monolayer composed of octadecyldimethylsilyl groups was prepared on a Si substrate. It was then patterned through the localized degradation of the monolayer due to anodic reaction induced by an AFM tip. When the bias voltage was -30 V, the protruding lines appeared in the exposed regions.

  12. Evidence of a Chiral Superstructure in the Discotic Mesophase of an Optically Active Phthalocyanine

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    Nostrum, Cornelus F. van; Bosman, Anton W.; Gelinck, Gerwin H.; Picken, Stephen J.; Schouten, Pieter G.; Warman, John M.; Schouten, Arend-Jan; Nolte, Roeland J.M.

    1993-01-01

    In the liquid crystalline phase of optically active phthalocyanine (S)-1 the columns are helically distorted, as has been shown by circular dichroism experiments on a Langmuir-Blodgett film of (S)-1 and by small angle X-ray diffraction studies, and confirmed by time-resolved microwave conductivity

  13. EDITORIAL: On display with transparent conducting films On display with transparent conducting films

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    Demming, Anna

    2012-03-01

    Transparent conducting films were already featuring in scientific literature over one hundred years ago. In 1894 Aryton and Mather described a conducting varnish for coating the screens of electric apparatus so they would not charge when accidentally brushed by a coat sleeve or other material [1]. Their method began with a similar approach to that used to make savoury jellies; by dissolving gelatine in vinegar, after which less palatable ingredients were incorporated including sulphuric acid and an antisulphuric enamel. While the search for transparent conducting films continued to attract other researchers, the same problem remained: the transparency would be compromised if the film was too thick, and the conductivity would be compromised if the film was too thin. In the early 1950s Gillham and Preston reported that thin gold films sputtered on bismuth oxide and heated resulted in a material that successfully combined the previously mutually exclusive properties of transparency and conductivity [2]. Other oxide films were also found to favourably combine these properties, including tin oxide, as reported by Ishiguro and colleagues in Japan in 1958 [3]. Today tin oxide doped with indium (ITO) has become the industry standard for transparent conducting films in a range of applications including photovoltaic technology and displays. It is perhaps the mounting ubiquity of electronic displays as a result of the increasingly digitised and computerised environment of the modern day world that has begun to underline the main drawback of ITO: expense. In this issue, a collaboration of researchers in Korea present an overview of graphene as a transparent conducting material with the potential to replace ITO in a range of electronic and optoelectronic applications [4]. One of the first innovations in optical microscopy was the use of dyes. This principle first came into practice with the use of ultraviolet light to reveal previously indistinguishable features. As explained

  14. The role of film composition and nanostructuration on the polyphenol sensor performance

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The recent advances in the supramolecular control in nanostructured films have improved the performance of organic-based devices. However, the effect of different supramolecular arrangement on the sensor or biosensor performance is poorly studied yet. In this paper, we show the role of the composition and nanostructuration of the films on the impedance and voltammetric-based sensor performance to catechol detection. The films here studied were composed by a perylene derivative (PTCD-NH2 and a metallic phthalocyanine (FePc, using Langmuir-Blodgett (LB and physical vapor deposition (PVD techniques. The deposition technique and intrinsic properties of compounds showed influence on electrical and electrocatalytic responses. The PVD PTCD-NH2 shows the best sensor performance to the detection of catechol. Quantification of catechol contents in mate tea samples was also evaluated, and the results showed good agreement compared with Folin-Ciocalteu standard method for polyphenol detection.

  15. Electric properties and fabrication of IMI-O LB films containing the imidazole group

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    Yoo, S Y; Kwon, Y S; Park, J C

    1999-01-01

    We fabricated an IMI-O polymer containing an imidazole group that could form a complex structure between the monolayer and the metal ions at the air-water interface. Also, the monolayer behavior at the air-water interface and the electrical properties of metal-complexed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films were investigated by using Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) and current-voltage(I-V) measurements. The difference in the BAM images between the pure water and the aqueous metal ions is attributed to the interactions of the copolymers with the metal ions at the interface and the consequent change of the monolayer organization. In the I-V characteristics, the current for LB films with different metal ion depended on the quantity of the metal-ion complexed with the LB film due to the interaction between the metal ion and the IMI-O polymer.

  16. [Bioactive films for biomaterial coating and intended for tissue engineering: new original methods?].

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    Schaaf, P; Voegel, J C

    2002-04-01

    Numerous functionalized biomaterials aimed to induce specific cellular or tissular responses have been developed in the last decade. They result often from a specific treatment of the interface of the material. Techniques like physisorption, covalent binding or deposition of a Langmuir-Blodgett film have been employed to modify surface properties. We describe here a novel approach based upon an alternated adsorption of polyelectrolytes (polyanions or polycations) leading to the build-up of a film. These films can be functionalized through protein insertion (ligands) or by covalent peptide bindings able to interact with cellular receptors. Combined with a high affinity for calcium or phosphate complexing properties such functionalized architectures could constitute an original way to favour osseointegration.

  17. Current-induced surface roughness reduction in conducting thin films

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    Du, Lin; Maroudas, Dimitrios

    2017-03-01

    Thin film surface roughness is responsible for various materials reliability problems in microelectronics and nanofabrication technologies, which requires the development of surface roughness reduction strategies. Toward this end, we report modeling results that establish the electrical surface treatment of conducting thin films as a physical processing strategy for surface roughness reduction. We develop a continuum model of surface morphological evolution that accounts for the residual stress in the film, surface diffusional anisotropy and film texture, film's wetting of the layer that is deposited on, and surface electromigration. Supported by linear stability theory, self-consistent dynamical simulations based on the model demonstrate that the action over several hours of a sufficiently strong and properly directed electric field on a conducting thin film can reduce its surface roughness and lead to a smooth planar film surface. The modeling predictions are in agreement with experimental measurements on copper thin films deposited on silicon nitride layers.

  18. Rapid thermal conductivity measurements for combinatorial thin films.

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    McDowell, Matthew G; Hill, Ian G

    2013-05-01

    A simple and inexpensive automated method for determining the thermal conductivity of a combinatorial library of thin films is demonstrated by measuring the thermal conductivity of a sputtered silicon dioxide film of varying thickness deposited on single crystal silicon. Using 3ω measurements, two methods for calculating the substrate thermal conductivity and two methods for determining the film thermal conductivity are demonstrated and compared. The substrate thermal conductivity was found to be 139 ± 3 W/m·K. Using the measured variation in film thickness, the film thermal conductivity was found to be 1.11 ± 0.05 W/m·K, in excellent agreement with published values for sputtered SiO2, demonstrating the accuracy of the method.

  19. Preparation of Electrically Conductive Polystyrene/Carbon Nanofiber Nanocomposite Films

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    Sun, Luyi; O'Reilly, Jonathan Y.; Tien, Chi-Wei; Sue, Hung-Jue

    2008-01-01

    A simple and effective approach to prepare conductive polystyrene/carbon nanofiber (PS/CNF) nanocomposite films via a solution dispersion method is presented. Inexpensive CNF, which has a structure similar to multi-walled carbon nanotubes, is chosen as a nanofiller in this experiment to achieve conductivity in PS films. A good dispersion is…

  20. Effect of the conditions of transfer on the structure and optical properties of Langmuir graphene oxide films during deposition on a substrate

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    Seliverstova, E. V.; Ibrayev, N. Kh.; Dzhanabekova, R. Kh.

    2017-09-01

    The effect the solvent and transfer pressure of graphene oxide (SLGO) Langmuir-Blodgett films on the physicochemical properties of monolayers, and on their structural and optical properties, is studied. Examination of the physicochemical properties of SLGO monolayers on subphase surfaces that are formed from SLGO dispersions in different organic solvents reveals that monolayer behavior is virtually independent of the solvent. Electron microscope and optical studies show that the monolayers formed from SLGO dispersions in DMF and acetone have the highest transfer coefficients. It is concluded that the structural heterogeneity of the surfaces of graphene oxide films results from simultaneous effect of electrostatic interactions between graphene oxide particles and Van der Waals interactions with the solvation shell of the particles. Studies focusing on the effect the pressure of transferring a graphene oxide monolayer onto the surface of a solid substrate has on structural features of LB films show that films produced at low surface pressures have more homogeneous structures.

  1. Surface chemistry and spectroscopy of UG8 asphaltene Langmuir film, part 1.

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    Orbulescu, Jhony; Mullins, Oliver C; Leblanc, Roger M

    2010-10-05

    This research focuses on a systematic investigation of UG8 asphaltene Langmuir films at the air-water interface using toluene as the spreading solvent. From the surface pressure-area isotherms, it was concluded that small-sized aggregates are spread on the water surface and the compression of the film leads to formation of large aggregates. Our methods provide a stringent test and confirmation for the formation of corresponding asphaltene nanoaggregates that have recently been proposed for bulk solutions. These results were confirmed by compression-decompression isotherms, Brewster angle microscopy, and p-polarized infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy. The transfer of a single layer using both the Langmuir-Schaefer and Langmuir-Blodgett deposition techniques shows different aggregate shapes depending on the technique used as imaged using atomic force microscopy. The films reveal the existence of nanoaggregates spread on the water surface that coexist with large aggregates formed during compression. For the nanoaggregate, the thickness of the Langmuir-Schaefer and Langmuir-Blodgett films determined by AFM is consistent with small aggregation numbers of nanoaggregates determined by Langmuir film compression. In addition to these findings, the spreading solvent, toluene, was found to be trapped within the aggregates as confirmed by in situ UV-vis spectroscopy at the air-water interface. This result was possible only after waiting a time period of 1 h to allow the complete evaporation of the spreading solvent. This is the only study that reveals the presence of the in situ toluene within the UG8 aggregates directly at the air-water interface.

  2. Investigation of ferroelectric domains in thin films of vinylidene fluoride oligomers

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    Sharma, Pankaj, E-mail: psharma@huskers.unl.edu; Poddar, Shashi; Ducharme, Stephen; Gruverman, Alexei, E-mail: alexei-gruverman@unl.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska 68588 (United States); Korlacki, Rafal [Department of Electrical Engineering and Center for Nanohybrid Functional Materials, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska 68588 (United States)

    2014-07-14

    High-resolution vector piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) has been used to investigate ferroelectric domains in thin vinylidene fluoride oligomer films fabricated by the Langmuir-Blodgett deposition technique. Molecular chains are found to be preferentially oriented normal to the substrate, and PFM imaging shows that the films are in ferroelectric β-phase with a predominantly in-plane polarization, in agreement with infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry and X-ray diffraction measurements. The fractal analysis of domain structure has yielded the Hausdorff dimension (D) in the range of ∼1.3–1.5 indicating a random-bond nature of the disorder potential, with domain size exhibiting Landau-Lifshitz-Kittel scaling.

  3. Conductive layer for biaxially oriented semiconductor film growth

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    Findikoglu, Alp T.; Matias, Vladimir

    2007-10-30

    A conductive layer for biaxially oriented semiconductor film growth and a thin film semiconductor structure such as, for example, a photodetector, a photovoltaic cell, or a light emitting diode (LED) that includes a crystallographically oriented semiconducting film disposed on the conductive layer. The thin film semiconductor structure includes: a substrate; a first electrode deposited on the substrate; and a semiconducting layer epitaxially deposited on the first electrode. The first electrode includes a template layer deposited on the substrate and a buffer layer epitaxially deposited on the template layer. The template layer includes a first metal nitride that is electrically conductive and has a rock salt crystal structure, and the buffer layer includes a second metal nitride that is electrically conductive. The semiconducting layer is epitaxially deposited on the buffer layer. A method of making such a thin film semiconductor structure is also described.

  4. Thermal conductivity and interface thermal conductance of thin films in Li ion batteries

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    Jagannadham, K.

    2016-09-01

    Laser physical vapor deposition is used to deposit thin films of lithium phosphorous oxynitride in nitrogen and lithium nickel manganese oxide in oxygen ambient on Si substrate. LIPON film is also deposited on LiNiMnO film that is deposited on Si. Graphene films consisting of graphene platelets are deposited on Si substrate from a suspension in isopropyl alcohol. Li-graphene films are obtained after Li adsorption by immersion in LiCl solution and further drying. Transient thermo reflectance signal is used to determine the cross-plane thermal conductivity of different layers and interface thermal conductance of the interfaces. The results show that LIPON film with lower thermal conductivity is a thermal barrier. The interface thermal conductance between LIPON and Au or Si is found to be very low. Thermal conductivity of LiNiMnO is found to be reasonably high so that it is not a barrier to thermal transport. Film with graphene platelets shows a higher value and Li adsorbed graphene film shows a much higher value of cross-plane thermal conductivity. The value of interface thermal conductance between graphene and Au or Si (100) substrate is also much lower. The implications of the results for the thermal transport in thin film Li batteries are discussed.

  5. Electrochemical Formation of Polypyrrole-carboxymethylcellulose Conducting Polymer Composite Films

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    H.N.M. Ekramul Mahmud; Anuar Kassim; Zulkarnain Zainal; Wan Mahmood Mat Yunus

    2005-01-01

    The electrochemical preparation of polypyrrole-carboxymethylcellulose (PPY-CMC) conducting polymer composite films on indium tin oxide (ITO) glass electrode from an aqueous solution containing pyrrole monomer, ptoluenesulfonate electrolyte and carboxymethylcellulose insulating polymer is reported. The characterization by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) shows that carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) has been successfully incorporated into polypyrrole structure forming PPY-CMC polymer composite films. The conductivity of the prepared composite films was found to increase with increaseing CMC concentration in pyrrole solution. The optical microscopic results show the influence of CMC concentration in the pyrrole solution over the morphological changes of the prepared films. The dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) on the prepared PPY-CMC film reveals the higher plastic property of the PPY-CMC composite film.

  6. Development of Thin Conducting Film Fabrication Methods.

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    1979-12-01

    mediate mandrels ( beeswax , polymeric resins such as PVA, PVC, PBS, Saran). Efforts to transfer the foils intact from formation on intermediate mandrels...methods Investigated for removing and transferring pyrolytic carbon films onto cylindrical electrodes consist of: (1) melted beeswax and other high...substrate material for this study. In this particular investigation, several 2.5-cm x 10-cm-diameter fused silica cylindrical mandrels were CVD coated

  7. Conduction Mechanisms in Thick Film Microcircuits

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    1975-12-01

    AREMCO 3100 Screen Printing Machine 53 3.11 Squeegee Design 55 3.12 Effect of Screen Printer Parameters on Filin Weight Deposited 59 3.13 Variation of...deviation of printing performance. This is discussed in greater detail sIfter the materials and machine are described. 3.5.2 Screening Material and...beyoni the range of monolithic technology can be satisfied by combining monolithic and thick film technologies. Design functions such as flexibility

  8. Electrochemical preparation of polypyrrole conducting films

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    Mária Filkusová*

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Cyclic voltammetry has been used to investigate the electrochemical polymerization of pyrrole on the surface of a paraffin impregnated graphite electrode (PIGE. Effect of pH and concentration of the electrolyte solution on the electrochemical deposition of polypyrrole (PPy was studied. The structure of the deposited layers was studied using scanning electron microscope (SEM. Well–adhering black PPy films were obtained.

  9. Ultrabroadband terahertz conductivity of Si nanocrystal films

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    Cooke, D. G.; Meldrum, A.; Jepsen, P. Uhd

    2012-01-01

    The terahertz conductivity of silicon nanoparticles embedded in glass with varying density is studied with ultra-broadband terahertz spectroscopy on picosecond time scales following fs optical excitation. The transition from relatively isolated charge carriers to densities which allow inter...... the applicability of this simple model to the conductivity of nanoparticle ensembles over the entire THz spectral window....

  10. High conductivity transparent carbon nanotube films deposited from superacid

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    Hecht, David S; Lee, Roland; Hu Liangbing [Unidym Incorporated, 1244 Reamwood Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 (United States); Heintz, Amy M; Moore, Bryon; Cucksey, Chad; Risser, Steven, E-mail: dhecht@gmail.com [Battelle, 505 King Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201 (United States)

    2011-02-18

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were deposited from a chlorosulfonic superacid solution onto PET substrates by a filtration/transfer method. The sheet resistance and transmission (at 550 nm) of the films were 60 {Omega}/sq and 90.9% respectively, which corresponds to a DC conductivity of 12 825 S cm{sup -1} and a DC/optical conductivity ratio of 64.1. This is the highest DC conductivity reported for CNT thin films to date, and attributed to both the high quality of the CNT material and the exfoliation/doping by the superacid. This work demonstrates that CNT transparent films have not reached the conductivity limit; continued improvements will enable these films to be used as the transparent electrode for applications in solid state lighting, LCD displays, touch panels, and photovoltaics.

  11. High conductivity transparent carbon nanotube films deposited from superacid.

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    Hecht, David S; Heintz, Amy M; Lee, Roland; Hu, Liangbing; Moore, Bryon; Cucksey, Chad; Risser, Steven

    2011-02-18

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were deposited from a chlorosulfonic superacid solution onto PET substrates by a filtration/transfer method. The sheet resistance and transmission (at 550 nm) of the films were 60 Ω/sq and 90.9% respectively, which corresponds to a DC conductivity of 12,825 S cm(-1) and a DC/optical conductivity ratio of 64.1. This is the highest DC conductivity reported for CNT thin films to date, and attributed to both the high quality of the CNT material and the exfoliation/doping by the superacid. This work demonstrates that CNT transparent films have not reached the conductivity limit; continued improvements will enable these films to be used as the transparent electrode for applications in solid state lighting, LCD displays, touch panels, and photovoltaics.

  12. Electrochemical deposition of conductive and adhesive polypyrrole-dopamine films

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    Semin Kim; Jang, Lindy K.; Park, Hyun S.; Jae Young Lee

    2016-01-01

    Electrode surfaces have been widely modified with electrically conductive polymers, including polypyrrole (PPY), to improve the performance of electrodes. To utilize conductive polymers for electrode modification, strong adhesion between the polymer films and electrode substrates should be ensured with high electrical/electrochemical activities. In this study, PPY films were electrochemically polymerized on electrodes (e.g., indium tin oxide (ITO)) with dopamine as a bio-inspired adhesive mol...

  13. In situ measurement of conductivity during nanocomposite film deposition

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    Blattmann, Christoph O.; Pratsinis, Sotiris E., E-mail: sotiris.pratsinis@ptl.mavt.ethz.ch

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • Flame-made nanosilver dynamics are elucidated in the gas-phase & on substrates. • The resistance of freshly depositing nanosilver layers is monitored. • Low T{sub g} polymers facilitate rapid synthesis of conductive films. • Conductive nanosilver films form on top of or within the polymer depending on MW. - Abstract: Flexible and electrically conductive nanocomposite films are essential for small, portable and even implantable electronic devices. Typically, such film synthesis and conductivity measurement are carried out sequentially. As a result, optimization of filler loading and size/morphology characteristics with respect to film conductivity is rather tedious and costly. Here, freshly-made Ag nanoparticles (nanosilver) are made by scalable flame aerosol technology and directly deposited onto polymeric (polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate)) films during which the resistance of the resulting nanocomposite is measured in situ. The formation and gas-phase growth of such flame-made nanosilver, just before incorporation onto the polymer film, is measured by thermophoretic sampling and microscopy. Monitoring the nanocomposite resistance in situ reveals the onset of conductive network formation by the deposited nanosilver growth and sinternecking. The in situ measurement is much faster and more accurate than conventional ex situ four-point resistance measurements since an electrically percolating network is detected upon its formation by the in situ technique. Nevertheless, general resistance trends with respect to filler loading and host polymer composition are consistent for both in situ and ex situ measurements. The time lag for the onset of a conductive network (i.e., percolation) depends linearly on the glass transition temperature (T{sub g}) of the host polymer. This is attributed to the increased nanoparticle-polymer interaction with decreasing T{sub g}. Proper selection of the host polymer in combination with in situ resistance

  14. Surface conductivity measurements in nanometric to micrometric foam films.

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    Bonhomme, Oriane; Mounier, Anne; Simon, Gilles; Biance, Anne-Laure

    2015-05-20

    Foam films (a liquid lamella in air covered by surfactants) are tools of choice for nanofluidic characterization as they are intrinsically nanometric. Their size is indeed fixed by a balance between external pressure and particular molecular interactions in the vicinity of interfaces. To probe the exact nature of these interfaces, different characterizations can be performed. Among them, conductivity in confined systems is a direct probe of the electrostatic environment in the vicinity of the surface. Therefore, we designed a dedicated experiment to measure this conductivity in a cylindrical bubble coupled to interferometry for film thickness characterization. We then show that this conductivity depends on the surfactant nature. These conductivity measurements have been performed in an extremely confined system, the so called Newton black foam films. Unexpectedly in this case, a conductivity close to surface conductivity is recovered.

  15. Formation of conducting nanochannels in diamond-like carbon films

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    Evtukh, A.; Litovchenko, V.; Semenenko, M.; Yilmazoglu, O.; Mutamba, K.; Hartnagel, H. L.; Pavlidis, D.

    2006-09-01

    A sharp increase of the emission current at high electric fields and a decrease of the threshold voltage after pre-breakdown conditioning of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have been measured. This effect was observed for DLC-coated silicon tips and GaAs wedges. During electron field emission (EFE) at high electric fields the energy barriers caused by an sp3 phase between sp2 inclusions can be broken, resulting in the formation of conducting nanochannels between the semiconductor-DLC interface and the surface of the DLC film. At high current densities and the resulting local heating, the diamond-like sp3 phase transforms into a conducting graphite-like sp2 phase. As a result an electrical conducting nanostructured channel is formed in the DLC film. The diameter of the conducting nanochannel was estimated from the reduced threshold voltage after pre-breakdown conditioning to be in the range of 5-25 nm. The presence of this nanochannel in an insulating matrix leads to a local enhancement of the electric field and a reduced threshold voltage for EFE. Based on the observed features an efficient method of conducting nanochannel matrix formation in flat DLC films for improved EFE efficiency is proposed. It mainly uses a silicon tip array as an upper electrode in contact with the DLC film. The formation of nanochannels starts at the interface between the tips and the DLC film. This opens new possibilities of aligned and high-density conducting channel formation.

  16. Thermal conductivity measurement of thin films by a dc method.

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    Yang, Junyou; Zhang, Jiansheng; Zhang, Hui; Zhu, Yunfeng

    2010-11-01

    A dc method, which needs no complex numerical calculation and expensive hardware configuration, was developed to measure the cross-plane thermal conductivity of thin films in this paper. Two parallel metallic heaters, which were deposited on different parts of the sample, serve simultaneously as the heaters and temperature sensors during the measurement. A direct current was flowed through the same two metallic strips to heat the thin-film sample. The heating power and the heater's temperature were obtained by a data acquisition device, and the thermal conductivity of thin film was calculated. To verify the validity of the dc method, several SiO(2) films with different thicknesses were deposited on Si wafers, respectively, and their thermal conductivities were measured by both the dc method and 3ω method. The results of two methods are in good agreement within an acceptable error, and they are also inconsistent with some of previously published data.

  17. Versatile solution for growing thin films of conducting polymers.

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    D'Arcy, Julio M; Tran, Henry D; Tung, Vincent C; Tucker-Schwartz, Alexander K; Wong, Rain P; Yang, Yang; Kaner, Richard B

    2010-11-16

    The method employed for depositing nanostructures of conducting polymers dictates potential uses in a variety of applications such as organic solar cells, light-emitting diodes, electrochromics, and sensors. A simple and scalable film fabrication technique that allows reproducible control of thickness, and morphological homogeneity at the nanoscale, is an attractive option for industrial applications. Here we demonstrate that under the proper conditions of volume, doping, and polymer concentration, films consisting of monolayers of conducting polymer nanofibers such as polyaniline, polythiophene, and poly(3-hexylthiophene) can be produced in a matter of seconds. A thermodynamically driven solution-based process leads to the growth of transparent thin films of interfacially adsorbed nanofibers. High quality transparent thin films are deposited at ambient conditions on virtually any substrate. This inexpensive process uses solutions that are recyclable and affords a new technique in the field of conducting polymers for coating large substrate areas.

  18. ZnO based transparent conductive oxide films with controlled type of conduction

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    Zaharescu, M., E-mail: mzaharescu@icf.ro [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Mihaiu, S., E-mail: smihaiu@icf.ro [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Toader, A. [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Atkinson, I., E-mail: irinaatkinson@yahoo.com [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Calderon-Moreno, J.; Anastasescu, M.; Nicolescu, M.; Duta, M.; Gartner, M. [Institute of Physical Chemistry “Ilie Murgulescu”, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Vojisavljevic, K.; Malic, B. [Institute Jožef Stefan, Ljubljana (Slovenia); Ivanov, V.A.; Zaretskaya, E.P. [State Scientific and Production Association “Scientific-Practical Materials Research Center of the National Academy of Science Belarus, P. Brovska str.19, 220072, Minsk (Belarus)

    2014-11-28

    The transparent conductive oxide films with controlled type of conduction are of great importance and their preparation is intensively studied. In our work, the preparation of such films based on doped ZnO was realized in order to achieve controlled type of conduction and high concentration of the charge carriers. Sol–gel method was used for films preparation and several dopants were tested (Sn, Li, Ni). Multilayer deposition was performed on several substrates: SiO{sub 2}/Si wafers, silica-soda-lime and/or silica glasses. The structural and morphological characterization of the obtained films were done by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy respectively, while spectroscopic ellipsometry and transmittance measurements were done for determination of optical properties. The selected samples with the best structural, morphological and optical properties were subjected to electrical measurement (Hall and Seebeck effect). In all studied cases, samples with good adherence and homogeneous morphology as well as monophasic wurtzite type structure were obtained. The optical constants (refractive index and extinction coefficient) were calculated from spectroscopic ellipsometry data using Cauchy model. Films with n- or p-type conduction were obtained depending on the composition, number of deposition and thermal treatment temperature. - Highlights: • Transparent conductive ZnO based thin films were prepared by the sol–gel method. • Controlled type of conduction is obtained in (Sn, Li) doped and Li-Ni co-doped ZnO films. • Hall and Seebeck measurements proved the p-type conductivity for Li-Ni co-doped ZnO films. • The p-type conductivity was maintained even after 4-months of storage. • Influence of dopant- and substrate-type on the ZnO films properties was established.

  19. Attenuation Lengths of Photoelectrons in Hydrocarbon Films

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    1988-10-01

    lower than those obtained by Ringsdorf7 for polymerized , Langmuir-Blodgett cadmium diacetylene multilayers, by King 8 for Langmuir- Blodgett barium...Sci., Po’ . Chem. Ed. 1977, i5, 2843. 7 Hupfer, B.; Schupp, H.; Andrade, J. D.; Ringsdorf, H. J. Electron Spectrosc. 1981, 23, 103. 8 Cartier , E...Warren T. Ford Dr. J.C.H. Chien Department of Chemistry Department of Polymer Science and Oklahoma State University Engineering Stillwater, OK 74078

  20. Resonance frequency shift in a cavity with a thin conducting film near a conducting wall

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    Braggio, C. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Ferrara and INFN, Via del Paradiso 12, 44100 Ferrara (Italy)]. E-mail: caterina.braggio@lnl.infn.it; Bressi, G. [INFN, Sezione di Pavia, Via Bassi 6, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Carugno, G. [INFN, Sezione di Padova, Via F. Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Dodonov, A.V. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Via Washington Luiz, Km 235, Sao Carlos 13565-905, SP (Brazil); Dodonov, V.V. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Brasilia, Caixa Postal 04455, 70910-900 Brasilia, DF (Brazil)]. E-mail: vdodonov@fis.unb.br; Galeazzi, G. [INFN, LNL, Viale dell' Universita 2, 35020 Legnaro (Italy); Ruoso, G. [INFN, LNL, Viale dell' Universita 2, 35020 Legnaro (Italy); Zanello, D. [INFN, Sezione di Roma, Piazzale A. Moro 2, 00185 Roma (Italy)

    2007-03-19

    We show that a very thin conducting film (whose thickness can be much smaller than the skin depth), placed nearby a wall of an electromagnetic cavity, can produce the same shift of the resonance frequency as a bulk conducting slab, provided the displacement of the film from the wall is much bigger than the skin depth. We derive a simple analytical formula for the frequency shift and compare it with exact numerical calculations and experimental data.

  1. Slightly Conductive Transparent Films for Space Applications: Manufacturability and Durability

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    Uppala, N.; Griffin, J.; Vemulapalli, J.; Hambourger, P. D.

    2001-01-01

    Highly transparent, slightly conductive films of co-deposited indium tin oxide (ITO) and MgF, have possible applications for environmental protection of exterior surfaces of spacecraft. Reliable preparation of films with the desired sheet resistivity (approximately 10(exp 8) ohms/square) is difficult because the electrical properties of ITO-Mg F, are highly dependent on film composition. We have investigated the use of plasma emission monitoring to improve the reproducibility of films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering. While considerable improve ment was observed, it appears that some in-situ electrical or optica l characterization will be needed for reliable production coating wit h ITO-MgF,. We have also done further evaluation of a possibly undesi rable photoconductive effect previously observed in these films.

  2. Transparent conductive oxides for thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Löffler, J.

    2005-01-01

    This thesis describes research on thin-film silicon solar cells with focus on the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) for such devices. In addition to the formation of a transparent and electrically conductive front electrode for the solar cell allowing photocurrent collection with low ohmic losses,

  3. Using Film to Conduct Historical Inquiry with Middle School Students

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    Woelders, Adam

    2007-01-01

    Challenged to re-consider his teaching practices, the author conducted a classroom research study designed to investigate and improve how he uses film to teach middle school students about history. He conducted this study in collaboration with his class of twenty-nine grade eight social studies students, who represented a range of ethnic…

  4. Transparent conductive oxides for thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Löffler, J.

    2005-01-01

    This thesis describes research on thin-film silicon solar cells with focus on the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) for such devices. In addition to the formation of a transparent and electrically conductive front electrode for the solar cell allowing photocurrent collection with low ohmic losses,

  5. “Electro-Click” on Conducting Polymer Films

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    Hansen, Thomas Steen; Lind, Johan Ulrik; Daugaard, Anders Egede

    for their own functionalization with high spatial resolution. Interdigitated microelectrodes prepared from the azide-containing conducting polymer were selectively functionalized in sequence by two alkyne-modified fluorophores by control of the applied potentials. “Electro-click” on conducting polymer films...

  6. Magnetic Thin Films of Inorganic Nanosheets

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    Yamamoto, Takashi; Namba, Hiroaki; Einaga, Yasuaki

    2012-02-01

    Molecule-based magnets have been fascinating materials because of the potential applications in information storage, electronic and spintronic devices. However, such applications would require arraying the active materials on a substrate or interfacing with other components. Here, we focus on fabricating multi-functional magnetic films using inorganic nanosheets as a building block. The thin films could be prepared by the modified Langmuir-Blodgett, LB, technique or the layer-by-layer, LbL, method, which are representative wet-processings for film preparation. As the magnetic LB film, we chose semiconductive titania nanosheets and magnetic Prussian Blue. Upon band gap excitation of titania nanosheets, electron injection into Prussian Blue was achieved with scavenging interlayer water molecules, leading to photoreduction to Prussian White. As the magnetic LbL film, we chose magnetic layered double hydroxide, LDH, nanosheets and non-magnetic smectite nanosheets. In powdered LDH, a coercivity increased with expanding the interlayer spacing. On the other hand, despite the larger interlayer spacing for the LbL film, a coercivity was less than that of the comparative powdered LDH. It is indicated LDH nanosheets are integrated in an anisotropic manner in the LbL films.

  7. Electrochemical deposition of conductive and adhesive polypyrrole-dopamine films

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    Kim, Semin; Jang, Lindy K.; Park, Hyun S.; Lee, Jae Young

    2016-07-01

    Electrode surfaces have been widely modified with electrically conductive polymers, including polypyrrole (PPY), to improve the performance of electrodes. To utilize conductive polymers for electrode modification, strong adhesion between the polymer films and electrode substrates should be ensured with high electrical/electrochemical activities. In this study, PPY films were electrochemically polymerized on electrodes (e.g., indium tin oxide (ITO)) with dopamine as a bio-inspired adhesive molecule. Efficient and fast PPY electrodeposition with dopamine (PDA/PPY) was found; the resultant PDA/PPY films exhibited greatly increased adhesion strengths of up to 3.7 ± 0.8 MPa and the modified electrodes had electrochemical impedances two to three orders of magnitude lower than that of an unmodified electrode. This electrochemical deposition of adhesive and conductive PDA/PPY offers a facile and versatile electrode modification for various applications, such as biosensors and batteries.

  8. Magnetic Transparent Conducting Oxide Film And Method Of Making

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    Windisch, Jr., Charles F.; Exarhos, Gregory J.; Sharma, Shiv K.

    2006-03-14

    Cobalt-nickel oxide films of nominal 100 nm thickness, and resistivity as low as 0.06 O·cm have been deposited by spin-casting from both aqueous and organic precursor solutions followed by annealing at 450° C. in air. An increase in film resistivity was found upon substitution of other cations (e.g., Zn2+, Al3+) for Ni in the spinel structure. However, some improvement in the mechanical properties of the films resulted. On the other hand, addition of small amounts of Li decreased the resistivity. A combination of XRD, XPS, UV/Vis and Raman spectroscopy indicated that NiCo2O4 is the primary conducting component and that the conductivity reaches a maximum at this stoichiometry. When x0.67, the oxide was all spinel but the increased Co content lowered the conductivity.

  9. Magnetic Transparent Conducting Oxide Film And Method Of Making

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    Windisch, Jr., Charles F. (Richland, WA); Exarhos, Gregory J. (Richland, WA); Sharma, Shiv K. (Honolulu, HI)

    2006-03-14

    Cobalt-nickel oxide films of nominal 100 nm thickness, and resistivity as low as 0.06 O·cm have been deposited by spin-casting from both aqueous and organic precursor solutions followed by annealing at 450° C. in air. An increase in film resistivity was found upon substitution of other cations (e.g., Zn2+, Al3+) for Ni in the spinel structure. However, some improvement in the mechanical properties of the films resulted. On the other hand, addition of small amounts of Li decreased the resistivity. A combination of XRD, XPS, UV/Vis and Raman spectroscopy indicated that NiCo2O4 is the primary conducting component and that the conductivity reaches a maximum at this stoichiometry. When x<0.67, NiO forms leading to an increase in resistivity; when x>0.67, the oxide was all spinel but the increased Co content lowered the conductivity.

  10. Infrared Transparent Spinel Films with p -Type Conductivity

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    Windisch, Charles F.; Exarhos, Gregory J.; Ferris, Kim F.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Stewart, Donald C.

    2001-11-29

    Spinel oxide films containing at least two transition metal cations were found to exhibit p-type conductivity with high optical transparency from the visible to wavelengths near 15 micrometers. Resistivities as low as 0.003 ohm-cm were measured on 100 nm thick rf sputter deposited films that contained nickel and cobalt. Optical spectra, Raman scattering and XPS measurements indicated the valency of nickel localized on octahedral sites within the spinel lattice determines these properties. Electronic band structure calculations corroborated the experimental results. A resistivity minimum was found at the composition NiCo2O4 deposited from aqueous or alcoholic solutions followed by subsequent annealing at 400 degrees C in air. Solution deposited films richer in nickel than this stoichiometry always were found to phase separate into nickel oxide and a spinel phase with concomitant loss in conductivity. However, the phase stability region could be extended to higher nickel contents when rf-sputter deposition techniques were used. Sputter deposited spinel films having a nickel to cobalt ratio less than 2 were found to exhibit the highest conductivity. Results suggest that the phase stability region for these materials can be extended through appropriate choice of deposition conditions. A possible mechanism that promotes high conductivity in this system is thought to be charge transfer between the resident di- and trivalent cations that may be assisted by the magnetic nature of the oxide film.

  11. Ion-conductivity of thin film Li-Borate glasses

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    Abouzari, M.R.S.

    2007-12-17

    In this thesis, the specific conductivity of ion-sputtered lithium borate thin films is studied. To this end, lithium borate glasses of the composition yLi{sub 2}O.(1-y)B{sub 2}O{sub 3} with y=0.15, 0.20, 0.25, and 0.35 were produced as sputter targets. Films with thicknesses between 7 nm and 700 nm are deposited on silicon substrate between two AlLi electrodes. Conductivity spectra have been taken over a frequency range of 5 Hz to 2 MHz. The measurements were performed at different temperatures between 40 C and 350 C depending on the thickness and the composition of the films. The following results are derived by studying the conductivities of the films: i) The specific dc conductivity of layers with thicknesses larger than 150 nm is independent of their thicknesses; we call these layers 'thick films' and consider their conductivity as the 'base conductivity'. ii) The specific dc conductivity of layers with thicknesses smaller than 150 nm, called 'thin films', depends on the layer thickness. A nontrivial enhancement of the specific dc conductivity about three orders of magnitude for y=0.15, 0.2, and 0.25 is observed. iii) The base conductivity depends on y and at 120 C it varies between 4 x 10{sup -10} {omega}{sup -1}cm{sup -1} and 2.5 x 10{sup -6} {omega}{sup -1}cm{sup -1} when y varies between 0.15 and 0.35, whereas the maximum value of the specific dc conductivity of extremely thin films (with a thickness of some nanometre) seems to be independent of y and equals to the specific dc conductivity of layers with y= 0.35. Furthermore, we found in this work a physical interpretation of the so-called 'Constant Phase Element' (CPE) which is widely used in equivalent circuits for ionic conductors. This element describes correctly the depressed impedance semicircles observed in impedance spectroscopy. So far, this effect is sometimes attributed to the surface roughness. We have shown not only the invalidity of this approach, but

  12. Gas Sensitivity of Poly (3, 4-ethylene dioxythiophene) Prepared by a Modified LB Film Method

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    ZHENG Huajing; JIANG Yadong; XU Jianhua; YANG Yajie

    2011-01-01

    An arachidic acid/poly (3, 4-ethylene dioxythiophene) (AA/PEDOT) multilayer Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film was prepared by a modified LB film method. The theories were utilized to explain the effects between HCl molecule and LB film. The gas sensitivity mechanism of poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) (PEDOT) muitilayer film can be explained by the charge transfer between p system of PEDOT and oxidization HCl system. The gas sensitivity of PEDOT LB film deposited interdigital electrode to HCl was tested. The results showed that film thickness, treating temperature,deposition speed had different influence on film gas sensitivity. The AA/PEDOT film deposited device exhibited nonlinear behavior to HCl gas at lower concentration (20-60 ppm) and linear response behavior at higher gas concentration was observed. The time of the compound LB film of the AA/PEDOT responding to the 30 ppm HCl gas is about 20 seconds, which is far quicker than the time of the film to the PEDOT- PRESS film(about 80 seconds). It is not higher film press to better film. When the film press attains 45 mNs/m, the sensitivity of the AA/PEDOT film on the contrary descends.

  13. Measurement of in-plane thermal conductivity in polymer films

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    Qingshuo Wei; Chinatsu Uehara; Masakazu Mukaida; Kazuhiro Kirihara; Takao Ishida

    2016-01-01

    Measuring the in-plane thermal conductivity of organic thermoelectric materials is challenging but is critically important. Here, a method to study the in-plane thermal conductivity of free-standing films (via the use of commercial equipment) based on temperature wave analysis is explored in depth. This subject method required a free-standing thin film with a thickness larger than 10 μm and an area larger than 1 cm2, which are not difficult to obtain for most solution-processable organic ther...

  14. Measurement of in-plane thermal conductivity in polymer films

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    Wei, Qingshuo; Uehara, Chinatsu; Mukaida, Masakazu; Kirihara, Kazuhiro; Ishida, Takao

    2016-04-01

    Measuring the in-plane thermal conductivity of organic thermoelectric materials is challenging but is critically important. Here, a method to study the in-plane thermal conductivity of free-standing films (via the use of commercial equipment) based on temperature wave analysis is explored in depth. This subject method required a free-standing thin film with a thickness larger than 10 μm and an area larger than 1 cm2, which are not difficult to obtain for most solution-processable organic thermoelectric materials. We evaluated thermal conductivities and anisotropic ratios for various types of samples including insulating polymers, undoped semiconducting polymers, doped conducting polymers, and one-dimensional carbon fiber bulky papers. This approach facilitated a rapid screening of in-plane thermal conductivities for various organic thermoelectric materials.

  15. Measurement of in-plane thermal conductivity in polymer films

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    Qingshuo Wei

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Measuring the in-plane thermal conductivity of organic thermoelectric materials is challenging but is critically important. Here, a method to study the in-plane thermal conductivity of free-standing films (via the use of commercial equipment based on temperature wave analysis is explored in depth. This subject method required a free-standing thin film with a thickness larger than 10 μm and an area larger than 1 cm2, which are not difficult to obtain for most solution-processable organic thermoelectric materials. We evaluated thermal conductivities and anisotropic ratios for various types of samples including insulating polymers, undoped semiconducting polymers, doped conducting polymers, and one-dimensional carbon fiber bulky papers. This approach facilitated a rapid screening of in-plane thermal conductivities for various organic thermoelectric materials.

  16. Conductive Polymer Porous Film with Tunable Wettability and Adhesion

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    Yuqi Teng

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A conductive polymer porous film with tunable wettability and adhesion was fabricated by the chloroform solution of poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyricacid-methyl-ester (PCBM via the freeze drying method. The porous film could be obtained from the solution of 0.8 wt%, whose pore diameters ranged from 50 nm to 500 nm. The hydrophobic porous surface with a water contact angle (CA of 144.7° could be transferred into a hydrophilic surface with CA of 25° by applying a voltage. The water adhesive force on the porous film increased with the increase of the external voltage. The electro-controllable wettability and adhesion of the porous film have potential application in manipulating liquid collection and transportation.

  17. Oxygen Ion Conductance in Epitaxially Grown Thin Film Electrolytes

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    Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Yu, Zhongqing; Kuchibhatla, Satyanarayana V N T; Saraf, Laxmikant V.; Marina, Olga A.; Shutthanandan, V.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Wang, Chong M.

    2009-04-01

    This paper briefly summarizes the results from a project aimed to develop an understanding of oxygen ionic transport processes in highly oriented thin film oxide materials to enable the design of new types of electrolyte materials for solid state electrochemical devices. We have used oxygen-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (OPA-MBE) to grow highly oriented doped ceria, zriconia thin films on single crystal c-Al2O3 along with multilayered hetero-structures. The influence of dopant concentration, interfaces, defects and crystalline quality on oxygen ionic conductivity has been critically analyzed using various surface and bulk sensitive capabilities. Although, preferred (111) orientation was preserved in high quality samaria doped ceria films up to a 10 atom% Sm doping, the films started to show polycrystalline features for higher Sm doping. Maximum conductivity was obtained for 5 atom% Sm doping in ceria. In the case of gadolinia doped ceria/zirconia multi-layer films, total conductivity was found to increase with the increasing number of layers.

  18. Effective conductivity of chemically deposited ZnO thin films

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    Robles, M. [Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos (UAEM), Cuernavaca (Mexico). Fac. de Ciencias; Tagueena-Martinez, J. [IIM-UNAM, Temixco, Morelos (Mexico). Lab. de Energia Solar; Del Rio, J.A. [IIM-UNAM, Temixco, Morelos (Mexico). Lab. de Energia Solar

    1997-01-30

    Chemically deposited thin films have multiple applications. However, as a result of their complex structure, their physical properties are very difficult to predict. In this paper, we use an effective medium approach to model these heterogeneous systems. We extend Thorpe`s formula for the effective electrical conductivity of elliptical holes randomly distributed in a matrix to a system composed of conducting ellipses in a conducting matrix. This extension is used to calculate the effective electrical conductivity of polycrystalline chemically deposited ZnO thin films. We compare experimental results obtained by two different deposition methods: spray pyrolysis and successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) reported here. We select the elliptical geometric parameters from microstructural data. Good agreement between the experimental measurements and our calculation is obtained. In addition, we present a new proof of the reciprocity theorem used to derive the theoretical relation. (orig.)

  19. “Electro-Click” on Conducting Polymer Films

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    Hansen, Thomas Steen; Lind, Johan Ulrik; Daugaard, Anders Egede

    An azide substituted 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene monomer is polymerised to yield a PEDOT like polymer with available azide groups (Figure 1). The azide groups enable post polymerization functionalization of the conducting polymer using a 1,3 dipolar cycloaddition reaction – also denoted “click...... chemistry”. This facilitates the addition of compounds that can otherwise not withstand the polymerization conditions. Several biological active molecules have been attached and tested on the films. Furthermore conducting polymer microelectrodes can electrochemically generate the catalyst required...... for their own functionalization with high spatial resolution. Interdigitated microelectrodes prepared from the azide-containing conducting polymer were selectively functionalized in sequence by two alkyne-modified fluorophores by control of the applied potentials. “Electro-click” on conducting polymer films...

  20. Strain-controlled thermal conductivity in ferroic twinned films

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    Li, Suzhi; Ding, Xiangdong; Ren, Jie; Moya, Xavier; Li, Ju; Sun, Jun; Salje, Ekhard K. H.

    2014-09-01

    Large reversible changes of thermal conductivity are induced by mechanical stress, and the corresponding device is a key element for phononics applications. We show that the thermal conductivity κ of ferroic twinned thin films can be reversibly controlled by strain. Nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations reveal that thermal conductivity decreases linearly with the number of twin boundaries perpendicular to the direction of heat flow. Our demonstration of large and reversible changes in thermal conductivity driven by strain may inspire the design of controllable thermal switches for thermal logic gates and all-solid-state cooling devices.

  1. Thermally stimulated discharge conductivity in polymer composite thin films

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    V S Sangawar; P S Chikhalikar; R J Dhokne; A U Ubale; S D Meshram

    2006-08-01

    This paper describes the results of thermally stimulated discharge conductivity study of activated charcoal–polyvinyl chloride (PVC) thin film thermoelectrets. TSDC has been carried out in the temperature range 308–400°K and at four different polarizing fields. Results are discussed on the basis of mobility of activated charcoal and polyvinyl chloride chains.

  2. Perpendicularly Aligned, Anion Conducting Nanochannels in Block Copolymer Electrolyte Films

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    Arges, Christopher G.; Kambe, Yu; Suh, Hyo Seon; Ocola, Leonidas E.; Nealey, Paul F.

    2016-03-08

    Connecting structure and morphology to bulk transport properties, such as ionic conductivity, in nanostructured polymer electrolyte materials is a difficult proposition because of the challenge to precisely and accurately control order and the orientation of the ionic domains in such polymeric films. In this work, poly(styrene-block-2-vinylpyridine) (PSbP2VP) block copolymers were assembled perpendicularly to a substrate surface over large areas through chemical surface modification at the substrate and utilizing a versatile solvent vapor annealing (SVA) technique. After block copolymer assembly, a novel chemical vapor infiltration reaction (CVIR) technique selectively converted the 2-vinylpyridine block to 2-vinyl n-methylpyridinium (NMP+ X-) groups, which are anion charge carriers. The prepared block copolymer electrolytes maintained their orientation and ordered nanostructure upon the selective introduction of ion moieties into the P2VP block and post ion-exchange to other counterion forms (X- = chloride, hydroxide, etc.). The prepared block copolymer electrolyte films demonstrated high chloride ion conductivities, 45 mS cm(-1) at 20 degrees C in deionized water, the highest chloride ion conductivity for anion conducting polymer electrolyte films. Additionally, straight-line lamellae of block copolymer electrolytes were realized using chemoepitaxy and density multiplication. The devised scheme allowed for precise and accurate control of orientation of ionic domains in nanostructured polymer electrolyte films and enables a platform for future studies that examines the relationship between polymer electrolyte structure and ion transport.

  3. Transparent Conductive Two-Dimensional Titanium Carbide Epitaxial Thin Films.

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    Halim, Joseph; Lukatskaya, Maria R; Cook, Kevin M; Lu, Jun; Smith, Cole R; Näslund, Lars-Åke; May, Steven J; Hultman, Lars; Gogotsi, Yury; Eklund, Per; Barsoum, Michel W

    2014-04-08

    Since the discovery of graphene, the quest for two-dimensional (2D) materials has intensified greatly. Recently, a new family of 2D transition metal carbides and carbonitrides (MXenes) was discovered that is both conducting and hydrophilic, an uncommon combination. To date MXenes have been produced as powders, flakes, and colloidal solutions. Herein, we report on the fabrication of ∼1 × 1 cm(2) Ti3C2 films by selective etching of Al, from sputter-deposited epitaxial Ti3AlC2 films, in aqueous HF or NH4HF2. Films that were about 19 nm thick, etched with NH4HF2, transmit ∼90% of the light in the visible-to-infrared range and exhibit metallic conductivity down to ∼100 K. Below 100 K, the films' resistivity increases with decreasing temperature and they exhibit negative magnetoresistance-both observations consistent with a weak localization phenomenon characteristic of many 2D defective solids. This advance opens the door for the use of MXenes in electronic, photonic, and sensing applications.

  4. Mixed Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Low-molar-mass and Polymer Liquid Crystals with a Perfluorooctyl Group%含有全氟辛基的小分子液晶与聚合物液晶混合Langmuir及Langmuir-Blodgett膜

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    顾丹英; 穆劲

    2002-01-01

    研究了含有全氟辛基的小分子液晶与聚合物液晶混合Langmuir膜的表面压-面积等温线,结果表明在混合膜中分子间相互作用依赖于聚合物液晶的结构,这些相互作用导致在LB膜中聚合物液晶固有层结构的消失并且影响小分子液晶的层结构.

  5. Microwave assisted click chemistry on a conductive polymer film

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    Daugaard, Anders Egede; Hansen, Thomas S.; Larsen, Niels Bent

    2011-01-01

    Microwave (MW) irradiation has been used to accelerate the functionalization of an azide functional poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) film by click chemistry. The absorption of MW energy by the conductive polymer has been exploited for localized activation of the reaction on the polymer surface....... The method has been applied for anchoring of the chelating agent nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) on the conductive polymer. The chelating linkage ability of NTA on the surface was investigated through a sandwich ELISA study confirming the selective bonding of a histidine tagged protein....

  6. Conductivity of oriented bis-azo polymer films

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    Apitz, D.; Bertram, R.P.; Benter, N.;

    2006-01-01

    The conductivity properties of electro-optic photoaddressable, dense bis-ozo chromophore polymer films are investigated by using samples corona poled at various temperatures. A dielectric spectrometer is applied to measure the frequency dependence of the conductivity at different temperatures...... before and after heating the material to above the glass transition temperature. The results show that the orientation of the chromophores changes the charge-carrier mobility. Ionic conductivity dominates in a more disordered configuration of the material, while the competing process of hole hopping...... takes over as a transition to a liquid-crystalline phase occurs when the material is heated to much higher than the gloss transition temperature. Such micro-crystallization strongly enhances the conductivity....

  7. Systematic tuning of the conduction mechanisms in ferroelectric thin films

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    Levasseur, D.; Bouyssou, E.; De Paolis, R.; Rousseau, A.; Coccetti, F.; Guegan, G.; Payan, S.; Maglione, M.

    2013-12-01

    We have investigated the macroscopic and microscopic properties of large sets of Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3 thin films including several substitution rates of manganese. Thanks to a high degree of control of the processing parameters at each stage we have been able to find a link between the dc leakage current and the low and high frequency dielectric permittivity and losses. We supplemented these macroscopic observations with in depth investigations of the defect states through x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We found that both the leakage current and the extrinsic dielectric parameters arise from a large density of charged point defects related to oxygen vacancies. At the outer surfaces of the films, the density of such charged defects is so high that it can raise the Fermi level to close to the conduction band. Such degradation of the films’ performance can be relieved by appropriate manganese substitution for the titanium host ions. Such doping is able to move back the Fermi level to close to the center of the bandgap thus changing the conduction process from interfacial Schottky to bulk Poole Frenkel and decreasing the extrinsic losses. This beneficial effect was already inferred in ceramics and thin films but we have established a clear link between the macroscopic parameters and the microscopic defect state. This model can be transferred to many high permittivity oxides.

  8. Experiment study of forming and activation of conductive film of the surface conduction electron emitter display

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    LEI Xin; XU Wei-jun; LIU Chun-liang; LIANG Zhi-hu

    2007-01-01

    The forming and activation of the conductive films are studied experimentally. The power supply,a peak-to-peak 30 V triangle profile voltage,is applied to three kinds of conductive films that contain 0.25%,0.5%,and 1% of palladium respectively. In the experiments we contrasted the values of related parameter in different conditions,observed the lumi nous spots on the anode panel,dealt with and analyzed the related data,and compared the positions and the amount of the luminous spots. We have gotten the conclusion that there is a threshold value Uth. The emission current Ie will increase rapidly when the device voltage Uf is greater than Uth. And the emission current Ie could be controlled by the device voltage Uf.The positions of the luminous spots on the anode panel are related with the device voltage Uf.

  9. Thin film photovoltaic devices with a minimally conductive buffer layer

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    Barnes, Teresa M.; Burst, James

    2016-11-15

    A thin film photovoltaic device (100) with a tunable, minimally conductive buffer (128) layer is provided. The photovoltaic device (100) may include a back contact (150), a transparent front contact stack (120), and an absorber (140) positioned between the front contact stack (120) and the back contact (150). The front contact stack (120) may include a low resistivity transparent conductive oxide (TCO) layer (124) and a buffer layer (128) that is proximate to the absorber layer (140). The photovoltaic device (100) may also include a window layer (130) between the buffer layer (128) and the absorber (140). In some cases, the buffer layer (128) is minimally conductive, with its resistivity being tunable, and the buffer layer (128) may be formed as an alloy from a host oxide and a high-permittivity oxide. The high-permittivity oxide may further be chosen to have a bandgap greater than the host oxide.

  10. Investigation of tribological properties of composite C60-LB films

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    YANG Guanghong; ZHANG Xingtang; XUN Jun; JIANG Xiaohong; ZHANG Pingyu; DU Zuliang

    2006-01-01

    Composite C60-LB films were fabricated by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique, their micro- structures, micro- and macro-tribological properties were investigated using atomic force microscope/ friction force microscope (AFM/FFM). The results showed that in the confined C60-LB films there were two kinds of structures for the special C60 assembly: grain diameters of one kind were in the range of 150-230 nm; the other was smaller than 20 nm. Mi-cro-tribological studies showed that topographical images of tiny C60 aggregates (<20 nm) were con-sistent with their frictional ones very well, namely, low friction occurred on tiny C60 aggregates compared with fatty chains LB monolayer, and 'Micro-rolling effect' was apparent; but for big large ones frictional forces were relatively high and 'ratchet mechanism' was seen apparently. Macro-tribological data proved large C60 aggregates had wear resistance and load-carrying capacities and anti-wear lives for com- posite C60-LB films were prolonged greatly with dis-persibility of C60 improved and its grain diameter re-duced. Tiny C60 aggregates were mainly the lubricating agents. Friction coefficients of composite C60-LB films gradually reduced with loads increasing having the same friction coefficient-load relations with boundary lubrication films.

  11. Electrical Conductivity, Thermal Behavior, and Seebeck Coefficient of Conductive Films for Printed Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting Systems

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    Ankireddy, Krishnamraju; Menon, Akanksha K.; Iezzi, Brian; Yee, Shannon K.; Losego, Mark D.; Jur, Jesse S.

    2016-11-01

    Printed electronics is being explored as a rapid, facile means for manufacturing thermoelectric generators (TEGs) that can recover useful electrical energy from waste heat. This work examines the relevant electrical conductivity, thermal resistance, thermovoltage, and Seebeck coefficient of printed films for use in such printed flexible TEGs. The thermoelectric performance of TEGs printed using commercially relevant nickel, silver, and carbon inks is evaluated. The microstructure of the printed films is investigated to better understand why the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient are degraded. Thermal conduction is shown to be relatively insensitive to the type of metalized coating and nearly equivalent to that of an uncoated polymer substrate. Of the commercially available conductive ink materials examined, carbon-nickel TEGs are shown to exhibit the highest thermovoltage, with a value of 10.3 μV/K. However, silver-nickel TEGs produced the highest power generation of 14.6 μW [from 31 junctions with temperature difference (Δ T) of 113°C] due to their low electrical resistance. The voltage generated from the silver-nickel TEG was stable under continuous operation at 275°C for 3 h. We have also demonstrated that, after a year of storage in ambient conditions, these devices retain their performance. Notably, the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient measured for individual materials were consistent with those measured from actual printed TEG device structures, validating the need for further fundamental materials characterization to accelerate flexible TEG device optimization.

  12. High-Work-Function Transparent Conductive Oxides with Multilayer Films

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    Song, Chunyan; Chen, Hong; Fan, Yi; Luo, Jinsong; Guo, Xiaoyang; Liu, Xingyuan

    2012-04-01

    Transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films using WO3/Ag/WO3 (WAW) were fabricated under room temperature conditions. WAW has a low sheet resistance of 12 Ω/sq and a work function of 6.334 eV. This is one of the TCOs with the highest work function. These properties make it useful for application in electroluminescent devices and solar cells. Both theoretical calculation and experimental results show that the two WO3 layers strongly affect transparency, while the Ag layer determines transmittance and electrical performances. These rules can be applied in all dielectric/metal/dielectric structures.

  13. Anisotropic terahertz complex conductivities in oriented polythiophene films

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    Unuma, Takeya; Umemoto, Atsuhiro; Kishida, Hideo

    2013-11-01

    We investigate polarization-resolved terahertz (THz) transmission through a doped polythiophene film consisting of partially oriented polymer chains. The THz complex conductivities are found to be significantly larger for polarization parallel to the principal direction of orientation than for polarization perpendicular to it, but involve no change in spectral shape with polarization. This indicates that charge transport occurs mainly along polythiophene chains with their in-plane angle distribution, ruling out a possible interchain contribution, whose spectral shape should be sensitive to polarization.

  14. Thin films under chemical stress

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    1991-01-01

    The goal of work on this project has been develop a set of experimental tools to allow investigators interested in transport, binding, and segregation phenomena in composite thin film structures to study these phenomena in situ. Work to-date has focuses on combining novel spatially-directed optical excitation phenomena, e.g. waveguide eigenmodes in thin dielectric slabs, surface plasmon excitations at metal-dielectric interfaces, with standard spectroscopies to understand dynamic processes in thin films and at interfaces. There have been two main scientific thrusts in the work and an additional technical project. In one thrust we have sought to develop experimental tools which will allow us to understand the chemical and physical changes which take place when thin polymer films are placed under chemical stress. In principle this stress may occur because the film is being swelled by a penetrant entrained in solvent, because interfacial reactions are occurring at one or more boundaries within the film structure, or because some component of the film is responding to an external stimulus (e.g. pH, temperature, electric field, or radiation). However all work to-date has focused on obtaining a clearer understanding penetrant transport phenomena. The other thrust has addressed the kinetics of adsorption of model n-alkanoic acids from organic solvents. Both of these thrusts are important within the context of our long-term goal of understanding the behavior of composite structures, composed of thin organic polymer films interspersed with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) and self-assembled monolayers. In addition there has been a good deal of work to develop the local technical capability to fabricate grating couplers for optical waveguide excitation. This work, which is subsidiary to the main scientific goals of the project, has been successfully completed and will be detailed as well. 41 refs., 10 figs.

  15. Applications of Silver Nanowires on Transparent Conducting Film and Electrode of Electrochemical Capacitor

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    Yuan-Jun Song

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Silver nanowire has potential applications on transparent conducting film and electrode of electrochemical capacitor due to its excellent conductivity. Transparent conducting film (G-film was prepared by coating silver nanowires on glass substrate using Meyer rod method, which exhibited better performance than carbon nanotube and graphene. The conductivity of G-film can be improved by increasing sintering temperature. Electrode of electrochemical capacitor (I-film was fabricated through the same method with G-film on indium tin oxide (ITO. CV curves of I-film under different scanning rates had obvious redox peaks, which indicated that I-film exhibited excellent electrochemical pseudocapacitance performance and good reversibility during charge/discharge process. In addition, the specific capacitance of I-film was measured by galvanostatic charge/discharge experiments, indicating that I-film exhibits high special capacitance and excellent electrochemical stability.

  16. Transparent Conductive Films of Copper Nanofiber Network Fabricated by Electrospinning

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    Sungyeoul Kim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Cu nanofiber networks can be a good alternative of the Ag nanowire of high electrical conductivity while having the advantage of low price. An electrospinning method was developed to fabricate copper nanofiber network for use as a transparent conductive film on glass substrate. The effects of liquid diluents for electrospinning processability were examined in relation to the subsequent Cu nanofiber formation processes. Electrospinning solutions of copper acetate/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA and copper nitrate trihydrate/polyvinyl butyral (PVB were investigated. The polymer mixing solutions influenced the subsequent annealing temperatures for removal of the polymers and reduction of the formed CuO nanofibers to Cu metal nanofibers. The morphology and structures of the formed nanofiber networks were examined by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and so forth. The mixture with PVB provided lower annealing temperatures suitable for application to flexible substrates.

  17. STRUCTURING OF DIAMOND FILMS USING MICROSPHERE LITHOGRAPHY

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    Mária Domonkos

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the structuring of micro- and nanocrystalline diamond thin films is demonstrated. The structuring of the diamond films is performed using the technique of microsphere lithography followed by reactive ion etching. Specifically, this paper presents a four-step fabrication process: diamond deposition (microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition, mask preparation (by the standard Langmuir-Blodgett method, mask modification and diamond etching. A self-assembled monolayer of monodisperse polystyrene (PS microspheres with close-packed ordering is used as the primary template. Then the PS microspheres and the diamond films are processed in capacitively coupled radiofrequency plasma  using different plasma chemistries. This fabrication method illustrates the preparation of large arrays of periodic and homogeneous hillock-like structures. The surface morphology of processed diamond films is characterized by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscope. The potential applications of such diamond structures in various fields of nanotechnology are also briefly discussed.

  18. Laser Processing of Carbon Nanotube Transparent Conducting Films

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    Mann, Andrew

    Transparent conducting films, or TCFs, are 2D electrical conductors with the ability to transmit light. Because of this, they are used in many popular electronics including smart phones, tablets, solar panels, and televisions. The most common material used as a TCF is indium tin oxide, or ITO. Although ITO has great electrical and optical characteristics, it is expensive, brittle, and difficult to pattern. These limitations have led researchers toward other materials for the next generation of displays and touch panels. The most promising material for next generation TCFs is carbon nanotubes, or CNTs. CNTs are cylindrical tubes of carbon no more than a few atoms thick. They have different electrical and optical properties depending on their atomic structure, and are extremely strong. As an electrode, they conduct electricity through an array of randomly dispersed tubes. The array is highly transparent because of gaps between the tubes, and size and optical properties of the CNTs. Many research groups have tried making CNT TCFs with opto-electric properties similar to ITO but have difficultly achieving high conductivity. This is partly attributed to impurities from fabrication and a mix of different tube types, but is mainly caused by low junction conductivity. In functionalized nanotubes, junction conductivity is impaired by covalently bonded molecules added to the sidewalls of the tubes. The addition of this molecule, known as functionalization, is designed to facilitate CNT dispersion in a solvent by adding properties of the molecule to the CNTs. While necessary for a good solution, functionalization decreases the conductivity in the CNT array by creating defects in the tube's structures and preventing direct inter-carbon bonding. This research investigates removing the functional coating (after tube deposition) by laser processing. Laser light is able to preferentially heat the CNTs because of their optical and electrical properties. Through local conduction

  19. Device and method for measuring thermal conductivity of thin films

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    Amer, Tahani R. (Inventor); Subramanian, Chelakara (Inventor); Upchurch, Billy T. (Inventor); Alderfer, David W. (Inventor); Sealey, Bradley S. (Inventor); Burkett, Jr., Cecil G. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A device and method are provided for measuring the thermal conductivity of rigid or flexible, homogeneous or heterogeneous, thin films between 50 .mu.m and 150 .mu.m thick with relative standard deviations of less than five percent. The specimen is sandwiched between like material, highly conductive upper and lower slabs. Each slab is instrumented with six thermocouples embedded within the slab and flush with their corresponding surfaces. A heat source heats the lower slab and a heat sink cools the upper slab. The heat sink also provides sufficient contact pressure onto the specimen. Testing is performed within a vacuum environment (bell-jar) between 10.sup.-3 to 10.sup.-6 Torr. An anti-radiant shield on the interior surface of the bell-jar is used to avoid radiation heat losses. Insulation is placed adjacent to the heat source and adjacent to the heat sink to prevent conduction losses. A temperature controlled water circulator circulates water from a constant temperature bath through the heat sink. Fourier's one-dimensional law of heat conduction is the governing equation. Data, including temperatures, are measured with a multi-channel data acquisition system. On-line computer processing is used for thermal conductivity calculations.

  20. Electric conductivity of polymer films filled with magnetic nanoparticles

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    Rumyantsev, B. M.; Bibikov, S. B.; Bychkova, A. V.; Leontiev, V. G.; Berendyaev, V. I.; Sorokina, O. N.; Kovarskii, A. L.

    2016-12-01

    The conductivity of polymer composites with magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) containing magnetite and other MNP (Ni, Cu-Ni) in the layers and planar cells with Al electrodes is studied. For soluble polymers (polyvinylpyrrolidone and polyvinyl alcohol) containing 1-10 wt % of magnetite MNP, a substantial effect of MNP on surface conductivity is detected over a wide range (from 10-10 to 10-3 Ω-1). It is shown that the addition of magnetite MNP not only results in a considerable change in cell conductivity, but also leads to its partially irreversible variation (by an order of magnitude or more) via minor modifications of the experimental conditions (temperature, electric field). For high-resistance samples with low probabilities of conducting chain formation, temperature current peaks are observed upon moderate heating (up to 350 K). These peaks are similar to the maxima observed upon polymer electret thermodischarges when the charges are captured by the deep centers associated with separate MNP or MNP aggregates. The type and position of the maxima are determined by the characteristics of the polymer matrix. For polyvinylpyrrolidone composites, the maxima are observed some time after heating (the echo effect). With composites based on solventborne polymers (polyalkanesterimides, soluble polyimide) and Ni, Cu-Ni MNP, no change in film conductivity measured electrophotographically is observed, due to the formation of a dielectric coating formed by polymer macromolecules adsorbed on the MNP surface. An explanation based on the possible formation of magnetic aggregates of magnetite MNP and conducting chains is proposed. Magnetic aggregation IPM is proposed as one way of controlling cell conductivity.

  1. Decohesion Kinetics of PEDOT:PSS Conducting Polymer Films

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    Dupont, Stephanie R.

    2013-10-17

    The highly conductive polymer PEDOT:PSS is a widely used hole transport layer and transparent electrode in organic electronic devices. To date, the mechanical and fracture properties of this conductive polymer layer are not well understood. Notably, the decohesion rate of the PEDOT:PSS layer and its sensitivity to moist environments has not been reported, which is central in determining the lifetimes of organic electronic devices. Here, it is demonstrated that the decohesion rate is highly sensitive to the ambient moisture content, temperature, and mechanical stress. The kinetic mechanisms are elucidated using atomistic bond rupture models and the decohesion process is shown to be facilitated by a chemical reaction between water molecules from the environment and strained hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen bonds are the predominant bonding mechanism between individual PEDOT:PSS grains within the layer and cause a significant loss in cohesion when they are broken. Understanding the decohesion kinetics and mechanisms in these films is essential for the mechanical integrity of devices containing PEDOT:PSS layers and yields general guidelines for the design of more reliable organic electronic devices. Decohesion rate in PEDOT:PSS conducting films is studied under varied environmental conditions. The moisture content in the environment is the most important factor accelerating the decohesion in the PEDOT:PSS layer, which is detrimental for device reliability. The findings on the decohesion rate and mechanisms, elucidated by atomic kinetic models, are essential for the design of more reliable organic electronic devices containting PEDOT:PSS layers. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Space charge limited conduction in CdSe thin films

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    Pradip Kr Kalita; B K Sarma; H L Das

    2003-10-01

    The current ()–voltage () characteristics of thermally evaporated CdSe thin films having thickness in the range 850–3000 Å and deposited within the substrate temperature of 303–573 K show nearly linear dependence at low voltage and afterwards a non-linear behaviour at higher voltage range. A detailed study of – curves in dark and under illumination clearly reveals the mechanism as ohmic at low voltage and that of trap limited space charge limited conduction (SCLC) at higher voltage. The transition voltage () from ohmic to SCLC is found to be quite independent of ambient temperature as well as intensity of illumination. SCLC is explained on the basis of the exponential trap distribution in CdSe films. Trap depths estimated from the ln vs 103/T plots are found to be within 0.60–0.37 eV. Using the relevant SCLC theory, the carrier concentration, 0, total trap concentration, t, and the ratio of free charge to trapped charge, , have been calculated and correlated with ambient temperature and intensity of illumination.

  3. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin film anode for proton conducting batteries

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    Meng, Tiejun; Young, Kwo; Beglau, David; Yan, Shuli; Zeng, Peng; Cheng, Mark Ming-Cheng

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous Si (a-Si:H) thin films deposited by chemical vapor deposition were used as anode in a non-conventional nickel metal hydride battery using a proton-conducting ionic liquid based non-aqueous electrolyte instead of alkaline solution for the first time, which showed a high specific discharge capacity of 1418 mAh g-1 for the 38th cycle and retained 707 mAh g-1 after 500 cycles. A maximum discharge capacity of 3635 mAh g-1 was obtained at a lower discharge rate, 510 mA g-1. This electrochemical discharge capacity is equivalent to about 3.8 hydrogen atoms stored in each silicon atom. Cyclic voltammogram showed an improved stability 300 mV below the hydrogen evolution potential. Both Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy studies showed no difference to the pre-existing covalent Si-H bond after electrochemical cycling and charging, indicating a non-covalent nature of the Si-H bonding contributing to the reversible hydrogen storage of the current material. Another a-Si:H thin film was prepared by an rf-sputtering deposition followed by an ex-situ hydrogenation, which showed a discharge capacity of 2377 mAh g-1.

  4. Thin film conductive polymer for microactuator and micromuscle applications

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    Lee, A.P.; Hong, K.; Trevino, J.; Northrup, M.A.

    1994-04-14

    Conductive polymer/polyimide bimorphic microcantilevers have been actuated vertically (out-of-plane) upon the volumetric changes induced by electrochemical doping of the polymer. The microcantilevers that are 200-500 {mu}m in length and 50-100 {mu}m in width can be fully extended from a circularly-curled geometry, and thus generate more than 100 {mu}m displacement. Dynamically the microcantilevers have been driven as fast as 1.2 Hz and the polymer was stable for over a week stored in air and light. Residual stresses in the polymer film is estimated to be as high as 254 MPa, and actuation stresses are as high as 50 MPa.

  5. High thermal conductivity of a hydrogenated amorphous silicon film.

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    Liu, Xiao; Feldman, J L; Cahill, D G; Crandall, R S; Bernstein, N; Photiadis, D M; Mehl, M J; Papaconstantopoulos, D A

    2009-01-23

    We measured the thermal conductivity kappa of an 80 microm thick hydrogenated amorphous silicon film prepared by hot-wire chemical-vapor deposition with the 3omega (80-300 K) and the time-domain thermo-reflectance (300 K) methods. The kappa is higher than any of the previous temperature dependent measurements and shows a strong phonon mean free path dependence. We also applied a Kubo based theory using a tight-binding method on three 1000 atom continuous random network models. The theory gives higher kappa for more ordered models, but not high enough to explain our results, even after extrapolating to lower frequencies with a Boltzmann approach. Our results show that this material is more ordered than any amorphous silicon previously studied.

  6. Electronic conduction and electrocatalysis by supramolecular tetraruthenated copper porphyrazine films

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    Matsumoto, Marcio Y.; Toyama, Marcos M.; Mayer, Ildemar; Winnischofer, Herbert; Araki, Koiti; Toma, Henrique E. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica

    2009-07-01

    A new tetraruthenated copper(II)-tetra(3,4-pyridyl)porphyrazine species, [CuTRPyPz]{sup 4+}, has been synthesized and fully characterized by means of analytical, spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. This {pi}-conjugated system contrasts with the related meso-tetrapyridylporphyrins by exhibiting strong electronic interaction between the coordinated peripheral complexes and the central ring. Based on favorable {pi}-stacking and electrostatic interactions, layer-by-layer assembled films were successfully generated from the appropriate combination of [CuTRPyPz]{sup 4+} with copper(II)-tetrasulfonated phtalocyanine, [CuTSPc]{sup 4-}. Their conducting and electrocatalytic properties were investigated by means of impedance spectroscopy and rotating disc voltammetry, exhibiting metallic behavior near the Ru(III/II) redox potential, as well as enhanced catalytic activity for the oxidation of nitrite and sulphite ions. (author)

  7. Chemisorption effects on the thin-film conductivity

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    Geistlinger, H.

    1992-10-01

    An investigation of chemisorption effects on the electrical conductivity of thin, wide bandgap semiconductors is presented in the framework of the Volkenstein model. The controversially discussed problem of a neutral, weak-chemisorbed state is reconsidered on the basis of the one-electron theory of chemisorption (considered by Einstein and Schrieffer). An analytically tractable variational method is developed for the ground state in lattice space. It turns out that in case of atop-anion binding a stable, weak-chemisorbed state can arise. For the case of acceptor-like chemisorption the pressure dependence of the thin-film conductivity is derived, solving selfconsistently the one-dimensional Poisson equation. In a wide pressure region the conductivity shows a power-law behaviour. It is found that the power is determined by different, fundamental parameters and cannot be expressed by only one parameter, e.g., the constant, stochiometric exponent in the mass-action law. Furthermore, the theoretical values of the power vary between 0 and 1 in agreement with the variety of experimental results.

  8. Transparent Conductive Oxides for Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells

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    Loeffler, J.

    2005-04-25

    This thesis describes research on thin-film silicon solar cells with focus on the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) for such devices. In addition to the formation of a transparent and electrically conductive front electrode for the solar cell allowing photocurrent collection with low ohmic losses, the front TCO plays an important role for the light enhancement of thin-film silicon pin type solar cells. If the TCO is rough, light scattering at rough interfaces in the solar cell in combination with a highly reflective back contact leads to an increase in optical path length of the light. Multiple (total) internal reflectance leads to virtual 'trapping' of the light in the solar cell structure, allowing a further decrease in absorber thickness and thus thin-film silicon solar cell devices with higher and more stable efficiency. Here, the optical mechanisms involved in the light trapping in thin-film silicon solar cells have been studied, and two types of front TCO materials have been investigated with respect to their suitability as front TCO in thin-film silicon pin type solar cells. Undoped and aluminum doped zinc oxide layers have been fabricated for the first time by the expanding thermal plasma chemical vapour deposition (ETP CVD) technique at substrate temperatures between 150C and 350C, and successfully implemented as a front electrode material for amorphous silicon pin superstrate type solar cells. Solar cells with efficiencies comparable to cells on Asahi U-type reference TCO have been reproducibly obtained. A higher haze is needed for the ZnO samples studied here than for Asahi U-type TCO in order to achieve comparable long wavelength response of the solar cells. This is attributed to the different angular distribution of the scattered light, showing higher scattering intensities at large angles for the Asahi U-type TCO. A barrier at the TCO/p interface and minor collection problems may explain the slightly lower fill factors obtained for the

  9. Transparent conductive oxides for thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Löffler, J.

    2005-04-01

    This thesis describes research on thin-film silicon solar cells with focus on the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) for such devices. In addition to the formation of a transparent and electrically conductive front electrode for the solar cell allowing photocurrent collection with low ohmic losses, the front TCO plays an important role for the light enhancement of thin-film silicon pin type solar cells. If the TCO is rough, light scattering at rough interfaces in the solar cell in combination with a highly reflective back contact leads to an increase in optical path length of the light. Multiple (total) internal reflectance leads to virtual 'trapping' of the light in the solar cell structure, allowing a further decrease in absorber thickness and thus thin-film silicon solar cell devices with higher and more stable efficiency. Here, the optical mechanisms involved in the light trapping in thin-film silicon solar cells have been studied, and two types of front TCO materials have been investigated with respect to their suitability as front TCO in thin-film silicon pin type solar cells. Undoped and aluminum doped zinc oxide layers have been fabricated for the first time by the expanding thermal plasma chemical vapour deposition (ETP CVD) technique at substrate temperatures between 150 º C and 350 º C, and successfully implemented as a front electrode material for amorphous silicon pin superstrate type solar cells. Solar cells with efficiencies comparable to cells on Asahi U-type reference TCO have been reproducibly obtained. A higher haze is needed for the ZnO samples studied here than for Asahi U-type TCO in order to achieve comparable long wavelength response of the solar cells. This is attributed to the different angular distribution of the scattered light, showing higher scattering intensities at large angles for the Asahi U-type TCO. A barrier at the TCO/p interface and minor collection problems may explain the slightly lower fill factors obtained for the cells

  10. Preparation and Properties of Silver Nanowire-Based Transparent Conductive Composite Films

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    Tian, Ji-Li; Zhang, Hua-Yu; Wang, Hai-Jun

    2016-06-01

    Silver nanowire-based transparent conductive composite films with different structures were successfully prepared using various methods, including liquid polyol, magnetron sputtering and spin coating. The experimental results revealed that the optical transmittance of all different structural composite films decreased slightly (1-3%) compared to pure films. However, the electrical conductivity of all composite films had a great improvement. Under the condition that the optical transmittance was greater than 78% over the wavelength range of 400-800 nm, the AgNW/PVA/AgNW film became a conductor, while the AZO/AgNW/AZO film and the ITO/AgNW/ITO film showed 88.9% and 94% reductions, respectively, for the sheet resistance compared with pure films. In addition, applying a suitable mechanical pressure can improve the conductivity of AgNW-based composite films.

  11. Tribology studies of organic thin films by scanning force microscopy

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    Bar, G. [Albert-Ludwigs Univ., Freiburg (Germany). Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum; Rubin, S.; Parikh, A.N.; Swanson, B.I.; Zawodzinski, T.A. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1996-06-01

    The use of organic thin films as lubricants on solid surfaces is important in many modern technologies including magnetic storage and micromachines. Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films and self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are attractive candidates for lubricant layers and for model studies of lubrication because of their strong adsorption to the surface. The recent interest on the properties of LB films and SAMs has been also motivated by their potential applications in sensors, non-linear optical devices, lithography and microelectronics. Using the micro-contact printing method the authors prepared patterned SAMs consisting of methyl-terminated alkanethiols of different chain lengths. The samples were characterized using lateral force microscopy (LFM) and the force modulation technique (FMT). In general, higher friction is observed over the short chain regions than over the long chain regions when a low or moderate load is applied to the SFM tip. For such cases the high friction (short chain) regions are also ``softer`` as measured by FMT. A high loads, a reversal of the image contrast is observed and the short chain regions show a lower friction than the long chain regions. This image contrast is reversible upon reduction of the applied load.

  12. Monomolecular films of cholesterol oxidase and S-Layer proteins

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    Ferraz, Helen Conceição; Guimarães, Juliana Aguilar; Alves, Tito Livio Moitinho; Constantino, Carlos José Leopoldo

    2011-05-01

    Cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) is a flavoenzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of cholesterol to cholest-5-en-3-one and subsequently the isomerization to cholest-4-en-3-one. ChOx has been very commonly studied as the detection element in cholesterol biosensors. In the biosensor development field, a relatively new approach is the use of crystalline bacterial cell surface layers, known as S-Layer proteins. These proteins exhibit the ability of self-assembling at surfaces, opening a vast spectrum of applications, both in basic and applied researches. In our study, monomolecular films of ChOx and mixed films of ChOx/S-Layer proteins and DPPC/S-Layer proteins were produced using the Langmuir technique. Characterization of the films was performed by means of surface pressure-molecular area ( π- A) isotherms. Stable monolayers were obtained, which means that they can be transferred to solid substrates by Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Mixed monolayers showed an ideal like behavior.

  13. ELECTROCHEMICAL STUDIES ON CONDUCTING COMPOSITE FILMS FROM POLYURETHANE AND POLYPYRROLE

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    BI Xiantong; PEI Qibing; LI Yongfang

    1988-01-01

    A study on the electrooxidative polymerization of pyrrole onto polyurethane-coated platinum electrodes and the electrochemical properties of the composite polyurethane/polypyrrole films (PU/PPy) as-prepared is presented. It is found that polypyrrole grows layer by layer from the polyurethane/platinum interface through the polyurethane matrix, and ca. 20 wt.% of polypyrrole will fill up the matrix. Cyclic voltammograms show that the composite films are porous, and the reduction-reoxidation (redox) rate of the composite films is limited by the diffusion ofcounteranions through the films. Larger anion size leads to slower diffusion process.The composite films can also act as modified electrodes.

  14. Effect of microstructure on thermal conductivity of Cu, Ag thin films.

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    Ryu, Sang; Juhng, Woonam; Kim, Youngman

    2010-05-01

    Thin film type materials are widely used in modern industries, such as semiconductor devices, functional superconductors, machining tools, and so on. The thermal properties of material in semiconductor are very important factors for stable operation because the heat generated during device operation may increase clock frequency. Even though thermal properties of thin films may play a major role in assessing reliability of parts, the measurement methods of thin film thermal properties are generally known to be complex to devise. In this study, a temperature distribution method was applied for the measurement of thermal conductivity of Cu and Ag thin film on borosilicate glass substrate. Cu and Ag thin films were deposited on borosilicate glass using thermal evaporation processes. To measure the thermal conductivity changes according to the microstructure of metallic thin film, the processing variables for the Cu and Ag thin film deposition were changed. To minimize the effect of film thickness, the film thickness was fixed to the thickness of approximately 500 nm throughout experiments. The thermal conductivities of thin films were measured to be much lower than those of bulk materials. Thin film with larger grain size showed higher thermal conductivity probably due to the lower number density of grain boundary. Weidman-Franz law could be applied to thin films produced in this study. Thermal conductivity was also estimated from the resistivity of thin film and Lorenz number of bulk material.

  15. Effect of interface on surface morphology and proton conduction of polymer electrolyte thin films.

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    Ohira, Akihiro; Kuroda, Seiichi; Mohamed, Hamdy F M; Tavernier, Bruno

    2013-07-21

    To understand the relationship between surface morphology and proton conduction of polymer electrolyte thin films, perfluorinated ionomer Nafion® thin films were prepared on different substrates such as glassy carbon (GC), hydrophilic-GC (H-GC), and platinum (Pt) as models for the ionomer film within a catalyst layer. Atomic force microscopy coupled with an electrochemical (e-AFM) technique revealed that proton conduction decreased with film thickness; an abrupt decrease in proton conductance was observed when the film thickness was less than ca. 10 nm on GC substrates in addition to a significant change in surface morphology. Furthermore, thin films prepared on H-GC substrates with UV-ozone treatment exhibited higher proton conduction than those on untreated GC substrates. However, Pt substrates exhibited proton conduction comparable to that of GCs for films thicker than 20 nm; a decrease in proton conduction was observed at ∼5 nm thick film but was still much higher than for carbon substrates. These results indicate that the number of active proton-conductive pathways and/or the connectivity of the proton path network changed with film thickness. The surface morphology of thinner films was significantly affected by the film/substrate interface and was fundamentally different from that of the bulk thick membrane.

  16. A New Method of Photopatterning with LB Films Based on a Chemically Amplified Mechanism

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    2006-01-01

    A new approach to introducing a photoacid generator(PAG) into Langmuir-Blodgett(LB) films to draw photopatterns as a lithographic process is described here. The chemically amplified positive-tone resist system used here consists of two components: a copolymer, poly(dodecrylacrylamide-co-4-t-butyloxylvinyl-phenylcarbonate)[P(DDA-t-BVPC53)] and a PAG, tri(2,3-dibromopropyl) isocyanurate(TDBPIC). In the two-component system, the acid generated by the PAG catalyzes the deprotection reaction of P(DDA-t-BVPC53), to remove the tert-butoxycarbonyl group(t-BOC) in the exposed region during the postexposure baking process, thus rendering the exposed region soluble to alkaline aqueous solvents to form a positive tone. Photolithographic properties of the LB films have been evaluated. The patterns can be resolved with a resolution of 1 μm line width by UV irradiation, followed by development with an alkaline solution. The LB films can be used to generate etched gold relief images on a glass substrate via an aqueous iodide, like ammonium iodide, in alcohol/water as the etchant. The etch resistance of such LB films is sufficiently good, allowing patterning of a gold film suitable for photomask fabrication.

  17. Highly conductive free standing polypyrrole films prepared by freezing interfacial polymerization.

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    Qi, Guijin; Huang, Liyan; Wang, Huiliang

    2012-08-25

    Highly conductive free standing polypyrrole (PPy) films were prepared by a novel freezing interfacial polymerization method. The films exhibit metallic luster and electrical conductivity up to 2000 S cm(-1). By characterizing with SEM, FTIR, Raman and XRD, the high conductivity is attributed to the smooth surface, higher conjugation length and more ordered molecular structure of PPy.

  18. IONIC CONDUCTIVITY OF METHYLSILOXANE TERMINATED POLYETHYLENE OXIDE WITH LITHIUM PERCHLORATE NETWORK FILMS

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    LI Yongjun; FU Yingwen; FANG Shibi; JIANG Yingyan

    1988-01-01

    Complex films of crosslinked poly(methylsiloxane-co-ethylene oxide) and lithium perchlorate were prepared. These solid state polymeric electrolytes show a markedly higher ionic conductivity, and excellent flexibility. The ionic conductivity of the network films closed to 10-5 Scm-1 at room temperature. The effects of Li + content, species and contents of crosslinking agents, molecular weight of poly(ethylene oxide)and temperature on the ionic conductivity of the network films were also investigated.

  19. Influence of anomalous roughness growth on the electrical conductivity of thin films

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    Palasantzas, G

    2005-01-01

    In this work it is explored how anomalies in the dynamic evolution of self-affine interface roughness influence electrical conduction in thin films. For metallic films if the roughness amplitude w increases faster than the correlation length 6 with increasing film thickness that leads to higher scat

  20. Four point probe structures with buried electrodes for the electrical characterization of ultrathin conducting films

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    Groenland, A.W.; Wolters, R.A.M.; Kovalgin, A.Y.; Schmitz, J.

    2009-01-01

    Test structures for the electrical characterization of ultrathin conductive (ALD) films are presented based on buried electrodes on which the ultrathin film is deposited. This work includes test structure design and fabrication, and the electrical characterization of ALD TiN films down to 4 nm. It i

  1. Molecular dynamics study on thermal conductivity of na-noscale thin films

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    2001-01-01

    A simple and effective model of heat conduction across thin films is set up and molecular dynamics simulations are implemented to explore the thermal conductivity of nanoscale thin dielectric films in the direction perpendicular to the film plane. Solid argon is selected as the model system due to its reliable experimental data and potential function. Size effects of the thermal conductivity across thin films are found by computer simulations: in a film thickness range of 2-10 nm, the conductivity values are remarkably lower than the corresponding bulk experimental data and increase as the thickness increases. The consistency between the approximate solution of the phonon Boltzmann transport equation and the simulation results ascribes the thermal conductivity size effect to the phonon scattering at film boundaries.

  2. Effect of Thickness of Single-Phase Antimony and Tellurium Thin Films on Their Thermal Conductivities.

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    Park, No-Won; Park, Sang-In; Lee, Sang-Kwon

    2015-09-01

    We present the effects of film thickness and grain size on the out-of-plane thermal conductivities of single-phase Sb and Te thin films, which are of great interest for thermoelectric device applications. The thermal conductivities of the films were measured by the four-point-probe 3Ωo method, at room temperature. For this study, 50-, 100-, and 200-nm-thick Sb and Te thin films were prepared by electron-beam evaporation at room temperature. From the measured thermal conductivities, we evaluated that the average thermal conductivities of the Sb and Te thin films were 5.9-10.2 W/(m x K) and 0.8-1.2 W/(m x K), respectively, at room temperature. This result reveals that the thickness and grain size of each thin film strongly affect the modulation of its thermal conductivity at room temperature.

  3. Molecular ordering and 2D conductivity in ultrathin poly(3-hexylthiophene)/gold nanoparticle composite films.

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    Ruiz, Virginia; Nicholson, Patrick G; Jollands, Stuart; Thomas, Pamela A; Macpherson, Julie V; Unwin, Patrick R

    2005-10-20

    This paper reports the first comparison of the structure and electrical conductivity properties of spin cast (SC) and Langmuir-Schaeffer (LS) films of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT). In addition, the effect of incorporating highly monodisperse Au nanoparticles (NPs), with a core diameter of approximately 5 nm, into SC and LS P3HT films is described. A detailed picture of molecular organization in the films has been obtained using ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray reflectivity. Film morphology was correlated with pseudo-two-dimensional conductivity measured using scanning electrochemical microscopy, with P3HT in the semiconducting regime. It was found that SC films, which were slightly thicker than those formed with the LS technique, exhibited greater organization. This resulted in an order of magnitude higher lateral conductivity for the SC films. Inclusion of Au NPs (50 wt %) into both SC and LS films resulted in the formation of uniform and relatively flat (rms roughness approximately 1 nm) composite films. Surprisingly, the addition of NPs did not disrupt the characteristic crystal structure found for the native P3HT films. The effect of Au NPs on film lateral conductivity was found to be determined by the distribution of Au NPs within the polymer, which varied significantly between SC and LS films. Whereas Au NPs aggregated into hexagonally packed clusters in SC films, NPs in LS films were predominantly uniformly distributed between the lamella bilayer. It was found that, while the inclusion of Au NPs caused the lateral conductivity to decrease in SC films, in LS films, the lateral conductivity increased by a factor of 2.

  4. Sol-gel-derived Hybrid Conductive Films for Electro magnetic Interference (EMI) Shielding

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    XIE Jiyuan; GUO Wenfeng; WANG Jianzhong

    2011-01-01

    The conductive nano-sized zinc particles were embedded in an insulating amorphous silica matrix, and the hybrid films were obtained by a sol-gel method. The stable hybrid sol solution was prepared by hydrolysis and condensation of Methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) with a one-step acidic catalyst process. Hybrid films were dip-coated on silicon wafer and cured at 120 ℃ for 60minutes. The structural characterization of hybrid films were investigated by means of attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraetion (XRD). The electrical properties of the films were examined with four-point probe. Hybrid films showed to be relatively dense, uniform and defect free. The conductivity of hybrid films was varied with the different contents of zinc nanoparticles and the thickness of the film. It was observed that there was the percolation threshold for the film's electrical properties.

  5. Preparation and properties of plasma-polymerized thiophene (PPT) conducting films

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    Sadhir, R.K. (Westinghouse Science and Tech. Center, Pittsburgh, PA (United States)); Schoch, K.F. Jr. (Westinghouse Science and Tech. Center, Pittsburgh, PA (United States))

    1993-01-15

    This paper presents, for the first time, conducting films of polythiophene prepared by plasma-polymerization. In this technique, ionized argon is the initiating species for the polymerization of thiophene in a region away from the high RF flux-density. These films displayed a conductivity of 1.8 x 10[sup -4] S cm[sup -1] after doping with iodine. The surface morphology of the films deposited away from the high RF flux-density region showed topology similar to the films prepared by electrochemical methods. The films deposited near the high RF flux-density region showed a platelet structure. (orig.)

  6. Lustrous copper nanoparticle film: Photodeposition with high quantum yield and electric conductivity

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    Miyagawa, Masaya; Yonemura, Mari; Tanaka, Hideki

    2016-11-01

    Cu nanoparticle (NP) film has attracted much attention due to its high electric conductivity. In the present study, we prepared a Cu NP film on a TiO2-coated substrate by photoreduction of copper acetate solution. The obtained film showed high electric conductivity and metallic luster by the successive deposition of Cu NP. Moreover, the film was decomposed on exposure to fresh air, and its decomposition reaction mechanisms were proposed. Hence, we concluded that the obtained lustrous film was composed of Cu NP, even though its physical properties was similar to bulk copper.

  7. Cellulose antibody films for highly specific evanescent wave immunosensors

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    Hartmann, Andreas; Bock, Daniel; Jaworek, Thomas; Kaul, Sepp; Schulze, Matthais; Tebbe, H.; Wegner, Gerhard; Seeger, Stefan

    1996-01-01

    For the production of recognition elements for evanescent wave immunosensors optical waveguides have to be coated with ultrathin stable antibody films. In the present work non amphiphilic alkylated cellulose and copolyglutamate films are tested as monolayer matrices for the antibody immobilization using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. These films are transferred onto optical waveguides and serve as excellent matrices for the immobilization of antibodies in high density and specificity. In addition to the multi-step immobilization of immunoglobulin G(IgG) on photochemically crosslinked and oxidized polymer films, the direct one-step transfer of mixed antibody-polymer films is performed. Both planar waveguides and optical fibers are suitable substrates for the immobilization. The activity and specificity of immobilized antibodies is controlled by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technique. As a result reduced non-specific interactions between antigens and the substrate surface are observed if cinnamoylbutyether-cellulose is used as the film matrix for the antibody immobilization. Using the evanescent wave senor (EWS) technology immunosensor assays are performed in order to determine both the non-specific adsorption of different coated polymethylmethacrylat (PMMA) fibers and the long-term stability of the antibody films. Specificities of one-step transferred IgG-cellulose films are drastically enhanced compared to IgG-copolyglutamate films. Cellulose IgG films are used in enzymatic sandwich assays using mucine as a clinical relevant antigen that is recognized by the antibodies BM2 and BM7. A mucine calibration measurement is recorded. So far the observed detection limit for mucine is about 8 ng/ml.

  8. SYNTHESES AND PROPERTIES OF POLYMERIZABLE METALLOPHTHALOCYANINE DERIVATIVES

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    LIU Yunqi; YAMADA Akira; SHIGEHARA Kiyotaka; HARA Masahiko

    1988-01-01

    Metallophthalocyanine derivatives with polymerizable vinyl groups were synthesized, characterized and polymerized. Preliminary results on their Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film formation and the electronic properties of (Indium-Tin Oxide/LB-film/Al) Schottky devices were reported.

  9. Phase behaviour in binary mixed Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers of triglycerides

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    Zdravkova, A.N.; van der Eerden, J.P.J.M.

    2007-01-01

    Binary mixed monolayers of the triglycerides (TAGs)-tripalmitin (PPP), tristearin (SSS) and triarachidin (AAA) at the air–water interface are investigated with the Langmuir method. Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) layers obtained by deposition on mica are investigated by Atomic Force Microscopy. Combining

  10. Structural Study of Langmuir-Blodgett Mono- and Multilayers of Poly(β-hydroxybutyrate)

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    Lambeek, G.; Vorenkamp, E.J.; Schouten, A.J.

    1995-01-01

    In this study poly(β-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) was used as a spreading material to form LB monolayers at the air-water interface. Isotherms were found to show a transition at about 14 mN/m that is argued to be associated with a phase transition in the monolayer. Stable monolayers could be obtained at v

  11. Conductive metal oxide film for solar energy control

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    Donley, H.E.

    1980-05-20

    An electroconductive film comprising the oxides of cobalt and nickel in a spinel structure having the formula nico2o4 and having high absorption in the luminous and infrared portions of the solar energy spectrum is disclosed.

  12. Anisotropic conductance of the multiwall carbon nanotube array/silicone elastomer composite film

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    Yao Yuan; Liu Changhong; Fan Shoushan [Tsinghua-Foxconn Nanotechnology Research Center and Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2006-09-14

    Multiwall carbon nanotube array/silicone elastomer composite films have been fabricated with an in situ injection modelling method. The transverse conductivity of the composite films is larger than the lateral conductivity because the aligned carbon nanotube array is embedded into the polymer matrix. The nonlinear I-V curve has been analysed and the temperature-dependent transport behaviour has been investigated.

  13. Fibers and Conductive Films Using Silver Nanoparticles and Nanowires by Near-Field Electrospinning Process

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    Cheng-Tang Pan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The silver nanowires (AgNWs and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs were synthesized. With near-field electrospinning (NFES process, fibers and thin films with AgNPs and AgNWs were fabricated. In the NFES process, 10 k voltage was applied and the AgNPs and AgNWs fibers can be directly orderly collected without breaking and bending. Then, the characteristics of the fibers were analyzed by four-point probe and EDS. The conductive film was analyzed. When the thickness of films with AgNWs and AgNPs was 1.6 µm, the sheet resistance of films was 0.032 Ω/sq which was superior to that of the commercial ITO. The transmissivity of films was analyzed. The transmissivity was inversely proportional to sheet resistance of the films. In the future, the fibers and films can be used as transparent conductive electrodes.

  14. Boundary effects on the electrical conductivity of pure and doped cerium oxide thin films.

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    Göbel, Marcus C; Gregori, Giuliano; Guo, Xiangxin; Maier, Joachim

    2010-11-14

    Thin films of CeO(2) (both nominally pure and 10 mol% gadolinium-doped) grown via pulsed-laser deposition were studied. The electrical conductivity of the samples was measured as a function of thickness, temperature and oxygen partial pressure (pO(2)) using impedance spectroscopy. As expected, undoped CeO(2) exhibits electronic conductivity (with activation energy between 1.4 and 1.6 eV) whereas the highly doped samples are oxygen vacancy conductors (activation energy around 0.7 eV for epitaxial films). In order to investigate the influence of the nature of the substrate the thin films were grown on two different substrates, Al(2)O(3) (0001) and SiO(2) (0001), and compared. While the films grown on SiO(2) exhibit a microstructure characterized by columnar grains, the films grown on Al(2)O(3) are epitaxial. Notably, for films on both substrates the conductivity and activation energy vary with film thickness and exhibit remarkable differences when the films on different substrates are compared. In the case of the polycrystalline films (SiO(2) substrate), the space charge layer effects of the grain boundaries dominate over the substrate-film interface effect. In the case of the epitaxial films (Al(2)O(3) substrate), a small interface effect, probably due to a space charge layer or structural strain, is observed.

  15. Thin film formation at the air-water interface and on solid substrates of soluble axial substituted cis-bis-decanoate tin phthalocyanine

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    Campos-Teran, Jose, E-mail: jcampos@correo.cua.uam.mx [Departamento de Procesos y Tecnologia, DCNI, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa, Artificios 40-sexto piso, Col. Hidalgo, D. F., 001120 (Mexico); Garza, Cristina [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, P. O. Box 20-364, D. F., 01000 (Mexico); Beltran, Hiram I. [Departamento de Ciencias Naturales, DCNI, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa, Artificios 40-sexto piso, Col. Hidalgo, D. F., 001120 (Mexico); Castillo, Rolando [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, P. O. Box 20-364, D. F., 01000 (Mexico)

    2012-01-01

    Herein we study thin films of a recent kind of soluble axial substituted cis-bis-decanoate-tin{sup IV} phthalocyanine (PcSn10) at the air/water interface, which were compressed isothermally and observed with Brewster Angle Microscopy. The air/water interfacial behavior of the films suggests that there are strong interactions among the PcSn10 molecules, which produces multilayers and 3D self-assemblies that prevent the formation of a Langmuir monolayer. Langmuir-Blodgett deposits of these films on both mica (negatively charged) and mild steel (positively charged) surfaces were developed. Information about the morphology of the film was obtained by using atomic force microscopy. We found structural differences in the PcSn10 thin films deposited on both substrates, suggesting that a combination of {pi}-{pi}, {sigma}-{pi} and Van der Waals interactions are the leading factors for the deposition, and consequently, for the control of supramolecular order. Our findings provide insights in the design of phthalocyanine molecules for the development of highly ordered and reproducible thin films.

  16. Controlling preferred orientation and electrical conductivity of zinc oxide thin films by post growth annealing treatment

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    Kennedy, J., E-mail: J.Kennedy@gns.cri.nz [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Murmu, P.P.; Leveneur, J. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); Markwitz, A. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand); The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (New Zealand); Futter, J. [National Isotope Centre, GNS Science, PO Box 31312, Lower Hutt 5010 (New Zealand)

    2016-03-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Annealing dependent microstructural evolution and change in conductivity of ZnO films. • Preferential growth along (0 0 2) and (1 0 0) planes in air and vacuum annealed films. • Resistivity varied between 10{sup 6} and 10{sup −2} Ω cm depending on annealing conditions. • Hydrogen interstitials, and hydrogen-oxygen vacancy complexes affect the conductivity. • Narrow ZnO bandgap assigned to band tail effect related to intrinsic defects states. - Abstract: We report the microstructural evolution of the preferred orientation and electrical conductivity of zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films prepared by ion beam sputtering. Elastic recoil detection analysis results showed 0.6 at% H in as-deposited film which decreased to 0.35 at% in air annealed film due to H diffusion. XRD results showed that the preferred orientation can be tuned by selecting annealing conditions. Vacuum annealed films exhibited (1 0 0) orientation, whereas air annealed film showed (0 0 2) orientation. The annealing conditions caused a dramatic increase in the resistivity of air annealed films (∼10{sup 6} Ω cm), whereas vacuum annealed films showed lower resistivity (∼10{sup −2} Ω cm). High resistivity in air annealed film is attributed to the lack of hydrogen interstitials and hydrogen-oxygen vacancy complexes. Raman results supported the XRD results which demonstrated that annealing assisted in recovery of the crystalline disorder in as-deposited films. Air annealed film exhibited the highest optical transmission (89.7%) in the UV–vis region compared to as-deposited and vacuum annealed films (∼85%). Optical bandgap was found to vary between 3.11 eV and 3.18 eV in as-deposited and annealed films, respectively. The bandgap narrowing is associated with the intrinsic defects which introduced defect states resulting in band tail in ZnO films.

  17. Measurement of in-plane thermal conductivity in polymer films

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    Wei, Qingshuo; Uehara, Chinatsu; Mukaida, Masakazu; Kirihara, Kazuhiro; Ishida, Takao

    2016-01-01

    .... We evaluated thermal conductivities and anisotropic ratios for various types of samples including insulating polymers, undoped semiconducting polymers, doped conducting polymers, and one-dimensional...

  18. Effects of Ca(2+) ions on bestrophin-1 surface films.

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    Mladenova, Kirilka; Petrova, Svetla D; Andreeva, Tonya D; Moskova-Doumanova, Veselina; Topouzova-Hristova, Tanya; Kalvachev, Yuri; Balashev, Konstantin; Bhattacharya, Shomi S; Chakarova, Christina; Lalchev, Zdravko; Doumanov, Jordan A

    2017-01-01

    Human bestrophin-1 (hBest1) is a transmembrane calcium-activated chloride channel protein - member of the bestrophin family of anion channels, predominantly expressed in the membrane of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. Mutations in the protein cause ocular diseases, named Bestrophinopathies. Here, we present the first Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) study of the secondary structure elements of hBest1, π/A isotherms and hysteresis, Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) visualization of the aggregation state of protein molecules dispersed as Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films. The secondary structure of hBest1 consists predominantly of 310-helices (27.2%), α-helixes (16.3%), β-turns and loops (32.2%). AFM images of hBest1 suggest approximate lateral dimensions of 100×160Å and 75Å height. Binding of calcium ions (Ca(2+)) induces conformational changes in the protein secondary structure leading to assembly of protein molecules and changes in molecular and macro-organization of hBest1 in monolayers. These data provide basic information needed in pursuit of molecular mechanisms underlying retinal and other pathologies linked to this protein.

  19. Reduced Graphene Oxide Films with Ultrahigh Conductivity as Li-Ion Battery Current Collectors.

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    Chen, Yanan; Fu, Kun; Zhu, Shuze; Luo, Wei; Wang, Yanbin; Li, Yiju; Hitz, Emily; Yao, Yonggang; Dai, Jiaqi; Wan, Jiayu; Danner, Valencia A; Li, Teng; Hu, Liangbing

    2016-06-08

    Solution processed, highly conductive films are extremely attractive for a range of electronic devices, especially for printed macroelectronics. For example, replacing heavy, metal-based current collectors with thin, light, flexible, and highly conductive films will further improve the energy density of such devices. Films with two-dimensional building blocks, such as graphene or reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanosheets, are particularly promising due to their low percolation threshold with a high aspect ratio, excellent flexibility, and low cost. However, the electrical conductivity of these films is low, typically less than 1000 S/cm. In this work, we for the first time report a RGO film with an electrical conductivity of up to 3112 S/cm. We achieve high conductivity in RGO films through an electrical current-induced annealing process at high temperature of up to 2750 K in less than 1 min of anneal time. We studied in detail the unique Joule heating process at ultrahigh temperature. Through a combination of experimental and computational studies, we investigated the fundamental mechanism behind the formation of a highly conductive three-dimensional structure composed of well-connected RGO layers. The highly conductive RGO film with high direct current conductivity, low thickness (∼4 μm) and low sheet resistance (0.8 Ω/sq.) was used as a lightweight current collector in Li-ion batteries.

  20. STUDIES ON THE ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY OF FREE-STANDING FILMS OF POLYANILINE

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    WAN Meixiang; ZHOU Weixia; LI Yongfang

    1991-01-01

    An insulate to metal transition was investigated based on the measurements of the dependence of the conductivity, activation energy on the protonation state of polyaniline (PANI). An isotropy in conductivity for stretched salt form of PANI was observed.For salt film of PANI, the Ⅰ-Ⅴ curve obeys Ohm's law, which shows a typical metal behavior,however, for base film or film with low protonation state, it can be explained by Space Charge Limited Current (SCLC). It is also found that the Ⅰ-Ⅴ curve of base film of PANI is independent of the work function of electrodes and the polymerization temperature.

  1. Transparent conducting oxide layers for thin film silicon solar cells

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    Rath, J.K.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304830585; Liu, Y.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304831743; de Jong, M.M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/325844208; de Wild, J.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/314641378; Schuttauf, J.A.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/314118039; Brinza, M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304823325; Schropp, R.E.I.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/072502584

    2009-01-01

    Texture etching of ZnO:1%Al layers using diluted HCl solution provides excellent TCOs with crater type surface features for the front contact of superstrate type of thin film silicon solar cells. The texture etched ZnO:Al definitely gives superior performance than Asahi SnO2:F TCO in case of nanocry

  2. Nanostructuring thin Au films on transparent conductive oxide substrates

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    Ruffino, F., E-mail: francesco.ruffino@ct.infn.it [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Crupi, I. [Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Carria, E. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Kimiagar, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch, Forsat Shirazi St. North Eskanari St. Azadi Rd. No 136, 13185/768 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Simone, F.; Grimaldi, M.G. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Catania, via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Center for Materials and Technologies for Information Communication and Solar Energy (MATIS CNR-IMM), via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy)

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► Thermal-induced morphology evolution of Au nanoclusters on ITO is studied. ► Laser irradiation-induced morphology evolution of thin Au film on ITO is studied. ► Au nanorings formation on ITO is presented. ► Au nanoclusters formation on ITO is presented. -- Abstract: Fabrication processes of Au nanostructures on indium-tin-oxide (ITO) surface by simple, versatile, and low-cost bottom-up methodologies are investigated in this work. A first methodology exploits the patterning effects induced by nanosecond laser irradiations on thin Au films deposited on ITO surface. We show that after the laser irradiations, the Au film break-up into nanoclusters whose mean size and surface density are tunable by the laser fluence. A second methodology exploits, instead, the patterning effects of standard furnace thermal processes on the Au film deposited on the ITO. We observe, in this case, a peculiar shape evolution from pre-formed nanoclusters during the Au deposition stage on the ITO, to holed nanostructures (i.e. nanorings), during the furnace annealing processes. The nanorings depth, height, width, and surface density are shown to be tunable by annealing temperature and time.

  3. Design of instantaneous liquid film thickness measurement system for conductive or non-conductive fluid with high viscosity

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    Yongxin Yu

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In the paper, a new capacitive sensor with a dielectric film coating was designed to measure the thickness of the liquid film on a flat surface. The measured medium can be conductive or non-conductive fluid with high viscosity such as silicone oil, syrup, CMC solution and melt. With the dielectric film coating, the defects caused by the humidity in a capacitor can be avoided completely. With a excitation frequency 0-20kHz, the static permittivity of capacitive sensor is obtained and stable when small thicknesses are monitored within the frequency of 0-3kHz. Based on the measurement principle, an experimental system was designed and verified including calibration and actual measurement for different liquid film thickness. Experimental results showed that the sensitivity, the resolution, repeatability and linear range of the capacitive sensor are satisfied to the liquid film thickness measurement. Finally, the capacitive measuring system was successfully applied to the water, silicone oil and syrup film thickness measurement.

  4. Molecular Orientation and Structural Characterization of Ultrathin Films of C12AzoNaph(1,4)C6N-SDS Studied by FT-IR and NIR-SERS Spectroscopies

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    2002-01-01

    The orientation and structural characterization of the ultrathin film of azobenzene-containing amphiphilic compound, C12AzoNaph(1,4)C6N+Br-, were studied in the present study. The compound can form a stable monolayer with sodium dextrin sulfate(SDS) by means of electrostatic interaction. Fourier-transform infrared(FT-IR) and near-infrared surface-enhanced Raman scattering(NIR-SERS) spectroscopies were used to study the orientation and characterize the structure of the Langmuir-Blodgett(LB) film and the dipping film. The FT-IR spectra indicate that the alkyl tail is nearly perpendicular to the substrate surface without any aggregation and adopts largely trans-zigzag conformation in the LB film. The NIR-SERS spectra demonstrate that the chromorphoric part in C12AzoNaph(1,4)C6N+Br is also nearly perpendicular to the surface of silver substrate both in the dipping film and the LB film. A new "sandwiched system" model was designed to investigate the orientation and structural characterization of the chromophoric part in the multi-monolayer LB films on the non-SERS active substrate. The SERS mechanism of the "sandwiched system" is discussed in the present paper.

  5. Novel p-Type Conductive Semiconductor Nanocrystalline Film as the Back Electrode for High-Performance Thin Film Solar Cells.

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    Zhang, Ming-Jian; Lin, Qinxian; Yang, Xiaoyang; Mei, Zongwei; Liang, Jun; Lin, Yuan; Pan, Feng

    2016-02-10

    Thin film solar cells, due to the low cost, high efficiency, long-term stability, and consumer applications, have been widely applied for harvesting green energy. All of these thin film solar cells generally adopt various metal thin films as the back electrode, like Mo, Au, Ni, Ag, Al, graphite, and so forth. When they contact with p-type layer, it always produces a Schottky contact with a high contact potential barrier, which greatly affects the cell performance. In this work, we report for the first time to find an appropriate p-type conductive semiconductor film, digenite Cu9S5 nanocrystalline film, as the back electrode for CdTe solar cells as the model device. Its low sheet resistance (16.6 Ω/sq) could compare to that of the commercial TCO films (6-30 Ω/sq), like FTO, ITO, and AZO. Different from the traditonal metal back electrode, it produces a successive gradient-doping region by the controllable Cu diffusion, which greatly reduces the contact potential barrier. Remarkably, it achieved a comparable power conversion efficiency (PCE, 11.3%) with the traditional metal back electrode (Cu/Au thin films, 11.4%) in CdTe cells and a higher PCE (13.8%) with the help of the Au assistant film. We believe it could also act as the back electrode for other thin film solar cells (α-Si, CuInS2, CIGSe, CZTS, etc.), for their performance improvement.

  6. Ion-beam modifications of the surface morphology and conductivity in some polymer thin films

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    M Ramakrishna Murthy; E Venkateshwar Rao

    2002-10-01

    Studies on the surface micromorphology and surface conductivity in thin polymer films of poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) and poly ethylene oxide (PEO) in both as-grown and ion-implanted polymer films have been carried out to reveal certain specific features of the ordered state in these materials. Optical microscopic investigations revealed the existence and enhanced formation in number of spherulites and dendrites in ionimplanted films relative to the as-grown films. The number and rate of formation of spherulites indicated an increase in the degree of crystallinity in these films. Measurements of surface conductivity of as-grown and ion-implanted polymer films, employing four-point probe method, indicated a decrease in electrical conductivity on ion-implantation. Photomicrographic analysis of the PVA and PEO thin film surfaces, has enabled to propose a temperature–stress induced mechanism of crystallization in conjunction with the surface conductivity measurements. The decrease in surface conductivity on ion-implantation in both PVA and PEO thin films, is attributed to a decrease in mobility of macromolecular charged species due to an increase in degree of crystallinity as has been observed by optical microscopy.

  7. Fabrication and optimization of transparent conductive films using laser annealing and picosecond laser patterning

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    Lee, Keunhee; Ki, Hyungson

    2017-10-01

    In this article, we propose a systematic method of optimizing the properties of transparent conductive films that possess high electrical conductivity and low optical transparency, by using laser patterning and doping. Prediction maps were constructed, which show the effects of patterning and doping for all possible combinations of initial film conditions (in terms of sheet resistance and transparency) and the degrees of patterning. Using these maps, the properties of transparent conductive films can be easily optimized. We first fabricated graphene-based transparent conductive films on fused silica glass by laser annealing of diamond-like carbon films, and then picosecond laser patterning and doping were successively conducted employing the processing conditions suggested by the maps. For patterning, two types of patterns, circular and square, were considered and prediction maps were separately constructed for both patterns. In this study, a film originally having a sheet resistance of 578 Ω/sq and a transparency of 25% was transformed to a 2823 Ω/sq and 80.6% film when 73% of the film was removed using square patterns and doped by nitric acid. Experimental data agreed well with predicted values.

  8. Conductivity and thermoelectric properties of nanostructure tin oxide thin films

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    M.A. Batal

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Tin oxide thin films doped with iron or copper were deposited on glass and porous alumina substrates, using the co-deposition dip coating sol–gel technique. Alumina substrate was prepared by the anodizing technique. Samples were sintered for 2 h at temperature 600 °C. The XRD spectrum of deposited samples shows a polycrystalline structure with a clear characteristic peak of SnO2 cassiterite phase. From (I–V characteristics measured at different temperatures for samples prepared on glass substrates, the density of states at the Fermi level was calculated. Thermoelectric effect was measured with a change of temperature for prepared samples under low pressure 1 mbar. Seebeck coefficient, the carrier concentration, the charge carrier mobility and the figure merit were determined for prepared samples under low pressure 1 mbar. Seebeck coefficient was improved when films were deposited on porous Alumina substrates.

  9. Conductive polythiophene-like thin film synthesized using controlled plasma processes

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    Wen, Long [Department of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Nu-SKKU Joint Institute for Plasma Nano Materials, Center for Advanced Plasma Surface Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Dong-Cheol [Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Chemical and Biological Defense Research Center, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Javid, Amjed [Department of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Nu-SKKU Joint Institute for Plasma Nano Materials, Center for Advanced Plasma Surface Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sanghoon [Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Nam, Jae-Do [Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Changsik [Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Chemical and Biological Defense Research Center, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Han, Jeon Geon, E-mail: hanjg@skku.edu [Department of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Nu-SKKU Joint Institute for Plasma Nano Materials, Center for Advanced Plasma Surface Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-31

    Transparent conductive polythiophene-like thin films were synthesized by a plasma polymerization technique using a middle range frequency (40 kHz). The effects of the variation of power and pressure on the chemical structure of the deposited film were investigated along with the effect of doping with iodine vapors on the conductivity of the films. Plasma polymerization is a low temperature process, provides deposition of thin polymer films on a wide variety of substrates, and has advantages due to non-involvement of any solvents. The chemical structure of the films was characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The wetting properties of the films were studied using water contact angle measurements. The fragmentation of the thiophene monomer structure increased with increasing discharge power, implying that at low discharge power, the plasma phase was energy-deficient. The lower fragmentation of the monomer led to high retention of the monomer structure in the deposited films. Under various pressure conditions, the retention of the monomer structure was found to be similar as that of the deposited films. After doping with iodine vapor, a large conductivity enhancement, from 3.52 × 10{sup −6} to 2.3 × 10{sup −3} s/cm was observed. The results showed the retention of a monomer structure having conjugated bonds in the films, responsible for the enhanced conductivities. - Highlights: • Fabrication of conductive polythiophene-like films by plasma process • Transmittance more than 80% • 3 order conductivity enhancement with iodine doping • Retention of monomer structure responsible for better conductivities.

  10. Deposition and post-processing techniques for transparent conductive films

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    Christoforo, Mark Greyson; Mehra, Saahil; Salleo, Alberto; Peumans, Peter

    2017-07-04

    In one embodiment, a method is provided for fabrication of a semitransparent conductive mesh. A first solution having conductive nanowires suspended therein and a second solution having nanoparticles suspended therein are sprayed toward a substrate, the spraying forming a mist. The mist is processed, while on the substrate, to provide a semitransparent conductive material in the form of a mesh having the conductive nanowires and nanoparticles. The nanoparticles are configured and arranged to direct light passing through the mesh. Connections between the nanowires provide conductivity through the mesh.

  11. Transparent conducting zinc oxide thin film prepared by off-axis rf magnetron sputtering

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    M K Jayaraj; Aldrin Antony; Manoj Ramachandran

    2002-06-01

    Highly conducting and transparent ZnO : Al thin films were grown by off-axis rf magnetron sputtering on amorphous silica substrates without any post-deposition annealing. The electrical and optical properties of the films deposited at various substrate temperatures and target to substrate distances were investigated in detail. Optimized ZnO : Al films have conductivity of 2200 S cm–1 and average transmission in the visible range is higher than 85%. The conductivity and mobility show very little temperature dependence.

  12. Thin films of conductive ZnO patterned by micromolding resulting in nearly isolated features.

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    Göbel, Ole F; Blank, Dave H A; ten Elshof, Johan E

    2010-02-01

    Patterned and continuous thin films of conductive Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) were prepared on different substrates from a polymeric precursor solution. Their electric conductivity and light transmittance (for visible and UV light) was measured at room temperature. By means of a simple device, conductive ZnO:Al films with high fidelity patterns with features of 2-20 microm width could be obtained by simply micromolding the liquid precursor film prior to heat treatment. The individual features were interconnected by a very thin residual ZnO layer.

  13. Size Effect of Lattice Thermal Conductivity Across Nanoscale Thin Films by Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    FENG Xiao-Li; LI Zhi-Xin; GUO Zeng-Yuan

    2001-01-01

    Thermal conductivity in the normal direction of ultra-thin dielectric films is predicted by molecular dynamics calculations for argon crystal. For film thicknesses of about 2-10nm within which real measurements cannot yet be implemented, the size dependence of lattice thermal conductivity is captured and a remarkable thermal conductivity drop is found as compared with bulk experimental data. This size effect demonstrates that phonon-boundary scattering in thin films may also be very significant at high temperatures even above the Debye temperature. The influence of different potential models is examined according to the comparison between results from the Lennard-Jones potential and a soft-sphere potential.

  14. Transparent Conductive Films Fabricated from Polythiophene Nanofibers Composited with Conventional Polymers

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    Borjigin Aronggaowa

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Transparent, conductive films were prepared by compositing poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT nanofibers with poly(methyl methacrylate (PMMA. The transparency, conductivity, atmospheric stability, and mechanical strength of the resulting nanofiber composite films when doped with AuCl3 were evaluated and compared with those of P3HT nanofiber mats. The conductivity of the nanofiber composite films was 4.1 S∙cm−1, which is about seven times less than that which was previously reported for a nanofiber mat with the same optical transmittance (~80% reported by Aronggaowa et al. The time dependence of the transmittance, however, showed that the doping state of the nanofiber composite films in air was more stable than that of the nanofiber mats. The fracture stress of the nanofiber composite film was determined to be 12.3 MPa at 3.8% strain.

  15. Thermal conductivity of pure silica MEL and MFI zeolite thin films

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    Coquil, Thomas; Lew, Christopher M.; Yan, Yushan; Pilon, Laurent

    2010-08-01

    This paper reports the room temperature cross-plane thermal conductivity of pure silica zeolite (PSZ) MEL and MFI thin films. PSZ MEL thin films were prepared by spin coating a suspension of MEL nanoparticles in 1-butanol solution onto silicon substrates followed by calcination and vapor-phase silylation with trimethylchlorosilane. The mass fraction of nanoparticles within the suspension varied from 16% to 55%. This was achieved by varying the crystallization time of the suspension. The thin films consisted of crystalline MEL nanoparticles embedded in a nonuniform and highly porous silica matrix. They featured porosity, relative crystallinity, and MEL nanoparticles size ranging from 40% to 59%, 23% to 47% and 55 nm to 80 nm, respectively. PSZ MFI thin films were made by in situ crystallization, were b-oriented, fully crystalline, and had a 33% porosity. Thermal conductivity of these PSZ thin films was measured at room temperature using the 3ω method. The cross-plane thermal conductivity of the MEL thin films remained nearly unchanged around 1.02±0.10 W m-1 K-1 despite increases in (i) relative crystallinity, (ii) MEL nanoparticle size, and (iii) yield caused by longer nanoparticle crystallization time. Indeed, the effects of these parameters on the thermal conductivity were compensated by the simultaneous increase in porosity. PSZ MFI thin films were found to have similar thermal conductivity as MEL thin films even though they had smaller porosity. Finally, the average thermal conductivity of the PSZ films was three to five times larger than that reported for amorphous sol-gel mesoporous silica thin films with similar porosity and dielectric constant.

  16. Selective Etching via Soft Lithography of Conductive Multilayered Gold Films with Analysis of Electrolyte Solutions

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    Gerber, Ralph W.; Oliver-Hoyo, Maria T.

    2008-01-01

    This experiment is designed to expose undergraduate students to the process of selective etching by using soft lithography and the resulting electrical properties of multilayered films fabricated via self-assembly of gold nanoparticles. Students fabricate a conductive film of gold on glass, apply a patterned resist using a polydimethylsiloxane…

  17. The response of quartz crystals coated with thin fatty acid film to organic gases

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    Jin, C N; Kim, K H; Kwon, Y S

    1999-01-01

    We tried to apply a quartz crystal as a sensor by using the resonant frequency and the resistance properties of quartz crystals. Four kinds of fatty acids that have the same head groups were coated on the surfaces of the quartz crystals, and the shift of the resonant frequency and the resistance were observed based on the lengths of the tail groups. Myristic acid (C sub 1 sub 4), palmitic acid (C sub 1 sub 6), stearic acid (C sub 1 sub 8), and arachidic acid (C sub 2 sub 0) were deposited on the surfaces of quartz crystals by using the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. As a result, the resonant frequency change was more sensitive to high molecular-weight fatty acids than to low molecular-weight ones. We also observed the effect of temperature on stearic acid LB films, and the response properties of quartz crystals coated with stearic-acid LB films to organic gases were investigated. As a result, the sensitivity of quartz crystals to organic gases was higher for higher molecular-weight gas, and we found that quar...

  18. In situ vibrational spectroscopy of thin organic films confined at the solid-solid interface

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    Haydock, S A

    2002-01-01

    Raman scattering was used to study thin films, of hexadecane, octamethyltetrasiloxane (OMCTS), 1-undecanol and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers consisting of zinc stearate, zinc arachidate and zinc behenate, all at the solid-solid interface. This thesis contains the first unenhanced Raman spectrum of an organic monolayer confined in the contact between two solid surfaces. The LB monolayers were also investigated with sum-frequency spectroscopy in order that comparisons could be made between results from the two techniques. Thin films were confined between an optical prism and an optical lens at pressures ranging from 30 MPa to 200 MPa. I have shown that the deposited LB monolayers were conformationally ordered and that this high degree of order was retained at applied pressures of up to 200 MPa. However, the application of pressure caused the hydrocarbon chains to tilt from the surface normal. The changes observed in the overall intensity of the Raman spectra on formation of the solid-solid contact can be ex...

  19. Electrochemistry of LB films of mixed MGDG:UQ on ITO.

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    Hoyo, Javier; Guaus, Ester; Torrent-Burgués, Juan; Sanz, Fausto

    2015-08-01

    The electrochemical behaviour of biomimetic monolayers of monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG) incorporating ubiquinone-10 (UQ) has been investigated. MGDG is the principal component in the thylakoid membrane and UQ seems a good substitute for plastoquinone-9, involved in photosynthesis chain. The monolayers have been performed using the Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) techniques and the redox behaviour of the LB films, transferred at several surface pressures on a glass covered with indium-tin oxide (ITO), has been characterized by cyclic voltammetry. The cyclic voltammograms show that UQ molecules present two redox processes (I and II) at high UQ content and high surface pressures, and only one redox process (I) at low UQ content and low surface pressures. The apparent rate constants calculated for processes I and II indicate a different kinetic control for the reduction and the oxidation of UQ/UQH2 redox couple, being k(Rapp)(I) = 2.2 · 10(-5) s(-1), k(Rapp)(II) = 5.1 · 10(-14) k(Oapp)(I) = 3.3 · 10(-3) s(-1) and k(Oapp)(II) = 6.1 · 10(-6) s(-1), respectively. The correlation of the redox response with the physical states of the LB films allows determining the positions of the UQ molecules in the biomimetic monolayer, which change with the surface pressure and the UQ content. These positions are known as diving and swimming. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Pulsed electron beam deposition of transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO films

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    Quang, Pham Hong, E-mail: phquang2711@yahoo.com [Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, 334 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Sang, Ngo Dinh [National University of Civil Engineering, 55 Giai Phong Street, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Ngoc, Do Quang [Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, 334 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi (Viet Nam)

    2012-08-31

    Good quality transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO films were deposited on quartz substrates from a high purity target using pulsed electron deposition (PED). Two series of films were made, one deposited at room temperature but at four pressures, viz., 0.7, 1.3, 2.0 and 2.7 Pa of oxygen and one deposited at 1.3 Pa oxygen pressure but at the substrate temperature ranged from room temperature to 600 Degree-Sign C. In order to evaluate the effect of substrate temperature and oxygen pressure on the properties of obtained films, various characterization techniques were employed including X-ray diffraction, stylus profiler, scanning electron microscope, optical spectrophotometer and electrical resistivity. For the first series films, the optimal oxygen pressure of 1.3 Pa was found to bring about the appropriate energetic deposition atoms which results in the best crystallinity. For the second series films, the lowest resistivity was obtained in the film grown at 400 Degree-Sign C. An attempt was made to reduce the resistivity by lowering the oxygen pressure to 0.5 Pa which was the lower limit of working pressure of the PED system. The obtained results indicate that PED is a suitable technique for growing transparent conducting ZnO films. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO films grown by pulsed electron deposition (PED). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The film properties were found to depend strongly on the deposition conditions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The best film was grown at the oxygen pressure of 0.5 Pa and at 400 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PED is found to be a suitable technique for growing transparent conducting ZnO films.

  1. Conductive film by spray pyrolysis of self-reducing copper–silver amine complex solution

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    Suren, Sira; Limkitnuwat, Walailuk; Benjapongvimon, Phenfar; Kheawhom, Soorathep, E-mail: soorathep.k@chula.ac.th

    2016-05-31

    In this work, a facile method was demonstrated to prepare conductive film deposited on glass and polyimide (PI) substrates using spray pyrolysis of a copper–silver complex solution in nitrogen atmosphere. The copper–silver amine complex solution was prepared by mixing together the copper(II) acetate monohydrate, silver oxide, ammonia solution and di-ethanolamine. Four-point probe analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis were employed to investigate the properties of the conductive film obtained. The effects of various parameters including spray pyrolysis temperature, molar ratio of copper to silver, type of substrate and annealing time were investigated. The volume resistivity of the film was decreased by using either higher spraying temperature or longer annealing time. In addition, the volume resistivity was also decreased by adding silver. At spray pyrolysis temperature 200 °C and annealing time 25 min. The conductive film with volume resistivity of 19.0 μΩ cm, which is 11 times higher than the resistivity of bulk copper, could be fabricated using molar ratio of copper to silver 0.8:0.2 on glass substrates. Copper oxide was not observed on the film deposited on the glass substrates. In contrast, the film deposited on the PI substrates contained copper oxide and exhibited resistivity 5 times higher than that deposited on the glass substrates. - Highlights: • Conductive films were made by spray pyrolysis of a copper–silver complex solution. • The volume resistivity of the film was decreased by using higher spraying temperature. • The volume resistivity of the film was decreased by using longer annealing time. • The volume resistivity of the film was decreased by adding silver. • The films fabricated on polyimide substrates exhibited higher volume resistivity.

  2. Preparation of conductive PDDA/(PEDOT:PSS) multilayer thin film: influence of polyelectrolyte solution composition.

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    Jurin, F E; Buron, C C; Martin, N; Filiâtre, C

    2014-10-01

    Self-assembled multilayer films made of PEDOT:PSS poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) and PDDA poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) were prepared using layer-by-layer method. In order to modify the growth regime of the multilayer, to fabricate an electrical conductive film and to control its thickness, the effects of pH, type of electrolyte, ionic strength and polyelectrolyte concentration were investigated. Optical reflectometry measurements show that the pH of the solutions has no effect on the film growth while the adsorbed amount increases more rapidly when BaCl2 is used instead of NaCl as electrolyte. An increase in the ionic strength (with NaCl) induces a change in the growth regime from a linear to an exponential one at low polyelectrolyte concentration. As UV-vis measurements indicate, no decomplexation of PEDOT was recorded after film preparation. With polyelectrolyte concentration below 1 g L(-1), no conductive films were obtained even if 50 bilayers were deposited. A conductive film was prepared with a polyelectrolyte concentration of 1 g L(-1) and the measured conductivity was 0.3 S m(-1). A slight increase in conductivity was recorded when BaCl2 was used probably due to a modification of the film structure. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Dimensional effects on the tunneling conductivity of gold-implanted nanocomposite films

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    Grimaldi, C.; Cattani, M.; Salvadori, M. C.

    2015-03-01

    We study the dependence of the electrical conductivity on the gold concentration of Au-implanted polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and alumina nanocomposite thin films. For Au contents larger than a critical concentration, the conductivity of Au-PMMA and Au-alumina is well described by percolation in two dimensions, indicating that the critical correlation length for percolation is larger than the thickness of the films. Below the critical loading, the conductivity is dominated by tunneling processes between isolated Au particles dispersed in PMMA or alumina continuous matrices. Using an effective medium analysis of the tunneling conductivity, we show that Au-PMMA behaves as a tunneling system in two dimensions, as the film thickness is comparable to the mean Au particle size. On the contrary, the conductivity of Au-alumina films is best described by tunneling in three dimensions, although the film thickness is only a few times larger than the particle size. We interpret the enhancement of the effective dimensionality of Au-alumina films in the tunneling regime as due to the larger film thickness as compared to the mean interparticle distances.

  4. Influence of radio frequency power on structure and ionic conductivity of LiPON thin films

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    Zongqian Hu; Dezhan Li; Kai Xie

    2008-08-01

    Lithium phosphorus oxynitride (LiPON) thin films as solid electrolytes were prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering of a Li3PO4 target in ambient nitrogen atmosphere. The influence of radio frequency (rf) power on the structure and the ionic conductivity of LiPON thin films has been investigated. The morphology, composition, structure and ionic conductivity of thin films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and a.c. impedance measurement. It was found that ionic conductivity of LiPON thin films increases with N content in thin films. XPS measurements reveal that ionic conductivity also keeps relativity with the structure of thin films. Higher the t/d ratio, higher will be the ionic conductivity of LiPON thin films. And both of them can be improved by increasing rf power from 1.5 W/cm2 to 5.5 W/cm2.

  5. Effect of growth temperature on the terahertz-frequency conductivity of the epitaxial transparent conducting spinel NiCo2O4 films

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    Punam Silwal; Chan La-o-vorakiat; Chia, Elbert E. M.; Dae Ho Kim; Diyar Talbayev

    2013-01-01

    We have measured the terahertz-frequency optical conductivity of the epitaxial inverse spinel NiCo2O4 films grown at different temperatures. The low-temperature-grown film exhibits a metallic behavior with ferrimagnetic ordering, while the high-temperature-grown film shows greatly suppressed magnetization and insulating behavior. Both films exhibit band-like coherent conduction at intermediate temperatures, albeit with very different carrier densities consistent with the proposed models of ca...

  6. Thermal conductivity of silicon nanocrystals and polystyrene nanocomposite thin films

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    Bagja Juangsa, Firman; Muroya, Yoshiki; Ryu, Meguya; Morikawa, Junko; Nozaki, Tomohiro

    2016-09-01

    Silicon nanocrystals (SiNCs) are well known for their size-dependent optical and electronic properties; they also have the potential for low yet controllable thermal properties. As a silicon-based low-thermal conductivity material is required in microdevice applications, SiNCs can be utilized for thermal insulation. In this paper, SiNCs and polymer nanocomposites were produced, and their thermal conductivity, including the density and specific heat, was measured. Measurement results were compared with thermal conductivity models for composite materials, and the comparison shows a decreasing value of the thermal conductivity, indicating the effect of the size and presence of the nanostructure on the thermal conductivity. Moreover, employing silicon inks at room temperature during the fabrication process enables a low cost of fabrication and preserves the unique properties of SiNCs.

  7. Temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity of Gd2Zr2O7 thin films

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    Kang, Jun Gu; Kwak, J. H.; Yang, Ho-Soon

    2015-02-01

    Gd2Zr2O7 has been known to be a promising candidate for a future thermal-barrier-coating material and for use as a buffer layer for YBa2Cu3O7- x . This study focuses on Gd2Zr2O7 films deposited on an Al2O3 substrates by using radio-frequency magnetron sputtering, especially its thermal conductivity at various temperatures from 80 K to 300 K. Prior to the measurement with the Gd2Zr2O7 films, thermal conductivity measurements at low temperatures were performed with n-type Si and Al2O3 whose thermal properties are well known. The thermal conductivity of the Gd2Zr2O7 film increases as the temperature increases from 80 K to 300 K, and this temperature region is below its Debye temperature. The film exhibits a thermal conductivity lower than the value reported at room temperature.

  8. Field Emission Characteristics of Conducting Polymer Films Conditioned by Electric Discharge

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    Guohong LAI; Zhenglin LI; Lan CHENG; Junbiao PENG

    2006-01-01

    A pure conducting polymer(PANI-CSA)film conditioned by an electric discharge was tentatively utilized as an cathode for emitting electrons under electric fields. The emission of electrons was observed using a phosphor(ZnO:Zn)screen excited by electrons from the conditioned film. The film morphology was investigated using a scanning electron microscope and it was found that undulate whisker-like sites formed on the surface. The emission was presumably due to the undulate whisker-like sites. The field enhancement factor was estimated to be as high as 1150. The electron emitting process of the PANI-CSA film conditioned by electric discharge was also discussed.

  9. Enhanced charge transport in highly conducting PEDOT-PSS films after acid treatment

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    Shiva, V. Akshaya; Bhatia, Ravi; Menon, Reghu

    The high electrical conductivity, good stability, high strength, flexibility and good transparency of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS), make it useful for many applications including polymeric anodes for organic photovoltaics, light-emitting diodes, flexible electrodes, supercapacitors, electrochromic devices, field-effect transistors and antistatic-coatings. However, the electrical conductivity of PEDOT-PSS has to be increased significantly for replacement of indium tin oxide (ITO) as the transparent electrode in optoelectronic devices. The as prepared (pristine) PEDOT-PSS film prepared from the PEDOT-PSS aqueous solution usually has conductivity below 1Scm-1, remarkably lower than ITO. Significant conductivity enhancement has been observed on transparent and conductive PEDOT-PSS films after a treatment with inorganic acids. Our study investigates the charge transport in pristine and H2SO4, HNO3, HCl treated PEDOT-PSS films. We have treated the films with various concentrations of acids to probe the effect of the acid treatment on the conduction mechanism. The study includes the measurement of dc and electric field dependent conductivity of films in the temperature range of 4.2K-300K. We have also performed magneto-resistance measurements in the range of 0-5T. An enhancement by a factor of~103 has been observed in the room temperature conductivity. The detailed magneto-transport studies explain the various mechanisms for the conductivity enhancement observed.

  10. Photoelectrocatalytic oxidation of GMP on an ITO electrode modified with clay/[Ru(phen)2(dC18bpy)]2+ hybrid film

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    2009-01-01

    An indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode modified with monolayer clay/[Ru(phen)2(dC18bpy)]2+ (phen= 1,10-phenanthroline, dC18bpy = 4,4′-dioctadecyl-2,2′ bipyridyl) hybrid film has been fabricated by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. Atomic force microscopy revealed that the single-layered hybrid film of clay/[Ru(phen)2(dC18bpy)]2+ (denoted as Clay-Ru) was closely packed at a surface pressure of 25 mN-m-1 and had a thickness of 3.4±0.5 nm. Cyclic voltammograms showed that the redox current of Ru(Ⅱ) complex decreased when incorporated into the clay film, suggesting that the clay layer acts as a barrier against electron transfer. When applied to oxidizing the mononucleotide of guanosine 5′-monophosphate (GMP), a large catalytic oxidative current was achieved on the Clay-Ru(Ⅱ) modified ITO electrode at the external potential above 900 mV (vs. Ag|AgCl|KCl ) and, more significantly, this response was further enhanced by light irradiation (λ>360 nm), in which the photocurrent is increased about 11 times in comparison with that of a bare ITO. Mechanism of the photoelectrocatalytic effect was proposed in terms of the reduction of the photoelectrochemically generated Ru(Ⅲ) complex in the Clay-Ru film by GMP.

  11. Photoelectrocatalytic oxidation of GMP on an ITO electrode modified with clay/[Ru(phen)2(dC 18bpy)]2+hybrid film

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    CHANG Xue-Qin; WANG Shun; LIN Da-Jie; GUAN Wei-Peng; ZHOU Huan; HUANG Shao-Ming

    2009-01-01

    An indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode modified with monolayer clay/[Ru(phen)2(dC18bpy)]2+ (phen= 1,10-phenanthroline, dC18bpy = 4,4'-dioctsdecyl-2,2' bipyridyl) hybrid film has been fabricated by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. Atomic force microscopy revealed that the single-layered hybrid film of clay/[Ru(phen)2(dC18bpy)]2+. (denoted as Clay-Ru) was closely packed at a surface pressure of 25 Ru(Ⅱ) complex decreased when incorporated into the clay film, suggesting that the clay layer acts as a barrier against electron transfer. When applied to oxidizing the mononucleotide of guanosine 5'-monophosphate (GMP), a large catalytic oxidative current was achieved on the Clay-Ru(Ⅱ) modified ITO electrode at the external potential above 900 mV (vs. AglAgCIlKCI) and, more significantly, this response was further enhanced by light irradiation (λ360 nm), in which the photocurrent is increased about 11 times in comparison with that of a bare ITO. Mechanism of the photoelectrocatalytic effect was proposed in terms of the reduction of the photoelectrochemically generated Ru(Ⅲ) complex in the Clay-Ru film by GMP.

  12. A Facile Method for Preparing Transparent, Conductive, and Paper-Like Silver Nanowire Films

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    Yajie Wang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Transparent, conductive, and flexible silver nanowire (AgNW films have been fabricated by a facile two-step method. Firstly, the well-dispersed AgNW suspension is vacuum filtered using mixed esters of cellulose (MCE membranes as filters. Then, the AgNW-MCE films are treated with acetone vapor. After the infiltration of acetone vapor, the white and porous MCE membranes change into transparent and pore-free, and AgNW-MCE films are obtained with extraordinary optical, conductive, and mechanical properties. An optimal result is obtained with transmittance of 85% at 550 nm and sheet resistance about 50 Ohm/sq. The flexibility of AgNW-MCE films is remarkable, which is comparable to that of the AgNW film on flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET. More important, AgNW-MCE films show an excellent adhesion to the substrate, which causes a stable electrical conductivity even after scotch tape test and finger friction test. As a result of improved adhesion to the substrate, the sheet resistance of AgNW-MCE films is about 20% smaller than that of AgNW-PET films.

  13. Preparation of ITO transparent conductive film by sol-gel method

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    LI Zhi-hua; REN Dong-yan

    2006-01-01

    The ITO transparent conductive films were prepared on substrate of quartz glass by sol-gel method. The raw materials were nitrate indium, acetylacetone and the dopant of anhydrous chloride (SnCl4). The process from gel to crystalline film and the microstructure of the films were investigated by DTA-TG, XRD and SEM. The influence of preparation processes on the electricity performance of the films was also studied by four-probe apparatus. The results show that the crystallization process of ITO xerogel completes when the heat treatment temperature reaches 600 ℃. The ITO films possesses on vesicular structures accumulated by spherical particles, and both heat treatment temperature and cooling rate have important effects on the resistivity ofITO films.

  14. Elucidation of charge storage characteristics of conducting polymer film using redox reaction

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    2013-01-01

    A general technique to investigate charge storage characteristics of conducting polymer films has been developed. A redox reaction is conducted on a polymer film on a rotating disk electrode under potentiostatic condition so that the rate of charging of the film equals the rate of removal of the charge by the reaction. In an experiment on polyaniline film deposited on platinum substrate, using Fe2+/Fe3+ in HCl as the redox system, the voltammogram shows five distinct linear segments (bands) with discontinuity in the slope at specific transition potentials. These bands are the same as those indicated by ESR/Raman spectroscopy with comparable transition potentials. From the dependence of the slopes of the bands on concentration of ferrous and ferric ions, it was possible to estimate the energies of the charge carrier in different bands. It is shown that the charge storage in the film is capacitive.

  15. Effects of hydrogen atoms on surface conductivity of diamond film

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    Fengbin Liu

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available To investigate the effects of surface chemisorbed hydrogen atoms and hydrogen atoms in the subsurface region of diamond on surface conductivity, models of hydrogen atoms chemisorbed on diamond with (100 orientation and various concentrations of hydrogen atoms in the subsurface layer of the diamond were built. By using the first-principles method based on density functional theory, the equilibrium geometries and densities of states of the models were studied. The results showed that the surface chemisorbed hydrogen alone could not induce high surface conductivity. In addition, isolated hydrogen atoms in the subsurface layer of the diamond prefer to exist at the bond centre site of the C-C bond. However, such a structure would induce deep localized states, which could not improve the surface conductivity. When the hydrogen concentration increases, the C-H-C-H structure and C-3Hbc-C structure in the subsurface region are more stable than other configurations. The former is not beneficial to the increase of the surface conductivity. However, the latter would induce strong surface states near the Fermi level, which would give rise to high surface conductivity. Thus, a high concentration of subsurface hydrogen atoms in diamond would make significant contributions to surface conductivity.

  16. Ordered supramolecular assembly of bis[3,4,12,13,21,22,30, 31-octa(dodecylthio)-2,3-naphthalocyaninato] erbium at the air/water interface

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    CHEN; Ya; nli

    2001-01-01

    [1]Padilla. P, Hatfield, W. E., Correlation between π-orbital overlap and conductivity in bis-phthalocyaninato lanthanides, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 1991,185:131.[2]Passard, M., Blanc, J. P., Malaysson, C., Gaseous oxidation and compensation reduction of lutetium bis-phthalocyanine and lutetium phthalo-naphthalocyanine films, Thin Solid Films, 1995, 271: 8,[3]Besbes. S., Plichon, V., Simon, J. et al., Electromism of octaalkoxymethyl-substituted lutetium diphthalocyanine, J. Electroanal. Chem., 1987, 237:61.[4]Petty. M., Lovett, D. R., O'Connor, J. M., Electrochromism in ytterbium bisphthalocyanine-(steafic acid or cadmium stearate)films deposited by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, Thin Solid Films, 1989, 179: 387.[5]Souto, J.. Aroca, R.. DeSaja, J. A., Gas adsorption and electrical conductivity of Langmuir-Blodgett films of terbium bisphthalocyanine, J. Phys. Chem., 1994, 98: 8998.[6]Rroca, R.. Bolourchi, H., Battisti, D. et al., Gas adsorption and electrical properties of two Langmuir-Blodgett layers of cerium bisphthalocyanine, Langmuir, 1993, 9: 3138.[7]Konami, H., Hatano, M., Kobayashi, N., Redox potentials of a series of lanthanide-bisphthalocyanine sandwich complexes, Chem. Phys. Lett.. 1990, 165: 397.[8]Koike. N.. Uekusa, H., Ohashi, Y., Relationship between the skew angle and interplanar distance in four bis (phthalocyaninato) lanthanide (Ⅲ) tetrabutyl-ammonium salts ([Nbu"4][Ln"Pc2]; Ln = Nd, Gd, Ho, Lu), Inorg. Chem., 1996, 35:5798.[9]Dennis. K. P. N., Jiang, J., Sandwich-type heteroleptic phthalocyaninato and porphyrinato metal complexes, Chem. Soc. Rev.. 1997, 26: 433.[10]Jiang. J., Liu, W., Poon, Ka-Wo. et al., Synthesis, spectroscopic, and electrochemical properties of rare earth double-deckers with tetra(teft-butyl) 2,3-naphthalocyaninato ligands, Eur. J, Inorg. Chem., 2000: 205.[11]Jiang, J.. Llew, R., Dennis, P. et al., Raman spectroscopic characteristics of phthalocyanine and naphthalocyanine in sandwich

  17. Characterization of polyester films used in capacitors. 1: Transient and steady-state conductivity

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    Thielen, A.; Niezette, J.; Feyder, G.; Vanderschueren, J.

    1994-10-01

    Charging and discharging currents flowing through polyethylene terephthalate (PET) ultrathin films (1.5 - 12 micrometers) were measured by the use of a two-electrode configuration involving opposite lateral contacts. A study of the influence of electrification time, applied electric field, film thickness, nature of electrodes, and water content was carried out on both transient and steady-state conduction. The transient behavior can be interpreted in terms of dipolar orientation and relaxation processes while steady-state conductivity can be mainly accounted for in terms of Schottky emission. A comparison between PET and polyethylene naphthalate films is also reported.

  18. The Role of Dopant Concentration on Conductivity and Mobility of CdTe Thin Films

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    Al-Douri, Ala J.; Al-Shakily, F. Y.; Alnajjar, Abdalla A.; Maysoon F. A. Alias

    2011-01-01

    Films of CdTe pure and doped with various atomic percentages of Al and Sb (0.5, 1.5 & 2.5) were prepared, and their electrical properties were investigated. The films were prepared by thermal evaporation on glass substrates at two substrate temperatures (Ts=RT & 423 K). The results showed that the conduction phenomena of all the investigated CdTe thin films on glass substrates are caused by two distinct mechanisms. Room temperature DC conductivity increases by a factor of four for undoped CdT...

  19. Remarkable enhancement of the electrical conductivity of carbon nanostructured thin films after compression.

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    Georgakilas, Vasilios; Koutsioukis, Apostolos; Petr, Martin; Tucek, Jiri; Zboril, Radek

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we demonstrate a significant improvement in the electrical conductivity of carbon nanostructured thin films, composed of graphene nanosheets and multiwalled carbon nanotubes, by compression/polishing. It is shown that the sheet resistance of compressed thin films of carbon nanostructures and hybrids is remarkably decreased in comparison with that of as-deposited films. The number of the interconnections, the distance between the nanostructures as well as their orientation are highly altered by the compression favoring the electrical conductivity of the compressed samples.

  20. Tuning the conductivity of vanadium dioxide films by swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Ehrhardt, Paul; Hofsaess, Hans; Gehrke, Hans-Gregor [II. Physikalisches Institut, Fakultaet fuer Physik, Universitaet Goettingen, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, 37077 Goettingen (Germany); Krauser, Johann [Hochschule Harz, University of Applied Sciences, Friedrichstrasse 57-59, 38855 Wernigerode (Germany); Trautmann, Christina [Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung, Planckstrasse 1, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Ramanathan, Shriram [Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)

    2012-07-01

    We demonstrate the generation of a persistent conductivity increase in vanadium dioxide thin films by irradiation with swift heavy ions at room temperature. VO{sub 2} undergoes a temperature driven metal-insulator-transition (MIT) at 67 C. After the ion irradiation the conductivity of the films we observe a strong increase in conductivity below the transition temperature proportional to the ion fluence. This change in conductivity is persistent and remains after several cycles of heating. Low temperature measurements down to 15 K show no further MIT below room temperature. Although the conductivity increase after irradiation at such low fluences is due to single ion track effects, atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements do not show surface hillocks, which are characteristic for ion tracks in other materials. AFM measurements with conducting tip give no evidence for conducting ion tracks but indicate the existence of conducting regions around poorly conducting ion tracks, possible due to stress generation.

  1. Electrical conductivity and crystallization of amorphous bismuth ruthenate thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis.

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    Ryll, Thomas; Brunner, Andreas; Ellenbroek, Stefan; Bieberle-Hutter, Anja; Rupp, Jennifer L M; Gauckler, Ludwig J

    2010-11-14

    Amorphous oxide thin films with tailored functionality will be crucial for the next generation of micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS). Due to potentially favorable electronic and catalytic properties, amorphous bismuth ruthenate thin films might be applied in this regard. We report on the deposition of amorphous bismuth ruthenate thin films by spray pyrolysis, their crystallization behavior and electrical conductivity. At room temperature the 200 nm thin amorphous films exhibit a high electrical conductivity of 7.7 × 10(4) S m(-1), which was found to be slightly thermally activated (E(a) = 4.1 × 10(-3) eV). It follows that a long-range order of the RuO(6) octahedra is no precondition for the electrical conductivity of Bi(3)Ru(3)O(11). Upon heating to the temperature range between 490 °C and 580 °C the initially amorphous films crystallize rapidly. Simultaneously, a transition from a dense and continuous film to isolated Bi(3)Ru(3)O(11) particles on the substrate takes place. Solid-state agglomeration is proposed as the mechanism responsible for disintegration. The area specific resistance of Bi(3)Ru(3)O(11) particles contacted by Pt paste on gadolinia doped ceria electrolyte pellets was found to be 7 Ω cm(2) at 607 °C in air. Amorphous bismuth ruthenate thin films are proposed for application in electrochemical devices operating at low temperatures, where a high electrical conductivity is required.

  2. Thermal Conductivity Measurement of Thermoelectric Thin Films by a Versatility-Enhanced 2ω Method

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    Okuhata, Ryo; Watanabe, Kentaro; Ikeuchi, Satoaki; Ishida, Akihiro; Nakamura, Yoshiaki

    2016-12-01

    The 2ω method is a technique to measure the cross-plane thermal conductivity, κ, of a film sample based on sinusoidal Joule-heating of a metal film deposited on the sample surface and its thermoreflectance (TR) measurement of surface temperature cooling due to the heat dissipation. The 2ω method is being paid attention because it is more cost-effective and easier to use than the conventional time domain thermoreflectance (TDTR) method or the 3ω method. In some cases, however, it is difficult to apply the conventional 2ω method to the κ measurement of high thermal resistance films such as general thermoelectric films due to its non-linear TR signal response to (2ω)-0.5. Here, we present a 2ω method based on a versatile TR signal analysis which enables the κ measurement of high thermal resistance film more explicitly than the conventional analysis based on a linear TR signal response. This method determines explicitly the thermal conductivities of PbTe films and PbTe/GeS superlattices grown on BaF2(111) substrates by hot wall epitaxy: κ = 2.1 ± 0.13 Wm-1 K-1 and κ = 0.71 ± 0.05 Wm-1 K-1, respectively. Furthermore, a significant impact of PbTe film crystallinity on thermal conductivity is demonstrated by comparative measurements between polycrystalline PbTe film and epitaxial PbTe film grown on the BaF2(111) substrates. These results demonstrate that our method can be a powerful tool to measure the thermal conductivity of thermoelectric films.

  3. Sputtered tin oxide and titanium oxide thin films as alternative transparent conductive oxides

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    Boltz, Janika

    2011-12-12

    Alternative transparent conductive oxides to tin doped indium oxide have been investigated. In this work, antimony doped tin oxide and niobium doped titanium oxide have been studied with the aim to prepare transparent and conductive films. Antimony doped tin oxide and niobium doped titanium oxide belong to different groups of oxides; tin oxide is a soft oxide, while titanium oxide is a hard oxide. Both oxides are isolating materials, in case the stoichiometry is SnO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2}. In order to achieve transparent and conductive films free carriers have to be generated by oxygen vacancies, by metal ions at interstitial positions in the crystal lattice or by cation doping with Sb or Nb, respectively. Antimony doped tin oxide and niobium doped titanium oxide films have been prepared by reactive direct current magnetron sputtering (dc MS) from metallic targets. The process parameters and the doping concentration in the films have been varied. The films have been electrically, optically and structurally analysed in order to analyse the influence of the process parameters and the doping concentration on the film properties. Post-deposition treatments of the films have been performed in order to improve the film properties. For the deposition of transparent and conductive tin oxide, the dominant parameter during the deposition is the oxygen content in the sputtering gas. The Sb incorporation as doping atoms has a minor influence on the electrical, optical and structural properties. Within a narrow oxygen content in the sputtering gas highly transparent and conductive tin oxide films have been prepared. In this study, the lowest resistivity in the as deposited state is 2.9 m{omega} cm for undoped tin oxide without any postdeposition treatment. The minimum resistivity is related to a transition to crystalline films with the stoichiometry of SnO{sub 2}. At higher oxygen content the films turn out to have a higher resistivity due to an oxygen excess. After post

  4. There's no place like Ohm: conduction in oxide thin films.

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    Scott, J F

    2014-04-09

    A pedagogical essay is given that alerts researchers to the errors inherent in assigning linear I(V) current-voltage dependences to Ohmic conduction. Such a linear I(V) is necessary but not sufficient, since other mechanisms, including Simmons' modification of the basic Schottky emission theory, also give linear I(V) at small applied voltages. Discrimination among Ohmic, Schottky, space-charge limited, and other models requires accurate thickness dependence I(d) data, where for Ohmic conduction I=a/d, whereas for interface-limited mechanisms such as Simmons/Schottky, I is nearly independent of d.

  5. Characteristics and Mechanisms in Ion-Conducting Polymer Films as Chemical Sensors

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    HUGHES,ROBERT C.; YELTON,WILLIAM G.; PFEIFER,KENT B.; PATEL,SANJAY V.

    2000-07-12

    Solid Polymer Electrolytes (SPE) are widely used in batteries and fuel cells because of the high ionic conductivity that can be achieved at room temperature. The ions are usually Li or protons, although other ions can be shown to conduct in these polymer films. There has been very little published work on SPE films used as chemical sensors. The authors have found that thin films of polymers like polyethylene oxide (PEO) are very sensitive to low concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as common solvents. Evidence of a new sensing mechanism involving the percolation of ions through narrow channels of amorphous polymer is presented. They present impedance spectroscopy of PEO films in the frequency range 0.0001 Hz to 1 MHz for different concentrations of VOCs and relative humidity. They find that the measurement frequency is important for distinguishing ionic conductivity from the double layer capacitance and the parasitic capacitance.

  6. Highly conductive, transparent flexible films based on open rings of multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Ko, Wen-Yin; Su, Jun-Wei; Guo, Chian-Hua; Fu, Shu-Juan; Hsu, Chuen-Yuan; Lin, Kuan-Jiuh, E-mail: kjlin@dragon.nchu.edu.tw

    2011-09-01

    Open rings of multi-walled carbon nanotubes were stacked to form porous networks on a poly(ethylene terephthalate) substrate to form a flexible conducting film (MWCNT-PET) with good electrical conductivity and transparency by a combination of ultrasonic atomization and spin-coating technique. To enhance the electric flexibility, we spin-coated a cast film of poly(vinyl alcohol) onto the MWCNT-PET substrate, which then underwent a thermo-compression process. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy of the cross-sectional morphology illustrates that the film has a robust network with a thickness of {approx} 175 nm, and it remarkably exhibits a sheet resistance of approximately 370 {Omega}/sq with {approx} 77% transmittance at 550 nm even after 500 bending cycles. This electrical conductivity is much superior to that of other MWCNT-based transparent flexible films.

  7. Tunable electrical conductivity in oriented thin films of tetrathiafulvalene-based covalent organic framework

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    Cai, SL; Zhang, YB; Pun, AB; He, B; Yang, JH; Toma, FM; Sharp, ID; Yaghi, OM; Fan, J; Zheng, SR; Zhang, WG; Liu, Y

    2014-09-16

    Despite the high charge-carrier mobility in covalent organic frameworks (COFs), the low intrinsic conductivity and poor solution processability still impose a great challenge for their applications in flexible electronics. We report the growth of oriented thin films of a tetrathiafulvalene-based COF (TTF-COF) and its tunable doping. The porous structure of the crystalline TTF-COF thin film allows the diffusion of dopants such as I-2 and tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) for redox reactions, while the closely packed 2D grid sheets facilitate the cross-layer delocalization of thus-formed TTF radical cations to generate more conductive mixed-valence TTF species, as is verified by UV-vis-NIR and electron paramagnetic resonance spectra. Conductivity as high as 0.28 S m(-1) is observed for the doped COF thin films, which is three orders of magnitude higher than that of the pristine film and is among the highest for COF materials.

  8. N-Type Conductive Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Films Grown by Hot Filament CVD

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    Michael Mertens

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We present the synthesis of ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD films by application of hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD. We furthermore studied the different morphological, structural, and electrical properties. The grown films are fine grained with grain sizes between 4 and 7 nm. The UNCD films exhibit different electrical conductivities, dependent on grain boundary structure. We present different contact metallizations exhibiting ohmic contact behavior and good adhesion to the UNCD surface. The temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity is presented between −200 and 900°C. We furthermore present spectroscopic investigations of the films, supporting that the origin of the conductivity is the structure and volume of the grain boundary.

  9. Enhanced high temperature thermoelectric response of sulphuric acid treated conducting polymer thin films

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    Sarath Kumar, S. R.

    2015-11-24

    We report the high temperature thermoelectric properties of solution processed pristine and sulphuric acid treated poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (or PEDOT:PSS) films. The acid treatment is shown to simultaneously enhance the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of the metal-like films, resulting in a five-fold increase in thermoelectric power factor (0.052 W/m. K ) at 460 K, compared to the pristine film. By using atomic force micrographs, Raman and impedance spectra and using a series heterogeneous model for electrical conductivity, we demonstrate that acid treatment results in the removal of PSS from the films, leading to the quenching of accumulated charge-induced energy barriers that prevent hopping conduction. The continuous removal of PSS with duration of acid treatment also alters the local band structure of PEDOT:PSS, resulting in simultaneous enhancement in Seebeck coefficient.

  10. Probing the bulk ionic conductivity by thin film hetero-epitaxial engineering

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    Pergolesi, Daniele

    2015-02-01

    Highly textured thin films with small grain boundary regions can be used as model systems to directly measure the bulk conductivity of oxygen ion conducting oxides. Ionic conducting thin films and epitaxial heterostructures are also widely used to probe the effect of strain on the oxygen ion migration in oxide materials. For the purpose of these investigations a good lattice matching between the film and the substrate is required to promote the ordered film growth. Moreover, the substrate should be a good electrical insulator at high temperature to allow a reliable electrical characterization of the deposited film. Here we report the fabrication of an epitaxial heterostructure made with a double buffer layer of BaZrO3 and SrTiO3 grown on MgO substrates that fulfills both requirements. Based on such template platform, highly ordered (001) epitaxially oriented thin films of 15% Sm-doped CeO2 and 8 mol% Y2O3 stabilized ZrO2 are grown. Bulk conductivities as well as activation energies are measured for both materials, confirming the success of the approach. The reported insulating template platform promises potential application also for the electrical characterization of other novel electrolyte materials that still need a thorough understanding of their ionic conductivity.

  11. Hopping conduction in zirconium oxynitrides thin film deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Guo, Jie; Zhan, Guanghui; Liu, Jingquan, E-mail: jqliu@sjtu.edu.cn; Yang, Bin; Xu, Bin; Feng, Jie; Chen, Xiang; Yang, Chunsheng

    2015-10-15

    Zirconium oxynitrides thin film thermometers were demonstrated to be useful temperature sensors. However, the basic conduction mechanism of zirconium oxynitrides films has been a long-standing issue, which hinders the prediction and optimization of their ultimate performance. In this letter, zirconium oxynitrides films were grown on sapphire substrates by magnetron sputtering and their electric transport mechanism has been systemically investigated. It was found that in high temperatures region (>150 K) the electrical conductivity was dominated by thermal activation for all samples. In the low temperatures range, while Mott variable hopping conduction (VRH) was dominated the transport for films with relatively low resistance, a crossover from Mott VRH conduction to Efros–Shklovskii (ES) VRH was observed for films with relatively high resistance. This low temperature crossover from Mott to ES VRH indicates the presence of a Coulomb gap (~7 meV). These results demonstrate the competing and tunable conduction mechanism in zirconium oxynitrides thin films, which would be helpful for optimizing the performance of zirconium oxynitrides thermometer.

  12. Thermal conductivity of a film of single walled carbon nanotubes measured with infrared thermal imager

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    Feng, Ya; Inoue, Taiki; Xiang, Rong; Chiashi, Shohei; Maruyama, Shigeo

    Heat dissipation has restricted the modern miniaturization trend with the development of electronic devices. Theoretically proven to be with high axial thermal conductivity, single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) have long been expected to cool down the nanoscale world. Even though the tube-tube contact resistance limits the capability of heat transfer of the bulk film, the high intrinsic thermal conductivity of SWNT still glorify the application of films of SWNT network as a thermal interface material. In this work, we proposed a new method to straightly measure the thermal conductivity of SWNT film. We bridged two cantilevered Si thin plate with SWNT film, and kept a steady state heat flow in between. With the infrared camera to record the temperature distribution, the Si plates with known thermal conductivity can work as a reference to calculate the heat flux going through the SWNT film. Further, the thermal conductivity of the SWNT film can be obtained through Fourier's law after deducting the effect of thermal radiation. The sizes of the structure, the heating temperature, the vacuum degree and other crucial impact factors are carefully considered and analyzed. The author Y. F. was supported through the Advanced Integration Science Innovation Education and Research Consortium Program by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology.

  13. Nanostructured Transparent Conductive Oxide Films for Plasmonic Applications

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    Kim, Jongbum; Zhao, Yang; Naik, Gururaj V.;

    2013-01-01

    Transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) as substitutes to metals could offer many advantages for low-loss plasmonic and metamaterial (MM) applications in the near infrared (NIR) regime. By employing a lift-off process, we fabricated 2D-periodic arrays of TCO nanodisks and characterized the material'...

  14. Growth, morphology, and conductivity in semimetallic/metallic films on Si(001)

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    Jnawali, Giriraj

    2009-06-09

    This dissertation deals with the study of epitaxial growth of semimetallic (Bi) and metallic (Ag) films on Si(001) as well as in situ electrical transport study of those films via surface manipulation. The focus of the transport measurements is to study the influence of the surface morphology or structure on the resistance of the film. In spite of the large lattice mismatch and different lattice geometry, it is possible to grow epitaxial Bi(111) films on Si(001) substrates, which are surprisingly smooth, relaxed and almost free of defects. Due to the two-fold symmetry of the substrates, the Bi(111) film is composed of crystallites rotated by 90 with respect to each other. Annealing of 6 nm film from 150 K to 450 K enables the formation of a periodic interfacial misfit dislocations, which accommodates a remaining lattice mismatch of 2.3 %. The surface/interface roughness and the bulk defect density of the film found to be extremely low, indicating the high crystalline quality of the film with atomically smooth surface and abrupt interface. Similar to the Bi films, Ag grows in a (111) orientation on Si(001) with two 90 rotated domains. The remaining strain of 2.2 % (tensile) is accommodated by the formation of an ordered network of dislocations. The Ag film exhibits atomically smooth surface. Those Bi films and Ag films were used as model systems to study the influence of the surface morphology on the electrical resistance. Surprisingly, all the Bi films (3-170 nm thicknesses) have shown an anomalous behavior of conductance with temperature and thickness. As in the case of doped semiconductor, the conductance increases exponentially from 150 K to 300 K and saturates at 350 K before finally decreasing with temperature. In situ measurements of the resistance during additional Bi deposition on the smooth Bi(111) films exhibit a square root dependent with coverage after a linear increase at very low coverage (1 % of a BL). During additional deposition of Bi, carriers are

  15. The Role of Dopant Concentration on Conductivity and Mobility of CdTe Thin Films

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    Ala J. Al-Douri

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Films of CdTe pure and doped with various atomic percentages of Al and Sb (0.5, 1.5 & 2.5 were prepared, and their electrical properties were investigated. The films were prepared by thermal evaporation on glass substrates at two substrate temperatures (Ts=RT & 423 K. The results showed that the conduction phenomena of all the investigated CdTe thin films on glass substrates are caused by two distinct mechanisms. Room temperature DC conductivity increases by a factor of four for undoped CdTe thin films as Ts increases and by 1-2 orders of magnitude with increasing dopant percentage of Al and Sb. In general, films doped with Sb are more efficient than Al-doped films. The activation energy (Ea2 decreases with increasing Ts and dopant percentage for both Al and Sb. Undoped CdTe films deposited at RT are p-type convert to n-type with increasing Ts and upon doping with Al at more than 0.5%. The carrier concentration decreases as Ts increases while it increases with increasing dopant percentage. Hall mobility decreases more than three times as Al increases whereas it increases about one order of magnitude with increasing Sb percentage in CdTe thin films deposited at 423 K and RT, respectively.

  16. Press-Printed Conductive Carbon Black Nanoparticle Films for Molecular Detection at the Microscale.

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    Della Pelle, Flavio; Vázquez, Luis; Del Carlo, Michele; Sergi, Manuel; Compagnone, Dario; Escarpa, Alberto

    2016-08-26

    Carbon black nanoparticle (CBNP) press-transferred film-based transducers for the molecular detection at the microscale level were proposed for the first time. Current-sensing atomic force microscopy (CS-AFM) revealed that the CBNP films were effectively press-transferred, retaining their good conductivity. A significant correlation between the morphology and the resistance was observed. The highest resistance was localized at the top of the press-transferred film protrusions, whereas low values are usually obtained at the deep crevices or grooves. The amount of press-transferred CBNPs is the key parameter to obtain films with improved conductivity, which is in good agreement with the electrochemical response. In addition, the conductivity of such optimum films was not only Ohmic; in fact, tunneling/hopping contributions were observed, as assessed by CS-AFM. The CBNP films acted as exclusive electrochemical transducers as evidenced by using two classes of molecules, that is, neurotransmitters and environmental organic contaminants. These results revealed the potential of these CBNP press-transferred films for providing new options in microfluidics and other related micro- and nanochemistry applications.

  17. The structural and electro-optical characteristics of AZO/Cr:Cu/AZO transparent conductive film

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    Lin, Tien-Chai [Department of Electrical Engineering, Kun Shan University, No. 195, Kun-Da Road, Yung-Kang Dist., Tainan 71003, Taiwan, ROC (China); Huang, Wen-Chang, E-mail: wchuang@mail.ksu.edu.tw [Department of Electro-Optical Engineering, Kun Shan University, No. 195, Kun-Da Road, Yung-Kang Dist., Tainan 71003, Taiwan, ROC (China); Tsai, Fu-Chun [Department of Electro-Optical Engineering, Kun Shan University, No. 195, Kun-Da Road, Yung-Kang Dist., Tainan 71003, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2015-08-31

    A novel triple-layered transparent conductive film, AZO/Cr:Cu/AZO (ACCA), was presented in the paper. The structural and electro-optical properties of the ACCA film were discussed. The thickness of the middle metal layer was constant and those of the AZO layers were varied. The ACCA film shows an obvious ZnO (002) c-axis preferential growth. No diffraction peaks related to Cr and Cu were observed through x-ray diffraction analysis. The middle Cr:Cu layer showed a thickness of 8.16 nm with a continuous and amorphous structure by the observation of a high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). For the electro-optical characteristic, a best figure of merit (FOM) value of 3.54 × 10{sup −3} Ω{sup −1} with a corresponding transmittance of 85% was obtained at the thickness of 116 nm of ACCA film. The high FOM value of the film is due to the improvement of conductivity and small sacrifices of transparency. - Highlights: • A novel triple-layered transparent conductive film, AZO/Cr:Cu/AZO is developed. • Chromium is added to copper to reduce the oxidation–reduction reaction. • The film has a FOM of 3.54 × 10{sup −3} Ω{sup −1} with a corresponding transmittance of 85%. • The Cr:Cu layer shows a continuous and amorphous structure.

  18. Fluorine compounds for doping conductive oxide thin films

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    Gessert, Tim; Li, Xiaonan; Barnes, Teresa M; Torres, Jr., Robert; Wyse, Carrie L

    2013-04-23

    Methods of forming a conductive fluorine-doped metal oxide layer on a substrate by chemical vapor deposition are described. The methods may include heating the substrate in a processing chamber, and introducing a metal-containing precursor and a fluorine-containing precursor to the processing chamber. The methods may also include adding an oxygen-containing precursor to the processing chamber. The precursors are reacted to deposit the fluorine-doped metal oxide layer on the substrate. Methods may also include forming the conductive fluorine-doped metal oxide layer by plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition. These methods may include providing the substrate in a processing chamber, and introducing a metal-containing precursor, and a fluorine-containing precursor to the processing chamber. A plasma may be formed that includes species from the metal-containing precursor and the fluorine-containing precursor. The species may react to deposit the fluorine-doped metal oxide layer on the substrate.

  19. Self-Supported Crack-Free Conducting Polymer Films with Stabilized Wrinkling Patterns and Their Applications

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    Xie, Jixun; Han, Xue; Ji, Haipeng; Wang, Juanjuan; Zhao, Jingxin; Lu, Conghua

    2016-11-01

    Self-supported conducting polymer films with controlled microarchitectures are highly attractive from fundamental and applied points of view. Here a versatile strategy is demonstrated to fabricate thin free-standing crack-free polyaniline (PANI)-based films with stable wrinkling patterns. It is based on oxidization polymerization of pyrrole inside a pre-wrinkled PANI film, in which the wrinkled PANI film is used both as a template and oxidizing agent for the first time. The subsequently grown polypyrrole (PPy) and the formation of interpenetrated PANI/PPy networks play a decisive role in enhancing the film integrity and the stability of wrinkles. This enhancing effect is attributed to the modification of internal stresses by the interpenetrated PANI/PPy microstructures. Consequently, a crack-free film with stable controlled wrinkles such as the wavelength, orientation and spatial location has been achieved. Moreover, the wrinkling PANI/PPy film can be removed from the initially deposited substrate to become free-standing. It can be further transferred onto target substrates to fabricate hierarchical patterns and functional devices such as flexible electrodes, gas sensors, and surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates. This simple universal enhancing strategy has been extended to fabrication of other PANI-based composite systems with crack-free film integrity and stabilized surface patterns, irrespective of pattern types and film geometries.

  20. Compact micro/nano electrohydrodynamic patterning: using a thin conductive film and a patterned template.

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    Nazaripoor, Hadi; Koch, Charles R; Sadrzadeh, Mohtada; Bhattacharjee, Subir

    2016-01-28

    The influence of electrostatic heterogeneity on the electric-field-induced destabilization of thin ionic liquid (IL) films is investigated to control spatial ordering and to reduce the lateral dimension of structures forming on the films. Commonly used perfect dielectric (PD) films are replaced with ionic conductive films to reduce the lateral length scales to a sub-micron level in the EHD pattering process. The 3-D spatiotemporal evolution of a thin IL film interface under homogenous and heterogeneous electric fields is numerically simulated. Finite differences in the spatial directions using an adaptive time step ODE solver are used to solve the 2-D nonlinear thin film equation. The validity of our simulation technique is determined from close agreement between the simulation results of a PD film and the experimental results in the literature. Replacing the flat electrode with the patterned one is found to result in more compact and well-ordered structures particularly when an electrode with square block protrusions is used. This is attributed to better control of the characteristic spatial lengths by applying a heterogeneous electric field by patterned electrodes. The structure size in PD films is reduced by a factor of 4 when they are replaced with IL films, which results in nano-sized features with well-ordered patterns over the domain.

  1. Preparation, structure and optical properties of transparent conducting gallium-doped zinc oxide thin films

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    Gu J. H.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Highly conductive gallium-doped zinc oxide (GZO transparent thin films were deposited on glass substrates by RF mag­netron sputtering. The deposited films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, four-point probe and UV-Vis spectrophotometer, respectively. The effect of growth temperature on the structure and optoelectrical properties of the films was investigated. The results demonstrate that high quality GZO films oriented with their crystal­lographic c-axis perpendicular to the substrates are obtained. The structure and optoelectrical properties of the films are highly dependent on the growth temperature. It is found that with increasing growth temperature, the average visible transmittance of the deposited films is enhanced and the residual stress in the thin films is obviously relaxed. The GZO films deposited at the growth temperature of 400°C, which have the largest grain size (74.3 nm, the lowest electrical resistivity (1.31×10-3 Ω·cm and the maximum figure of merit (1.46×1O-2Ω-1, exhibit the best optoelectrical properties. Furthermore, the optical proper­ties of the deposited films were determined by the optical characterization methods and the optical energy-gaps were evaluated by extrapolation method. A blue shift of the optical energy gap is observed with an increase in the growth temperature.

  2. Chirality Transfer and Modulation in LB Films Derived From the Diacetylene/Melamine Hydrogen-Bonded Complex.

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    Zhu, Yu; Xu, Yangyang; Zou, Gang; Zhang, Qijin

    2015-08-01

    Introduction of hydrogen-bonding interaction into π-conjugated systems is a promising strategy, since the highly selective and directional hydrogen-bonding can increase the binding strength, provide enhanced stability to the assemblies, and position the π-conjugated molecules in a desired arrangement. The helical packing of the rigid melamine cores seems to play a dominating role in the subsequent formation of the peripheral helical PDA backbone. The polymerized Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films exhibited reversible colorimetric and chiroptical changes during repeated heating-cooling cycles, which should be ascribed to the strong hydrogen-bonding interaction between the carboxylic acid and the melamine core. Further, the closely helical packing of the melamine cores could be destroyed upon exposure to HCl or NH(3) gas, whereas the peripheral helical polyaniline and polydiacetylene (PDA) backbone exhibited excellent stability. Although similar absorption changes could be observed for the films upon exposure to HCl or NH(3) gas, their distinct circular dichroism (CD) responses enabled us to distinguish the above two stimuli.

  3. 用微波方法测量导电薄膜%Microwave measurement of the conductivity of conducting thin films

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    A new method to measure the conductivity of conducting thin films in a contactless fashion was demonstrated. A microwave compact equipment working at 94 GHz was used to measure the amplitude of the reflection coefficient of the microwave signal. Indium Tin Oxide films having conductivity of 8.20×104~8.02×105 S/m on the glass substrates were used as the samples. An evaluation equation was built to determine the conductivity from the measured amplitude of the reflection coefficient. The evaluated conductivity of conducting thin films agrees well with their actual value.

  4. Effect of growth temperature on the terahertz-frequency conductivity of the epitaxial transparent conducting spinel NiCo2O4 films

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    Silwal, Punam; La-o-vorakiat, Chan; Chia, Elbert E. M.; Kim, Dae Ho; Talbayev, Diyar

    2013-09-01

    We have measured the terahertz-frequency optical conductivity of the epitaxial inverse spinel NiCo2O4 films grown at different temperatures. The low-temperature-grown film exhibits a metallic behavior with ferrimagnetic ordering, while the high-temperature-grown film shows greatly suppressed magnetization and insulating behavior. Both films exhibit band-like coherent conduction at intermediate temperatures, albeit with very different carrier densities consistent with the proposed models of cation valencies in this mixed-valence material. Both films also display a crossover to incoherent transport at low temperatures, indicating a disorder-induced tendency toward localization.

  5. Effect of growth temperature on the terahertz-frequency conductivity of the epitaxial transparent conducting spinel NiCo2O4 films

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    Punam Silwal

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available We have measured the terahertz-frequency optical conductivity of the epitaxial inverse spinel NiCo2O4 films grown at different temperatures. The low-temperature-grown film exhibits a metallic behavior with ferrimagnetic ordering, while the high-temperature-grown film shows greatly suppressed magnetization and insulating behavior. Both films exhibit band-like coherent conduction at intermediate temperatures, albeit with very different carrier densities consistent with the proposed models of cation valencies in this mixed-valence material. Both films also display a crossover to incoherent transport at low temperatures, indicating a disorder-induced tendency toward localization.

  6. Synthesis and characterization thin films of conductive polymer (PANI) for optoelectronic device application

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    Jarad, Amer N.; Ibrahim, Kamarulazizi; Ahmed, Nasser M.

    2016-07-01

    In this work we report preparation and investigation of structural and optical properties of polyaniline conducting polymer. By using sol-gel in spin coating technique to synthesize thin films of conducting polymer polyaniline (PANI). Conducting polymer polyaniline was synthesized by the chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline monomers. The thin films were characterized by technique: Hall effect, High Resolution X-ray diffraction (HR-XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and UV-vis spectroscopy. Polyaniline conductive polymer exhibit amorphous nature as confirmed by HR-XRD. The presence of characteristic bonds of polyaniline was observed from FTIR spectroscopy technique. Electrical and optical properties revealed that (p-type) conductivity PANI with room temperature, the conductivity was 6.289×10-5 (Ω.cm)-1, with tow of absorption peak at 426,805 nm has been attributed due to quantized size of polyaniline conducting polymer.

  7. Synthesis and characterization thin films of conductive polymer (PANI) for optoelectronic device application

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    Jarad, Amer N., E-mail: amer78malay@yahoo.com.my; Ibrahim, Kamarulazizi, E-mail: kamarul@usm.my; Ahmed, Nasser M., E-mail: nas-tiji@yahoo.com [Nano-optoelectronic Research and Technology Laboratory School of physics, University of Sains Malaysia, 11800 Pulau Pinang (Malaysia)

    2016-07-06

    In this work we report preparation and investigation of structural and optical properties of polyaniline conducting polymer. By using sol-gel in spin coating technique to synthesize thin films of conducting polymer polyaniline (PANI). Conducting polymer polyaniline was synthesized by the chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline monomers. The thin films were characterized by technique: Hall effect, High Resolution X-ray diffraction (HR-XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and UV-vis spectroscopy. Polyaniline conductive polymer exhibit amorphous nature as confirmed by HR-XRD. The presence of characteristic bonds of polyaniline was observed from FTIR spectroscopy technique. Electrical and optical properties revealed that (p-type) conductivity PANI with room temperature, the conductivity was 6.289×10{sup −5} (Ω.cm){sup −1}, with tow of absorption peak at 426,805 nm has been attributed due to quantized size of polyaniline conducting polymer.

  8. Sub-nA spatially resolved conductivity profiling of surface and interface defects in ceria films

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    Farrow, Tim; Kumar, Amit, E-mail: a.kumar@qub.ac.uk [Centre for Nanostructured Media, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN (United Kingdom); Yang, Nan [CNR-SPIN and Engineering Faculty, Università degli studi Niccolò Cusano, Rome I-00166 (Italy); Doria, Sandra; Balestrino, Giuseppe [CNR-SPIN and DICCI Dipartiment, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Via del Politecnico 1, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Belianinov, Alex; Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V. [Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Arruda, Thomas M. [Chemistry Department, Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island 02840 (United States)

    2015-03-01

    Spatial variability of conductivity in ceria is explored using scanning probe microscopy with galvanostatic control. Ionically blocking electrodes are used to probe the conductivity under opposite polarities to reveal possible differences in the defect structure across a thin film of CeO{sub 2}. Data suggest the existence of a large spatial inhomogeneity that could give rise to constant phase elements during standard electrochemical characterization, potentially affecting the overall conductivity of films on the macroscale. The approach discussed here can also be utilized for other mixed ionic electronic conductor systems including memristors and electroresistors, as well as physical systems such as ferroelectric tunneling barriers.

  9. Sub-nA spatially resolved conductivity profiling of surface and interface defects in ceria films

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    Tim Farrow

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Spatial variability of conductivity in ceria is explored using scanning probe microscopy with galvanostatic control. Ionically blocking electrodes are used to probe the conductivity under opposite polarities to reveal possible differences in the defect structure across a thin film of CeO2. Data suggest the existence of a large spatial inhomogeneity that could give rise to constant phase elements during standard electrochemical characterization, potentially affecting the overall conductivity of films on the macroscale. The approach discussed here can also be utilized for other mixed ionic electronic conductor systems including memristors and electroresistors, as well as physical systems such as ferroelectric tunneling barriers.

  10. Preparation of Aluminum Nanomesh Thin Films from an Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template as Transparent Conductive Electrodes

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    Li, Yiwen; Chen, Yulong; Qiu, Mingxia; Yu, Hongyu; Zhang, Xinhai; Sun, Xiao Wei; Chen, Rui

    2016-02-01

    We have employed anodic aluminum oxide as a template to prepare ultrathin, transparent, and conducting Al films with a unique nanomesh structure for transparent conductive electrodes. The anodic aluminum oxide template is obtained through direct anodization of a sputtered Al layer on a glass substrate, and subsequent wet etching creates the nanomesh metallic film. The optical and conductive properties are greatly influenced by experimental conditions. By tuning the anodizing time, transparent electrodes with appropriate optical transmittance and sheet resistance have been obtained. The results demonstrate that our proposed strategy can serve as a potential method to fabricate low-cost TCEs to replace conventional indium tin oxide materials.

  11. Influence of as-deposited conductive type on sensitization process of PbSe films

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    Yang, Hao; Chen, Lei; Zheng, Jianbang; Qiao, Kai; Li, Xiaojiang

    2016-07-01

    The as-grown n- and p-type polycrystalline PbSe thin films are fabricated by vapor phase deposition using substrate temperature regulation. The surface polycrystalline structures and photoelectric properties of n- and p-type polycrystalline PbSe films are provided. Surface composition of n-type-sensitized PbSe film has been analyzed according to X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results. The oxygen roles in n- and p-type PbSe polycrystalline films during the sensitization process are studied experimentally, respectively. The dependence of sensitized photoelectric performance on the initial conductive state has been firstly observed and discussed, as we know presently. It is revealed that oxygen can trigger photo-response in the sensitization process for n-type PbSe film, but not for p-type. These discussions may be useful for understanding the sensitization mechanism of lead salt materials.

  12. Thin films of conductive ZnO patterned by micromolding resulting in nearly isolated features

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    Göbel, Ole F.; Blank, Dave H.A.; Elshof, ten Johan E.

    2010-01-01

    Patterned and continuous thin films of conductive Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) were prepared on different substrates from a polymeric precursor solution. Their electric conductivity and light transmittance (for visible and UV light) was measured at room temperature. By means of a simple device, cond

  13. Microscopic understanding of the anisotropic conductivity of PEDOT:PSS thin films

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    Nardes, A.M.; Kemerink, M.; Janssen, R.A.J.; Bastiaansen, J.J.A.M.; Kiggen, N.M.M.; Langeveld, B.M.W.; Breemen, A.J.J.M. van; Kok, M.M. de

    2007-01-01

    The anisotropic conductivity of spin-coated poly(3,4- ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) thin films by temperature-dependent conductivity measurements, has been analyzed. A detailed 3D morphological model was derived from topographic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and cr

  14. Finite element analysis and equivalent parallel-resistance model for conductive multilayer thin films

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    Chen, Yu-Yi; Juang, Jia-Yang

    2016-07-01

    The standard collinear four-point probe method is an indispensable tool and has been extensively used for characterizing conductive thin films with homogeneous and isotropic electrical properties. In this paper, we conduct three-dimensional (3D) finite element simulations on conductive multilayer films to study the relationship between the reading of the four-point probe and the conductivity of the individual layers. We find that a multilayer film may be modeled as a simple equivalent circuit with multiple resistances, connected in parallel for a wide range of resistivity and thickness ratios, as long as its total thickness is smaller than approximately half of the probe spacing. As a result, we may determine the resistivity of each layer sequentially by applying the four-point probe, with the original correction factor π/ln(2), after deposition of each layer.

  15. Electrically Conductive Thick Film Made from Silver Alkylcarbamates

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    Liu, Jianguo; Li, Xiangyou; Wang, Xiaoye; Zeng, Xiaoyan

    2010-10-01

    A homogeneous electrically conductive silver paste without solid or particle phase was developed using silver alkylcarbamates [(C n H2 n-1NHCOO)2Ag, n ≤ 4] as the precursor of the functional phase. The silver alkylcarbamates were light insensitive and had a low decomposition temperature (below 200°C). The paste was a non-Newtonian fluid with viscosity significantly depending on the content of the thickening agent ethyl cellulose. Array patterns with a resolution of 20 μm were obtained using this paste by a micropen direct-writing method. After the paste with about 48 wt.% silver methylcarbamate [(CH3NHCOO)2Ag] precursor was sintered at 180°C for 15 min, an electrically conductive network consisting of more than 95 wt.% silver was formed, and was found to have a volume electrical resistivity on the order of 10-5 Ω cm and a sheet electrical resistivity on the order of 10-2-10-3 Ω/□. The cohesion strength within the sintered paste and the adhesion strength between the sintered paste layer and the alumina ceramic substrate were tested according to test method B of the American Society for Testing and Materials standard D3359-08. None of the sintered paste layer was detached under the test conditions, and the cohesion and adhesion strengths met the highest grade according to the standard.

  16. Controlled Synthesis of Monolayer Graphene Toward Transparent Flexible Conductive Film Application

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    Yu Han-Young

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We demonstrate the synthesis of monolayer graphene using thermal chemical vapor deposition and successive transfer onto arbitrary substrates toward transparent flexible conductive film application. We used electron-beam-deposited Ni thin film as a synthetic catalyst and introduced a gas mixture consisting of methane and hydrogen. To optimize the synthesis condition, we investigated the effects of synthetic temperature and cooling rate in the ranges of 850–1,000°C and 2–8°C/min, respectively. It was found that a cooling rate of 4°C/min after 1,000°C synthesis is the most effective condition for monolayer graphene production. We also successfully transferred as-synthesized graphene films to arbitrary substrates such as silicon-dioxide-coated wafers, glass, and polyethylene terephthalate sheets to develop transparent, flexible, and conductive film application.

  17. Surface Electromechanical Coupling on DLC Film with Conductive Atomic Force Microscope

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    朱守星; 丁建宁; 范真; 李长生; 蔡兰; 杨继昌

    2004-01-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) film composed of microscopically insulation but microscopically a mixture of conducting (sp2) and insulating (spa) phases was discussed on the local modification with a conductive atomic force microscope (C-AFM). Especially, a topographic change was observed when a direct current (DC) bias-voltage was applied to the DLC film. Experimental results show that a nanoscale pit on DLC surface was formed when applying a positive 25 V on DLC film. According to the interacting force between CoCr-coated microelectronic scanning probe (MESP) tip and DLC surface, as well as the Sondheimer oscillation theory, the "scalewing effect" of the pit was explained. Electromechanical coupling on DLC film suggested that the depth of pits increased with an increase of load applied to surface when the cantilever-deflected signal was less than a certain threshold voltage.

  18. Plasmonic resonances in nanostructured transparent conducting oxide films

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    Kim, Jongbum; Emani, Naresh K; Boltasseva, Alexandra

    2012-01-01

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCO) are emerging as possible alternative constituent materials to replace noble metals such as silver and gold for low-loss plasmonic and metamaterial (MMs) applications in the near infrared (NIR) regime. The optical characteristics of TCOs have been studied to evaluate the functionalities and potential of these materials as metal substitutes in plasmonic and MM devices, even apart from their usual use as electrode materials. However, patterning TCOs at the nanoscale, which is necessary for plasmonic and MM devices, is not well-studied. This paper investigates nanopatterning processes for TCOs, especially the lift-off technique with electron-beam lithography, and the realization of plasmonic nanostructures with TCOs. By employing the developed nanopatterning process, we fabricate 2D-periodic arrays of TCO nanodisks and characterize the material's plasmonic properties to evaluate the performance of TCOs as metal substitutes. Light-induced collective oscillations of the free elec...

  19. Mesoporous tin-doped indium oxide thin films: effect of mesostructure on electrical conductivity

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    Till von Graberg, Pascal Hartmann, Alexander Rein, Silvia Gross, Britta Seelandt, Cornelia Röger, Roman Zieba, Alexander Traut, Michael Wark, Jürgen Janek and Bernd M Smarsly

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a versatile method for the preparation of mesoporous tin-doped indium oxide (ITO thin films via dip-coating. Two poly(isobutylene-b-poly(ethyleneoxide (PIB-PEO copolymers of significantly different molecular weight (denoted as PIB-PEO 3000 and PIB-PEO 20000 are used as templates and are compared with non-templated films to clarify the effect of the template size on the crystallization and, thus, on the electrochemical properties of mesoporous ITO films. Transparent, mesoporous, conductive coatings are obtained after annealing at 500 °C; these coatings have a specific resistance of 0.5 Ω cm at a thickness of about 100 nm. Electrical conductivity is improved by one order of magnitude by annealing under a reducing atmosphere. The two types of PIB-PEO block copolymers create mesopores with in-plane diameters of 20–25 and 35–45 nm, the latter also possessing correspondingly thicker pore walls. Impedance measurements reveal that the conductivity is significantly higher for films prepared with the template generating larger mesopores. Because of the same size of the primary nanoparticles, the enhanced conductivity is attributed to a higher conduction path cross section. Prussian blue was deposited electrochemically within the films, thus confirming the accessibility of their pores and their functionality as electrode material.

  20. Preparation and characterization of conductive and transparent ruthenium dioxide sol-gel films.

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    Allhusen, John S; Conboy, John C

    2013-11-27

    RuO2 conductive thin films were synthesized using the sol-gel method and deposited onto transparent insulating substrates. The optical transmission, film thickness, surface morphology and composition, resistivity, and spectroelectrochemical performance have been characterized. The optical transmission values of these films ranged from 70 to 89% in the visible region and from 56 to 88% in the infrared region. Resistivity values of the RuO2 sol-gel films varied from 1.02 × 10(-3) to 1.13 Ω cm and are highly dependent on the initial solution concentration of RuO2 in the sol-gel. The RuO2 sol-gel films were used as electrodes for the electrochemical oxidation and reduction of ferrocenemethanol. The electrochemical behavior of our novel RuO2 sol-gel films was compared to that of a standard platinum disk electrode and showed no appreciable differences in the half-wave potential (E1/2). The mechanical and chemical stability of the coatings was tested by physical abrasion and exposure to highly acidic, oxidizing Piranha solution. Repeated exposure to these extreme conditions did not result in any appreciable decline in electrochemical performance. Finally, the use of the novel RuO2 sol-gel conductive and transparent films was demonstrated in a spectroelectrochemistry experiment in which the oxidation and reduction of ferrocenemethanol was monitored via UV-vis spectroscopy as the applied potential was cycled.

  1. Two-dimensional colloidal crystal assisted formation of conductive porous gold films with flexible structural controllability.

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    Lu, Zhicheng; Liu, Chen; Han, Heyou

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) colloidal crystals of polystyrene (PS) particles were used as a structure-controlling template to fabricate conductive Au films with an ordered array of nanoholes. The fabrication mainly involved the functionalization of the supporting substrate with polyelectrolyte (PE) functional layers, self-assembly of Au nanoparticles, and electroless deposition of gold. The self-assembly of Au nanoparticles and electroless deposition of gold were macroscopically monitored using ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy based on the changes in both the extinction spectra of Au nanoparticles and the optical responses of ordered arrays of PS particles. By scanning electron microscopy (SEM) characterization, it was found that Au nanoparticles were assembled into a film structure with orderly dispersed nanoholes and the deposition of gold was confined to the preformed Au nanoparticle films. During the formation of Au films, PE layer structure, Au nanoparticle size and heating treatment applied to the PS template could influence the structures of conductive porous Au films such as the hole diameter, film thickness, and hole diameter/wall thickness ratio (D/W). In addition, this paper also described electrochemical cyclic voltammetry (CV) employed to demonstrate the porosity of the ultimate Au films.

  2. Electrochemical co-deposition of conductive polymer-silica hybrid thin films.

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    Raveh, Moran; Liu, Liang; Mandler, Daniel

    2013-07-14

    Conductive polymers, such as polypyrrole (ppy), have been the subject of numerous studies due to their promising applications in organic solar cells, flexible electronics, electrochromic devices, super capacitors, etc. Yet, their application is still limited as a result of poor processability. Silica has been reported to improve the mechanical strength and adhesion of conductive polymer films. In this work, we propose a controllable electrochemical approach for preparing ppy-silica hybrid thin films from a solution containing both pyrrole and silane monomers. It is known that pyrrole can be electropolymerised using anodic potentials, while silica can be electrodeposited under cathodic potentials. Thus, we studied the formation of ppy-silica hybrid thin films on a stainless steel surface by applying alternating potentials, i.e. cathodic followed by anodic pulses (denoted C + A) or anodic followed by cathodic pulses (denoted A + C). We show that by controlling the deposition potential and time for the cathodic and anodic pulses, the film thickness and composition can be manipulated well as analysed using profilometry and EDX. The element depth profile of the films was characterized using secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS). In essence, for the C + A process, pyrrole diffuses through the cathodically electrodeposited wet silica gel layer and undergoes anodic polymerisation on the substrate, while for the A + C process, silane can be electrodeposited both on top of the anodically electrodeposited conductive ppy films as well as on the stainless steel through the pinholes in the ppy film. This offers a simple approach for tuning the structure of conductive polymer-sol-gel composite films.

  3. Anisotropic and inhomogeneous thermal conduction in suspended thin-film polycrystalline diamond

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    Sood, Aditya; Cho, Jungwan; Hobart, Karl D.; Feygelson, Tatyana I.; Pate, Bradford B.; Asheghi, Mehdi; Cahill, David G.; Goodson, Kenneth E.

    2016-05-01

    While there is a great wealth of data for thermal transport in synthetic diamond, there remains much to be learned about the impacts of grain structure and associated defects and impurities within a few microns of the nucleation region in films grown using chemical vapor deposition. Measurements of the inhomogeneous and anisotropic thermal conductivity in films thinner than 10 μm have previously been complicated by the presence of the substrate thermal boundary resistance. Here, we study thermal conduction in suspended films of polycrystalline diamond, with thicknesses ranging between 0.5 and 5.6 μm, using time-domain thermoreflectance. Measurements on both sides of the films facilitate extraction of the thickness-dependent in-plane ( κ r ) and through-plane ( κ z ) thermal conductivities in the vicinity of the coalescence and high-quality regions. The columnar grain structure makes the conductivity highly anisotropic, with κ z being nearly three to five times as large as κ r , a contrast higher than that reported previously for thicker films. In the vicinity of the high-quality region, κ r and κ z range from 77 ± 10 W/m-K and 210 ± 50 W/m-K for the 1 μm thick film to 130 ± 20 W/m-K and 710 ± 120 W/m-K for the 5.6 μm thick film, respectively. The data are interpreted using a model relating the anisotropy to the scattering on the boundaries of columnar grains and the evolution of the grain size considering their nucleation density and spatial rate of growth. This study aids in the reduction in the near-interfacial resistance of diamond films and efforts to fabricate diamond composites with silicon and GaN for power electronics.

  4. Amorphous semiconducting and conducting transparent metal oxide thin films and production thereof

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    Perkins, John (Boulder, CO); Van Hest, Marinus Franciscus Antonius Maria (Lakewood, CO); Ginley, David (Evergreen, CO); Taylor, Matthew (Golden, CO); Neuman, George A. (Holland, MI); Luten, Henry A. (Holland, MI); Forgette, Jeffrey A. (Hudsonville, MI); Anderson, John S. (Holland, MI)

    2010-07-13

    Metal oxide thin films and production thereof are disclosed. An exemplary method of producing a metal oxide thin film may comprise introducing at least two metallic elements and oxygen into a process chamber to form a metal oxide. The method may also comprise depositing the metal oxide on a substrate in the process chamber. The method may also comprise simultaneously controlling a ratio of the at least two metallic elements and a stoichiometry of the oxygen during deposition. Exemplary amorphous metal oxide thin films produced according to the methods herein may exhibit highly transparent properties, highly conductive properties, and/or other opto-electronic properties.

  5. Nanopatterned Metallic Films for Use As Transparent Conductive Electrodes in Optoelectronic Devices

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    Catrysse, Peter B.

    2010-08-11

    We investigate the use of nanopatterned metallic films as transparent conductive electrodes in optoelectronic devices. We find that the physics of nanopatterned electrodes, which are often optically thin metallic films, differs from that of optically thick metallic films. We analyze the optical properties when performing a geometrical transformation that maintains the electrical properties. For one-dimensional patterns of metallic wires, the analysis favors tall and narrow wires. Our design principles remain valid for oblique incidence and readily carry over to two-dimensional patterns. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  6. Preparation of properties of SWNT/graphene oxide type flexible transparent conductive films.

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    Kim, Jin Ho; Jung, Jae Mok; Kwak, Jun Young; Jeong, Jung Hyun; Choi, Byung Chun; Lim, Kwon Taek

    2011-08-01

    Single walled carbon nanotube (SWNT)/graphene oxide (GO) hybrid films were prepared by a facile bar coating method on a polyethylene terephthalate substrate using a mixed solution of SWCNTs and GO. An acryl type polymer was employed as a dispersion agent to obtain SWCNT and GO suspension in ethyl alcohol. The SWCNT/GO hybrid films were highly transparent and electrically conductive, showing 80% transmittance and 1.8 x 10(3) ohm/sq surface resistance. The surface resistance of the SWCNT/GO film could be further improved to 750 ohm/sq by hydrazine vapor reduction.

  7. Enhanced Conductivity in CZTS/Cu(2-x)Se Nanocrystal Thin Films: Growth of a Conductive Shell.

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    Korala, Lasantha; McGoffin, J Tyler; Prieto, Amy L

    2016-02-01

    Poor charge transport in Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanocrystal (NC) thin films presents a great challenge in the fabrication of solar cells without postannealing treatments. We introduce a novel approach to facilitate the charge carrier hopping between CZTS NCs by growing a stoichiometric Cu2Se shell that can be oxidized to form a conductive Cu2-xSe phase when exposed to air. The CZTS/Cu2Se core/shell NCs with varying numbers of shell monolayers were synthesized by the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method, and the variation in structural and optical properties of the CZTS NCs with varying shell thicknesses was investigated. Solid-phase sulfide ligand exchange was employed to fabricate NC thin films by layer-by-layer dip coating and a 2 orders of magnitude rise in dark conductivity (∼10(-3) S cm(-1) at 0 monolayer and ∼10(-1) S cm(-1) at 1.5 monolayers) was observed with an increase in the number of shell monolayers. The approach described herein is the first key step in achieving a significant increase in the photoconductivity of as-deposited CZTS NC thin films.

  8. Carbon Nanotube/Conductive Additive/Space Durable Polymer Nanocomposite Films for Electrostatic Charge Dissipation

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    Smith, Joseph G., Jr.; Watson, Kent A.; Delozier, Donavon M.; Connell, John W.

    2003-01-01

    Thin film membranes of space environmentally stable polymeric materials possessing low color/solar absorptivity (alpha) are of interest for potential applications on Gossamer spacecraft. In addition to these properties, sufficient electrical conductivity is required in order to dissipate electrostatic charge (ESC) build-up brought about by the charged orbital environment. One approach to achieve sufficient electrical conductivity for ESC mitigation is the incorporation of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). However, when the SWNTs are dispersed throughout the polymer matrix, the nanocomposite films tend to be significantly darker than the pristine material resulting in a higher alpha. The incorporation of conductive additives in combination with a decreased loading level of SWNTs is one approach for improving alpha while retaining conductivity. Taken individually, the low loading level of conductive additives and SWNTs is insufficient in achieving the percolation level necessary for electrical conductivity. When added simultaneously to the film, conductivity is achieved through a synergistic effect. The chemistry, physical, and mechanical properties of the nanocomposite films will be presented.

  9. Investigation of nanostructured transparent conductive films grown by rotational-sequential-sputtering

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    Lu, Jong-Hong, E-mail: jonghonglu@mail.mcut.edu.tw; Chen, Bo-Ying; Wang, Chih-Hsuan [Department of Materials Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology, 84 Gungjuan Rd., Taishan Dist. New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan and Center for Thin Film Technologies and Applications, Ming Chi University of Technology, 84 Gungjuan Rd., Taishan Dist. New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan (China)

    2014-03-15

    This study fabricates three types of nanostructured conductive transparent films using a rotational-sequential-sputtering method. These films include (1) TiO{sub 2}/indium-tin oxide (ITO) and SiO{sub x}/ITO nanomultilayer films, the optical refractive indices of which can be manipulated in the range of 2.42–1.63 at a wavelength of 550 nm with a controlled resistivity range of 1 × 10{sup −3} to 2 × 10{sup −4} Ω·cm. (2) Multilayer ITO films are deposited on polyethylene terephthalate substrates, providing good flexibility and resistivity as low as 5 × 10{sup −4} Ω·cm. Finally, (3) ultrathin ITO films ranging from subnanometer to a few nanometers in thickness enable exploration of ITO film growth and thermal stability. X-ray reflection characterization provides a rapid, non-destructive method to measure the single-layer thicknesses of the nanomultilayer films and ultrathin ITO films at subnanoscale resolution.

  10. Conducting Graphite/Cellulose Composite Film as a Candidate for Chemical Vapor-Sensing Material

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    Kaihua Liu

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A type of conductive graphite/cellulose composite film used for chemical vapor-sensing material was prepared at room temperature in the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([BMIm]Cl. Graphite was pretreated with both oxidation and reduction processes. Due to the use of N,N-carbonyldiimidazole (CDI, as a covalent cross-linking agent in [BMIm]Cl, there were limited chemical bonds between the graphite and cellulose. The composite film was analyzed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XRD. When these conducting films were exposed to certain organic vapors, their electrical resistances quickly changed, showing gas sensitivity. The percolation threshold of the conducting film was about 5 wt%. The gas-sensing behavior of these films in solvent were the opposite of those gas-sensing materials based on a non-polar polymer matrix. A typical negative vapor coefficient (NVC was observed when the film was placed in polar organic solvents such as methanol, ethanol, and acetone.

  11. INFLUENCE OF MAGNETIC FIELD ON ACCURACY OF ECM BY CHANGING THE CONDUCTIVITY OF ANODE FILM

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    FAN Zhijian; ZHANG Lixin; TANG lin

    2008-01-01

    The change of conductivity, thickness and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) appearance of the anode film of CrWMn in 10( NaNO3 at different anode potential either with or without the magnetic field applied are investigated by testing film resistance, galvanostatic transient and using SEM to design magnetic circuit in magnetic assisted electrochemical machining (MAECM). The experiments show that the anode film has semi-conducting property. Compared with the situation without magnetic field applied, the resistance of the film formed at 1.8V (anode potential) increased and decreased at 4.0V while B=0.4T and the magnetic north pole points toward anode. The SEM photo demonstrates that the magnetic field will densify the film in the passivation area and quicken dissolution of the anode metal in over-passivation area. Based on the influence of magnetic field on electrochemical machining(ECM) due to the changes of the anode film conductivity behavior, the magnetic north pole should be designed to point towards the workpiece surface that has been machined. Process experiments agree with the results of test analysis.

  12. Microstructures and electrical conductivity of nanocrystalline ceria-based thin films

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    Rupp, Jennifer L.M.; Gauckler, Ludwig J. [Institute of Nonmetallic Inorganic Materials, Department of Materials, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str.10, CH-8093 Zurich (Switzerland)

    2006-10-31

    Ceria-based thin films are potential materials for use as gas-sensing layers and electrolytes in micro-solid oxide fuel cells. Since the average grain sizes of these films are on the nanocrystalline scale (<150 nm), it is of fundamental interest whether the electrical conductivity might differ from microcrystalline ceria-based ceramics. In this study, CeO{sub 2} and Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 1.9-x} thin films have been fabrication by spray pyrolysis and pulsed laser deposition, and the influence of the ambient average grain size on the total DC conductivity is investigated. Dense and crack-free CeO{sub 2} and Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 1.9-x} thin films were produced that withstand annealing up to temperatures of 1100 {sup o}C. The dopant concentration and annealing temperature affect highly the grain growth kinetics of ceria-based thin films. Large concentrations of dopant exert Zener drag on grain growth and result in retarded grain growth. An increased total DC conductivity and decreased activation energy was observed when the average grain size of a CeO{sub 2} or Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 1.9-x} thin film was decreased. (author)

  13. Highly conductive Cu2-xS nanoparticle films through room-temperature processing and an order of magnitude enhancement of conductivity via electrophoretic deposition.

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    Otelaja, Obafemi O; Ha, Don-Hyung; Ly, Tiffany; Zhang, Haitao; Robinson, Richard D

    2014-11-12

    A facile room-temperature method for assembling colloidal copper sulfide (Cu2-xS) nanoparticles into highly electrically conducting films is presented. Ammonium sulfide is utilized for connecting the nanoparticles via ligand removal, which transforms the as-deposited insulating films into highly conducting films. Electronic properties of the treated films are characterized with a combination of Hall effect measurements, field-effect transistor measurements, temperature-dependent conductivity measurements, and capacitance-voltage measurements, revealing their highly doped p-type semiconducting nature. The spin-cast nanoparticle films have carrier concentration of ∼ 10(19) cm(-3), Hall mobilities of ∼ 3 to 4 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), and electrical conductivities of ∼ 5 to 6 S · cm(-1). Our films have hole mobilities that are 1-4 orders of magnitude higher than hole mobilities previously reported for heat-treated nanoparticle films of HgTe, InSb, PbS, PbTe, and PbSe. We show that electrophoretic deposition (EPD) as a method for nanoparticle film assembly leads to an order of magnitude enhancement in film conductivity (∼ 75 S · cm(-1)) over conventional spin-casting, creating copper sulfide nanoparticle films with conductivities comparable to bulk films formed through physical deposition methods. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the Cu2-xS films, with and without ligand removal, match the Djurleite phase (Cu(1.94)S) of copper sulfide and show that the nanoparticles maintain finite size after the ammonium sulfide processing. The high conductivities reported are attributed to better interparticle coupling through the ammonium sulfide treatment. This approach presents a scalable room-temperature route for fabricating highly conducting nanoparticle assemblies for large-area electronic and optoelectronic applications.

  14. Highly Conductive Cu 2– x S Nanoparticle Films through Room-Temperature Processing and an Order of Magnitude Enhancement of Conductivity via Electrophoretic Deposition

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    Otelaja, Obafemi O.

    2014-11-12

    © 2014 American Chemical Society. A facile room-temperature method for assembling colloidal copper sulfide (Cu2-xS) nanoparticles into highly electrically conducting films is presented. Ammonium sulfide is utilized for connecting the nanoparticles via ligand removal, which transforms the as-deposited insulating films into highly conducting films. Electronic properties of the treated films are characterized with a combination of Hall effect measurements, field-effect transistor measurements, temperature-dependent conductivity measurements, and capacitance-voltage measurements, revealing their highly doped p-type semiconducting nature. The spin-cast nanoparticle films have carrier concentration of ∼1019 cm-3, Hall mobilities of ∼3 to 4 cm2 V-1 s-1, and electrical conductivities of ∼5 to 6 S·cm-1. Our films have hole mobilities that are 1-4 orders of magnitude higher than hole mobilities previously reported for heat-treated nanoparticle films of HgTe, InSb, PbS, PbTe, and PbSe. We show that electrophoretic deposition (EPD) as a method for nanoparticle film assembly leads to an order of magnitude enhancement in film conductivity (∼75 S·cm-1) over conventional spin-casting, creating copper sulfide nanoparticle films with conductivities comparable to bulk films formed through physical deposition methods. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the Cu2-xS films, with and without ligand removal, match the Djurleite phase (Cu1.94S) of copper sulfide and show that the nanoparticles maintain finite size after the ammonium sulfide processing. The high conductivities reported are attributed to better interparticle coupling through the ammonium sulfide treatment. This approach presents a scalable room-temperature route for fabricating highly conducting nanoparticle assemblies for large-area electronic and optoelectronic applications.

  15. Ultra-low thermal conductivity of nanogranular indium tin oxide films deposited by spray pyrolysis

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    Brinzari, Vladimir I.; Cocemasov, Alexandr I.; Nika, Denis L.; Korotcenkov, Ghenadii S.

    2017-02-01

    The authors have shown that nanogranular indium tin oxide (ITO) films, deposited by spray pyrolysis on a silicon substrate, demonstrate ultralow thermal conductivity κ ˜ 0.84 ± 0.12 Wm-1 K-1 at room temperature. This value is approximately by one order of magnitude lower than that in bulk ITO. The strong drop of thermal conductivity is explained by the nanogranular structure and porosity of ITO films, resulting in enhanced phonon scattering on grain boundaries. The experimental results were interpreted theoretically, employing the Boltzmann transport equation approach for phonon transport and filtering model for electronic transport. The calculated values of thermal conductivity are in reasonable agreement with the experimental findings. The presented results show that ITO films with an optimal nanogranular structure may be prospective for thermoelectric applications.

  16. Tuning thermal conductivity in homoepitaxial SrTiO{sub 3} films via defects

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    Brooks, Charles M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-1501 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (United States); Wilson, Richard B.; Cahill, David G. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Schäfer, Anna; Schubert, Jürgen [Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI9-IT), JARA-Fundamentals of Future Information Technology, Research Centre Jülich, D-52425 Jülich (Germany); Mundy, Julia A.; Holtz, Megan E. [School of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Muller, David A. [School of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Schlom, Darrell G. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-1501 (United States); Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States)

    2015-08-03

    We demonstrate the ability to tune the thermal conductivity of homoepitaxial SrTiO{sub 3} films deposited by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy by varying growth temperature, oxidation environment, and cation stoichiometry. Both point defects and planar defects decrease the longitudinal thermal conductivity (k{sub 33}), with the greatest decrease in films of the same composition observed for films containing planar defects oriented perpendicular to the direction of heat flow. The longitudinal thermal conductivity can be modified by as much as 80%—from 11.5 W m{sup −1}K{sup −1} for stoichiometric homoepitaxial SrTiO{sub 3} to 2 W m{sup −1}K{sup −1} for strontium-rich homoepitaxial Sr{sub 1+δ}TiO{sub x} films—by incorporating (SrO){sub 2} Ruddlesden-Popper planar defects.

  17. Fabrication of flexible transparent conductive films from long double-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Naoki Imazu

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The fabrication of flexible transparent conducting films (TCFs is important for the development of the next-generation flexible devices. In this study, we used double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs as the starting material and described a fabrication method of flexible TCFs. We have determined in a quantitative way that the key factors are the length and the dispersion states of the DWCNTs as well as the weight-ratios of dispersant polymer/DWCNTs. By controlling such factors, we have readily fabricated a flexible highly transparent (94% transmittance and conductive (surface resistivity = 320 Ω sq−1 DWCNT film without adding any chemical doping that is often used to reduce the surface resistivity. By applying a wet coating, we have succeeded in the fabrication of large-scale conducting transparent DWCNT films based on the role-to-role method.

  18. Switching of the electrical conductivity of plasticized PVC films under uniaxial pressure

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    Vlasov, D. V.; Apresyan, L. A.; Vlasova, T. V.; Kryshtob, V. I.

    2011-11-01

    The jumplike switching of the electrical conductivity in wide-band-gap polymer (antistatic plasticized polyvinylchloride) films under uniaxial pressure is studied. In various plasticized PVC materials, the uniaxial pressure inducing a conductivity jump by four orders of magnitude or higher changes from several to several hundreds of bars, and this effect is retained at a film thickness of several hundred microns, which is two orders of magnitude larger than the critical film thicknesses known for other wide-band-gap polymers. In addition to the earlier interpretation of the conductivity anomalies in plasticized PVC, we proposed a phenomenological electron-molecular dynamic nanotrap model, in which local charge transfer is provided by mobile molecule segments in a plasticized polymer.

  19. OPTICAL BAND GAP AND CONDUCTIVITY MEASUREMENTS OF POLYPYRROLE-CHITOSAN COMPOSITE THIN FILMS

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    Mahnaz M.Abdi; H.N.M.Ekramul Mahmud; Luqman Chuah Abdullah; Anuar Kassim; Mohamad Zaki Ab.Rahman; Josephine Liew Ying Chyi

    2012-01-01

    Electrical conductivity and optical properties of polypyrrole-chitosan (PPy-CHI) conducting polymer composites have been investigated to determine the optical transition characteristics and energy band gap of composite films.The two electrode method and Ⅰ-Ⅴ characteristic technique were used to measure the conductivity of the PPy-CHI thin films,and the optical band gap was obtained from their ultraviolet absorption edges.Depending upon experimental parameter,the optical band gap (Eg) was found within 1.30-2.32 eV as estimated from optical absorption data.The band gap of the composite films decreased as the CHI content increased.The room temperature electrical conductivity of PPy-CHI thin films was found in the range of 5.84 × 10-7-15.25 × 10-7 S.cm-1 depending on the chitosan content.The thermogravimetry analysis (TGA)showed that the CHI can improve the thermal stability of PPy-CHI composite films.

  20. Nanoscale electrical and mechanical characteristics of conductive polyaniline network in polymer composite films.

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    Jafarzadeh, Shadi; Claesson, Per M; Sundell, Per-Erik; Pan, Jinshan; Thormann, Esben

    2014-11-12

    The presence and characteristics of a connected network of polyaniline (PANI) within a composite coating based on polyester acrylate (PEA) has been investigated. The bulk electrical conductivity of the composite was measured by impedance spectroscopy. It was found that the composite films containing PANI have an electrical conductivity level in the range of semiconductors (order of 10(-3) S cm(-1)), which suggests the presence of a connected network of the conductive phase. The nanoscopic distribution of such a network within the cured film was characterized by PeakForce tunneling atomic force microscopy (AFM). This method simultaneously provides local information about surface topography and nanomechanical properties, together with electrical conductivity arising from conductive paths connecting the metallic substrate to the surface of the coating. The data demonstrates that a PEA-rich layer exists at the composite-air interface, which hinders the conductive phase to be fully detected at the surface layer. However, by exposing the internal structure of the composites using a microtome, a much higher population of a conductive network of PANI, with higher elastic modulus than the PEA matrix, was observed and characterized. Local current-voltage (I-V) spectroscopy was utilized to investigate the conduction mechanism within the nanocomposite films, and revealed non-Ohmic characteristics of the conductive network.

  1. Optimizing amorphous indium zinc oxide film growth for low residual stress and high electrical conductivity

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    Kumar, Mukesh [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Sigdel, A.K. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208 (United States); National Center for Photovoltaics, National Renewal Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Gennett, T.; Berry, J.J.; Perkins, J.D.; Ginley, D.S. [National Center for Photovoltaics, National Renewal Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Packard, C.E., E-mail: cpackard@mines.edu [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); National Center for Photovoltaics, National Renewal Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401 (United States)

    2013-10-15

    With recent advances in flexible electronics, there is a growing need for transparent conductors with optimum conductivity tailored to the application and nearly zero residual stress to ensure mechanical reliability. Within amorphous transparent conducting oxide (TCO) systems, a variety of sputter growth parameters have been shown to separately impact film stress and optoelectronic properties due to the complex nature of the deposition process. We apply a statistical design of experiments (DOE) approach to identify growth parameter–material property relationships in amorphous indium zinc oxide (a-IZO) thin films and observed large, compressive residual stresses in films grown under conditions typically used for the deposition of highly conductive samples. Power, growth pressure, oxygen partial pressure, and RF power ratio (RF/(RF + DC)) were varied according to a full-factorial test matrix and each film was characterized. The resulting regression model and analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed significant contributions to the residual stress from individual growth parameters as well as interactions of different growth parameters, but no conditions were found within the initial growth space that simultaneously produced low residual stress and high electrical conductivity. Extrapolation of the model results to lower oxygen partial pressures, combined with prior knowledge of conductivity–growth parameter relationships in the IZO system, allowed the selection of two promising growth conditions that were both empirically verified to achieve nearly zero residual stress and electrical conductivities >1480 S/cm. This work shows that a-IZO can be simultaneously optimized for high conductivity and low residual stress.

  2. Modifying the thermal conductivity of small molecule organic semiconductor thin films with metal nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Xinyu; Parrish, Kevin D; Malen, Jonathan A; Chan, Paddy K L

    2015-11-04

    Thermal properties of organic semiconductors play a significant role in the performance and lifetime of organic electronic devices, especially for scaled-up large area applications. Here we employ silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) to modify the thermal conductivity of the small molecule organic semiconductor, dinaphtho[2,3-b:2',3'-f]thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (DNTT). The differential 3-ω method was used to measure the thermal conductivity of Ag-DNTT hybrid thin films. We find that the thermal conductivity of pure DNTT thin films do not vary with the deposition temperature over a range spanning 24 °C to 80 °C. The thermal conductivity of the Ag-DNTT hybrid thin film initially decreases and then increases when the Ag volume fraction increases from 0% to 32%. By applying the effective medium approximation to fit the experimental results of thermal conductivity, the extracted thermal boundary resistance of the Ag-DNTT interface is 1.14 ± 0.98 × 10(-7) m(2)-K/W. Finite element simulations of thermal conductivity for realistic film morphologies show good agreement with experimental results and effective medium approximations.

  3. Thin films under chemical stress. [Final Report], September 1, 1988--April 1, 1991

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    1991-12-01

    The goal of work on this project has been develop a set of experimental tools to allow investigators interested in transport, binding, and segregation phenomena in composite thin film structures to study these phenomena in situ. Work to-date has focuses on combining novel spatially-directed optical excitation phenomena, e.g. waveguide eigenmodes in thin dielectric slabs, surface plasmon excitations at metal-dielectric interfaces, with standard spectroscopies to understand dynamic processes in thin films and at interfaces. There have been two main scientific thrusts in the work and an additional technical project. In one thrust we have sought to develop experimental tools which will allow us to understand the chemical and physical changes which take place when thin polymer films are placed under chemical stress. In principle this stress may occur because the film is being swelled by a penetrant entrained in solvent, because interfacial reactions are occurring at one or more boundaries within the film structure, or because some component of the film is responding to an external stimulus (e.g. pH, temperature, electric field, or radiation). However all work to-date has focused on obtaining a clearer understanding penetrant transport phenomena. The other thrust has addressed the kinetics of adsorption of model n-alkanoic acids from organic solvents. Both of these thrusts are important within the context of our long-term goal of understanding the behavior of composite structures, composed of thin organic polymer films interspersed with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) and self-assembled monolayers. In addition there has been a good deal of work to develop the local technical capability to fabricate grating couplers for optical waveguide excitation. This work, which is subsidiary to the main scientific goals of the project, has been successfully completed and will be detailed as well. 41 refs., 10 figs.

  4. Revisiting the Valence and Conduction Band Size Dependence of PbS Quantum Dot Thin Films

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    Miller, Elisa M.; Kroupa, Daniel M.; Zhang, Jianbing; Schulz, Philip; Marshall, Ashley R.; Kahn, Antoine; Lany, Stephan; Luther, Joseph M.; Beard, Matthew C.; Perkins, Craig L.; van de Lagemaat, Jao

    2016-03-22

    We use a high signal-to-noise X-ray photoelectron spectrum of bulk PbS, GW calculations, and a model assuming parabolic bands to unravel the various X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectral features of bulk PbS as well as determine how to best analyze the valence band region of PbS quantum dot (QD) films. X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and UPS) are commonly used to probe the difference between the Fermi level and valence band maximum (VBM) for crystalline and thin-film semiconductors. However, we find that when the standard XPS/UPS analysis is used for PbS, the results are often unrealistic due to the low density of states at the VBM. Instead, a parabolic band model is used to determine the VBM for the PbS QD films, which is based on the bulk PbS experimental spectrum and bulk GW calculations. Our analysis highlights the breakdown of the Brillioun zone representation of the band diagram for large band gap, highly quantum confined PbS QDs. We have also determined that in 1,2-ethanedithiol-treated PbS QD films the Fermi level position is dependent on the QD size; specifically, the smallest band gap QD films have the Fermi level near the conduction band minimum and the Fermi level moves away from the conduction band for larger band gap PbS QD films. This change in the Fermi level within the QD band gap could be due to changes in the Pb:S ratio. In addition, we use inverse photoelectron spectroscopy to measure the conduction band region, which has similar challenges in the analysis of PbS QD films due to a low density of states near the conduction band minimum.

  5. Annealing Effect of Pulsed Laser Deposited Transparent Conductive Ta-Doped Titanium Oxide Films

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    WU Bin-Bin; PAN Feng-Ming; YANG Yu-E

    2011-01-01

    Tantalum-doped TiO2 Rilms were deposited on glass at 300℃PG by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). After post-annealing in vacuum (~10-4 Pa) at temperatures ranging from 450℃ to 650℃, these films were crystallized into an anatase TiO2 structure and presented good conductive features. With increasing annealing temperature up to 550℃, the resistivity of the films was measured to be around 8.7 x 10-4 Ω·cm. Such films exhibit high transparency of over 80% in the visible light region. These results indicate that tantalum-doped anatase TiO2 films have a great potential as transparent conducting oxides.%Tantalum-doped TiO2 films were deposited on glass at 300℃ by pulsed laser deposition (PLD).After postannealing in vacuum (~10-4 Pa) at temperatures ranging from 450℃ to 650℃,these films were crystallized into an anatase TiO2 structure and presented good conductive features.With increasing annealing temperature up to 550℃,the resistivity of the films was measured to be around 8.7 × 10-4 Ω·cm.Such films exhibit high transparency of over 80% in the visible light region.These results indicate that tantalum-doped anatase TiO2 films have a great potential as transparent conducting oxides.Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) have received much attention both in fundamental research and device applications due to their good combination of high electrical conductivity and excellent optical transparency.[1] Among various TCOs,indium tin oxide (ITO) is considered as the most beneficial TCO due to its excellent properties:low resistivity (~10-4 Ω·cm),high optical transmittance (80-90%)and simple preparation process.[2] However,due to the scarcity and high cost of indium,ITO may not be able to satisfy the demands in the future.Hence,it is necessary to explore new candidates of TCOs for expanding application usage.

  6. Growth of highly textured PbTiO3 films on conductive substrate under hydrothermal conditions

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    Tang, Haixiong; Zhou, Zhi; Bowland, Christopher C.; Sodano, Henry A.

    2015-08-01

    Perovskite structure (ABO3) thin films have wide applications in electronic devices due to their unique properties, including high dielectric permittivity, ferroelectricity and piezoelectric coupling. Here, we report an approach to grow highly textured thick lead titanate (PbTiO3) films on conductive substrates by a two-step hydrothermal reaction. Initially, vertically aligned TiO2 nanowire arrays are grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass, which act as template crystals for conversion to the perovskite structure. The PbTiO3 films are then converted from TiO2 NW arrays by diffusing Pb2+ ions into the template through a second hydrothermal reaction. The dielectric permittivity and piezoelectric coupling coefficient (d33) of the PbTiO3 films are as high as 795 at 1 kHz and 52 pm V-1, respectively. The reported process can also potentially be expanded for the assembly of other complex perovskite ATiO3 (A = Ba, Ca, Cd, etc) films by using the highly aligned TiO2 NW arrays as templates. Therefore, the approach introduced here opens up a new door to synthesize ferroelectric thin films on conductive substrates for application in sensors, actuators, and ultrasonic transducers that are important in various industrial and scientific areas.

  7. Mapping of GeSbTe Thin Film Electrical Properties with Conductive AFM

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    Brocious, Jordan; Inglefield, Colin; Bobela, David; Herring, Thomas; Taylor, P. Craig

    2007-10-01

    The phase-change material system GeSbTe (GST) is currently used for optical data storage, however many details of the mechanism governing the phase change are not understood. GST's optical properties and electrical conductivities differ between the amorphous and crystalline phases. For instance, the electrical conductivity in the amorphous phase can be ˜10^3 times smaller than electrical conductivity in the crystalline phase. Thin films of Ge2Sb2Te5 and other alloys were created by a RF sputtering technique, which is known to produce amorphous samples. Crystalline regions were created after growth by localized laser heating. We characterized these films with Conductive Atomic Force Microscopy, which provides physical and electrical topography images. From this characterization we have identified sparse ˜100 nm highly conductive regions in the overall low-conductivity amorphous material. Although the laser treatment does not result in a uniformly conductive film, conductive regions in the treated material are significantly denser and larger.

  8. The Effect of Annealing on Nanothick Indium Tin Oxide Transparent Conductive Films for Touch Sensors

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    Shih-Hao Chan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to discuss the sheet resistance of ultrathin indium tin oxide (ITO transparent conductive films during the postannealing treatment. The thickness of the ultrathin ITO films is 20 nm. They are prepared on B270 glass substrates at room temperature by a direct-current pulsed magnetron sputtering system. Ultrathin ITO films with high sheet resistance are commonly used for touch panel applications. As the annealing temperature is increased, the structure of the ultrathin ITO film changes from amorphous to polycrystalline. The crystalline of ultrathin ITO films becomes stronger with an increase of annealing temperature, which further leads to the effect of enhanced Hall mobility. A postannealing treatment in an atmosphere can enhance the optical transmittance owing to the filling of oxygen vacancies, but the sheet resistance rises sharply. However, a higher annealing temperature, above 250°C, results in a decrease in the sheet resistance of ultrathin ITO films, because more Sn ions become an effective dopant. An optimum sheet resistance of 336 Ω/sqr was obtained for ultrathin ITO films at 400°C with an average optical transmittance of 86.8% for touch sensor applications.

  9. Decrease in work function of transparent conducting ZnO tin films by phosphorus ion implantation.

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    Heo, Gi-Seok; Hong, Sang-Jin; Park, Jong-Woon; Choi, Bum-Ho; Lee, Jong-Ho; Shin, Dong-Chan

    2008-09-01

    To confirm the possibility of engineering the work function of ZnO thin films, we have implanted phosphorus ions into ZnO thin films deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The fabricated films show n-type characteristics. It is shown that the electrical and optical properties of those thin films vary depending sensitively on the ion dose and rapid thermal annealing time. Compared to as-deposited ZnO films, the work-function of phosphorus ion-implanted ZnO thin films is observed to be lower and decreases with increasing ion doses. It is likely that the zinc or oxygen vacancies are firstly filled with the implanted phosphorus ions. With further increased ions, free electrons are generated as Zn2+ sites are replaced by those ions or interstitial phosphorus ions increase at the lattice sites, the fermi level by which approaches the conduction band and thus the work function decreases. Those films exhibit the optical transmittance higher than 85% within the visible wavelength range (up to 800 nm).

  10. High-temperature conductivity in chemical bath deposited copper selenide thin films

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    Dhanam, M.; Manoj, P. K.; Prabhu, Rajeev. R.

    2005-07-01

    This paper reports high-temperature (305-523 K) electrical studies of chemical bath deposited copper (I) selenide (Cu 2-xSe) and copper (II) selenide (Cu 3Se 2) thin films. Cu 2-xSe and Cu 3Se 2 have been prepared on glass substrates from the same chemical bath at room temperature by controlling the pH. From X-ray diffraction (XRD) profiles, it has been found that Cu 2-xSe and Cu 3Se 2 have cubic and tetragonal structures, respectively. The composition of the chemical constituent in the films has been confirmed from XRD data and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX). It has been found that both phases of copper selenide thin films have thermally activated conduction in the high-temperature range. In this paper we also report the variation of electrical parameters with film thickness and the applied voltage.

  11. Efficient coating of transparent and conductive carbon nanotube thin films on plastic substrates

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    Ng, M H Andrew; Hartadi, Lysia T; Tan Huiwen; Poa, C H Patrick [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, 3 Research Link, 117602 (Singapore)], E-mail: patrick-poa@imre.a-star.edu.sg

    2008-05-21

    Optically transparent and electrically conductive single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) thin films were fabricated at room temperature using a dip-coating technique. The film transparency and sheet resistance can be easily tailored by controlling the number of coatings. Aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS) was used as an adhesion promoter and, together with surfactant Triton X-100, greatly improved the SWNTs coating. Only five coats were required to obtain a sheet resistance of 2.05 {omega}{open_square} and film transparency of 84 %T. The dip-coated film after post-deposition treatment with nitric acid has a sheet resistance as low as 130 {omega}{open_square} at 69 %T. This technique is suitable for large-scale SWNT coating at room temperature and can be used on different types of substrates such as glass and plastics. This paper will discuss the role of the adhesion promoter and surfactant in the coating process.

  12. Transparent and flexible conducting hybrid film combined with 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane-coated polymer and graphene

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    Jung, Daesung; Ko, Yong-Hun; Cho, Jumi; Adhikari, Prashanta Dhoj; Lee, Su Il; Kim, Yooseok; Song, Wooseok; Jung, Min Wook; Jang, Sung Won; Lee, Seung Youb; An, Ki-Seok; Park, Chong-Yun

    2015-12-01

    A simple approach to fabricate graphene hybrid film consisted of Graphene/3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES)/polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is presented, using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for enhancement of conductivity. The SAMs of APTES was prepared on ultraviolet-ozone (UVO)-irradiated PET films via wet chemical technique. The density of APTES was saturated after UV treatment time of 1 h for PET films; the carrier density and the optical transmittance were 9.3 × 10 12/cm2 and 82% for pristine graphene and 1.16 × 1013/cm2 and 86% for graphene hybrid films, respectively, and experienced at inflection point at 30 min in UV treatment time. This behavior can be explained by surface morphology transition due to coalescence or clustering of mobile and low-molecular-weight oxidized components of PET.

  13. Sol-gel processing of highly transparent conducting Cd2SnO4 thin films

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    Bel-Hadj-Tahar, Radhouane; Bel-Hadj-Tahar, Noureddine; Belhadj Mohamed, Abdellatif

    2015-03-01

    Polycrystalline thin films of cadmium stannate (Cd2SnO4) (CTO) were coated on corning glass substrates by sol-gel method. The films were fired at different temperatures and annealed in inert ambient (N2) at 680°C. The structural, optical, and electrical properties of dip-coated cadmium-tin-oxide (CTO) thin films are discussed. CTO layers with a Hall mobility of 30 cm2/Vs and a carrier density of 1.4 × 1021 cm-3 resulting in a resistivity of 5 × 10-4 Ω cm have been deposited. Dip-coating conditions must be carefully monitored to produce consistent films. The high electronic conductivity is due to two effective mechanisms of n-type doping: (i) stoichiometric deviation and (ii) self-doping.

  14. On solutions of Maxwell's equations with dipole sources over a thin conducting film

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    Margetis, Dionisios

    2015-01-01

    We derive and interpret solutions of time-harmonic Maxwell's equations with a vertical and a horizontal electric dipole near a planar, thin conducting film, e.g. graphene sheet, lying between two unbounded isotropic and non-magnetic media. Exact expressions for all field components are extracted in terms of rapidly convergent series of known transcendental functions when the ambient media have equal permittivities and both the dipole and observation point lie on the plane of the film. These solutions are simplified for all distances from the source when the film surface resistivity is large in magnitude compared to the intrinsic impedance of the ambient space. The formulas reveal the analytical structure of two types of waves that can possibly be excited by the dipoles and propagate on the film. One of these waves is intimately related to the surface plasmon-polariton of transverse-magnetic (TM) polarization of plane waves.

  15. Electrical Conductance Tuning and Bistable Switching in Poly(N-vinylcarbazole)-Carbon Nanotube Composite Films.

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    Liu, Gang; Ling, Qi-Dan; Teo, Eric Yeow Hwee; Zhu, Chun-Xiang; Chan, D Siu-Hung; Neoh, Koon-Gee; Kang, En-Tang

    2009-07-28

    By varying the carbon nanotube (CNT) content in poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) composite thin films, the electrical conductance behavior of an indium-tin oxide/PVK-CNT/aluminum (ITO/PVK-CNT/Al) sandwich structure can be tuned in a controlled manner. Distinctly different electrical conductance behaviors, such as (i) insulator behavior, (ii) bistable electrical conductance switching effects (write-once read-many-times (WORM) memory effect and rewritable memory effect), and (iii) conductor behavior, are discernible from the current density-voltage characteristics of the composite films. The turn-on voltage of the two bistable conductance switching devices decreases and the ON/OFF state current ratio of the WORM device increases with the increase in CNT content of the composite film. Both the WORM and rewritable devices are stable under a constant voltage stress or a continuous pulse voltage stress, with an ON/OFF state current ratio in excess of 10(3). The conductance switching effects of the composite films have been attributed to electron trapping in the CNTs of the electron-donating/hole-transporting PVK matrix.

  16. An asymmetric electrically conducting self-aligned graphene/polymer composite thin film for efficient electromagnetic interference shielding

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    Pradip Kumar

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Here, we study the self-aligned asymmetric electrically conductive composite thin film prepared via casting of graphene oxide (GO/poly (vinylidene-hexafluoropropylene (PVDF-HFP dispersion, followed by low temperature hydriodic acid reduction. The results showed that composite thin film revealed the high orientation of graphene sheets along the direction of film surface. However, graphene sheets are asymmetrically distributed along the film thickness direction in the composite film. Both sides of as prepared composite film showed different surface characteristics. The asymmetric surface properties of composite film induced distinction of surface resistivity response; top surface resistivity (21 Ohm is ∼ 4 times higher than bottom surface resistivity (5 Ohm. This asymmetric highly electrically conducting composite film revealed efficient electromagnetic interference (EMI shielding effectiveness of ∼ 30 dB. This study could be crucial for achieving aligned asymmetric composite thin film for high-performance EMI shielding radiation.

  17. Biocompatible Elastic Conductive Films Significantly Enhanced Myogenic Differentiation of Myoblast for Skeletal Muscle Regeneration.

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    Dong, Ruonan; Zhao, Xin; Guo, Baolin; Ma, Peter X

    2017-09-11

    The key factor in skeletal muscle tissue engineering is regeneration of the functional skeletal muscles. Materials that could promote the myoblast proliferation and myogenic differentiation are promising candidates in skeletal muscle tissue engineering. Herein, we developed an elastic conductive poly(ethylene glycol)-co-poly(glycerol sebacate) (PEGS) grafted aniline pentamer (AP) copolymer that could promote the formation of myotubes by differentiating the C2C12 myoblast cells. The results of hydration behavior and water contact angle suggested that by adjusting the poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and AP content, this film showed a proper surface hydrophilicity for cell attachment. Additionally, these films showed tunable conductivity and mechanical properties that can be altered by changing the AP content. The maximum conductivity of the films was 1.84 × 10(-4) S/cm and the Young's modulus of these films ranged from 14.58 ± 1.35 MPa to 24.62 ± 0.61 MPa. Our findings indicate that the PEGS-AP films promote the proliferation and myogenic differentiation of C2C12 cells, suggesting that they are promising biomaterials for skeletal muscle tissue engineering.

  18. Conductive lithium nickel oxide thin film patterns via inkjet printing technology

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    Huang, Chun-Chih, E-mail: r00524055@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Su, Pei-Chen, E-mail: peichensu@ntu.edu.sg [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Liao, Ying-Chih, E-mail: liaoy@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2013-10-01

    In this research, a simple direct-writing method by inkjet printing to create conductive lithium nickel oxide thin film patterns at micrometer-scale is presented. Nickel/lithium hydroxides dissolved in acetic acid were inkjet-printed on quartz plates to create micro patterns, including lines and meshes, and converted into oxides by thermal pyrolysis. The synthesized thin films were composed of nanoparticles with 60 nm diameter after the sintering process. Thermogravimetric analysis results showed that the precursor inks decomposed into oxides at temperatures higher than 420 °C. The X-ray diffractograms showed that Ni{sub 2}O{sub 3} was synthesized with lithium oxides after sintered at 500 °C for an hour. The existence of Ni{sub 2}O{sub 3} in the prepared thin films leads to better electrical conductivity, which follows the Arrhenius relation with activation energy of 0.38 eV. - Highlights: • Conductive lithium nickel oxide patterns are fabricated via inkjet printing method. • The precursor inks decompose into oxides at temperatures higher than 420 °C. • Surface morphology and crystal structures of the sintered thin films are examined. • Electrical resistivity of the oxide thin films obeys the Arrhenius relation. • An activation energy of 0.38 eV is found in the Arrhenius relation.

  19. VO{sub x} effectively doping CVD-graphene for transparent conductive films

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    Ji, Qinghua; Shi, Liangjing [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); Zhang, Qinghong [State Key Laboratory of Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Material Science and Engineering, Donghua University, 2999 North Renmin Road, Shanghai 201620 (China); Wang, Weiqi; Zheng, Huifeng [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); Zhang, Yuzhi [The Key Laboratory of Inorganic Coating Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences,1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); Liu, Yangqiao, E-mail: yqliu@mail.sic.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); Sun, Jing, E-mail: jingsun@mail.sic.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • Doping process operated easily. • Sheet resistance decreased efficiently after doping. • Sheet resistance of doped graphene is stable after exposed in the air. • Mechanism of doping process is studied. - Abstract: Chemical vapor deposition(CVD)-synthesized graphene is potentially an alternative for tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) transparent conductive films (TCFs), however its sheet resistance is still too high to meet many demands. Vanadium oxide has been widely applied as smart window materials, however, no study has been reported to use it as dopant to improve the conductivity of graphene TCFs. In this study, we firstly reported that VO{sub x} doping can effectively lower the sheet resistance of CVD-graphene films while keeping its good optical properties, whose transmittance is as high as 86–90%. The optimized VO{sub x}-doped graphene exhibits a sheet resistance as low as 176 Ω/□, which decreases by 56% compared to the undoped graphene films. The doping process is convenient, stable, economical and easy to operate. What is more, VO{sub x} can effectively increase the work function(WF) of the film, making it more appropriate for use in solar cells. The evolution of the VO{sub x} species annealed at different temperatures below 400 °C has been detailed studied for the first time, based on which the doping mechanism is proposed. The prepared VO{sub x} doped graphene is expected to be a promising candidate for transparent conductive film purposes.

  20. Conducting polypyrrole films as a potential tool for electrochemical treatment of azo dyes in textile wastewaters

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    Haque, Md. Mominul [Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109 (Australia); Smith, Warren T. [Samadha Pacifica Pty Ltd, Woonona, NSW 2517 (Australia); Wong, Danny K.Y., E-mail: Danny.Wong@mq.edu.au [Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109 (Australia)

    2015-02-11

    Highlights: • Anion exchange property of polypyrrole films exploited in developing a treatment method for Acid Red 1. • An environmentally friendly treatment method for Acid Red 1 without generating any toxic by-products. • Acid Red 1 is anodically entrapped and cathodically liberated at polypyrrole films. • Analytical characteristics of Acid Red 1-entrapped polypyrrole films. - Abstract: In this paper, we demonstrate conducting polypyrrole films as a potential green technology for electrochemical treatment of azo dyes in wastewaters using Acid Red 1 as a model analyte. These films were synthesised by anodically polymerising pyrrole in the presence of Acid Red 1 as a supporting electrolyte. In this way, the anionic Acid Red 1 is electrostatically attracted to the cationic polypyrrole backbone formed to maintain electroneutrality, and is thus entrapped in the film. These Acid Red 1-entrapped polypyrrole films were characterised by electrochemical, microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. Based on a two-level factorial design, the solution pH, Acid Red 1 concentration and polymerisation duration were identified as significant parameters affecting the entrapment efficiency. The entrapment process will potentially aid in decolourising Acid Red 1-containing wastewaters. Similarly, in a cathodic process, electrons are supplied to neutralise the polypyrrole backbone, liberating Acid Red 1 into a solution. In this work, following an entrapment duration of 480 min in 2000 mg L{sup −1} Acid Red 1, we estimated 21% of the dye was liberated after a reduction period of 240 min. This allows the recovery of Acid Red 1 for recycling purposes. A distinctive advantage of this electrochemical Acid Red 1 treatment, compared to many other techniques, is that no known toxic by-products are generated in the treatment. Therefore, conducting polypyrrole films can potentially be applied as an environmentally friendly treatment method for textile effluents.

  1. Transparent and conductive indium doped cadmium oxide thin films prepared by pulsed filtered cathodic arc deposition

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    Zhu Yuankun, E-mail: yuan.kun.zhu@gmail.com [Center for Composite Materials and Structures, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Plasma Applications Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Mendelsberg, Rueben J. [Plasma Applications Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Zhu Jiaqi, E-mail: zhujq@hit.edu.cn [Center for Composite Materials and Structures, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Han Jiecai [Center for Composite Materials and Structures, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Anders, Andre [Plasma Applications Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High quality CdO:In films were prepared on glass by pulsed filtered cathodic arc. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 230 nm thick films show low resistivity of 7.23 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} {Omega} cm and mobility of 142 cm{sup 2}/Vs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In-doping significantly improves the conductivity and extends the transparent range. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Film crystalline quality is maintained with increasing In concentration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The pulsed arc-grown CdO:In show excellent reproducibility of film properties. - Abstract: Indium doped cadmium oxide (CdO:In) films with different In concentrations were prepared on low-cost glass substrates by pulsed filtered cathodic arc deposition (PFCAD). It is shown that polycrystalline CdO:In films with smooth surface and dense structure are obtained. In-doping introduces extra electrons leading to remarkable improvements of electron mobility and conductivity, as well as improvement in the optical transmittance due to the Burstein-Moss effect. CdO:In films on glass substrates with thickness near 230 nm show low resistivity of 7.23 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} {Omega} cm, high electron mobility of 142 cm{sup 2}/Vs, and mean transmittance over 80% from 500 to 1250 nm (including the glass substrate). These high quality pulsed arc-grown CdO:In films are potentially suitable for high efficiency multi-junction solar cells that harvest a broad range of the solar spectrum.

  2. 有机光致变色功能薄膜的制备与应用研究进展%Progress in Preparation and Application of Organic Photochromic Functional Films

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    孙宾宾; 郑继忠; 杨博

    2013-01-01

    As a king of useful functional materials,photochromic functional films play an important role in sen-sor,optical information recording materials,environment decoration and camouflage. In this paper,the preparation methods including solvent-cast method, dipping coating, spin-coating, spraying coating, Langmuir-Blodgett films method,Self-assembly films method,vacuum evaporation were reviewed in detail. Meanwhile the progress of their application and the research trends were briefly discussed.%有机光致变色功能薄膜作为一类极具潜力的特殊材料,在传感器、光信息存储介质、环境装饰与伪装等领域有着巨大的应用前景。本文介绍了溶液成膜法、浸涂、旋涂、喷涂、L-B膜法、分子自组装法、真空蒸镀法等有机光致变色功能薄膜的制备方法,综述了其最新应用进展,并对其研究趋势进行了分析。

  3. Bombardment induced ion transport - part IV: ionic conductivity of ultra-thin polyelectrolyte multilayer films.

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    Wesp, Veronika; Hermann, Matthias; Schäfer, Martin; Hühn, Jonas; Parak, Wolfgang J; Weitzel, Karl-Michael

    2016-02-14

    The dependence of the ionic conductance of ultra-thin polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) films on the temperature and the number of bilayers has been investigated by the recently developed low energy bombardment induced ion transport (BIIT) method. To this end multilayers of alternating poly(sodium 4-styrene sulfonate) (PSS) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) layers were deposited on a metal electrode and subsequently bombarded by a low energy potassium ion beam. Ions are transported through the film according to the laws of electro-diffusion towards a grounded backside electrode. They are neutralized at the interface between the polymer film and the metal electrode. The detected neutralization current scales linearly with the acceleration potential of the ion beam indicating Ohmic behavior for the (PAH/PSS)x multilayer, where x denotes the number of bilayers. The conductance exhibits a non-monotonic dependence on the number of bilayers, x. For 2 ≤ x ≤ 8 the conductance increases non-linearly with the number of bilayers. For x ≥ 8 the conductance decreases with increasing number of bilayers. The variation of the conductance is rationalized by a model accounting for the structure dependence of the conductivity. The thinnest sample for which the conductance has been measured is the single bilayer reflecting properties dominated by the interface. The activation energy for the ion transport is 0.49 eV.

  4. Conducting Films

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    De Guzman Nathaniel

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Silver nanowires (Ag were successfully synthesized by a copper chloride (CuCl2-mediated polyol method at 155oC. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM and X-Ray diffraction were employed to investigate the morphology and structure of the Ag products, respectively. Without CuCl2, mostly nanoparticles were formed. On the other hand, Ag nanowires with an average length of about 18.8 m and an average diameter of about 96.3 nm were formed after addition of 1.6 M of CuCl2. This suggests that the morphology of the Ag nanowire can be tailored by varying the amount of CuCl2. Ag nanowire suspension in ethanol was evenly coated on cellulose acetate substrates using Meyer rod coating. The electrodes were annealed at 150°C for 30 min to remove the organic materials on the surface of the nanowires. A sheet resistance of <50 ohms/sq with an optical transmittance of 80% at 550nm was obtained for an electrode with a nanowire density of 0.1 mg/cm2.

  5. Lignin from sugar cane bagasse: extraction, fabrication of nanostructured films, and application.

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    Pereira, A A; Martins, G F; Antunes, P A; Conrrado, R; Pasquini, D; Job, A E; Curvelo, A A S; Ferreira, M; Riul, A; Constantino, C J L

    2007-06-05

    Four lignin samples were extracted from sugar cane bagasse using four different alcohols (methanol, ethanol, n-propanol, and 1-butanol) via the organosolv-CO2 supercritical pulping process. Langmuir films were characterized by surface pressure vs mean molecular area (Pi-A) isotherms to exploit information at the molecular level carrying out stability tests, cycles of compression/expansion (hysteresis), subphase temperature variations, and metallic ions dissolved into the water subphase at different concentrations. Briefly, it was observed that these lignins are relatively stable on the water surface when compared to those obtained via different extraction processes. Besides, the Pi-A isotherms are shifted to smaller molecular areas at higher subphase temperatures and to larger molecular areas when the metallic ions are dissolved into the subphase. The results are related to the formation of stable aggregates (domains) onto the water subphase by these lignins, as shown in the Pi-A isotherms. It was found as well that the most stable lignin monolayer onto the water subphase is that extracted with 1-butanol. Homogeneous Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of this lignin could be produced as confirmed by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and the cumulative transfer parameter. In addition, FTIR analysis showed that this lignin LB film is structured in a way that the phenyl groups are organized preferentially parallel to the substrate surface. Further, these LB films were deposited onto gold interdigitated electrodes and ITO and applied in studies involving the detection of Cd+2 ions in aqueous solutions at low concentration levels through impedance spectroscopy and electrochemical measurements. FTIR spectroscopy was carried out before and after soaking the thin films into Cd+2 aqueous solutions, revealing a possible physical interaction between the lignin phenyl groups and the heavy metal ions. The importance of using nanostructured systems is demonstrated as well by comparing

  6. Two-component Langmuir monolayers and LB films of DPPC with partially fluorinated alcohol (F8H9OH).

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    Nakahara, Hiromichi; Hirano, Chikayo; Shibata, Osamu

    2013-01-01

    The interaction of (perfluorooctyl)nonanol (F8H9OH) with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) was systematically studied in two-component monolayers at air-water interface. The thermodynamic property and phase morphology of the monolayers were investigated by isotherm measurements and several microscopic methods such as Brewster angle microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The AFM topographies for Langmuir-Blodgett films of F8H9OH exhibit the formation of monodispersed surface micelles. In the two-component system, the incorporation of F8H9OH induces condensation (or solidification) of DPPC monolayers. The excess Gibbs free energy and interaction parameter (or energy) of the two components were calculated from the isotherm data. Both the phase transition pressure for the coexistence of ordered and disordered phases and collapse pressure of monolayers vary with the mole fraction of F8H9OH, indicating binary miscibility between F8H9OH and DPPC within a monolayer state. The miscibility is also confirmed visually by in situ and ex situ microscopy at micro- and nanometer scales.

  7. Interfacial properties in Langmuir monolayers and LB films of DPPC with partially fluorinated alcohol (F8H7OH).

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    Nakahara, Hiromichi; Hirano, Chikayo; Fujita, Ichiro; Shibata, Osamu

    2013-01-01

    Two-component interactions between (perfluorooctyl) heptanol (F8H7OH) and dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), which is a major component of pulmonary surfactants in mammals, were systematically elucidated using Langmuir monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of the compounds. The interactions such as the miscibility of the compounds and their phase behavior were examined from thermodynamic and morphological perspectives. The surface pressure (π)-molecular area (A) and surface potential (ΔV)-A isotherms of the binary monolayers containing F8H7OH in different mole fractions (XF8H7OH) were measured simultaneously. The excess Gibbs free energy of mixing of the two components was calculated from the π-A isotherms. The resulting isotherm data were employed to construct a two-dimensional (2D) phase diagram of the system. The phase diagram revealed that the transition pressure as well as the monolayer collapse pressure change with changes in XF8H7OH. These thermodynamic analyses suggested that the miscibility of the two components and the solidification of DPPC monolayers can be induced by the addition of F8H7OH. The phase behavior upon monolayer compression was observed morphologically in situ using Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) and fluorescence microscopy (FM), as well as ex situ using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Interestingly, the AFM-based analysis revealed the formation of monodispersed 2D micelles consisting of F8H7OH at low surface pressures.

  8. Phase transitions from semiconductive amorphous to conductive polycrystalline in indium silicon oxide thin films

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    Mitoma, Nobuhiko; Da, Bo; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Nabatame, Toshihide; Takahashi, Makoto; Ito, Kazuhiro; Kizu, Takio; Fujiwara, Akihiko; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito

    2016-11-01

    The enhancement in electrical conductivity and optical transparency induced by a phase transition from amorphous to polycrystalline in lightly silicon-doped indium oxide (InSiO) thin films is studied. The phase transition caused by simple thermal annealing transforms the InSiO thin films from semiconductors to conductors. Silicon atoms form SiO4 tetrahedra in InSiO, which enhances the overlap of In 5s orbitals as a result of the distortion of InO6 octahedral networks. Desorption of weakly bonded oxygen releases electrons from deep subgap states and enhances the electrical conductivity and optical transparency of the films. Optical absorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements reveal that the phase transition causes a Fermi energy shift of ˜0.2 eV.

  9. Electrical conductivity and electromagnetic interference shielding characteristics of multiwalled carbon nanotube filled polyurethane composite films

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    Son Hoang, Anh

    2011-06-01

    Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were homogeneously dispersed in a pure polyurethane resin by grinding in a planetary ball mill. The structure and surface morphology of the MWCNTs and MWCNT/polyurethane composites were studied by filed emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods. The electrical conductivity at room temperature and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of the composite films with different MWCNT loadings were investigated and the measurement of EMI SE was carried out in a frequency range of 8-12 GHz (X-band). The experimental results show that with a low MWCNT concentration the composite films could achieve a high conductivity and their EMI SE has a strong dependence on MWCNT content. For the composite films with 22 wt% of MWCNTs, the EMI SE attained an average value of 20 dB, so that the shielding effect reduced the penetrating power to 1%.

  10. Field-Assisted and Thermionic Contributions to Conductance in SnO Thick-Films

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    C. Malagù

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A deep analysis of conductance in nanostructured SnO2 thick films has been performed. A model for field-assisted thermionic barrier crossing is being proposed to explain the film conductivity. The model has been applied to explain the behavior of resistance in vacuum of two sets of nanostructured thick-films with grains having two well-distinct characteristic radii (=25 nm and =125 nm. In the first case the grain radius is shorter than the depletion region width, a limit at which overlapping of barriers takes place, and in the second case it is longer. The behavior of resistance in the presence of dry air has been explained through the mechanism of barrier modulation through gas chemisorption.

  11. Highly Conductive Graphene and Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Thin Films Produced From Aqueous Suspension.

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    Stevens, Bart; Guin, Tyler; Sarwar, Owais; John, Alyssa; Paton, Keith R; Coleman, Jonathan N; Grunlan, Jaime C

    2016-09-27

    Rapid, large-scale exfoliation of graphene in water has expanded its potential for use outside niche applications. This work focuses on utilizing aqueous graphene dispersions to form thin films using layer-by-layer processing, which is an effective method to produce large-area coatings from water-based solutions of polyelectrolytes. When layered with polyethyleneimine, graphene flakes stabilized with cholate are shown to be capable of producing films thinner than 100 nm. High surface coverage of graphene flakes results in electrical conductivity up to 5500 S m(-1) . With the relative ease of processing, the safe, cost effective nature of the ingredients, and the scalability of the deposition method, this system should be industrially attractive for producing thin conductive films for a variety of electronic and antistatic applications.

  12. Conductance switching mechanism of Rose Bengal organic thin films in ambient conditions

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    Cai Li; Guo Hai-Ming; Zhu Xi; Du Shi-Xuan; Shi Dong-Xia; Gao Hong-Jun

    2009-01-01

    The molecular thin films of Rose Bengal(RB)embedded in polymethyl methacrylate matrix are fabricated by using the spin-coating technique.The macroscopic current-voltage(I-V)characterization of the film shows that the RB molecule has two conductance switching states with a high ON/OFF ratio in ambient conditions.The infrared spectra indicate that intermolecular hydrogen bonds can form in the RB thin films after their hydrolysis in air.With the first-principles calculations,we demonstrate that the hydrogen bonds will be destroyed in concomitance with the conformational change when the RB molecule switches to its high-conductance state after applying a voltage.

  13. Correlations between switching of conductivity and optical radiation observed in thin graphite-like films

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    Lebedev, S.G. [Institute for Nuclear Research of Russian Academy of Sciences, 60th October Anniversary Prospect, 7a, 117312 Moscow (Russian Federation)], E-mail: lebedev@inr.ru; Yants, V.E. [Institute for Nuclear Research of Russian Academy of Sciences, 60th October Anniversary Prospect, 7a, 117312 Moscow (Russian Federation); Lebedev, A.S. [Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics GSP-2, Vorobievy Gory, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2008-06-01

    The satisfactory explanation of anomalous electromagnetics in thin graphite-like carbon films till now is absent. The most comprehensible explanation may be the high-temperature superconductivity (HTSC). The pulse widths of spasmodic switching of electrical conductivity measured in this work in the graphite-like nanostructured carbon films, produced by methods of the carbon arc (CA) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD), are 1 and 2 ns correspondingly. Such fast switching completely excludes the thermal mechanism of the process. According to HTSC logic, in the time vicinity close to jump of electroresistance, it is necessary to expect the generation of optical radiation in the infrared (IR) range. This work presents the first results on registration of IR radiation caused by the sharp change of conductivity in thin graphite-like carbon films.

  14. Evaluation of DLVO theory with disjoining-pressure and film-conductance measurements of common-black films stabilized with sodium dodecyl sulfate.

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    Yaros, Heather D; Newman, John; Radke, C J

    2003-06-15

    We develop a unique film holder combining a thin-film balance with AC impedance spectroscopy to measure disjoining pressure, film conductance, and film thickness simultaneously. Foam films stabilized by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) are investigated with and without added sodium chloride (NaCl) electrolyte. Classical colloidal theory, Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek (DLVO) theory, is tested rigorously over a wide range of solution conditions by comparing the surface charge densities fit to disjoining-pressure isotherms with those estimated independently from film-conductance and surface-tension data. Film-conductance measurements strongly suggest that the adsorbed anionic surfactant is partially complexed with counterions. Therefore, to reconcile the different values of charge densities calculated from surface tension and film conductance with those from disjoining pressure, we propose a simple ion-binding electrostatic model. The ion-complexation framework predicts increased ion complexing with increasing solution ionic strength, in agreement with surface-tension and film-conductance data. Unfortunately, it is not possible to describe similarly the trends of the measured disjoining-pressure isotherms because the diffuse-layer charge density increases, or equivalently, the ion complexation decreases with increasing ionic strength. Accordingly, the ion-binding extension of classical DLVO theory does not permit agreement between theory and independent experimental data from surface tension, disjoining pressure, and film conductance.

  15. Electrical Conductivity of Chlorophyll with Polythiophene Thin Film on Indium Tin Oxide as P-N Heterojunction Solar Cell

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    Aziz, M. F. A.; Hasiah, S.; Rasul, F. L. M.; Senin, H. B.

    2009-06-01

    The aim of this research was to study the electrical conductivity for electrical conductivity of chlorophyll with polythiophene (PT) thin film on indium tin oxide as P-N heterojunction solar cell. The polythiophene thin film is deposited to the Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) substrate using electrochemistry method. The chlorophyll (CHLO) thin film then been coated on polythiophene thin film using spin coated method. Current and voltage of ITO/PT/CHLO thin film is measured in the dark and under different light intensity using four points probe. The result shows that combination of the thinnest polythiophene thin film with the thickest chlorophyll thin film produce the highest conductivity reach up to ±0.1 Sm-1 (raise 22% under illumination compared to the electrical conductivity in the dark condition).

  16. Analysis of variance on thickness and electrical conductivity measurements of carbon nanotube thin films

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    Li, Min-Yang; Yang, Mingchia; Vargas, Emily; Neff, Kyle; Vanli, Arda; Liang, Richard

    2016-09-01

    One of the major challenges towards controlling the transfer of electrical and mechanical properties of nanotubes into nanocomposites is the lack of adequate measurement systems to quantify the variations in bulk properties while the nanotubes were used as the reinforcement material. In this study, we conducted one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) on thickness and conductivity measurements. By analyzing the data collected from both experienced and inexperienced operators, we found some operation details users might overlook that resulted in variations, since conductivity measurements of CNT thin films are very sensitive to thickness measurements. In addition, we demonstrated how issues in measurements damaged samples and limited the number of replications resulting in large variations in the electrical conductivity measurement results. Based on this study, we proposed a faster, more reliable approach to measure the thickness of CNT thin films that operators can follow to make these measurement processes less dependent on operator skills.

  17. Thickness and stoichiometry dependence of the thermal conductivity of GeSbTe films

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    Reifenberg, John P.; Panzer, Matthew A.; Kim, SangBum; Gibby, Aaron M.; Zhang, Yuan; Wong, Simon; Wong, H.-S. Philip; Pop, Eric; Goodson, Kenneth E.

    2007-09-01

    Thermal conduction in GeSbTe films strongly influences the writing energy and time for phase change memory (PCM) technology. This study measures the thermal conductivity of Ge2Sb2Te5 between 25 and 340°C for layers with thicknesses near 60, 120, and 350nm. A strong thickness dependence of the thermal conductivity is attributed to a combination of thermal boundary resistance (TBR) and microstructural imperfections. Stoichiometric variations significantly alter the phase transition temperatures but do not strongly impact the thermal conductivity at a given temperature. This work makes progress on extracting the TBR for Ge2Sb2Te5 films, which is a critical unknown parameter for PCM simulations.

  18. Electrochemical Synthesis of a Microporous Conductive Polymer Based on a Metal-Organic Framework Thin Film

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    Lu, Chunjing

    2014-05-22

    A new approach to preparing 3D microporous conductive polymer has been demonstrated in the electrochemical synthesis of a porous polyaniline network with the utilization of a MOF thin film supported on a conducting substrate. The prepared porous polyaniline with well-defined uniform micropores of 0.84 nm exhibits a high BET surface area of 986 m2 g−1 and a high electric conductivity of 0.125 S cm−1 when doped with I2, which is superior to existing porous conducting materials of porous MOFs, CMPs, and COFs.

  19. Conductive plastic film electrodes for Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) treatment : A proof of principle

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    Roodenburg, B.; Haan, S.W.H. de; Boxtel, L.B.J. van; Hatt, V.; Wouters, P.C.; Coronel, P.; Ferreira, J.A.

    2010-01-01

    Nowadays Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) treatment of food needs to be performed prior to packaging, either hygienic or aseptic packaging is necessary. New techniques for PEF treatment after packaging can be considered when plastic conductive (film) electrodes can be integrated within the package, so th

  20. Terahertz and M4PP conductivity mapping of large area CVD grown graphene films

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    Buron, Jonas Christian Due; Petersen, Dirch Hjorth; Bøggild, Peter;

    We demonstrate mapping of magnitude and variation of the electrical conductance of large area CVD graphene films by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and micro four-point-probe (M4PP). Non-trivial correlations between results obtained with the two techniques are discussed in relation...