Interfacial crosslinked controlled thickness graphene oxide thin-films through dip-assisted layer-by-layer assembly means

Vepika Kandjou, Miguel Hernaez Saenz De Zaitigui, Beatriz Acevedo Munoz, Sonia Melendi-Espina

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The augmentation of research in graphene based thin films has been of great interest to various current industrial stakeholders. This is mainly due to the wide scope of films applications, ranging from nanoelectronics to separation membranes. Therefore, establishing a relation between graphene based thin film key characteristics and the fabrication operating conditions is of high significance. This study entails the successful fabrication of controlled-thickness crosslinked graphene oxide (GO) thin films on inexpensive silicon-based glass slide substrates. The method of film fabrication used is the dip-assisted layer-by-layer assembly, which has an added advantage of step-control of thin film thickness, good film uniformity and continuity. The thickness was primarily tuned through the use different sized crosslinkers; a covalent based sub-nanometer sized p-phenylenediamine and an electrostatic based polyethyleneimine on an interchangeable assembly with GO. Pre film fabrication, Fourier Transform Infra-Red and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy characterizations were carried out to determine the nature of interactions between GO and the crosslinkers. Post film fabrication, scanning electron microscopy, water contact angle measurements and profilometry analysis were undertaken for film continuity, hydrophilicity and thickness measurements respectively. A strong linear trend between film thickness of the differently crosslinked films and the number of bi-layers was established.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105345
JournalProgress in Organic Coatings
Early online date4 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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