One-step fabrication of free-standing flexible membranes reinforced with self-assembled arrays of carbon nanotubes
Authors: Grilli S., Coppola S., Vespini V., Pagliarulo V., Nasti G., Carfagna C., Ferraro P.
Autors Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (CNR) Via Campi Flegrei, 34 Pozzuoli, Napoli, Italy;
Department of Chemical Materials and Production Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Piazzale Tecchio 80 (Naples), Italy;
Institute for Polymers Composites and Biomaterials, National Council of Research of Italy, Via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078 Pozzuoli, Italy
Abstract: Here, we report on a single step approach for fabricating free-standing polymer membranes reinforced with arrayed self-assembled carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The CNTs are self-assembled spontaneously by electrode-free DC dielectrophoresis based on surface charge templates. The electrical charge template is generated through the pyroelectric effect onto periodically poled lithium niobate ferroelectric crystals. A thermal stimulus enables simultaneously the self-assembly of the CNTs and the cross-linking of the host polymer. Examples of thin polydimethylsiloxane membranes reinforced with CNT patterns are shown. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.
Journal/Review: APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS
Volume: 105 (15) Pages from: 153101 to: 153101
More Information: The authors acknowledge the Italian Ministry of Research and the National Council of Research for the financial support under the Projects \”Futuro in Ricerca 2010\” (Protocol RBFR10FKZH) and EFOR-CABIR, respectively. The authors would like to acknowledge the help and support of Andrea Finizio during the experimental stage of this work.DOI: 10.1063/1.4898206Citations: 5data from “WEB OF SCIENCE” (of Thomson Reuters) are update at: 2019-09-08References taken from IsiWeb of Knowledge: (subscribers only)Connecting to view paper tab on IsiWeb: Click hereConnecting to view citations from IsiWeb: Click here