Optical and electrical characterizations of graphene nanoplatelet coatings on low density polyethylene

Mariano Palomba, Angela Longo, Gianfranco Carotenuto, Ubaldo Coscia, Giuseppina Ambrosone, Giulia Rusciano, Giuseppe Nenna, Gianni Barucca, Luigi Longobardo

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Coatings of graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) were deposited on a low density polyethylene (LDPE) substrate by a micromechanical method based on rubbing graphite platelets against the surface of the polymer. Transmission electron microscopy measurements reveal that the coatings were composed of nanoplatelets containing 13-30 graphene layers. Thermal gravimetric analysis shows that the investigated GNP coatings on LDPE (GNP/LDPE) samples are thermally stable up to 250 °C. Optical spectra of these samples, compared to those of pristine LDPE in the ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared range, indicate an increase in both reflectance and absorptance. On the other hand, the coating is able to markedly improve the surface conductivity of the polymeric substrate, indeed in the case of electrical contacts in the coplanar configuration (1 cm long and spaced 1 mm), the resistance of LDPE is 1015Ω, while that of GNP/LDPE is 670 Ω. Electrical measurements under white light illumination point out a decrease in the conductance and a linear behavior of the photoconductance as a function of the optical power density. GNP/LDPE materials can be used for their optical, electrical, thermal, and flexibility properties in large area plastic electronics and optoelectronics.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology B:Nanotechnology and Microelectronics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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