Fabrication of graphene oxide/montmorillonite nanocomposite flexible thin films with improved gas-barrier properties

Se Jung Kim, Tan Young Kim, Byung Hyun Kang, Gun Hwan Lee, Byeong Kwon Ju

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Nanocomposites are potential substitutes for inorganic materials in fabricating flexible gas-barrier thin films. In this study, two nanocomposites are used to form a flexible gas-barrier film that shows improved flexibility and a decreased water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), thereby extending the diffusion path length for gas molecules. The nanoclay materials used for the flexible gas-barrier thin film are Na+-montmorillonite (MMT) and graphene oxide (GO). A flexible gas-barrier thin film was fabricated using a layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition method, exploiting electronic bonding under non-vacuum conditions. The WVTR of the film, in which each layer was laminated by LBL assembly, was analyzed by Ca-test and the oxygen transmission rate (OTR) was analyzed by MOCON. When GO and MMT are used together, they fill each other's vacancies and form a gas-barrier film with high optical transmittance and the improved WVTR of 3.1 × 10-3 g per m2 per day without a large increase in thickness compared to barrier films produced with GO or MMT alone. Thus, this film has potential applicability as a barrier film in flexible electronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39083-39089
Number of pages7
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number68
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the KIAT (Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology) grant funded by the Korea Government (MOTIE: Ministry of Trade Industry and Energy). (No. P0001018, HRD program for Highly educated human resources development project on cutting-edge sensor technology for sensor industry acceleration), the Brain Korea 21 Plus Project in 2018, the KSSRC program (Stretchable Multi Sensor for Wearable IoT Device), and the R&D program of MOTIE/KEIT. [10064078, Development of the Multi-Sensor for UV, Ambient Light, and Proximity for Next Smart Device].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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