Fabrication of highly ordered multilayer thin films and its applications

Jinhan Cho, Sangcheol Kim, Kookheon Char

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A new method is introduced to build up organic/organic multilayer films composed of cationic poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and negatively charged poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) by using the spinning process. The adsorption process is governed by both the viscous force induced by fast solvent elimination and the electrostatic interaction between oppositely charged species. On the other hand, the centrifugal and air shear forces applied by the spinning process significantly enhance the desorption of weakly bound polyelectrolyte chains and also induce the planarization of the adsorbed polyelectrolyte layer. The film thickness per bilayer adsorbed by the conventional dipping process and the spinning process was found to be about 4 Å and 24 Å, respectively. The surface of the multilayer films prepared with the spinning process is quite homogeneous and smooth. Electroluminescence (EL) devices composed of alternating poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV) and polyanions films show higher quantum efficiency when prepared by the spin self-assembly (SA) method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-179
Number of pages6
JournalKorean Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the National Research Laboratory Program (Grant M1-0104-00-0191) and funded in part by the Ministry of Education through the Brain Korea 21 Program at Seoul National University.


  • Electroluminescence Device
  • Electrostatic Attraction
  • Multilayer
  • Spin Self-Assembly Method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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