Growth of Spin-Capable Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Flexible Transparent Sheet Films
Iron-catalyzed spin-capable multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were grown on a SiO2 wafer by chemical vapor deposition, which was carried out at 780 °C using C2H2 and H2 gases. We fabricated a flexible transparent film using the spun MWCNTs. The MWCNT sheets were produced by being continuously pulled out from well-aligned MWCNTs grown on a substrate. The MWCNT sheet films were manufactured by simply carrying out direct coating on a flexible film or glass. The thickness of the sheet film decreased remarkably when alcohol was sprayed on the surface of the sheet. The alcohol spraying increased the transmittance and decreased the electrical resistance of the MWCNT sheet films. The sheets obtained after alcohol spraying had a resistance of ∼699 Ω and a transmittance of 81%∼85%. The MWCNT sheet films were heated by applying direct current. The transparent heaters showed a rapid thermal response and uniform distribution of temperature. In addition, we tested the field emission of the sheet films. The sheet films showed a turn-on voltage of ∼1.45 μ/xm during field emission.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-04-01
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