Abstract

A method is described for ultrasonically spraying thin films of carbon nanotubes that have been suspended in organic solvents. Nanotubes were sonicated in N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone or N-Cyclohexyl-2-pyrrolidone and then sprayed onto a heated substrate using an ultrasonic spray nozzle. The solvent quickly evaporated, leaving a thin film of randomly oriented nanotubes. Film thickness was controlled by the spray time and ranged between 200-500 nm, with RMS roughness of about 40 nm. Also described is a method for creating thin (300 nm) conductive freestanding nanotube/polymer composite films by infiltrating sprayed nanotube films with polyimide.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy

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Date Submitted

2012-12-10

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd5823

Keywords

carbon nanotubes, ultrasonic spraying, polyimide, thin films

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