Transparent conductive thin film synthesis based on single-walled carbon nanotubes dispersion containing polymethylmethacrylate binder.
ABSTRACT Transparent conductive hybrid thin films of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) are fabricated using dispersions containing SWNTs and water-borne PMMA binder. The polymer binder was used as adhesion promoter between the SWNTs and the substrate. The polymer binder content in the SWNTs dispersion is varied to obtain the optimum optical transmittance, electrical conductivity, and mechanical adhesion. The PMMA and SWNT network formed the composite over substrate. The fabricated SWNTs/PMMA hybrid films are immersed in nitric acid (HNO3) and thionyl chloride (SOCl2) to improve electrical conductivity. SWNTs films with 0.2-0.6 mg/ml polymer binder have sheet resistance of 80-140 ohms/sq at a transmittance of about 80% and a strong adhesion on glass substrate. Furthermore, the electrical stability of the films is improved via the PMMA addition. This results indicates that the SWNTs/PMMA hybrid films fabricated by this method can be used as an alternative of indium tin oxide (ITO) film on flexible substrate.