472766 Control of Microstructure during Roll-to-Roll Deposition of Self-Assembled Colloidal Monolayers

Monday, November 14, 2016: 1:00 PM
Union Square 23 & 24 (Hilton San Francisco Union Square)
James F. Gilchrist, Xue Li and Zhiqiao Zeng, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

We describe a general method to fabricate well-ordered nanoparticle films by combining Langmuir-Blodgett deposition and continuous Landau-Levich thin film coating. Our approach is a scaled-up process for preparing nanoparticle films compared to regular batchwise methods. In a continuously flowing trough, silica nanoparticles are injected onto a floating water surface and the lateral pressure of the circulating water helps the particles assemble into high density film. At the edge of the trough, a rolling system handles with dispensing spare substrate, transferring assembled nanoparticles film onto the substrate and collecting the samples with nanoparticles film afterwards. An appropriate combination of particle mass flow rate and the web speed is a crucial factor in this approach so as to control the organization of particles in the film. Moreover, binary suspensions of micron-scale particles with nanoparticles can result in highly ordered domains spanning large areas of the film.  The mechanism of this process was investigated both experimentally and theoretically.

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