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Soap-film coating : High-speed deposition of multilayer nanofilms

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Subtitle: High-speed deposition of multilayer nanofilms

Place: Nature Publishing Group

Publication year: 2013

Start page: Art. no. 1477

ISSN: 2045-2322

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep01477

URL: http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/130318/srep01477/full/srep01477.html

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Abstract

The coating of thin films is applied in numerous fields and many methods are employed for the deposition of these films. Some coating techniques may deposit films at high speed; for example, ordinary printing paper is coated with micrometre-thick layers of clay at a speed of tens of meters per second. However, to coat nanometre thin films at high speed, vacuum techniques are typically required, which increases the complexity of the process. Here, we report a simple wet chemical method for the high-speed coating of films with thicknesses at the nanometre level. This soap-film coating technique is based on forcing a substrate through a soap film that contains nanomaterials. Molecules and nanomaterials can be deposited at a thickness ranging from less than a monolayer to several layers at speeds up to meters per second. We believe that the soap-film coating method is potentially important for industrial-scale nanotechnology.


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