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Monolayer and bilayer graphene on polydimethylsiloxane as a composite membrane for gas-barrier applications

Monolayer and bilayer graphene on polydimethylsiloxane as a composite membrane for gas-barrier applications
Kátia Cecília de Souza Figueiredo, Andre Santarosa Ferlauto, Thiago Henrique Rodrigues da Cunha, Mariana Ogando Paraense
We report the preparation of centimeter-scale composite membranes formed by monolayer or bilayer graphene and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Graphene was synthesized on copper foils by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), and two methods for transferring the graphene layers from the Cu to the PDMS were tested. The method based on the use of poly(methyl methacrylate) as a sacrificial support layer was more effective in producing membranes with significant gas-barrier properties, in which the gas permeability values for CO2 and N2 were reduced by up to 30% as compared to blank PDMS membranes. Raman spectroscopy maps and atomic force microscopy revealed that, on the microscopic scale, graphene is preserved upon transfer, but the presence of extended defects such as folds and tears still limits further increases in the composite barrier properties. The deleterious effect of such defects is reduced by using more than one graphene layer. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2017, 134, 45521.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/app.45521

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