Transparent conducting films with multilayered structures formed by carbon nanotubes and reduced graphene oxides

Jie Hun Kang, Hyun Chul Jang, Jung Mi Choi, Jae Young Hyeon, Jung Hyun Sok

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The replacement for indium tin oxide ITO in electronic displays should have comparable optical transmittance and electrical conductivity while being easy to source and manufacture. However, novel materials such as singlewalled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and reduced graphene oxides (RGOs) are incapable of addressing these challenges. We demonstrate a simple method to fabricate good transparent conductive films (TCFs) by combining and leveraging the superior optical transparency of RGOs and the excellent electrical conductivity of SWCNTs. This method affords thin multilayers of SWCNTs and RGOs with excellent optical and electrical properties because these properties are correlated with spraying time and the amount of SWCNTs or RGOs. In general, transmittance is advantageous to RGO as conductance is to CNTs. With a view to finding good TCFs with reduced sheet resistance, but with little sacrifice of transmittance, it is natural to explore the combination of CNT and RGO. The sandwiched multilayer of SWCNTs and RGOs exhibited a low sheet resistance of 214.2 Q/sq, which was comparable to that of SWCNTs, and a transmittance of 60% at a wavelength of 550 nm. To further reduce the sheet resistance and improve the transparency of the multilayer TCFs, Au doping was carried out. The doping, in combination with controlled spraying of the amount of SWCNTs and RGOs, led to multilayers with resistance/transmittance combinations of 141.3 Q/sq and 70% and 371.5 Q/sq and 83%. These properties meet the requisite criteria for an ITO replacement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Korean Institute of Metals and Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Carbon and graphite
  • Coating
  • Electrical condustivity / resistivity
  • Electrical properties
  • Optical properties
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)


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