Transparency, gas barrier and moisture resistance of large aspect ratio vermiculite nanobrick wall thin films

The ability to incorporate large-aspect-ratio vermiculite (VMT) clay into thin films fabricated using the layer-by-layer assembly techinique is reported for the first time. Thin films of branched polyethylenimine (PEI) and VMT were analyzed for their growth rate, clay composition, transparency, and gas barrier behavior. These films consist of >96 wt % clay, are >95% transparent, and, because of their nanobrick wall structure, exhibit super gas barrier behavior at thicknesses of <165 nm. When coupled with flexibility, the optical clarity and super barrier that these coatings can impart make them superb candidates for a variety of packaging applications.

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Priolo, MA; Holder, KM; Greenlee, SM; Grunlan, JC; ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces20124, 5529-5533.
Published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2012