Recent Advances in Gas Barrier Thin Films via Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Polymers and Platelets. Academic Article uri icon


  • Layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly has emerged as the leading non-vacuum technology for the fabrication of transparent, super gas barrier films. The super gas barrier performance of LbL deposited films has been demonstrated in numerous studies, with a variety of polyelectrolytes, to rival that of metal and metal oxide-based barrier films. This Feature Article is a mini-review of LbL-based multilayer thin films with a 'nanobrick wall' microstructure comprising polymeric mortar and nano-platelet bricks that impart high gas barrier to otherwise permeable polymer substrates. These transparent, water-based thin films exhibit oxygen transmission rates below 5 10(-3) cm(3) m(-2) day(-1) atm(-1) and lower permeability than any other barrier material reported. In an effort to put this technology in the proper context, incumbent technologies such as metallized plastics, metal oxides, and flake-filled polymers are briefly reviewed.

published proceedings

  • Macromol Rapid Commun

author list (cited authors)

  • Priolo, M. A., Holder, K. M., Guin, T., & Grunlan, J. C.

citation count

  • 96

complete list of authors

  • Priolo, Morgan A||Holder, Kevin M||Guin, Tyler||Grunlan, Jaime C

publication date

  • May 2015