Layer-by-layer assembly of thin film oxygen barrier Academic Article uri icon


  • Thin films of sodium montmorillonite clay and cationic polyacrylamide were grown on a polyethylene terephthalate film using layer-by-layer assembly. After 30 clay-polymer layers are deposited, with a thickness of 571nm, the resulting transparent film has an oxygen transmission rate (OTR) below the detection limit of commercial instrumentation (< 0.005cc/m2/day/atm). This low OTR, which is unprecedented for a clay-filled polymer composite, is believed to be due to a brick wall nanostructure comprised of completely exfoliated clay in polymeric mortar. With an optical transparency greater than 90% and potential for microwaveability, this thin composite is a good candidate for foil replacement in food packaging and may also be useful for flexible electronics packaging. 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • Jang, W., Rawson, I., & Grunlan, J. C.

citation count

  • 149

complete list of authors

  • Jang, Woo-Sik||Rawson, Ian||Grunlan, Jaime C

publication date

  • June 2008