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Maher Amer (Committee Chair), Allen Jackson (Committee Member), Ahsan Mian (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE)


Monolayer films of C60 fullerene were for the first time produced successfully by using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. The processing parameters were optimized and the structure of these films has been investigated using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Film stiffness was measured to be in the range of 15 MPa to 32 MPa depending on the nature of the solvent used to process the films. Optical transparency and electrical performance have been measured and correlated to the film structure. While 100% transparent, the film measured conductivity was in the range of 1013 S/m, that is orders of magnitude higher than silver, copper, and even compacted graphene sheets. These films have great potential applications in many different fields including transparent electrodes, sensor, optoelectronic devices and photovoltaics.

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Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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