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Langmuir–Blodgett Films

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  1. Jeremy J. Ramsden

Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661345.smc034

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

How to Cite

Ramsden, J. J. 2012. Langmuir–Blodgett Films. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .

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  1. Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

Abstract

Langmuir (floating) monolayers, the precursors to Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) films, are outlined before dealing with the monolayer transfer to create the LB films themselves. The Langmuir–Schaefer (LS) transfer technique is presented as a subtype of the LB approach. A guide to the metrology of the films is given. Posttransfer modifications of LB films are covered as a useful ways to extend the range of obtainable materials and structures. Finally, applications are surveyed. Most current interest is in using LB films as research tools rather than as a means of high volume nanoscale fabrication, although the potential offered by the use of novel molecules to build up precise supramolecular structures is emphasized.

Keywords:

  • Langmuir–Blodgett;
  • Langmuir–Schaefer;
  • monolayers;
  • transfer;
  • stability;
  • eutactic;
  • superlattices