Films of highly disperse electrodeposited poly(N-vinylcarbazole)-graphene oxide nanocomposites

Catherine M. Santos, Maria Celeste R Tria, Regina Aileen May V Vergara, Karina Milagros Cui, Roderick Pernites, Rigoberto C. Advincula*

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The electrodeposition of polymer nanocomposite thin films of PVK-GO is demonstrated. Highly exfoliated and stable graphene oxide (GO) solutions are prepared by incorporating poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) through mixing. Enhanced stability up to 30 d is observed in both aqueous and organic solvents. TGA, XRD, FTIR, and UV-vis measurements confirm nanocomposite formation. CV enables electrodeposition of the films. The presence of GO on the PVK-GO surface is confirmed by the appearance of the C=O and OH stretching vibrations, attributed to the carboxylic and hydroxyl groups of GO. AFM measurements show homogeneous and well-defined film morphology. The electrodeposition of PVK-GO nanocomposite films on conducting substrates is demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry. Solutions of highly dispersed PVK-GO in both aqueous and organic solvents are prepared via noncovalent incorporation of PVK and GO using a solution mixing process. Applications involving transparent electrodes, antistatic films, and non-biofouling surfaces are possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2371-2377
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes


  • electrodeposition
  • graphene oxide
  • poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK)
  • polymer nanocomposites
  • thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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