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Macroscopically Aligned Graphite Films Prepared from Iodine-Doped Stretchable Polyacetylene Films Using Morphology-Retaining Carbonization

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posted on 22.07.2015, 00:00 by Satoshi Matsushita, Kazuo Akagi
We prepared graphite films using typical Shirakawa-type and stretchable polyacetylene (PA) films as precursors through a morphology-retaining carbonization. A macroscopically aligned PA film was prepared from the drawable PA film using a mechanical-stretching procedure. The degree of orientation of the aligned PA film was evaluated by measuring polarized infrared absorption spectra and an azimuthal-angle profile of a Laue X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern. The carbonization was performed from the iodine-doped PA films as precursors at 800 °C. The carbon films were subsequently graphitized at 1400–3000 °C, yielding graphite films with almost the same surface morphology as that of the original PA films and that of the carbon films as precursors. The typical PA film graphitized at 2600 °C exhibited tensile strengths of up to 224 MPa, moduli of up to 10 GPa, and an average electrical conductivity of 2.5 × 102 S/cm. In contrast, the graphite film prepared from the stretched PA film presented a Laue XRD pattern in which graphitic crystal structures are aligned parallel to the direction of stretching of the PA film. The anisotropic graphite film showed an enhanced conductivity of up to 1.5 × 103 S/cm along the stretching direction. We demonstrated that an iodine-doped PA film is a highly efficient carbon source for producing graphite films with good mechanical and electrical properties. The total yield of a graphite film is as high as 61–74% at up to 3000 °C, which is considerably higher than that of polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fiber and polyimide-based graphite film.