Wet deposition of carbon nanotube black coatings for stray light reduction in optical systems

Suzanna Azoubel, Rina Cohen, Shlomo Magdassi*

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Stray light, also known as optical noise, affects the performance of many optical devices. It can be reduced to a tolerable level by well-designed and well-baffled system or/and by using functional black coatings that are fabricated in a complex and costly process. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) absorb light strongly, making them an ideal candidate for realizing a super black coating. CNT coatings were formed by spraying formulations composed of a silicon binder and low cost multiwalled CNTs on a pre-heated aluminum plate. The diffuse reflectance of the coatings in the VIS range (350-800. nm) was in the range of 2.6-5.11%, depending on the MWCNT concentration in the coating. In the NIR range (850-2400. nm), the reflectance values were in the range of 4-6.5%, however the dependence on MWCNT concentration was not very significant. Excellent adhesion to the aluminum substrates was achieved, for coatings with CNT concentration below 15%, while still having very low reflectance, even at temperature cycling between 200. °C and -. 196. °C. The proposed coating formulations enable simple and low cost approach for producing high light-absorbing coating of complex 3D structures within a very short time by wet deposition of CNTs.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
StatePublished - 25 Jan 2015

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  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Spray coating
  • Stray light reduction
  • Super-black coating


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