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A robust, gravure-printed, silver nanowire/metal oxide hybrid electrode for high-throughput patterned transparent conductors

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High-throughput patterning and enhanced mechanical stability are key to enabling large-area applications of metal nanowire mesh transparent electrodes. In this work, hybrid transparent conductors based on silver nanowires embedded in an indium zinc oxide matrix were prepared by high-speed gravure-printing (1.0 m s−1) from a single, stable liquid precursor. These gravure-printed films demonstrate excellent conductivity (9.3 Ω □−1) and transparency (T550nm ∼ 91%), as well as robust mechanical properties. The encapsulating indium zinc oxide matrix dramatically improves adhesion, surface roughness (Rq < 5 nm), film uniformity, and thermal stability (up to 350 °C) of the embedded silver nanowires. These properties of the hybrid films make them a suitable electrode material for a variety of printed electronic devices, such as flexible OLEDs and solar cells.

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The article was received on 23 Dec 2015, accepted on 13 Mar 2016 and first published on 14 Mar 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5TC04364F
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016,4, 3248-3255
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    A robust, gravure-printed, silver nanowire/metal oxide hybrid electrode for high-throughput patterned transparent conductors

    W. J. Scheideler, J. Smith, I. Deckman, S. Chung, A. C. Arias and V. Subramanian, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 3248
    DOI: 10.1039/C5TC04364F

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