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Facile patterning using dry film photo-resists for flexible electronics: Ag nanowire networks and carbon nanotube networks

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Abstract

In this study, we explored the use of a dry film photo-resist (DFR) in the patterning of Ag nanowire and carbon nanotube (CNT) networks for the first time. With a simple lamination process, the DFR was uniformly coated on the Ag nanowire and CNT networks on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrates without a post-thermal baking process. Furthermore, a Na2CO3-based developer enabled the networks to be patterned without loss of conductivity. Scanning electron microscopy images revealed that the Ag nanowire and CNT networks were successfully patterned with a pattern width up to ∼30 μm. The patterned Ag nanowire networks were confirmed to follow the percolation theory, showing a logarithmically linear increase in resistance as the pattern width decreased. The results indicated that there was no harmful effect on the Ag nanowire network during the patterning process. In addition, the mechanical reliability under bending fatigue was explored, which revealed a pattern-size dependent bending fatigue behavior, where the Ag nanowire networks with smaller pattern widths showed a higher increase in resistance during bending fatigue. This simple patterning method using DFRs combined with the roll-to-roll process is expected to lead the future patterning technology of flexible electronics.

Graphical abstract: Facile patterning using dry film photo-resists for flexible electronics: Ag nanowire networks and carbon nanotube networks

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The article was received on 28 Feb 2017, accepted on 19 Apr 2017 and first published on 19 Apr 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00885F
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017,5, 4804-4809
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    Facile patterning using dry film photo-resists for flexible electronics: Ag nanowire networks and carbon nanotube networks

    C. An, S. Kim, H. Lee and B. Hwang, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 4804
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00885F

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