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Homogeneous bilayer graphene film based flexible transparent conductor

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Graphene is considered as a promising candidate to replace conventional transparent conductors due to its low opacity, high carrier mobility and flexible structure. Multi-layer graphene or stacked single layer graphenes have been investigated in the past but both have their drawbacks. The uniformity of multi-layer graphene is still questionable, and single layer graphene stacks require many transfer processes to achieve sufficiently low sheet resistance. In this work, bilayer graphene film grown with low pressure chemical vapor deposition was used as a transparent conductor for the first time. The technique was demonstrated to be highly efficient in fabricating a conductive and uniform transparent conductor compared to multi-layer or single layer graphene. Four transfers of bilayer graphene yielded a transparent conducting film with a sheet resistance of 180 Ω at a transmittance of 83%. In addition, bilayer graphene films transferred onto the plastic substrate showed remarkable robustness against bending, with sheet resistance change less than 15% at 2.14% strain, a 20-fold improvement over commercial indium oxide films.

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The article was received on 24 Oct 2011, accepted on 07 Nov 2011 and first published on 07 Dec 2011

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1NR11574J
Citation: Nanoscale, 2012,4, 639-644
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    Homogeneous bilayer graphene film based flexible transparent conductor

    S. Lee, K. Lee, C. Liu and Z. Zhong, Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 639
    DOI: 10.1039/C1NR11574J

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