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Issue 25, 2015
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Humidity assisted annealing technique for transparent conductive silver nanowire networks

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Abstract

The surfactant polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) commonly used to synthesize silver nanowires (AgNW) in solution is known to negatively affect the performance of nanowire-based thin film electrodes. An insulating shell of the polymer hinders tight contact between the nanowires themselves and between the nanowires and substrate, resulting in high sheet resistance of the freshly prepared nanowire films. Here, we develop a simple low-temperature method allowing us to reduce the sheet resistance of AgNW networks and simultaneously improving the optical transmittance. The method is based on the capacity of PVP to absorb moisture which results in a strong decrease in the glass transition temperature of the polymer. The latter leads to softening effects, causing a reduced wire contact resistance already at 60 °C for 90 nm thick AgNWs and even at 45 °C for 35 nm thick AgNWs. As a result, the sheet resistances of the thin film electrodes treated by our method are near to the values conventionally obtained after thermal annealing at temperatures between 140–250 °C. Our humidity assisted low temperature approach is especially advantageous for organic electronics and fabricating devices on thermally sensitive transparent flexible foils.

Graphical abstract: Humidity assisted annealing technique for transparent conductive silver nanowire networks

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Submitted
22 Jan 2015
Accepted
06 Feb 2015
First published
06 Feb 2015

This article is Open Access

RSC Adv., 2015,5, 19659-19665
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Humidity assisted annealing technique for transparent conductive silver nanowire networks

N. Weiß, L. Müller-Meskamp, F. Selzer, L. Bormann, A. Eychmüller, K. Leo and N. Gaponik, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 19659
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA01303H

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