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Issue 10, 2012
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Printed silver nanowire antennas with low signal loss at high-frequency radio

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Abstract

Silver nanowires are printable and conductive, and are believed to be promising materials in the field of printed electronics. However, the resistivity of silver nanowire printed lines is higher than that of metallic particles or flakes even when sintered at high temperatures of 100–400 °C. Therefore, their applications have been limited to the replacement of transparent electrodes made from high-resistivity materials, such as doped metallic oxides, conductive polymers, carbon nanotubes, or graphenes. Here we report that using printed silver nanowire lines, signal losses obtained in the high-frequency radio were lower than those obtained using etched copper foil antennas, because their surfaces were much smoother than those of etched copper foil antennas. This was the case even though the resistivity of silver nanowire lines was 43–71 μΩ cm, which is much higher than that of etched copper foil (2 μΩ cm). When printed silver nanowire antennas were heated at 100 °C, they achieved signal losses that were much lower than those of silver paste antennas comprising microparticles, nanoparticles, and flakes. Furthermore, using a low temperature process, we succeeded in remotely controlling a commercialized radio-controlled car by transmitting a 2.45 GHz signal via a silver nanowire antenna printed on a polyethylene terephthalate film.

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Submitted
28 Feb 2012
Accepted
16 Mar 2012
First published
20 Mar 2012

Nanoscale, 2012,4, 3148-3153
Article type
Paper

Printed silver nanowire antennas with low signal loss at high-frequency radio

N. Komoda, M. Nogi, K. Suganuma, K. Kohno, Y. Akiyama and K. Otsuka, Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 3148
DOI: 10.1039/C2NR30485F

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