Multifunctional nano-accordion structures for stretchable transparent conductors†
Multifunctional nano-accordion structures exhibiting a unique combination of conductivity, stretchability, and transparency are fabricated through a combination of nanolithography and atomic layer deposition. The nanostructured material demonstrated two orders-of-magnitude improvement in stretchability, repeatable electrical performance for cyclic stretching and bending, and broadband optical transmission up to 70%. The proposed experimental techniques and analytical models enable the deterministic design of nano-accordion geometry to control material stretchability. The proposed nanostructures are promising for applications in transparent flexible electronics, stretchable displays, and wearable sensors.