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Sub-second carbon-nanotube-mediated microwave sintering for high-conductivity silver patterns on plastic substrates

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Abstract

A method of microwave sintering that is mediated by carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has been developed to obtain high-conductivity Ag patterns on the top of heat-sensitive plastic substrates within a short time. The Ag patterns are printed on CNTs formed on plastic substrates and rapidly heated to a great extent by the heat transferred from the microwave-heated CNTs. The conductivity of the microwave-sintered Ag patterns reaches ∼39% that of bulk Ag within 1 s without substrate deformation. Furthermore, microwave sintering enhances the adhesion of Ag patterns to the thermoplastic substrates because the sintering causes interfacial fusion between the Ag patterns and the substrates, and CNTs physically connect the patterns with the substrates.

Graphical abstract: Sub-second carbon-nanotube-mediated microwave sintering for high-conductivity silver patterns on plastic substrates

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The article was received on 16 Nov 2015, accepted on 04 Feb 2016 and first published on 05 Feb 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5NR08082G
Nanoscale, 2016,8, 5343-5349

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    Sub-second carbon-nanotube-mediated microwave sintering for high-conductivity silver patterns on plastic substrates

    S. Jung, S. J. Chun, J. T. Han, J. S. Woo, C. Shon and G. Lee, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 5343
    DOI: 10.1039/C5NR08082G

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