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Extremely stretchable conductors based on hierarchically-structured metal nanowire network

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Abstract

Giant stretchability of an elastic conductor can potentially extend its application scope in the emerging field of stretchable electronics. We present a new class of extremely stretchable conductors based on a hierarchically-structured (HS) metal nanowire network that can be simply fabricated by a prestraining technique with a micro-prism-arrayed elastomeric substrate. The unique architecture of the HS conductor with aligned metal nanowires on a sloped surface of a micro-prism structure makes it possible to achieve ultra-stretchability of higher than 700% while ensuring electrical and mechanical robustness. The HS stretchable conductor shows highly stable and reversible electrical performance even under high (∼750%) and repetitive (100 cycle) strains.

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Submitted
14 Apr 2016
Accepted
06 Jun 2016
First published
07 Jun 2016

RSC Adv., 2016,6, 56896-56902
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Paper

Extremely stretchable conductors based on hierarchically-structured metal nanowire network

K. Kim, D. Jeong, N. Jang, S. Ha and J. Kim, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 56896
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA09644A

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