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Enhanced Electrical Properties in Transparent Conductor Thin Films

A new method for enhancing the electrical conductivity properties of Transparent Conducting Oxide thin films.

Background

Transparent conducting oxides offer highly tuneable electronic properties in addition to being transparent to visible light. Thin films formed from such materials are, therefore, desirable as components for a wide range of applications in functional electronic devices. Certain applications require transparent thin films that exhibit high charge carrier mobility values, which are difficult to produce using standard solution-based deposition techniques. Manufacturers must resort to depositing the powdered material onto a high-temperature substrate to form films with the desired properties, preventing the use of temperature sensitive substrates such as flexible plastics. Alternatively, films can be modified post-formation, which results in short-lived improvements.

Oxford researchers have developed a method to prepare transparent thin films with long-lasting enhanced electronic properties in situ,

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