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A Flexible, Transparent, Conductive Film by Integrating Silver Particles and Silver Nanowire Networks

A low-cost, stable and flexible transparent conductive film by growing silver nanoparticles at the junction of silver nanowires

Background

  • Transparent conductive film is commonly used in touch screenS and displays, OLED lighting, Solar PV, EMI Shielding and antistatic coating, etc. There is a demand for flexible and wearable modern electronics.
  • Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) is one of the most commonly used transparent conducting oxides. It is transparent and colourless with good conductivity. However, ITO is brittle. Its production using Indium, which is a rare element itself, is expensive.
  • Silver nanoparticles and silver nanowires are candidates for replacing ITO, especially when the conductive film is required to be flexible. Silver nanoparticles are very efficient at absorbing and scattering light. They also show high transparency and conductivity. In addition, they are flexible and relatively cheap to produce.

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