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Title: Flexible transparent conductors based on metal nanowire networks

Few conductors are transparent and flexible. Metals have the best electrical conductivity, but they are opaque and stiff in bulk form. However, metals can be transparent and flexible when they are very thin or properly arranged on the nanoscale. This review focuses on the flexible transparent conductors based on percolating networks of metal. Specifically, we discuss the fabrication, the means to improve the electrical conductivity, the large stretchability and its mechanism, and the applications of these metal networks. We also suggest some criteria for evaluating flexible transparent conductors and propose some new research directions in this emerging field.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Univ. of Houston, Houston, TX (United States). Dept. of Physics and TcSUH
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1241449
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0010831; FG02-13ER46917
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Materials Today
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 18; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1369-7021
Publisher:
Elsevier
Research Org:
Univ. of Houston, Houston, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE