This technology presents highly conductive, long silver nanowires (AgNW), a key coating material in the fabrication of conductive and transparent substrates. The incumbent material used in transparent conductive films (TCFs), indium tin oxide (ITO), has been used extensively in touch panel displays, liquid crystal displays, electroluminescent lighting, organic light-emitting diode devices and photovoltaic solar cells. However, ITO-based TCFs faces certain limitations such as the high cost of indium, the need for complicated and expensive vacuum deposition equipment and processes and ITO’s inherent brittleness and tendency to crack, especially when deposited on flexible substrates. Therefore, AgNW is a frontrunner as a replacement for transparent, flexible conductive films.
Silver nanowire properties:
Nanowire coated film properties:
This technology is applicable (but not limited) to:
The total market for printed, flexible and organic electronics will grow from $29.28 billion in 2017 to $73.43 billion in 2027. Touch screen industry has grown rapidly from 2009 ($4.5 billion) to 2017 ($25 billion), driven by smart phones and tablets. The future growth in printed touch screens is driven by the rapid growth of the large area and flexible touch surfaces.