Silver Nanowire (AgNW) for Transparent Conductive Films
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.