Development of Solution-Processed Nanowire Composites for Opto-Electronics

David Ginley, Thomas Gennett, Marinus Van Hest, Shruti Aggarwal, Rajiv Singh, John Perkins

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Silver nanowire-based contacts represent one of the major new directions in transparent contacts for opto-electronic devices with the added advantage that they can have Indium-Tin-Oxide-like properties at substantially reduced processing temperatures and without the use of vacuum-based processing. However, nanowires alone often do not adhere well to the substrate or other film interfaces; even after a relatively high-temperature anneal and unencapsulated nanowires show environmental degradation at high temperature and humidity. Here we report on the development of ZnO/Ag-nanowire composites that have sheet resistance below 10 Ω/sq and >90% transmittance from a solution-based process with process temperatures below 200 °C. These films have significant applications potential in photovoltaics and displays.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)341-347
Number of pages7
JournalMRS Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016

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© Materials Research Society 2016.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5F00-67724


  • nanowire composites
  • optoelectronics
  • photovoltaics


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