Low diffuse reflection of silver nanowire/ruthenium oxide nanosheet hybrid films for high-performance transparent flexible electrodes.

Author(s) Cho, E.H.; Hwang, J.; Lee, J.; Park, H.Cheol; Kim, Y.; Kwak, C.; Lee, C.Seung; Woo, Y.Sung
Journal Nanotechnology
Date Published 2019 Jan 04

Transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs) based on silver nanowire (AgNW) networks possess high conductance, transmittance, and mechanical flexibility. However, due to the relatively high diffuse reflection of incident light on AgNWs, they cannot be practically implemented in displays requiring low pattern visibility. One promising strategy for solving this problem is to place an optical stack with high refractive index underneath the AgNW layer. In this work, AgNW-RuO nanosheet hybrid TCEs with low diffuse reflections are fabricated using metallic RuO nanosheets as undercoats. As predicted by theoretical simulations, RuO nanosheets with high refractive indices reduce the diffuse reflections of AgNWs by almost 8%. Moreover, after the partial etching of AgNWs, the difference in the diffuse reflections of their etched and non-etched regions becomes equal to about 0.003, leading to the formation of an invisible pattern. The film consisting of micro-sized RuO nanosheets is not damaged during etching, but instead forms a current path between different AgNWs broken by cyclic bending, resulting in a tenfold decrease in the resistance of the AgNW TCE after 170 000 cycles. Further, RuO nanosheets suppress the diffusion of humid air from the outside, thus improving the environmental stability of the AgNW-RuO nanosheet hybrid TCEs.

DOI 10.1088/1361-6528/aae56f
ISSN 1361-6528
Citation Nanotechnology. 2019;30(1):015301.

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