Highly conductive interwoven carbon nanotube and silver nanowire transparent electrodes

Andrew Stapleton, Rakesh Afre, Amanda Ellis, Joseph Shapter, Gunther Andersson, Jamie Quinton, David Lewis

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    Electrodes fabricated using commercially available silver nanowires (AgNWs) and single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) produced sheet resistances in the range 4-24 Ω □-1 with specular transparencies up to 82 %. Increasing the aqueous dispersibility of SWCNTs decreased the bundle size present in the film resulting in improved SWCNT surface dispersion in the films without compromising transparency or sheet resistance. In addition to providing conduction pathways between the AgNW network, the SWCNTs also provide structural support, creating stable self-supporting films. Entanglement of the AgNWs and SWCNTs was demonstrated to occur in solution prior to deposition by monitoring the transverse plasmon resonance mode of the AgNWs during processing. The interwoven AgNW/SWCNT structures show potential for use in optoelectronic applications as transparent electrodes and as an ITO replacement.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number035004
    Pages (from-to)035004
    Number of pages8
    JournalScience and Technology of Advanced Materials
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


    • electrodes
    • nanotubes
    • nanowires
    • silver
    • transparent


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