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In situ formation of silver nanowire networks on paper

Parmar, Shravan Kumar and Santhanam, Venugopal (2014) In situ formation of silver nanowire networks on paper. In: CURRENT SCIENCE, 107 (2). pp. 262-269.

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Simple, universally adaptable techniques for fabricating conductive patterns are required to translate laboratory-scale innovations into low-cost solutions for the developing world. Silver nanostructures have emerged as attractive candidates for forming such conductive patterns. We report here the in situ formation of conductive silver-nanowire networks on paper, thereby eliminating the need for either cost-intensive ink formulation or substrate preparation or complex post-deposition sintering steps. Reminiscent of the photographic process of `salt printing', a desktop office printer was used to deposit desired patterns of silver bromide on paper, which were subsequently exposed to light and then immersed in a photographic developer. Percolating silver nanowire networks that conformally coated the paper fibres were formed after 10 min of exposure to light from a commercial halogen lamp. Thus, conductive and patterned films with sheet resistances of the order of 4 Omega/rectangle can be easily formed by combining two widely used processes - inkjet printing and photographic development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the INDIAN ACAD SCIENCES, C V RAMAN AVENUE, SADASHIVANAGAR, P B #8005, BANGALORE 560 080, INDIA
Keywords: Conductive patterns; inkjet printing; paper electronics; photographic development; silver nanowire
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2014 06:23
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2014 06:23
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49770

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