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Web Date: November 6, 2012

Nanowire-Laced Graphene Sheets Rival Today’s Transparent Electrodes

Electronics: The high-conductivity films could be cheaper, more flexible alternatives to indium tin oxide
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: graphene, transparent electrodes, ITO, metal nanowires, high conductivity, low resistance

One-atom-thick graphene, with its high electronic conductivity, is a promising material for making the transparent electrodes needed in solar cells and displays. However, when researchers grow large sheets of graphene, defects in the material reduce its conductivity. By integrating metal nanowires into conventionally grown graphene films, researchers have now dramatically increased the films’ conductivity (Nano Lett., DOI: 10.1021/nl302870x).

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