Laser assisted nano-welding of metal nanowires for flexible transparent conductors

Lead Participant: Dzp Technologies Limited

Abstract

Today's consumer electronics relies on a number of expensive, unsustainable materials and processes. One specific material, indium tin oxide (ITO), is widely used in mobile phone and computer displays, lighting and solar cells; however, this material is extremely expensive; it uses energy intensive manufacturing processes, and indium is a scarce material in limited supply which is unsustainable in the long term. This project proposes to develop an alternative material which can be a suitable subsitute for ITO. The new material is composed of a network of highly conductive silver nanostructures that are processed using laser radiation to obtain highly conductive and transparent films. The project aims to deliver a demonstrator of the new technology, and to produce transparent conductive films that will be tested and evaluated for use in various electronic devices.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Dzp Technologies Limited, Cambridge, United Kingdom £32,900 £ 24,675

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