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Materials 2017, 10(12), 1362; doi:10.3390/ma10121362

Transparent Electrode Based on Silver Nanowires and Polyimide for Film Heater and Flexible Solar Cell

School of Applied Physics and Materials, Wuyi University, Jiangmen 529020, Guangdong, China
School of Information Engineering, Wuyi University, Jiangmen 529020, Guangdong, China
School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan 430200, Hubei, China
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Received: 27 September 2017 / Revised: 22 November 2017 / Accepted: 23 November 2017 / Published: 29 November 2017
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Transparent, conductive, and flexible Ag nanowire (NW)-polyimide (PI) composite films were fabricated by a facile solution method. Well-dispersed Ag NWs result in percolation networks on the PI supporting layer. A series of films with transmittance values of 53–80% and sheet resistances of 2.8–16.5 Ω/sq were investigated. To further verify the practicability of the Ag NWs-PI film in optoelectronic devices, we utilized it in a film heater and a flexible solar cell. The film heater was able to generate a temperature of 58 °C at a driving voltage of 3.5 V within 20 s, indicating its potential application in heating devices that require low power consumption and fast response. The flexible solar cell based on the composite film with a transmittance value of 71% presented a power conversion efficiency of 3.53%. These successful applications proved that the fabricated Ag NWs-PI composite film is a good candidate for application in flexible optoelectronic devices. View Full-Text
Keywords: transparent electrode; silver nanowires; polyimide; film heater; solar cell transparent electrode; silver nanowires; polyimide; film heater; solar cell

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He, X.; Duan, F.; Liu, J.; Lan, Q.; Wu, J.; Yang, C.; Yang, W.; Zeng, Q.; Wang, H. Transparent Electrode Based on Silver Nanowires and Polyimide for Film Heater and Flexible Solar Cell. Materials 2017, 10, 1362.

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