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Nanomaterials 2016, 6(3), 47; doi:10.3390/nano6030047

Copper Nanowires and Their Applications for Flexible, Transparent Conducting Films: A Review

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Gachon University, Seongnam 13120, Korea
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Academic Editor: Ming-Tsang Lee
Received: 31 December 2015 / Revised: 26 February 2016 / Accepted: 2 March 2016 / Published: 9 March 2016
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Abstract

Cu nanowires (NWs) are attracting considerable attention as alternatives to Ag NWs for next-generation transparent conductors, replacing indium tin oxide (ITO) and micro metal grids. Cu NWs hold great promise for low-cost fabrication via a solution-processed route and show preponderant optical, electrical, and mechanical properties. In this study, we report a summary of recent advances in research on Cu NWs, covering the optoelectronic properties, synthesis routes, deposition methods to fabricate flexible transparent conducting films, and their potential applications. This review also examines the approaches on protecting Cu NWs from oxidation in air environments. View Full-Text
Keywords: copper nanowires; optoelectronic properties; transparent conducting films; flexible; protection; ITO replacement copper nanowires; optoelectronic properties; transparent conducting films; flexible; protection; ITO replacement
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Nam, V.B.; Lee, D. Copper Nanowires and Their Applications for Flexible, Transparent Conducting Films: A Review. Nanomaterials 2016, 6, 47.

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