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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(11), 2101;

Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Ink Printed Composite Electrodes on Plastic Substrates

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
Capital Aerospace Machinery Co., Ltd., Beijing 100076, China
International Research Institute for Multidisciplinary Science, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
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Received: 26 September 2018 / Revised: 25 October 2018 / Accepted: 26 October 2018 / Published: 1 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from the NMJ2018)
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Printed flexible electrodes with conductive inks have attracted much attention in wearable electronics, flexible displays, radio-frequency identification, etc. Conventional conductive inks contain large amount of polymer which would increase the electrical resistivity of as-printed electrodes and require high sintering temperature. Here, composite electrodes without cracks were printed on polyimide substrate using binder-free silver nanoparticle based inks with zero-dimensional (activated carbon), one-dimensional (silver nanowire and carbon nanotube) or two-dimensional (graphene) fillers. The effect of fillers on resistivity and flexibility of printed composite electrodes were evaluated. The graphene filler could reduce the resistivity of electrodes, reaching 1.7 × 10−7 Ω·m after low power laser sintering, while the silver nanowire filler improved their flexibility largely during bending tests. The microstructural changes were examined to understand the nanojoining process and their properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: ink printing; nanojoining; laser sintering; mechanical performance ink printing; nanojoining; laser sintering; mechanical performance

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Wang, X.; Guo, W.; Zhu, Y.; Liang, X.; Wang, F.; Peng, P. Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Ink Printed Composite Electrodes on Plastic Substrates. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 2101.

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