Special Issue "Transparent Conductive Films and Their Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: optical fiber sensors; thin films; plasma-enhanced deposition and processing; biosensors
Interests: CVD diamond; doped nanocarbons; electrochemical and optical sensors; conductive oxides; optical properties
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Interest of scientific community in materials offering both electrical conductivity and optical transparency has intensified in recent years. There is a great need for thin films showing low conductivity and simultaneously high transparency, especially when application as a top electrode in displays is foreseen. Widely applied tin oxide definitely requires a more stable, robust and cheaper successor. We all hope that application of zinc oxide also when doped e.g., with aluminum, gallium, or indium may be the solution, but the material still requires extensive research to satisfy the requirements. These materials often need to be very thin. The decrease in thickness stimulates development of novel deposition and processing techniques, but also may result in obtaining materials with novel and fascinating properties, as we observed when nanocrystalline or 2D materials, including graphene, were reported. Besides decrease in thickness, the films are often processed to have a certain pattern, as in case of metamaterials. By such processing even metal film can be treated as transparent, but still maintain the electrical conductivity.
Application of these materials is not limited to displays. They are often needed for energy conversion devices or various sensors, especially those offering dual optical and electrical interrogation. Applications and used substrates determines deposition techniques, that need to be tuned to offer thin films with satisfying properties.
It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue focused on transparent conductive films. Full papers, communications, and reviews on fabrication, properties, and applications of these films are all welcome.
Assoc. Prof. Mateusz Śmietana
Assoc. Prof. Robert Bogdanowicz
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- transparent conductive oxides
- indium tin oxide
- zinc oxide
- carbon films
- thin film deposition
- thin metals
- doped silicon
- thin film processing
- thin film properties
- optical devices
- electronic devices