Special Issue "Advanced/Alternative Transparent Conducting Oxides"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).
Interests: optics; laser processing; nano-processing; flexible/wearable electronics; transparent display; energy devices
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Transparent conducting oxides (TCO) are indispensable materials for opto-electronics, and high tranparency together with high electrical conductivity are the key parameters for transparent conductors. Since TCO materials are usually deposited on the glass substrate as a conductive thin film through a CVD or evaporator process, transparent conductive glass is the usual form for transparent conductors in conventional opto-eletronics. Among the various TCO materials, induim-doped tin oxide (ITO) and fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) are the most widely used material in both industry and research. These materials have been successfully applied to various large-area opto-electronics such as touch screen panels, LCD/OLED displays, smart windows, and solar cells to date.
Nowadays, TCO materials are more important for industry due to the increasing demands of flexible and wearable electronics. However, ITO and FTO are not suitable for flexible and wearable eletronics due to the several intrinsic drawbacks, such as its brittleness, which causes cracks upon bending. In addition, indium is a rare earth material, resulting in a relatively high material cost for ITO production. Therefore, advanced or alternative materials (eg. metal nanowire or CNT) for TCO are required to develop and investigate next generation smart electronics such as flexible and wearable electronics.
This Special Issue is mainly focused on alternative or advanced transparent conducting oxides, as well as materials synthesis, the fabrication process, and applications of TCO. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Searching and investigating various types of advanced/alternative transparent conducting oxides:
- Doped oxide (indium, fluorine, zinc, etc.)-based transparent conductive oxides;
- Advanced TCO of 1D materials: Carbon nanotubes (CNT), metal (Au, Ag, Cu, Ni) nanowire, other 1D materials;
- Advanced TCO of 2D materials: graphene, graphene/metal nanowire hybrids, other 2D materials;
- Research into the synthesis, process, and applications of advanced/alternative transparent conducting oxides;
- New synthesis methods for advanced/alternative transparent conducting oxides;
- New process and fabrication methods for advanced/alternative transparent conducting oxides;
- New applications using advanced/alternative transparent conducting oxides.
Prof. Dr. Junyeob Yeo
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- transparent conducting oxides
- metal nanowire
- flexible electronics
- wearable electronics