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Room Temperature Curable Copper Nanowire-Based Transparent Heater

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : ACS

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Campus : Coimbatore

School : School of Physical Sciences

Department : Chemistry

Year : 2023

Abstract : Copper nanowires (Cu NWs) are a promising alternative to silver NWs to develop transparent conducting films (TCFs) due to their comparable electrical conductivity and relative abundance. Postsynthetic modifications of the ink and high-temperature postannealing processes for obtaining conducting films are significant challenges that need to be addressed before commercial deployment of these materials. In this work, we have developed an annealing-free (room temperature curable) TCF with Cu NW ink that requires minimal postsynthetic modifications. Organic acid pretreated Cu NW ink is used for spin-coating to obtain a TCF with a sheet resistance of 9.4 Ω/sq. and optical transparency of 67.4% at 550 nm. For oxidation protection, the Cu NW TCF is encapsulated with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The encapsulated film is tested as a transparent heater at various voltages and shows good repeatability. These results demonstrate the potential of Cu NW-based TCFs as a replacement for Ag-NW based TCFs for a variety of optoelectronic applications, such as transparent heaters, touch screens, and photovoltaics.

Cite this Research Publication : Darbha V. Ravi Kumar, Aarju Mathew Koshy, Neha Sharma, Neethu Thomas, and Parasuraman Swaminathan*, Room Temperature Curable Copper Nanowire-Based Transparent Heater, ACS Omega 2023, 8, 23, 21107–21112,

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