Materials Chemistry and Physics, Vol.197, 87-93, 2017
Cu-based composite inks of a self-reductive Cu complex with Cu flakes for the production of conductive Cu films on cellulose paper
Paper-based electronics have been attracting significant attention because of their inexpensive, renewable, and eco-friendly substrates. In this study, Cu-based composite inks composed of a copper-based metal-organic decomposition (MOD) ink and Cu flakes were prepared as precursors to obtain conductive Cu films on untreated cellulose paper. Copper-based MOD inks have not been explored for the production of conductive Cu films on cellulose paper because the properties of the paper, such as high porosity, high permeability, and surface roughness, are not favorable to obtain continuous conductive Cu films. However, using our method, we have obtained Cu films on paper with resistivities that are similar to 10 times lower than those of films on polyimide or glass substrates. Importantly, the Cu films on paper exhibited better mechanical resistance than those on a polyimide substrate, without any pre-treatment of the paper surface. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.